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Terrific Turnout for Scooter Training


Service users at the Tabor Centre, Braintree, going through their paces.

Rochford based Charity, Disability Essex, took its Mobility Scooter Training Mobile Unit to Braintree this week. Service users at the Tabor Centre, some of whom who are already used to using various forms of power assisted chair, took to the course with gusto.

Julie Mills, of Disability Essex, said: “Our course is not only for those who are new to mobility scooters. There are people who may have had one for some time, but are wary to use it through lack of confidence. This is one aspect where we can help. We have also been able to show people who thought that they could never use a scooter that they can. To be able to help give someone the chance to get their independence back is wonderful. Our biggest aim is to promote safety for all – and it’s working. We have had extremely positive feedback today, from both the users and the Tabor Centre itself. Some users even swapped their attendance day to take part”.

Disability Essex press release, August 2011

Disability Essex Boosts American Dream


From left to right:Alan Morgan, John Gibson, Stuart Kirk, Emily Morgan, Helen Morgan

Rochford-based county charity Disability Essex has presented a cheque for over £8,000 to 15 year old Hornchurch resident, Emily Morgan.

Emily has cerebral palsy and her family and friends have been busy raising money to send her to the USA for a life-changing operation currently unavailable here in the UK. Some months ago, they asked if we could help them by allowing them to co-ordinate their fundraising efforts through Disability Essex. As Hornchurch falls within the Diocese of Chelmsford – the area of our traditional operations – we did not hesitate in offering our assistance.

Steven Davis, Chairman of Disability Essex, said:

“We were delighted to be able to help a disabled child in such a positive way. We strive constantly to improve the lives of disabled people but it is not often that we get to see the result at first hand.”

The cheque was presented on Friday 15th July to a delighted Emily, and her mother Helen, by John Gibson, former Chairman of Disability Essex.

Disability Essex press release, July 2011

Smiles on wheels, thanks to Disability Essex

Twenty Hockley residents from local sheltered housing complexes, Spa Court and Rupert Jarvis Court were treated to a day at the seaside thanks to Rochford-based charity Disability Essex. Using its Mini Bus Share Scheme, the charity provided two volunteer drivers, Mark Rook and Les Charade, along with two accessible mini buses, to take the group of elderly residents to Clacton.

Volunteer Mark said that a lovely time was had by all. He added, “It was great to be out and about helping in the Community, and maintaining the longstanding traditions of this charity.”.

The scheme is one of many services provided across the county by Disability Essex. It fits into the ‘Wellbeing’ agenda of Essex County Council, as well as the Government’s ‘Big Society’ agenda.

Interestingly, Essex Disabled People’s Association (as Disability Essex was known in the past), offered short ‘holiday breaks’ at an accessible caravan in the 1960’s – also at Clacton. This gave families the chance to have a break at an affordable price, pre-dated the creation of ‘Social Services’ by 14 years and was some 20 years before the concept of ‘respite care’ had become widely accepted!

Disability Essex press release, July 2011

Blackpool FC manager steps in to raise funds for DisabilityEssex!


Ian Holloway, the outspoken manager of Blackpool football club was impressed with Disability Essex and wants to help raise funds for the charity.

He has generously given Disability Essex a Blackpool FC shirt and football, signed by the Blackpool Premiership Promotion Team of 2010.

The charity is proposing to auction these momentos, with a £50 reserve on the football and £100 on the shirt.

Disability Essex hopes that there are some Blackpool FC fans out there who will be interested.

Disability Essex press release, July 2011

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Disability Essex
Centre for Disability Studies
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Email info@disabilityessex.org
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