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DAD Information Booklet

Contents

Information in Other Formats
DAD Centre for Independent Living
Access Interest Group
Advocacy Project
Become a DAD Member
Children and Young People Service (ChYPS)
Contacts Information
DAD's Taxi
Darlington Parent Carer Forum
DASH
Direct Payments Support Service
Disability Equality Training
Hate Crime
Independent Living Hub
Independent Support
Information
Make your Views Known
Mentoring for Independence
People's Parliament
Volunteer Project

Information in Other Formats

If you need this booklet in another format, such as electronic, large print or easy read, please contact our Head Office.
Telephone: 01325 489999
Text: 07624 818780
Email: mail@darlingtondisability.org
If English is not your first language and you would like more information, contact our Head Office by telephone on 01325 489999.

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DAD Centre for Independent Living

DAD began as a charity in 1986 led by disabled people. We are now also a company limited by guarantee and have a Board of Trustees. The majority of Trustees are disabled people, who direct our work.

We act as a focal point for consultation with disabled people and carers and manage a range of services and projects to support our aims.

DAD is a Centre for Independent Living. We offer support and services for disabled people, older people, people who have a learning difficulty or experience mental ill health. We can support people of all ages and impairments.

Mission Statement

We exist to promote independence and choice. We support disabled people and carers through the provision of services, support and information, and by tackling issues affecting disabled people both locally and nationally.

Values

We strive to ensure that individuals are treated equally, particularly in respect of impairment, race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, belief or religion.

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Access Interest Group

The Access Interest Group brings disabled people together to improve access for disabled people by addressing barriers created by both the physical and attitudinal environment.

We aim to involve disabled people to:

• Highlight good practice around access issues and actively campaign on Disability Issues.

• Raise access issues and concerns with planners and providers.

• Promote and provide advice on anti-discrimination legislation to disabled people, carers, services and public bodies.

• Encourage disabled people to take up their rights under the Equality Act 2010, supporting disabled people to overcome discrimination.

• Work with organisations from the planning stage through to delivery to ensure their services are accessible.

For more information contact us on:
Telephone: 01325 489999
Text: 07624 818780
Email: aig@darlingtondisability.org

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Advocacy Project

Advocates take action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain the services they need.

DAD’s Advocacy Project is free and independent. We can support people who are:

• living in Darlington and have been assessed to use or need to use Adult Social Care Services and have difficulty in putting their views across to the council. This is known as general advocacy.

• are subject to the Mental Health Act 1983, revised 2007. This is known as Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA).

• authorised to be deprived of their liberty under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This is known as Relevant Person`s Representative (RPR).

We are all experienced and trained in good advocacy practice. We are funded by Darlington Adult Social Services, however our work is totally independent. Our job is not to tell someone what to do or what to say. Our job is to make sure that the person’s voice is heard when decisions are made about their health or social care.

For more information contact us on:
Telephone: 01325 360524
Text: 07624 818780
Email: advocacy@darlingtondisability.org

Become a DAD Member

We are a user led charitable organisation and a registered company. Membership is free and open to disabled people and non-disabled people who actively support our mission and aims.

Non-company members
If you receive support or information from us you automatically become a non-company member and will receive a newsletter.

Formal company members
75% of our Trustees and the majority of formal members must be disabled people. By becoming a formal member you can support and influence our work. You will receive an invitation to members meetings and other events and can take part in decision making by voting in elections.

To find out more about DAD membership contact:
Darlington Association on Disability
1P Enterprise House
South Entrance
Valley Street North
Darlington
DL1 1GY
Telephone: 01325 489999
Text: 07624 818780
Email: mail@darlingtondisability.org

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Children and Young People Services (ChYPS)

ChYPS aims to promote inclusion and participation by providing accessible and inclusive play and leisure opportunities.

Young Leaders - Inclusion, Participation and Leadership

Opportunities for young people aged 12 to 25 years for training, personal development and to have their say about issues affecting young people. Young Leaders have the opportunity to influence DAD and other services in Darlington and the wider community.

