• 2014,  C-A-B,  campaigns,  guest blog,  I want to change the world,  mental health,  my flat,  perceptions,  personal,  perspective,  political,  success stories,  Uncategorized

    On Volunteering and Housing Day

    Today is #HousingDay (hashtag housing day) a day designed to promote social housing and highlight all it does for people in the UK, how important it is and just what the need for social housing is. I know from my own experiences just how much having access to a flat that is fully adapted to my needs, is safe and secure (in terms of both safety and tenancy) and affordable is.  It’s more than a roof over your head it’s the ability to make plans and do things and get on with your life that might otherwise be impossible. And in both parts of my CAB  role (adviser/gateway assessor and…

  • 2013,  achievements,  C-A-B,  personal,  success stories,  Things I am proud of,  things people say,  Uncategorized

    Thank You

    I’m quite well known for not noticing people waving to me when I’m out and about. Or not knowing who people are when they know me. Part of that has to do with the fact I meet so many people through things like CAB. I’m usually the only person they deal with but depending on if I’m doing appointments of gateway (10 minute triage like interviews) I might see up to 4 people in one session. The big thing in training for CAB is confidentiality. One of the points made about it is that due to that you shouldn’t acknowledge clients outside the bureau. That’s easier than it sounds because…

  • Disability Now,  One Month Before Heartbreak,  success stories,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >I am A Writer In A Wheelchair and In Print (Again)

    >I have an article in this months Disability Now! It’s called Triumph Over Cuts Tragedy and it’s about the One Month Before Heartbreak campaign.  Mostly about the sense of friendship and community we managed to build.  To me that’s probably more important that what we did fighting the cuts. Please comment and let me know what you think of it – I love getting feedback and it’s all really useful. Finally, I’d just like to take this opportunity one more time to send huge huge thanks to everyone who took time to write, tweet, video, comment, facebook and so many other things as a part of One Month Before Heartbreak.…

  • access,  complaints,  disability,  disability voices,  success stories,  Uncategorized

    >When Persistence Pays Off

    >This is a bit of a follow on to my Advocacy Tips post and is cross posted to Disability Voices One of the tips I gave in that post was to be persistent.  The example I gave was one of my local supermarkets.  My chair would only go through the wide aisle checkout and it was often closed when I visited.  The staff would open it when I asked but they had a bad attitude towards doing so and made me uncomfortable.  As a result I didn’t go there often and had actually decided I wouldn’t shop there again. I had personally made something like six complaints to them, mostly…