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Welcome to Inverclyde Council on Disability

ICOD have now evolved into a group that provides advice; information; advocacy; consultancy; a quarterly newsletter; a Shopmobility Service located in Greenock Town Centre; among other new and developing services, to disabled people, their Carers, families, the general public, statutory and non-statutory agencies, the private sector and any other interested parties.

 

 

News & Events

Date Title Summary
17th March 2014 Research in to the Welform Reform by Inclusion Scotland

Inclusion Scotland is conducting research into the impact of welfare reform on disabled people in Scotland . This means asking how disabled people’s everyday lives have been affected by welfare reform.

We would like to interview disabled people living in Scotland about their experience of welfare reform. We would like to interview you if:

· You identify as disabled, or
· You manage an impairment or health condition
· You live in Scotland

Interviews will last for around 30 minutes to 1 hour, and interviewees will be asked questions about how the changes in the welfare system are affecting them. We are keen to hear your views and experiences around welfare reform, so please get in touch with Inclusion Scotland if you are able to volunteer some of your time to speak with us.

Everything you tell us will be kept private and confidential.

You can e-mail: rosalind@inclusionscotland.org or you can phone: 0131-555-6887 if you are interested in being interviewed.

14th March 2014 ICOD Social Group trip to New Lanark Heritage Centre

The ICOD Social Group are organising a trip to New Lanark Heritage Centre on Monday 21st April 201, leaving the ICOD Office at 9:30am and returning for 4:30pm. If you are interested in coming along to this event, please contact the ICOD office. Please click here for more details.

24th January 2014 Job Vacancies with Inverclyde Connections Project

ICOD have secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund to help disadvantaged and vulnerable people cope with welfare reform and manage their benefits and finances effectively. The Inverclyde connections Project is a partnership fo ICOD, Inverclyde CHCP and other financial inclusion projects and is funded until March 2015. For more information see our jobs page

6th January 2014 Caudwell Children helps to transform the lives of disabled children

Caudwell Children helps to transform the lives of disabled children and their families by providing Family Support Services, Equipment, Treatment, Therapy and Information. Find out more at their website here.

You can contact their Family Support Co-ordinator for Scotland, Victoria Bruce, by email: victoria.bruce@cauldwellchildren.com or by telephone on: 07964 356 723

6th January 2014 ICOD receives funding from the Big Lottery to support people needing additional support to manage their benefits and finances ICOD are delighted to announce that £279,437 has been awarded to Inverclyde from the Big Lottery Support and Connect Fund.

ICOD applied in partnership with other organisations from the Inverclyde Financial Inclusion Partnership, including Financial Fitness and Inverclyde Council CHCP Advice Services to fund the Inverclyde Connections project which will help to provide better support for people needing additional help in managing their benefits and finances.

The new funding will provide additional staff to support people with a variety of needs, including those with disabilities and mental health issues, people who are homeless or experiencing crisis and change.

The project will initially run until March 2015 and provide:

-tailored support to access and maintain applications for benefits.
-support with benefits appeals through to tribunal.
- support with in work benefits and employment related entitlements.
-support to identify and apply for other services and entitlements.
-assistance with budgeting and managing debt.
-increased access to advice and welfare rights services for Deaf people who use British Sign Language.
-increased outreach and home visits for those who find it difficult to get out.

Inverclyde Council Leader and Welfare Champion Councillor Stephen McCabe said: "This funding is very welcome indeed and will make a real difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. The project is another example of the significant work being done in Inverclyde to support all those affected by Welfare Reform."

ICOD Chairperson John Donaghey said “This is great news for people in Inverclyde, this will help ICOD and our partners better support local disabled people through the changes of Welfare Reform”.

Vice-Chairperson Tracey Rew said “I am very pleased that the Big Lottery is supporting the project, this will help Deaf people like myself have better access to advice services to help with our benefits and finances.”

4th December 2013 Clyde Square Christmas Lights Switch On The ICOD Social Group are selling tea, coffee and mince pies in 9 Clyde Square, Greenock on Thursday 5th November 2013 from 5:45pm - 7pm. Come along to watch the Christmas Lights being switched on in a warm room with a hot drink. Click here for more information.
16th July 2013 DWP Benefit Consultations

The DWP are currently running 2 consultations that ICOD would encourage our members to respond to:

1. Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - Moving Around Activity

Personal Independence Payment is replacing Disability Living Allowance for people aged 16-64, and new assessment criteria have been brought in for this.Previously under Disability Living Allowance (DLA) people who were not able to mobilise easily for 20 meters or less would qualify for the High Rate Mobility Component.

Under PIP, the proposed criteria would lift this threshold to 50 meters, which would mean less people may qualify for the Enhanced Rate for Mobility Under PIP.

Quite rightly, disabled people and disabled people's organisations have challenged this change, and the DWP are now running a consultation on this. The deadline to reply is the 5th of August 2013. Information and how to reply to the consultation can be found in a variety of formats, including British Sign Language, and the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-the-pip-assessment-moving-around-activity

2. Independent Review of Work Capability Assessment

The Work Capability Assessment is the assessment used by the DWP when deciding if someone is entitled to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), this is the benefit which replaces Incapacity Benefit.

The Work Capability Assessment has been criticised  by many disabled people and disabled people’s organisations as wrongly assessing many people as fit for work, despite having serious and long term illnesses and disabilities.

