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Independence and Choice for All

Contents

Information in Other Formats
About Darlington Association on Disability (DAD)
Access Interest Group
Carers’ Support Service
Children and Young People Service (ChYPS)
DASH
Disability Equality Training
The Independent Living Hub
Direct Payments Support Service
People's Parliament
Equal Access to Information and Advice
Information Service
Volunteer Project
Advocacy Project
Make your Views Known
Become a DAD Member   
Contacts

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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About Darlington Association on Disability (DAD)

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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Carers’ Support Service

The service provides free information and advice to anyone providing support to a family member, friend or neighbour because of their age, illness or impairment. This includes: 

Advice

• Information and guidance about services and sources of support.

Support

• Opportunities to meet with other carers.
• Relaxation sessions.
• Listening ear, home visits and drop-in service.
• Access to training.

Register with the Carers’ Support Service as a carer or parent carer to receive:

• A regular newsletter.
• Information about services and events.
• A carers card offering discounts and concessions at a range of retail and leisure venues.

We can also register you with your GP as a carer

The Carers’ Support Service and your GP Practice have strict codes of confidentiality. They will not share your information with other organisations without your permission, unless a child or vulnerable adult is at risk.

The Carers’ Support Service is supported by Darlington Adult Social Care and County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust. They will not have access to any personal information about you, although they may ask the service to send you out information that may be of interest to you.

On receipt of your registration slip we will:
• Record the fact that you are a carer
• Offer you a carer’s check
• Send you a regular newsletter
• Pass on details to your GP so that they are aware of your caring responsibilities and take this into account. Remember, your health is important too.

If you wish to register with the Carers’ Support Service as a carer please open the Word attachment “Request to Register as a Carer.” Please contact the Carers’ Support Service if you are unable to do this and would like to use another format or have a form sent to you.

For more information contact us on:
Telephone: 01325 357533
Text: 07624 818780
Email: carers@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 14 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.

Bridges - Inclusive Bridging Support Service

Support for children, young people, play and leisure providers so that children and young people can access activities 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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DASH

Inclusive play and leisure sessions during holidays for disabled and non-disabled children between the ages of 3 and 16 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
Fax: 01325 254841
Email: chyps@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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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 Development Plans; 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, advocacy, 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
Fax: 01325 254841
Email:independentlivinghub@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 or the Children’s Services.

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

• 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.

• Newsletter to keep you up to date with any 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.

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

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People's Parliament

The People’s Parliament is a user-led group which aims to be a voice for people with a learning impairment in the Darlington area. Using this voice, they tell people and organisations what they really think and feel about local and national issues. Members discuss important issues like health and social care, jobs, housing, anti social behaviour (bullying and bad behaviour), training and other day to day issues.

The People’s Parliament promotes choice and control for people with a learning impairment and they support others to become more independent.

The Peoples Parliament also has an active role at Darlington’s Learning Disability Network.

Darlington Association on Disability supports the group, with the aim that they become fully independent in the future.

The group meet approximately every fortnight on a Monday between 10am to 3.30pm. The group is continuously looking for new members to join them in their work.

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

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Equal Access to Information and Advice Project

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, we support disabled people and carers to make informed choices and increase independence through access to disability rights based information.

Through the project you can:

• Find out more about your rights as a disabled person, a carer or parent of a disabled child.

• Find out about the Equality Act 2010 to understand when you have been discriminated against.

We offer:

• Training on disability equality, anti-discrimination legislation and making rights information accessible for advisors.

• Group presentations and themed meetings.

• One to one advice and support.

• Opportunities to share your concerns with others and help make local services better.

For more information contact us on:
Telephone: 01325 489999
Text: 07624 818780
Fax: 01325 488188
Email: equalaccess@darlingtondisability.org

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Information Service

The Information Service provides comprehensive and up-to-date disability information and advice.

The service includes:

• An on-line Information Guide which can be viewed at: www.darlingtondisability.org

• Information provision and advice on options.

• 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.

The Service is confidential and enquiries can be made by telephone, fax,email, text or in person at our head office. Home visits can sometimes be arranged.
For more information contact us on: 
Telephone: 01325 489999
Text: 07624 818760
Fax: 01325 488188
Email: info@darlingtondisability.org

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Volunteer Project

The project recruits and supports volunteers within DAD and external organisations.
 
Some of our current volunteer opportunities include:
• Administration and reception work.
• Computing, collating and updating of information.
• Supporting disabled individuals or groups to develop skills in education, training or leisure activities.
• Working with children on our playschemes and after school activities.

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
Fax: 01325 488188
Email: volunteers@darlingtondisability.org

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Advocacy Project

Advocacy is taking 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 a free and independent service for individuals and carers. We can support people who are:

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 your voice is heard when it may be difficult for you to say what you want.

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

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:


Email: mail@darlingtondisability.org

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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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DAD Contacts

Head Office now at Enterprise House

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

Projects based here: Access Interest Group, Information Service,

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

Carers’ Support Service
Telephone: 01325 357533
Email: carers@darlingtondisability.org

Children and Young People Service
Telephone: 01325 254848
Email: chyps@darlingtondisability.org

Volunteer Project
Telephone: 01325 489999
Email: volunteers@darlingtondisability.org

Direct Payments Support Service; Advocacy Project
Telephone: 01325 360524
Fax: 01325 267338
Email: directpayments@darlingtondisability.org or advocacy@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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