Inclusion Support Service

For children and young people accessing a Direct Payment to access play and leisure provision of their choice.

Professional Development Training

We offer training on inclusion, communication, behaviour management and disability awareness, to enable play and leisure providers to develop skills and increase their understanding of inclusive play.

For more information contact us on
Telephone: 01325 254848
Text: 07624 818780
Fax: 01325 254841
Email: chyps@darlingtondisability.org

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Contacts Information

Registered Office - Enterprise House

Located on Valley Street opposite Homecare. Free parking at the back of the building.

Unit 1P, Enterprise House
South Entrance
Valley Street North
Darlington
DL1 1GY
Telephone: 01325 489999
Text: 07624 818780
Email: mail@darlingtondisability.org

Access Interest Group
Telephone: 01325 489999
Text: 07624 818780
Email: aig@darlingtondisability.org

Advocacy Project
Telephone: 01325 360524
Text: 07624 818780
Email: advocacy@darlingtondisability.org

Children and Young People Services (ChYPS)
Telephone: 01325 254848
Text: 07624 818780
Email: chyps@darlingtondisability.org

Direct Payments Support Service
Telephone: 01325 360524
Text: 07624 818780
Fax: 01325 267338
Email: directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Volunteers
Telephone: 01325 489999
Text: 07624 818780
Email: volunteers@darlingtondisability.org

People’s Parliament
Telephone: 01325 360524
Fax: 01325 267758

Middlesbrough Employment Support

001 Cleveland Business Centre
Oak Street
Middlesbrough
TS1 2RQ
Telephone:  01642 049920
Email:  employersupport@darlingtondisability.org

West Lodge

Located on West Crescent, off Woodland Road. Our building is accessible. On-street parking is available in certain areas of West Crescent. The Independent Living Hub has limited Blue Badge parking.

West Lodge
West Crescent
Darlington
DL3 7PS
Fax: 01325 254841
Text:07624 818780

Independent Living Hub, Mentoring for Independence
Telephone: 01325 254840
Email: independentlivinghub@darlingtondisability.org

All our premises are accessible and have loop systems available. 

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DAD's Taxi

This new wheelchair accessible service is now available to take bookings

Photo of DAD's taxi

The above photo is of DAD's taxi ready for hire!

DAD's Taxi Service:

• Welcomes all customers
• Assistance dogs are welcome
• Easy access for wheelchair users
• Stylish vehicle
• Smart, courteous drivers
• High quality customer service
• Customers treated with dignity and respect

Call/text 07710 158077 or call 01325 251044

If the driver is unable to take your call then please leave a message on the answer phone and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Local Motion Logo

Local Motion, engaging with the people of Tees Valley and working with Connect Tees Valley, we support walking, cycling, taking public transport and car sharing because it’s good for our communities, our health and well-being and it improves our environment.

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Darlington Parent Carer Forum

Together for Better - Darlington Parent Carer Forum are a parent led forum working inwith Education, Social Care and Health to influence and develop quality services for disabled children and young people and those with Special Educational Needs.

In 2016/17 we focused on working with the Local Authority to further develop the one plan and Education, Health and Care plan process.

We identify gaps in services for children with behaviour, social, emotional and mental health needs and continuing work on independent living.

We've seen forum membership grow recently and are very excited about further developing our reach.

We'd love to get as many parents involved as possible so if you are interested please get in touch by calling 01325 254848, emailing parentsforum@darlingtondisability.org, texting 07624818780 or following us on Facebook by searching Darlington Parent Carer Forum.

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DASH

Inclusive play and leisure sessions during holidays for disabled and non-disabled children between the ages of 3 and 18 years.

DASH promotes a free play structure, but some structured activities are also provided, including indoor and outdoor play sessions, workshops, trips to the seaside, soft play, swimming and bowling.

Through trained staff and volunteers we are able to maintain a high level of support for children. All staff and volunteers attend training and are fully DBS and reference checked.

