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Experience Exchange – Medical Services 

9 Aug 17

Have you accessed any health or social care services during 2017 so far, such as attending a GP Appointment, or visiting your local hospital, dentist or pharmacy, or visiting a relative in a nursing or care home? If so Healthwatch Wolverhampton …


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Question Time for neurological Conditions 

9 Aug 17

If you are someone with a neurological condition, or know someoen who is, you need to put to mark September 5th in your diaries.


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Make:Shift – get inspired! 

9 Aug 17

Let’s Make:Inspiration together on 10 th August at 12:00 for a 12:30 start at WildBytes café As part of a programme of activities in the lead up to Make:Shift 2017 (on 11 th November), Make:Shift will be showing some TED videos during lunchtimes …


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Making a Will 

11 Apr 17

Anyone over 18 can make a will.


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Bereavement Support Service 

10 Apr 17

Wolverhampton City Council with partners such as the Hospitals Trust runs an excellent accessible Bereavement Centre from the ground floor of the Civic Centre, next to the Registrar for Births, Deaths and Marriages.


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JSA or ESA? 

10 Apr 17

Some of our service users have been asking what the point is of being on ESA in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG), now that the benefit has been cut, and you get the same money as you would on JSA.


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Lonliness – some help 

23 Mar 17

Over 70% of older people are lonely according to research published by the over 50s site gransnet .


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ESA Changes 

13 Mar 17

People in the work related activity group of Employment Support Allowance get a work related activity component of up to £29.05 a week.


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Child Tax Credit – new rules 

13 Mar 17

From 6th April the family element of child tax credit is scrapped.


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Housing Benefit for under 35s 

13 Mar 17

If you are single, under 35 and rent from a private landlord,  your housing benefit will be capped at £65 per week.


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Housing Benefit changes for under 35s 

7 Mar 17

If you are single, under 35 and rent from a private landlord,  your housing benefit will be capped at £65 per week.


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Equality Commission wants views on housing access 

6 Mar 17

From the EHRC: In December last year, the Commission launched a formal inquiry into the chronic lack of accessible and adaptable housing available for disabled people in Britain.


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FirstGroup Plc v Paulley 

18 Jan 17

The Court held that FirstGroup’s policy of requiring a driver just to request a non-wheelchair user to vacate the space without taking any further steps was unjustified under the Equality Act.


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Stepchange – help with debt 

18 Jan 17

If you are struggling to manage and have debts mounting up, an organisation called Stepchange is just the thing to help.


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Civic Centre Access 

9 Jan 17

The main entrance and reception area of the Civic Centre, Wolverhampton will be temporarily closed from Tuesday 3 rd January for up to seven weeks for essential repairs and maintenance being carried out by the FutureSpace programme.


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Blue Badge Parking Changes 

12 Dec 16

On Monday 9 th January there are going to be changes of how to access some disabled persons parking bays in the City Centre due to bus lane enforcement schemes.


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Wellbeing hub to close 

9 Dec 16

Wolverhampton Community and Wellbeing Hub will be closing down in May 2017 .


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Search for new paralympic swimmers 

29 Nov 16

You can go along to a FREE swimming session this Sunday at Wednesbury Leisure Centre, disabled swimmers and carers are welcome, Swimmers of all ages with a disability are invited to one of the local Para-Swimming Talent Identification sessions …


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Increasing fun and friendships for disabled children and young people 

31 Oct 16

Include Me TOO launched a new project Callum’s Promise which aims to increase Fun, Adventures and Friendships to disabled children and young people.


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Omega Bereavement Support 

11 Oct 16

Omega Care is offering a series of free bereavement support groups; Share experiences and learn from others in similar situations Discover new coping skills and begin to focus on the future Develop your own plan for moving forward with life Friday …


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Friends Against Scams campaign 

10 Oct 16

Trading Standards has started a campaign called Friends Against Scams for anyone who wants to protect themselves, friends, or family against scams – the UK population is stung for £5-10  billion  due to scams.


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Online bullying is cyber crime 

10 Oct 16

The Crown Prosecution Service has issued new rules and guidelines about which types of online behaviour can be prosecuted as a crime.


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Carers Rights Day Event 

23 Sep 16

Carers Suppport Wolverhampton are holding an event for carers on Friday 25th November, 10a.


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Dementia Cafes 

22 Sep 16

The Alzheimer’s Society, in partnership with Wolverhampton City Counci l , holds Dementia Cafes in the city.


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Positive Participation 

22 Sep 16

Positive Participation is a commissioned provider of Asian mental health services in Wolverhampton, based at the Blakenhall Bob Jones Community Hub (used to be called Blakenhall Healthy Living Centre).


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Wolverhampton Carers’ Forum 

21 Sep 16

Are you a carer? Would you like to be involved in the Wolverhampton Carers Forum? You can be involved with : decision making raising awareness of care issues helping to arrange events for carers Have your say about carers services and register your …


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Home Improvement Service 

19 Sep 16

If you own your own home and you are over 60 or on disability benefits, you may be able to get a free handiperson or help with the security of your home from the Wolverhampton Home Improvement Service.


