Upcycling and Mobility Training

Recycling of Medical Aids

UMT are a non for profit Social Enterprise CIC where they save used community mobility equipment that is destined to be scrapped.  They repair, refurbish and upcycle the equipment helping with the circular economy.

Their aim is to have a warehouse where they will offer volunteer and job opportunities to veterans with PTSD and mental ill health initially and once the structure is in place they will open their offer to disabled and less able bodied people.

The aids will be offered at a greatly reduced cost for individuals who wish to purchase equipment that has not been up cycled or a little more when a item has been refurbished in bespoke colours and materials.

Equipment that is not suitable for its intended use is upcycled into garden boxes, seats, trollies which are all raised to help wheelchair users garden.

For more information about training and upcycling work please visit umtcare.org.uk

Celf Able

Celf-Able is an inclusive art group run by disabled artists in Powys. 

We are disabled- and artist-led, but open to all ages and abilities, artists and people who just want to have a go at art. Materials provided.  There is a small charge of £3.00.

Future meeting dates and venues: 

 

Siawns Teg, Newtown (former Radio Maldwyn building) 11-3      05/12/2018, 06/03/19
Warren Room, Care Centre Machynlleth 11-3                                   12/12/2018, 09/01/19, 13/02/19, 13/03/19
The Institute, Llanfair Caereinion 11-3                                                18/12/2018, 15/01/19, 19/02/19, 19/03/19
COWSHACC, Welshpool, 11-3                                                               16/01/19, 20/02/19, 20/03/19
Oriel Davies, Newtown, Art 11-12.30,                                                   05/02/19
committee meetings 1.30-3.00   
Mid-Wales Arts Centre, Caersws 11-3*                                                 28/11/2018, 23/01/19, 27/02/19, 27/03/19

*Lunch available for an extra charge, please contact us to book,  tel 01938 810058/07972 932543 or e-mail admin@celf-able.org                                                           

Materials provided.  There is a small charge of £3.00.

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DAC are recruiting for a new Director

 

 

Director

Salary – £36,000 per annum (£30,857 pro rata)

30 Hours per week   (Head office in Cardiff)

Disability Arts Cymru seeks a Director to further develop and implement a comprehensive, and dynamic, artistic strategy for disability arts across Wales.  We believe in…. Opening up access and opportunity, celebrating diversity, nurturing embryonic and established high-calibre disabled practitioners, and inspiring change throughout Wales.

Our vision is a simple one: to make the arts in Wales creative and diverse in equal measure, with disabled and D/deaf people at the very core. 

Closing Date for applications 12 noon November 29th 2018

Interviews – 10th December 2018

 To apply please visit www.richard-newton.co.uk/assignments

or call 029 20 397 341 or email recruitment@richard-newton.co.uk

Welsh Youth Parliament – apply now

Learning Disability Wales is looking for young disabled people to join the new Welsh Youth Parliament

Applications are now open for young disabled people interested in being a Welsh Youth Parliament Member and representing the views of other young disabled people.

Wales will be launching the first youth parliament in January 2019 and Learning Disability Wales is one of the partner organisations supporting young disabled people to have a voice.

We have now opened applications for young disabled people to join the youth parliament through Learning Disability Wales. For more information and how to apply please visit our Welsh Youth Parliament page.

About the Welsh Youth Parliament

  • 60 young people will make up the Welsh Youth Parliament.
  • 40 young people will be elected from constituency areas.
  • 20 young people will be elected through partner organisations.
  • They will be the Youth Parliament Member for 2 years from January 2019 to December 2021.
  • Young people must be aged 11 to 17.
  • Young people must live in Wales or be educated in Wales.
  • Learning Disability Wales will be electing 2 young people to represent young disabled people.

Getting involved through Learning Disability Wales

 Who we are looking for?

  • Someone between the ages of 11 and 17 (No older than 17 on November 25th 2018).
  • A young disabled person.
  • Someone who can listen to others.
  • Someone who is good at communicating (using their own way of communication).
  • Someone who will ask for support if needed.
  • Someone with good people skills.
  • Someone who can be reliable with the correct support.

We are not looking for someone who is perfect already. There may be things that you are not sure about or would need training in. Please do not let this put you off applying.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on November 1st 2018.
For more information and how to apply click here

#LetUsIn


Our #LetUsIn campaign will support our Shape Open exhibition ‘Cumulative Effect: Disability & the welfare state’ in East London. Typically, venues and galleries offering physical and intellectual access are rare. In fact, less than half the venues we viewed in London for the Open had no basic facilities such as accessible viewing spaces or even loos.

It’s time to change this.

