For the first time we are offering the opportunity for any and all organisations to promote themselves to disabled people via our Access Card holder scheme – irrespective of CredAbility Status.
You can put an offer, discount, information or opportunity to disabled people on our CredAble map by visiting the new page on the Nimbus website, click the image of the map below for more information and the form:
I do however find myself waiting for a train following having spent the morning celebrating Social Enterprise Day at the House of Commons. Its only now that i sit here and reflect that i can see that what we have achieved as Nimbus and continue to achieve with CredAbility is quite remarkable.
Nimbus is a very natural and organic social enterprise but what are we actually talking about what we talk about social enterprise. My own personal reasoning is the term social enterprise is simply a business model through which we increase and maximise social impact and its social impact that is the most important thing. Something we can all have without necessarily being a social enterprise. This was the message of today’s celebrations; to Buy Social, to spend our money wisely and to make sure that it has the broadest impact possible.
Its as we think about the contributions large and small made by our CredAble providers that we can really take stock of what we achieve together for disabled people, the choice to have a yoga lesson, learn to cook, visit a cinema or to camp out at a festival for the weekend. It can be about the choice to do none of these things but the impact we have as a collective is clear, people having a better opportunity to live their lives the way they want to.
Being a CredAble provider cements our individual contributions to this and for that I say thanks to all involved for being a part of this incredible journey.
For many of the past 10 social enterprise days I have been working in organisations which support social enterprise but this year I find myself working in one! I was constantly harping on about social impact and why it is important for the sector to get that measurement right. Now that I am ‘in the trenches’ I am getting to grips with the impact we are making not just as an organisation but as a connector of organisations which do good things for disabled people.
For the first time I have really been able to think about how we know we are making a difference, and what that difference means to people who use the services of our CredAble Providers. While certainly the ability to have choice and control over how your support is delivered has a positive impact for the individual, I think it is bigger than that. Working with businesses to help them to have a better relationship with their disabled customers is good for everybody.
When a disabled person can freely choose which cinema to attend, which restaurant to eat in or to directly employ their own personal assistant to support them, then it is not just a positive outcome for themselves but also for their families, friends and others who are part of their circle. By breaking down the barriers to access and bringing more and more CredAble Providers on board will have a positive outcome on society.
While we celebrate the fact that some of our CredAble Providers are also social enterprises, we recognise that even those that aren’t are doing their share to create positive social impact for their disabled customers and in so doing broadening society’s perspective.
As a quick example we are aware that one of our niche micro providers are delivering culturally specific home care support services to a sector of society that had been previously overlooked. Instead of sick and older individuals being shunted to care homes in scattered parts of the city, they are now able to stay in their homes and remain part of their community. Their families do not have the burden of traveling to see them and the neighbourhoods benefit by having access to the life experiences of these important members of society. The State also saves some money but that is a discussion for another day! Admittedly, without becoming part of the CredAbility family this organisation was having difficulty getting off the ground.
We’ve just found out that our work on CredAbility has seen us shortlisted for a National Award from Social Enterprise UK sponsored by The Independent Newspaper.
We have been shortlisted in the category of Innovation
All the winners of the UK awards categories will be announced at a ceremony being held at LSO St. Lukes in London on 27 November (6pm – 11pm).
The evening is being hosted by comedienne and TV host Sue Perkins and will feature a pre dinner reception and networking, a 3 course meal, awards ceremony, entertainment and post dinner bar.
We look forward to this being a real celebration of the best of the social enterprise sector, raising standards and providing inspiration.
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taken from bbc news:
A disabled man has won a legal ruling against a bus company over its wheelchair policy.
Doug Paulley from Wetherby, West Yorkshire, took First Bus Group to court after he was told he could not get on a bus because a pushchair user refused to give up the space.
A judge at Leeds County Court ruled the “first come first served” policy was unlawful discrimination in breach of the Equality Act 2010 .
First said it was “disappointed”.
Mr Paulley, 35, told BBC Look North: “Somebody with a pushchair in the wheelchair space refused to move when asked by the driver, because their baby was asleep in the pushchair and they didn’t want to wake the baby up.
“So I was unable to get on the bus, I was told to get off the bus and wait for the next one.
The decision in Doug’s case will drive the changes that are needed to make public transport accessible for all disabled users”
End Quote Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson Disability campaigner
“Having approached them directly in various other ways, this seemed the only way to force them to take the issue seriously and to make adjustments so wheelchair users can reliably take the bus.”
‘Breakthrough’First’s website states: “Wheelchair users have priority use of the wheelchair space”, but adds that “the driver has no power to compel passengers to move in this way and is reliant upon the goodwill of the passengers concerned” and “if a fellow passenger refuses to move [the wheelchair user] will need to wait for the next bus”.
Mr Paulley’s lawyer Chris Fry from Unity Law said his client was awarded £5,500 in compensation and the company had been given six months to change its policy.
“This is a breakthrough. There’s no point having an accessible bus if the service itself is inaccessible,” Mr Fry said.
In a statement, First Bus Group said it would “take time to consider the findings”.