We aim to:

• Provide a "children first" service.
• Promote a fun, stimulating and safe environment for children to play and socialise.
• Provide a range of exciting play and leisure opportunities.
• Encourage children to be as independent as possible through providing the appropriate support.
• Provide parents/carers with an opportunity to take time off from caring for themselves.

For more information contact us on:
Telephone: 01325 254848
Text: 07624 818780
Email: chyps@darlingtondisability.org

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Direct Payments Support Service

Direct Payments are a way of getting more choice and control over the support you are assessed as needing from Adult Social Services, Children’s Services, a Personal Health Budget or a Direct Payment as part of an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.

The Direct Payments Support Service assists people to look at options and provides a range of support when using or thinking about using a Direct Payment.

• Individual support to look at how you might use a Direct Payment.

• Support if you choose to employ your own personal assistants and support workers, including a full payroll service and recruiting and advertising support.

• Peer support groups and user involvement forum.

• A page within DAD’s Newsletter and a self-directed support and direct payments webpage to keep you up to date with changes.

• Advice and support help line.

• Support to help you manage your Direct Payment financially.

We also provide support for people who pay for their own support, live outside Darlington, use Independent Living Fund or receive a personal health budget.

We also provide an Direct Payments Employment Support service in Middlesbrough.

For more information contact us on:
Telephone: 01325 360524
Text: 07624 818780
Fax: 01325 267758
Email: directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

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Disability Equality Training

Up to date training, exploring the meaning of disability and offering guidance on current legislation. The training reflects the Social Model of Disability, the philosophy of the Disability Movement and best practice.

What you will gain from the course:

• An understanding of the distinction between impairment and disability.

• Confidence when working with disabled people by using appropriate etiquette and language.

• Understanding current legislation and the importance of disability issues when developing or implementing practices, policies or procedures.

• Guidance on how to remove the barriers, which disabled people face on a daily basis.

What participants thought:

“Informative and interesting.”
“Increased understanding of disability.”
“More aware of the barriers faced by and attitudes towards disabled people.”
“More aware of my own actions and surroundings.”

For more information contact us on:
Telephone: 01325 489999
Text: 07624 818780
Email: det@darlingtondisability.org

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Hate Crime

Hate Crime poster issued by Crimestoppers

The image above shows ways to report Hate Crime

How to Report Disability Hate Crime

There are many ways to report hate crime.

• If the matter involves an attack or serious crime, ring 999

• If it is a lesser incident such as verbal abuse, ring 101

• Contact your local police directly.

• Contact Darlington Association on Disability on 01325 489 999 or email DAD for support.

Please visit the Hate Crime section for much more information.

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The Independent Living Hub

The Independent Living Hub is led by the people using the service and is based on promoting equality, independence, choice and control.

The Independent Living Hub:

• Provides support staff, volunteers, accessible premises, including kitchen, equipment and resources such as computers.

• Supports young people and adults to work at their own pace to devise Personal Outcomes; setting goals which include access to education, training, leisure, voluntary work and employment.

• Provides courses including Life skills, Confidence Building, Disability Equality and Personalisation and Independent Living Skills, such as cooking, budgeting and travel training.

• Offers emotional, peer support, social opportunities and community involvement.

• Offers outreach opportunities including one to one support in your own home and/ or to access the community, for example, meeting new people, shopping or leisure activities.

For more information contact us on:
Telephone: 01325 254840
Text: 07624 818780
Email:independentlivinghub@darlingtondisability.org

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Independent Support

Independent Support provides support for parents of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and young people with SEN, through the co-ordinated assessment and Education, Heath and Care Plan (EHCP) processes.

Parents and young people up to the age of 25 can access DADíS Children and Young peopleís Service for information and support on:

• Education, Health and Care Plans.

• Transfer Reviews (moving from a Statement or Learning Difficulty Assessment to an EHCP).

• Requesting a co-ordinated Education Health and Care Needs assessment.

• Personal Budgets.

• Services and support available in Darlington for families of children with SEN and disabled children.