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A Disability Arts Performance Network – Is This a Good Idea? 

13 Sep 16

Come and Have you say as part of The Why? Festival Drop in Sessions Room 713/4 Birmingham Central Library 19th September 11:30am ­ 6pm 20th September 2pm ­ 6:30pm Are you an artist, company, venue or promoter and would like to progress the …


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How accessible is your hospital? 

5 Sep 16

The University of Bristol Centre for Disability Studies is doing some research about how hospitals in England make changes, or ‘reasonable adjustments’, to their services so that disabled people are not disadvantaged when accessing healthcare.


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The Mind @ Work! 

9 Aug 16

City of Wolverhampton Council, Wolverhampton Healthy Minds Team and the Workers Education Association have put together a programme offering:  An Emotional Well-Being check  Five Ways to Wellbeing Workshop  Learn Coping Strategies …


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Mental Capacity Act Video 

5 Jul 16

The Mental Capacity is the law about how people can be supported to make decisions for themselves, including the right to make mistakes.


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WH Job – Quantity Surveyor 

23 Jun 16

Wolverhampton Homes seek applications for the job of Quantity Surveyor.


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Universal Credit and Rent Arrears 

21 Jun 16

According to a survey of people on Universal Credit who are in ALMOs like Wolverhampton Homes, over three quarters of those receiving Universal Credit are in arrears, compared to less than one third of tenants overall.


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Permission to perform – Kuli Kohli 

21 Jun 16

In May 2016, I was invited to take part in ‘Permission to Perform’ workshop and performance gig for disabled people at the Newhampton Arts Centre.


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Recovery House 

14 Jun 16

City of Wolverhampton Council reply to the Recovery House Consultation: Between November 2015 and February 2016 the City of Wolverhampton Council proposed changes to the four bed crisis support and outreach service for people with mental health …


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autism strategy 

13 Jun 16

Autism can affect people in different ways.


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Old Tree Nursery 

16 May 16

Heantun Housing Association, has stepped up to support Old Tree Nursery, a 5.5 acre garden, plant and fresh produce nursery in Pendeford Hall Lane, Off Wobaston Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands.


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Health Services – Have your say 

16 May 16

Wolverhampton CCG is hosting a number of Commissioning Intention Events to discuss how health services can best meet the needs of local residents.


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Permission to Perform workshop 

29 Apr 16

Calling all disabled artists, musicians, poets and comedians,  Improve your performance skills with a workshop and opportunity to perform to an audience.


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Permission to Perform 

29 Apr 16

Permission to Perform A night of performance and poetry by Deaf Disabled peopleRobin Surgeoner and his band of disabled musicians Listen to his album Black Thursday  Poetry by Kuli Kohli Comedy by Rinkoo   Barpaga Host Comedian   Nicky Preist  7.


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wheelchair users survey 

4 Apr 16

Sport England research tells us that 4 out of 5 disabled people do not do any sport or leisure activities, but 3 and a half out of 5 people want to.


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west park walk 

4 Apr 16

Why not join Activeyes for a West Park walk? On Tuesday 19th April.


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new state pension 

4 Apr 16

The new pension system is being introduced for people who reach pensionable age on or after 6 April 2016 – that is a man born on or after 6 April 1951 or a woman born on or after 6 April 1953.


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Healthwatch Invite 

14 Mar 16

Healthwatch invites you to a ‘Meet and Greet’ drop–in event between 1pm and 3pm at the Civic Centre, Committee Room 2 on Friday 18 March 2016 , to inform you of changes that are occurring in the delivery of Healthwatch in the City.


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Artist Workshop 

3 Mar 16

This video is about Come to the Artist work shop an event at Creative Support at the Boot Factory Woverhampton Feb 19 2016 involving over forty disabled people collaborating with disabled artists, Robin Surgeoner, Jo Munton and Jason Wilsher Mills…


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Elephants and iPads 

26 Feb 16

On Friday the 19 February lots of people came to Creative Support at the Boot factory, Wolverhampton.


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Come to the Artist Workshop 

10 Feb 16

Come to the Artist Workshop Friday 19 February 2016 10am – 12.30 Session 1 1.30 – 3.30 Session 2 iPad Artist Jason Wilsher-Mills Be a Puppeteer with Jo Munton Write Songs with Robin Surgeoner Location: Creative Support The Boot Factory, 22 …


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Disability Disco 

9 Feb 16

Thursday 3rd March 2016 Diamond Introducing a Disability Disco Night for those disabled people, friends and carers.


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Free fitness sessions 

13 Jan 16

When: Saturday 16th January, 2016 from 8am – 12’30pm What: Free taster fitness classes Where: Bilston Bert Williams leisure centre, Aldersley leisure centre and Central central baths gym Kick start your new year health and wellness resolutions …


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Universal Credit causes rent arrears 

7 Jan 16

Arms-Length companies managing council housing stock have done a survey of their tenants on Univeral Credit.







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