News, Campaigns and Information

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Healthwatch focus groups about home care changes:

How people are supported at home is changing in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea…

 

Homecare services offer the support people need to maintain their wellbeing and to live longer independently at home and in the community.

 

Healthwatch is holding a series of virtual conversations about what ‘living your best life’ means to you and how decision-makers can improve Homecare locally. This is an opportunity for you to shape what new Homecare services should look like, so that everyone is able to live their best life.

 

Healthwatch want to hear from people who:

  • are aged between 50 – 60

  • are working aged and have a disability

  • have long term health conditions

  • have long COVID

 

If that’s you – join Healthwatch at one of the following sessions:

 

Wednesday 16th June:

11:00-12:30 People with long term health conditions

18:00-19:30 People aged 50-60

 

Thursday 17th June:

12:30-14:00 Open session 

14:00-15:30 Disabled people 

 

Wednesday 23rd June

11:00-12:30 People with long COVID 

17:00-18:30 Open session 

18:30-20:00 Disabled People

 

Thursday 24th June

12:30-14:00 People with long term health conditions

April News:

 

April 2021 - Join ADKC as our new Voices of Experience Project Coordinator.

ADKC, the Disabled People’s Organisation for Kensington & Chelsea require a VOICE OF EXPERIENCE PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR 

Salary:  £12,893, 14 hours per week. 

To oversee the design, delivery and administration of our new ‘Voice of Experience’ project, developing the leadership skills of our membership of local disabled adult residents.  

We are seeking someone with lived experience of disability who can support our members to develop the skills they need to become effective local leaders with experience.   

For an application pack  E-mail: PBadmin@adkc.org.uk  Tel: 020 8960 8888  Closing date: 28th May 2021 

Click here for the PDF flyer with the same information.

 

April 2021 - Open Letter from Access Group to Mayoral Candidates about ULEZ scheme. (pdf) 

Open Letter: We request all the London Mayoral candidates to commit to providing the same reasonable adjustments for disabled people for the extended ULEZ as Congestion Charging Zone.

Dear Mayor of London Candidates,

Action Disability Kensington and Chelsea (ADKC), is a charity in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with approximately one thousand members, which is run and controlled by disabled people.

We are requesting that the new Mayor of London and TFL to provide disabled people in London who have a Blue Badge, with the same reasonable adjustments that are currently provided under the Congestion Charging Zone. We believe it is totally unacceptable to impose new barriers which prevent disabled Londoners from accessing critical goods and services during the Covid19 pandemic.

  • Disabled people are the most disproportionately impacted group from the Covid19 pandemic and lockdowns, with 3/5 of all Covid19 deaths being disabled people, whilst only amounting to 17% of the population (Office of National Statistics).

  • Disability is now one of the strongest predictors of poverty - 54% of the those who live in destitution in the UK are disabled people (Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

  • London’s public transport system is inaccessible for many disabled people - only 26% (70 / 270) of our tube stations are fully accessible (Transport for All).

In Jan 2021, the High Court ruled that the Mayor of London and Transport for London’s ‘Streetscape’ initiative as unlawful. The judge noted that 'the needs of people with protected characteristics, including the elderly or disabled', were 'not considered'. The court also highlighted the inadequacy of the Equalities Impact Assessment (EIA) undertaken by TfL, describing parts as 'perfunctory or non-existent' and finding that it 'read as if its purpose were to justify the decision already taken'.

We believe that the Equality Impact Assessment has not considered the needs of disabled people during the Covid19 pandemic to receive help and support from friends, family, carers and helpers. In its current form we believe it would breach of our Human Rights and the Public Sector Equality Duty of the Equality Act 2010. Where a disabled person is put at a ‘substantial disadvantage’ the service provider has a duty to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ or provide the service in a different way.

We are requesting your urgent help and assistance in committing to support disabled people’s health and wellbeing, we have been published in My London and have the support of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, the Member of Parliament for Kensington, and Inclusion London.

London ULEZ charges putting 'unacceptable' barriers in place for disabled people says Paralympic torch bearer - MyLondon

Calls for ULEZ exemption for disabled people | Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (rbkc.gov.uk)

There are over 1.2 million disabled Londoners (20% UK population), and we will vote for the people who support us in the national emergency. Thank you so much in advance for your understanding and help for our most critical campaign to support disabled people in the Covid19 pandemic.

