Self-Directed Support Forum ER Monthly Coffee Morning

Self-Directed Support Forum East Renfrewshire members would like to invite you to join them for an informal chat over coffee at the Redhurst Hotel, Eastwoodmains Road, Giffnock

1st Tuesday of the month between 10.30am – 12.00pm

If you require any further information please get in touch with the office on 0141 638 2525 or admin@sdsforumer.org

 

The Night Visitors – Home Care Service in East Renfrewshire

The Night Visitors provide personally tailored care in South Lanarkshire, South Glasgow and East Renfrewshire.

They provide high quality overnight care in the form of evening or night care visits , and can be very flexible to suit your needs. They can provide evening visits at a time of your choosing to help you safely to bed or visits throughout the night for pressure or incontinence care.

This is an innovative service and is designed to meet the needs of people who need overnight support but do not require a full night sitter. The organisation provides a tailored service suited to your timings , as they appreciate   that everyone is different.

They assess, evaluate and provide a tailored in-home care service based on the needs of each client.

Their service is flexible and respects your rights of privacy, independence, dignity and personal fulfilment.

They wish to promote independence and allow people to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. They can help:

Frail and vulnerable adults
People with dementia or other mental health issues
People with Physical Disabilities
People with Sensory Impairment
People suffering from or recovering from illness
People with learning difficulties

If you live in South Lanarkshire, South Glasgow or East Renfrewshire and would like a free assessment and quote for services please contact them via below website . They will arrange a time for a meeting where they can discuss your needs for evening or night care.

More details can be found at http://thenightvisitors.co.uk/

Disabled Access Day – blog by Rose Daly

So, today is the day! Today is Disabled Access Day. It also happens to be the day that my husband has gone out so I am planning a quick escape to “visit somewhere that you’ve never been before”.

I’ve checked on the website, read the material, embracing the encouragement to “try a least just one new place”

Goodness! The world is my oyster! (Well, Barrhead. Maybe even go further afield to Newton Mearns!) How many exciting new places will I get to see today? I wonder how many other people will be out-and-about, taking in the sights and scenes.

Right, better think about getting dressed, seeing as how my lovely hubby ironed my clothes and laid them out before he left. These joggies are great for loafing around the house, but not for showing my face to the big bad world!

Och Wait! There is no one here to help me on with my clothes. I couldn’t have put them on anyway; I haven’t showered or even washed today. .If only I had access to some kind of care package… (Baby wipes rock!)

My wheelchair is left outside the front door (house doors are not wide enough to bring the chair inside and the step doesn’t help either). I finally manage to drag myself outside and plonk myself in the chair.

Right, Tally Ho! Onward and upward! Try as I might, I cannot get myself up that hill. The handrail helps a bit, but still I struggle. With grit and determination, a lot of sweat and perhaps the occasional swear word; I finally managed to get to the corner.

The bus driver is trying to explain to me that there is no room on the bus (due to a lovely wee mum with her baby and pram) so there’s no point in him dropping the floor height to chair level,,,, I can feel anger rising up…breathe…BBBREAAATHE!

I will call a cab. A taxi will take me to “somewhere that (I’ve) never been before”. Grrr! ER Cabs “ I am sorry Madam, but there are no facility taxis available in your area.”

ENOUGH ALREADY! Disabled Access Day? Don’t make me laugh!

Tired, Angry, exhausted, I am off home. At least today, I will have access to something…the remote control! Sigh!

ERDA in the Barrhead News

Disabled residents in East Renfrewshire are treated unfairly.

 

You can read ERDA’s first regular column in the Barrhead News.

Another move forward in campaign for accessible taxis in East Renfrewshire

Veteran Barrhead taxi driver Frank Smith has a plan he hopes will finally end the misery of disabled people who cannot find a local taxi.

He is seeking licensing councillors’ backing for a scheme which would finally give Barrhead and Neilston residents with mobility problems a cost-effective way of using taxis in their own area.

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You can read full article from Barrhead News

Isobel Mair pupils take on school’s first ever Duke of Edinburgh expedition

Read more in the Barrhead News about five intrepid explorers who embarked on the Isobel Mair School’s first Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) expedition.

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Lack of wheelchair accessible taxis in Barrhead is “ludicrous”

This recent article in the Barrhead News, covering  our ongoing campaign aimed at ending the “ludicrous” lack of wheelchair-accessible taxis in the area, arguing East Renfrewshire Council has persistently failed to meet a basic social need.

Only two taxis in the whole of East Renfrewshire are specialist vehicles

As part of our campaign on Accessible Taxis in East Renfrewshire, with support from local press and TV, we are looking to raise awareness that only two taxis in the whole of East Renfrewshire are specialist vehicles, the lowest in Scotland. Council areas for East Renfrewshire, Argyll and Bute and some island councils report some of the lowest figures, with only specialist vehicles in the former constituency.

This means East Renfrewshire has the lowest percentage of accessible taxis at just 0.4% currently in service.

In Argyll and Bute there are nine taxis with wheelchair access, equating to just 4%, while in Moray only 12 such taxis, 6%, are currently in service.

A larger area like South Lanarkshire has 342 public taxi licences and 1234 private hires – however only 3% of those can be made available to wheelchair users (54).

To compare with smaller constituencies, 7% of taxis in the Orkney Islands Council (three) are wheelchair accessible and only 2% in the Western Isles (two taxis).

Please see the recent feature on STV Scotland Today news show

Isobel Mair School

Isobel Mair SchoolRecently some members of ERDA were invited to a tour at Isobel Mair School in Newton Mearns. Isobel Mair is a non-denominational co-education school which provides places for pupils aged 0-18 years. We met the Head Teacher and Assistant Head Teacher and we visited all of the classrooms and the family centre. We also met students due to start the new term after the summer holidays. We visited the sensory room and hydro therapy pool and met physiotherapists on site. This reminded me of my school, as I had physiotherapy when I was younger. They also have speech and language therapists. The aims of the school are to enable each child to develop to the highest level which they are capable of attaining within a safe, secure and welcome environment. A caring and supportive learning environment is provided which meets the care and welfare needs of all of the pupils. This enables them to develop self confidence and skills which are required for effective social interactions in the wider community, both now and in the future. A holistic approach ensures effective implementation of the school curriculum, establishing curricular links with other schools, promoting all aspects of social inclusion and to enhance contact with the outside world.  The school participates in ‘Getting It Right For Every Child’ (GIRFEC), a national policy and programme being implemented across Scotland. The GIRFEC approach is about improving outcomes and wellbeing for all children. East Renfrewshire Council relocated the school to their new home in Newton Mearns as it had outgrown the original building in nearby Williamwood after 30 years. The new school opened in October 2011. As well as the school, there is a family centre where learning is promoted through play by providing a challenging and dynamic curriculum. This links to national and local guidelines and meets the needs of each individual child, working in partnership with parents and carers and engaging with agencies in the local community to support the needs of children and families. The curriculum for excellence provides the framework for learning for all children and young people in Scotland aged 3-18 . It meets all of the necessary educational needs required. I went to a Glasgow school but if I’d known about Isobel Mair I could have went there as it’s closer to where I grew up in Barrhead. I had to get a bus to school which took just under 45 minutes, so I had to get up very early and get home later at night.