In response to these criticisms, the DWP has commissioned an annual independent review of the assessment, and this is the fourth year the review has been carried out. This year the independent review is being carried out by Dr Paul Litchfield.

The review is an opportunity for disabled people and organisations to give evidence of difficulties and problems with the assessment process, and suggest improvements. The deadline for replies is 27th August 2013, Information and how to reply to the consultation can be found in a variety of formats, including British Sign Language, and the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/fourth-independent-review-of-the-work-capability-assessment-wca
11th July 2013 Summer 2013 Linkability Inverclyde Council on Disability have produced a Summer 2013 issue of Linkability. This includes information about existing and new ICOD Services with the introduction of the ABC Home Learning Service, which will enable local disabled people to fell digitally included with the provision of accessible home learning courses and with the provision of IT hardware and software on a loan basis. Our Information and Advice Service is now available on an outreach basis in local community centres and homes offering information and advice on issues ranging from benefits, accessible transport, passported benefits such as blue badges and concessionary travel cards. Included in this issue is a calendar of up and coming social events and much more. Please click here to view the latest edition of Linkability.
29th April 2013 CVS Community Awards

Inverclyde Council on Disability would like to thank CVS Inverclyde and all the sponsors for organizing Inverclyde Community Awards event on Thursday 25th April at the Beacon. The event was a wonderful celebration and recognition of the continuous hard work, commitment and dedication of Inverclyde Voluntary Organisations, their staff and volunteers. Voluntary organizations play a key role in the delivery of services within Inverclyde and without dedicated staff and volunteers many of these services would be unable to deliver such worthwhile and well needed services to the local community.

The setting for the evening was wonderful and it was great to see so many local organizations recognised and represented on the evening, the turn out pays tribute to the hard work and the importance of the Voluntary sector in Inverclyde.

ICOD were deeply honored to be nominated and shortlisted for Equalities & Inclusion, Health & Care and Voluntary Organisation of The Year Award and were deeply honored to be named Winner of Health & Care Award.

There are many worthy voluntary Organisations in Inverclyde that deliver a range of invaluable services to the local community. It is great to see that the work of the voluntary sector and its volunteers has been recognised in this way.

ICOD would like to thank CVS and the sponsors for organizing this event and those who nominated and voted for our project and all those who have supported our project over the past 25 years.

The evening was a great success and a tribute to the voluntary sector in Inverclyde.

 

17th January 2013 Big Lottery Fund Announcement

ICOD has good reason to be grateful to the Big Lottery Fund as we have been awarded almost half-a-million pounds. Jim MacLeod, Chair Person said  “This will allow the project to start up new services which will allow us to reach even more disabled people and their families in Inverclyde. The funds will also ensure that the delivery of vital and well used existing services continue.”

Project Manager Carol Kearns “Our project provides a variety of services that take a holistic approach to the needs of local disabled people and helps enable them to live independently, reducing their feeling of dependency on family, friends and carers as well as improving their community involvement.We would like to thank the Big Lottery Fund for their continuous support in our project.”

The award was also welcomed by Grace Smith, of Gourock, who has accessed our services for over nine years. “Without Inverclyde Council on Disability I would never have been able to visit all of these places – it has opened up a whole new world for me.”

Please see below for links to articles that have been released about today’s announcement.

http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/press-releases/scotland/170113_sco_iic_boost-for-inverlcyde

http://bigblogscotland.org.uk/2013/01/17/investing-in-communities-and-grace/

http://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/news/greenock/articles/2013/01/17/443770-delight-at-charitys-453k-boost-/

http://www.inverclydenow.com/news/local/8704-group-gets-p450000-to-support-disabled

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-21047915

http://posabilitymagazine.co.uk/2013/01/17/httpwww-bbc-co-uknewsuk-scotland-tayside-central-21047915/

15th August 2012 Scottish Government Consultation on BSL Bill The Scottish Government is asking people their views on a proposed BSL (British Sign Language) Bill. The Bill is to promote the use of British Sign Language (BSL) by requiring the Scottish Ministers and relevant public authorities to prepare and publish BSL plans. More information can be found at the SCoD (Scottish Council on Deafness) website, including links to the information in BSL by clilcking the link here

9th August 2012 Your Call Telephone Councelling Service for Disabled people now includes email councelling Lothian Centre for Independent Living currently provide a telephone councelling service for disabled people, and have now extended this to include councelling by email. further information about their telephone service can be found at their website by clicking on the link here and information on their email service can be found by clicking the link here
6th August 2012 ICOD Teams up with Clyde Muirshiel Country Park to provide scooters at Greenock Cut ICOD have teamed up with Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park to provide mobility scooters at Greenock Cut so that people with mobility impairments can share in the enjoyment of this popular local attraction. Click the link to the left to find out more...
18th June 2012 Radar Keys Radar keys for accessible toilets throughout Britain are available for purchasing from the Inverclyde Council on Disability Office, 10 Clyde Square, Greenock, PA15 1NB at a cost of £5.00. If you are interested in buying a key, please let us know.
18th June 2012 Inverclyde Local Housing Strategy The latest local housing strategy for Inverclyde is now available online to view and download. Please visit http://www.inverclyde.gov.uk/housing/inverclyde-local-housing-strategy-2011-2016/ for more information.

 

 

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