Yours Sincerely,

ADKC Access Group

 

April 2021 - Wellness Course 

ADKC offer a 5-week Wellness course - stress management, confidence building, sleep hygeine, mental health. If you are a disabled person living in the borough of Kesington and Chelsea, ADKC invite you to a free, online Wellness course. Every Wednesday for 5 weeks, 2-4pm. From 28th April. To register, contact Catherine on 07496 345 272 or lifelonglearning@adkc.org.uk

Click here for our Wellness course flyer, which contains the same information

April 2021 - Invitation to The Disabled People's Question Time - Housing Special

On Wednesday 28th April, from 4-6pm, via Zoom

Your chance to question a panel of housing providers, including:

  • Emily Thomson - Notting Hill Housing's Head of Housing for Kensington and Chelsea,  

  • Miles Lanham - Octavia's Assistant Director of Housing, 

  • Jackie Thomas - Catalyst's Neighbourhood Operation's Manager, 

  • Victoria Stahlmann - RBKC's Senior Housing OT and Housing Health and Disability Team Manager,  

  • Alexandra Blackwood - RBKC's Housing Policy Officer,  

  • Sharon-Leigh Gordon - RBKC's Head of Resident Safety and Repairs. 

NEW Click here for the contact details provided by guests at our for our Housing Special.

April 2021 - ADKC's social media online classes - new start date.

Find out how to use things like You Tube, WhatsApp, Skype, Instagram, Twitter. Every Tuesday and Friday, 2 to 3pm, starting 4th May 2021. To register, please contact Catherine on 07496 345 272

Click here for our updated social media course flyer, which contains the same information.

MARCH 2021

News from March

March 2021 - RBKC's new Citizen's Panel.

The Council is changing the way local people can make their voices heard. The Council know they need to listen more to local people and give them a better say in the decisions that affect their lives.

The Citizens’ Panel is an initiative to improve this. The Citizens' Panel is an online group of up to 2000 diverse residents who are surveyed every three months on important local issues to influence council decision-making. They are recruiting members of the Citizens’ Panel from all over the borough and wanted to give you the chance to join. If you would like to join the panel, please click on the link below
I would like to join The Citizens’ Panel  and enter your details to register your interest.

March 2021 - ADKC member Kush Kanodia explains how the ULEZ (ultra low emission zone) regulations will cause "unacceptable barriers" for disabled people. External link -  https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/london-ulez-charges-putting-unacceptable-20071051

 

March 2021 - ADKC member Jean Davis shares her frustration about the ongoing inaccessibility of the Tube. External Link - https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/blind-mum-says-access-london-19916776

 

March 2021 - Campaign to lower supermarket minimum spend and scrap delivery charges. ADKC is happy to support this campaign, initiated by Sandip Sodha. There is a letter to the Executives of the 7 supermarkets involved in the priority slots for people who are shielding, asking them to reduce the minimum spend to £5 and scrap the delivery charge. If you want to support this campaign, you can add you name to their letter by clicking (external link) https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/scrap-delivery-charges-and-lower-minimum-spends?source=direct_link&

 

March 2021 - Free help and advice with energy bills / changing suppliers . Green Doctors are offering phone consultations to help you save money and stay out of debt. This consultation is provided by a registered charity for anyone on a low income or over 65 or with a long term health condition or disability. Your Green Doctor will help you • Save money on your energy bills • Switch energy providers to save you money • Access the Warm Homes Discounts • Apply for grants for energy or water debt • Get additional support. You can book a phone appointment by calling (for free) 0300 365 5003 or visiting the website (external link) greendoctors-london.org

 

March 2021 - Disabled "Blue Badge" parking campaign. ADKC is happy to be support Kush Kanodia's  campaign to make a simple and compassionate disabled parking policy in London. You can find more information, and send a letter your MP to ask them to support the campaign but clicking (external link)  https://actionnetwork.org/letters/support-us-in-creatinga-standardised-and-compassionate-disabled-parking-policy-for-london

 

March 2021- Community Safety Survey - NOW CLOSED - The Safer Kensington and Chelsea Partnership would like your help to find out what are the most important crime and community safety issues affecting residents and businesses in our borough. This survey is an opportunity to tell us how resources from agencies across a range of statutory services, including Police, Council, The National Probation Service, and Health services - should be used to make the borough a safer place to live, work and learn. As a result of this consultation, alongside crime analysis and research, a Community Safety Plan will be written which will explain how the Safer Kensington and Chelsea Partnership will work together to reduce crime and its affects. 

The survey closed on Sunday 18 April 2021 at 23:59pm

If you have any queries, or would like to request a survey in paper, translated into another language or provided in any other accessible format, you can speak with a member of the Community Safety Team by phone or email using the contact details provided in the Contact section of this page.

https://consult.rbkc.gov.uk/communities/community-safety-survey/ (NOW CLOSED)

ADKC Trauma group - video