For more information contact us on:
Telephone: 01325 254848
Text: 07624 818780
Email: chyps@darlingtondisability.org

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Information

DAD provides comprehensive and up to date disability information and advice on options to disabled people, carers, members of the public, students and practitioners.

This includes:

• Information provision and advice on options.

• Rights based information.

• Availability of information in a wide range of formats.

• Signposting to other local, regional and national services.

• Provision of assistance to contact other organisations, fill in forms and apply for charitable funding.

All information and advice is confidential and enquiries can be made by telephone, email, text or in person at our head office.

For more information contact us on: 
Telephone: 01325 489999
Text: 07624 818760
Email: info@darlingtondisability.org

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Make your Views Known

We welcome compliments, comments and complaints. These may be written, or communicated in another way, for example, verbally, signed or by e-mail. The views of people using our services are helpful in future planning and developing a quality service.

If you wish to make a complaint:

• Contact a project coordinator or senior manager.

• You can be supported or accompanied by a person of your choice and we will provide a communicator if required.

• Complaints will be dealt with promptly within given timescales outlined in our complaints procedure.

• All complaints are fed back to our Trustees.

For a copy of our compliments, comments and complaints procedure contact:

Darlington Association on Disability
Unit 1P, Enterprise House,
Valley Street
Darlington
DL1 5PT

Telephone: 01325 489999
Text: 07624 818780
Email: mail@darlingtondisability.org

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Mentoring for Independence

Mentoring for Independence Project supports young people, aged between 12 and 25 years old, to learn Independent Living Skills, through the transition of being a child, to becoming a young adult.

Skills include:

• Travel Training
• Cooking
• Budgeting
• Personal Care
• Social Awareness

Young people gain confidence, self esteem, friendships, practical and emotional support, in a safe, flexible, friendly and fun environment.

The bespoke project is delivered in 3 hour sessions and includes support from experienced staff and the use of building based resources, such as accessible kitchen, computers and a Nintendo Wii in our chill out room.  

Sessions may also be available during school and college holidays, evenings and weekends, with opportunities to access social and leisure opportunities.

For more information contact us on:
Telephone: 01325 254840
Text: 07624 818780
Email:independentlivinghub@darlingtondisability.org

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People's Parliament

Darlington’s People's Parliament is a lively group that meets once a month to discuss local and national issues affecting everyone. It is a self advocacyfor adults with a learning impairment or difficulty with the aim of understanding rights and building confidence to speak up for yourself and others. Parliament is an opportunity to make friends and learn new things.

We discuss important issues like health and social care, jobs, housing, anti-social behaviour (bullying and bad behaviour), training and other day to day issues.

Meetings are free to attend, transport can be provided . If you would rather just hear about our work or contribute on a one to one basis or by post we have a non active membership available with the option to come to meetings and events as desired.

We are also interested in hearing from parent carers, family members or interested parties, particularly those who support a person with complex needs.

Meetings take place monthly on Mondays 10am to 2.30pm.

For more information contact us on:
Telephone: 01325 360524
Fax: 01325 267758
Email: parliament@darlingtondisability.org

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Volunteer Project

The project recruits and supports volunteers within DAD.

Some of our current volunteer opportunities include:

• Volunteer for Carers Support Service.
• Supporting activities.
• DASH Playscheme. DASH provides 3 inclusive play schemes throughout the school holidays to all children, disabled and non-disabled children.DASH promotes a free play structure, but some structured activities are also provided, including indoor and outdoor play sessions, workshops and trips out.need as many volunteers as possible to support the children at the scheme, please apply as soon as possible so that your re-appointment checks (DBS check etc) are done in time.

Whatever time you have available, we will value your skills and commitment and place you within a project that best suits you.

Some of the benefits of volunteering include:

• Access to free training.
• Developing new skills.
• Improving levels of confidence.
• Flexible hours to suit you.
• Opportunities to gain experience.

For more information contact us on: 
Telephone: 01325 489999
Text: 07624 818780
Email: volunteers@darlingtondisability.org

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