Disability Sheffield

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Disability Sheffield (formerly ‘Sheffield Centre for Independent Living’) are a membership organisation, run and controlled by disabled people. They promote independent living for disabled people in Sheffield. By independent living they mean that disabled people have the same freedom and rights to exercise choice and control over their own lives as any other person.

Their website contains lots of information, including the Accessible Sheffield initiative and plenty of useful fact sheets.

Services that Disability Sheffield provide, include:

Disability Information Service

Provides free, confidential information to disabled people; their families and friends, their personal assistants and carers, and any other organisation or individual in Sheffield who needs information about a disability-related issue.

The service is provided by staff and volunteers who have direct experience of disability themselves. They aim to provide the information you require using their own fact sheets and local and national information databases and resources.

They can be contacted by phone on: 0114 253 6750; by e-mail: info@disabilitysheffield.org.uk.

Advocacy Service

Disability Sheffield offers a free, confidential and independent advocacy service for disabled people living in Sheffield. If you are having trouble getting the health or social care services that you need, they may be able to help you. They accept self-referrals or referrals from third parties.

They have created a video to explain the Advocacy Service.

Sheffield Voices

Sheffield Voices is a self-advocacy group for adults with learning disabilities. The group meets once a week to talk about issues affecting them.

For more information, contact the Disability Sheffield office on 0114 253 6750.

Support for Individual Employers and Personal Assistants

You are an ‘Individual Employer’ when you employ your own Personal Assistant, rather than through a care agency. This ensures you are in control of your own care.

‘Personal Assistants’ support an individual to live more independently, usually in their own home.

This is a Peer Coaching and Mentoring project providing ‘Individual Employers’ and ‘Personal Assistants’ with the opportunity to talk to someone who has had similar experiences. You can access this project whether you are new to the world of care or not.

The Coaches and Mentors can provide advice and suggestions in specific situations and also discuss shared experiences. Features also include a Personal Assistant Register to find a personal assistant, as well as support resources for Individual Employers.

Employment Support

Disability Sheffield provide employment support and information on their website. This includes an online guide to working as a disabled person, your rights as a disabled employee, and local employment projects that specifically work with disabled clients.

Sheffield Cycling 4 All

Sheffield Cycling 4 All is a  friendly and inclusive cycling project, designed for disabled cyclists. Sessions run Monday to Friday, and the last Saturday of the month. The cost is £4 for riders and free for carers. The sessions take place in Hillsborough Park. To book your 1-hour cycling slot, you can email, call or text them. They can be phoned or texted on 07565 695296 or 07922 183338. The phonelines operate Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. Their email address is info@sheffieldcycling4all.org

Covid update 06/08/21: Most services continue under covid-safe conditions but may be experiencing changes to how or when they deliver their service. Contact Disability Sheffield directly for the latest information.

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