SHSC | » Changes to Adult Community Mental Health Services


We know the way adult mental health services are currently provided does not always offer quick or fair access. We want to make sure that people can get the help they need, when they need it.

We’ve been listening to what you’ve told us about your experiences and speaking to GPs about what hey think needs to change. We’ve also had conversations other organisations in the city, e.g. Healthwatch Sheffield.

We are making changes so that:

  • it is easier for people to access services
  • everyone accessing a service has the same waiting time, regardless of where they live
  • it is clear what you can expect from our services
  • our services are able to respond flexibly as your needs change.

We also need to make sure that we balance our books and spend our money wisely so that our staff can focus on supporting you.

What are the changes? 

Where will services be located? 

 

Source: SHSC | » Changes to Adult Community Mental Health Services

Premier League clubs to make changes for disabled fans


Original post from Disabled Go News

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All Premier League clubs have agreed to improve access for disabled supporters by August 2017.

A 2014 BBC investigation found that 17 of England’s top-flight clubs failed to provide enough wheelchair spaces.

At the moment, 15 out of 20 clubs will have to increase capacity to comply with guidelines on accessible stadiums.

Earlier on Monday, a government report had criticised the inadequate facilities and support for disabled fans at Premier League grounds.

Minister for disabled people Justin Tomlinson MP had said “common sense can fix” some issues, but accepted other areas “will need some work”.

“Frankly, some of it is disgraceful,” he told BBC Sport. “There isn’t provision in some grounds, supporters are split up or are put in with the away fans. I find that totally unacceptable.

“We are in the last chance saloon with those football bodies saying: ‘You need to get your house in order.’ We need to get this addressed.”

A Premier League statement said: “We are undertaking our own assessment by surveying every Premier League stadium to determine improvements for disabled access.

“Disability access was discussed at the Premier League shareholders meeting last week with several new proposals agreed.”

Monday’s report – done jointly by the Department for Work and Pensions and Department for Culture, Media and Sport – recommends:

  • Planning attendance: Clubs should provide attendance for all groups of disabled people. They should provide information such as stadium distance from local parking and gradient of pavements.
  • Buying a ticket: Clubs should allow disabled spectators to buy tickets online. They should provide wheelchair seating that allows disabled spectators to sit with family and friends.
  • Travelling to and from the venue: Clubs should provide up to date transport information.
  • Overall experience: Match day and club stewards should be given disability awareness training, while abusive behaviour towards disabled spectators should not be tolerated.
  • Aids and adaptations: Clubs should increase the number of wheelchair user places for stadiums with more than 10,000 seats.

In August, a survey carried out by charity Revitalise before the start of the new Premier League season suggested that many clubs are continuing to fail disabled fans.

It followed the second reading of the Accessible Sports Grounds Bill  in the House of Lords in July, where Lord Holmes of Richmond – Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer – called on Premier League sponsors and broadcasters to pull out of football unless progress was made in providing facilities for disabled fans.

In June, top-flight clubs were threatened with legal action after the Equality and Human Rights Commission said it had received a number of complaints, including about Manchester United removing walking aids from away fans.

At the time United said it was “actively working” with its own disabled supporters association and the Premier League to “assess areas for potential improvement”.

Online Accessibility Information

logoDisabledGo provides online accessibility information for a number of Premier League clubs, so that disabled supporters can find the in-depth information they need to know before attending a match which will reduce the stress, uncertainty and worry of attending the game. 

Here is the list of clubs we currently have access guides for:

Arsenal http://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/islington-council/arsenal-football-club—emirates-stadium-2
Crystal Palace http://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/london-borough-of-croydon/crystal-palace-football-club
Everton http://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/liverpool-city-council/everton-football-club-2
Leicester City http://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/leicester-city-council/leicester-city-football-club-2
Liverpool http://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/liverpool-city-council/liverpool-football-club-2
Newcastle United http://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/newcastle-city-council/newcastle-united-football-club-2
Bournemouth http://www.disabledgo.com/organisations/afc-bournemouth/main

If your clubs not on the list above, but you would like to see a fine-grained access guide for it, let us know by contacting us at enquiries@disabledgo.com or get in touch via Facebook and Twitter!

Roisin Norris

Hi I’m Roisin Norris, Digital Marketing Executive at DisabledGo and I will be uploading blogs and news for you all to read.

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I welcome the changes and will wait and see how they progress.

Over the few years of this government there have been things I agree with and some that I do not. I do believe that it is impossible for any government actions to be agreeable to all, even the supporters of that governments political party.

Those of you who wish to see a change of government, should first view the alternatives. Although we have many political parties the way in which the voting structure is at the moment will mean there is only a choice of 2 parties Labour or Conservative. We have all seen the mess the last Labour Government left the country in. The Liberal Democrats do not have the power base to form a government on their own. That is why they wish to have voting on a PR basis, which in effect would mean, in most cases, a coalition government. This is what we have at the moment, yet people are not happy and wish change. None of the other parties would be able to form a government on their own.

This means the only alternative which has not been tried in the last few years is a fully Conservative Government.