Now in its seventh year, the annual Shape Open call out brings recognition to emerging disabled artists whilst highlighting the often contentious issues that surround the lived experience of disability.

In a society where whole swathes of people are one minute hailed as superheroes and the next decried as benefit scroungers, the Shape Open seeks to draw out authentic and talented artistic voices, as well as creating a platform for informed debate.  Artworks are selected by a panel of industry judges, including Shape Open patron Yinka Shonibare MBE.

Why is the Open important?

The art of disabled artists has often been sidelined. Galleries and museums have kept our works away for decades on grounds of ‘taste’, ‘cultural difference’, ‘appropriateness’, uncertainties about audience appeal, and countless other reasons. Here is a sample of what we face:  

“Did you make that yourself?”

“Is there a chance you might die during the residency?”

Alongside this kind of marginalisation is the fact that most arts venues and galleries offer the bare minimum in terms of physical and intellectual access. We say it’s time to change this.

How do I get involved?

With your support we can showcase the work of a new generation of disabled artists to a waiting world.  Your support is welcome in any of the following ways: 

Attend the exhibition – pop in, bring a friend, bring a crowd, bring everyone!
Share our #LetUsIn message with at least two other people or organisations
Support our crowdfunder campaign to keep our work resourced, and to prevent exciting new talent going to waste. Every pound you donate helps towards fair and equal access to the arts.
If 5,000 people can donate the cost of a cup of coffee, we can keep the Open running for another year. This covers installation and transportation of artworks, plus the booking of an accessible space.  

We want to see the works of talented disabled artists hosted in venues of every shape and size. 

If the work is good enough to be seen – it should be seen.

Help us to open up the arts to all. Help to #LetUsIn.

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‘Cumulative Effect: Disability and the welfare state’

at Hoxton Arches, Arch 402, Cremer St, London E2 8HD

The exhibition will run from 2 November – 11 November 

10.00 – 18.00

If you have any access requirements, or would like this information in another format please contact Sara Dziadik at sara@shapearts.org.uk or 0207 424 7330.

Access to Coastal Paths?


BBC Newyddion want to hear disabled people’s experiences of accessing the coastal path.  They are aware of recent issues in Flintshire, where barriers have been installed to prevent motorbikes, which have created problems for disabled wheelchair / scooter users.

Are there any other places where similar situations have arisen across Wales?

If so, Luned Phillips would like to hear from Welsh speakers from these areas to talk to her about this issue.

Please contact Luned directly on  02920 322431   luned.phillips@bbc.co.uk

British Blind Sport

Have a Go Day South Wales

We are delighted to announce a Have a Go Day in South Wales. 

Venue: Cardiff House of Sport, Clos Parc Morgannwg, Cardiff CF11 8AW

Date: Saturday 29th September 12:30 to 5pm

Come along and take part in an entirely free day of sport and activities including Judo, Guide Running, Football, Tennis and many more. Open to anyone with a visual impairment aged 5 and up. Friends and family are also welcome. Register for the Have a Go Day in South Wales.

 

Working in with Sport Cardiff and Cardiff Institute for the Blind, this event will take place at Cardiff House of Sport, Cardiff on Saturday 29th September. A number of successful events have already been held this year including Cambridge, London, Liverpool and Surrey. Here’s what other participants had to say:

 

“We had an amazing day altogether in the family. It was great to have both my VI children and their siblings involved as it made the day much more fun. Thank you for organising!’ Parent of participants, Have a Go Day Surrey

 

Get Involved!

For further details please contact Alex Pitts, Participation Officer on telephone:  07929 356428 or email alex@britishblindsport.org.uk

FFILM CYMRU WALES INVESTS IN WELSH FILM AUDIENCES

Ffilm Cymru Wales’ latest round of Audience Access awards will continue to support Welsh venues and festivals to provide a dynamic and diverse variety of cinematic experiences for people right across Wales.

For the first time, new funding awards were made to Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival and Bangor’s Pontio Arts Centre. Running at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff between 28th and 30th September, and at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on the 20th and 21st October, the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival will help audiences explore the latest and best in Japanese animation with films to suit all ages, as well as workshops and masterclasses with Japanese animators. The funding award will support Kotatsu in continuing to build new audiences, working alongside local community, youth and refugee groups to widen the festival’s reach.

Pontio Arts Centre’s new funding will support their project encouraging the community in Bangor to make the most of their local independent cinema. Their initiatives include providing more Welsh-language cinema, community interaction through volunteering, creating access for families with children with additional needs, and continuing the venue’s engagement of student and young audiences through film, gaming and interactive content. 

In addition to the new awards, Ffilm Cymru continued to invest in three established film festivals to advance their expansion and reach new audiences.

Read more here.