It added: “At First we do recognise how important it is that bus services are accessible to all and our drivers across the country are trained to act in accordance with the law in this area.”
Disability campaigner Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson said: “For millions of disabled people looking to travel to work, the shops or hospital visits public transport is our lifeline.
“The decision in Doug’s case will drive the changes that are needed to make public transport accessible for all disabled users.”
From Derby Evening Teleraph:
The Mayor of Derby, Councillor Fareed Hussain will officially collect a major award on behalf of Derby City Council, for the city’s Council House. He will be presented with the award at 11am on Monday 2 September.
Derby City Council is the first local authority in the country to be awarded the CredAbility Verified Accessible Award for a Council building by Nimbus – a disability and equality consultancy that is led and managed by disabled people. This national award is presented to organisations that have buildings that have access for disabled staff and visitors.
Also on the day, the CredAbility Access flag will be raised at the Council House to celebrate winning this national award.
There are many excellent facilities for disabled people such as Sign video system for virtual British Sign Language, induction loops, the fully wheelchair accessible ablution facility for our multi-faith and contemplation room and our fully accessible toilets for disabled people, including a changing place toilet.
A mini-access guide of the Council House has been recently produced and on this guide there is an app that people can access on their smart phone to give feedback to Nimbus on their visit.
The Council House was opened on Monday 17 December 2012 after a rebuilding programme that took just over two years. Around 1600 Council staff are based in the building, around three times more people than in the original building.
The refurbished building includes improved customer service areas which have been designed to be lighter and more spacious and the building is fully accessible to all.
Councillor Fareed Hussain, the Mayor of Derby, said,
I am delighted that Derby’s Council House has won this prestigious award and is also the first Council House in the country to have achieved this recognition. We have had a long-term commitment to improve access for disabled people in Derby and when the Council House was designed, it was our priority that the facilities for disabled people would be of a high standard. This award is the result of many years consultation with disabled people in Derby, in particular our Disabled People’s Diversity Forum, who have been very influential in the design of the Council House. This award follows on the success of Derby coming on top with Chester of British cities in the Access City Europe Award and we will continue to look at improving access and facilities for disabled people in Derby.
Martin Austin, Managing Director of Nimbus, said
As a Derby based organisation working across the country it’s great to see local organisation leading the way and Local Authorities taking their responsibilities to Disabled People to heart
Following the recent Access Accreditation of Derby City Councils Council House; The Council are so proud of their award that they have elected to purchase a flag to be displayed on the outside of the Council House. I was at a meeting yesterday and dropped off their plaque and flag while I was there in advance of a formal launch on the 2nd September.
Yesterday just seemed too good a photo opp to waste so we snuck into the main council chamber and got this:
Free training to improve care quality for Midlands disabled people
From August, free training will be available for disabled people and carers in Nottingham. This is all thanks to a Skills for Care grant to local charity Disability Direct.
Disability Direct will work with local providers Nimbus and CredAble Provider Aspire Physio to run courses that will help local people give and receive the best quality care.
The courses will explain what’s expected of a Personal Assistant, how to move and handle someone safely, the responsibilities of the person employing the PA, and how to manage your PA.
The term Personal Assistant (PA) is used instead of carer because a PA is directly employed by a disabled person to support them. It is not a care role in the traditional sense.
Amarjit Raju, CEO of Disability Direct, explains why they are running the training:
There is a lack of advice for disabled people on how to be good employers of PAs. And it’s difficult for PAs to learn the skills they need because of their working hours. This training will teach disabled people and PAs what they need to work well together to improve their health.”
Claire Torkington, Area Officer at Skills for Care agrees,
Skills for Care wants everyone to have the highest quality care possible and training Personal Assistants and their employers is one way to do this. This grant works with people’s care requirements so that they can attend the training without having to worry about the extra costs. Everyone who attends gets their travel and care costs paid for and a certificate of achievement.”
The 4 half-day courses will be run every month in August, September and October. Spaces are limited so book soon
Call 01332 404040 to book for Derby Based Sessions
Call 0115 958 3948 for Nottingham based sessions
email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
On Wednesday the 10th July we were very graciously invited by Local MP Chris Williamson and Anne Mguire, Shadow Minister for Disabled People, to launch CredAbility at The House of Commons.
The event was a great success with some fantastic and enthused speeches from accredited providers and other stakeholders including Sue Bott from Disability Rights UK.
On the day the timing was perfect to present the Verified Accessible Award to Derby City Council for the accessibility of their newly refurbished council house:
“I’m delighted that Derby’s Council House has won this prestigious award.
“This award is the result of many years’ consultation with disabled people in Derby, in particular our Disabled People’s Diversity Forum, who have been very influential in the design of the Council House.”
“With some 11 million people in the UK with limiting long term illnesses, impairments or disabilities I think this is an excellent scheme which will enable independent choice and control for disabled people and for organisations to demonstrate their commitment to disabled people.”
Should you have any questions or would like to meet to find out more about how Nimbus and CredAbility can work for your organisations please don’t think twice about getting in touch.