Disability Sheffield

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  • Physical health & disability

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Disability Sheffield (formerly ‘Sheffield Centre for Independent Living’) aims to help disabled people to overcome the barriers that prevent them from being fully included in society through the promotion of choice, control and independence. They are a membership and user led organisation, run by those with disabilities. They promote independent living for disabled people in Sheffield.

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 will also tell you about those resources and where to find them if you need to use them again.
  • 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.
  • Sheffield Voices: Sheffield Voices is a self-advocacy group for adults with learning disabilities. The group is part of Disability Sheffield and meets once a week to talk about issues affecting them. For more information contact can be made via the Disability Sheffield office or at 0114 2536750.
  • Support for Individual Employers and Personal Assistants: 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, whether they 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: They provide employment support and information via their website, with an online resource detailing services about all stages of finding employment, including support services, information about education, training and volunteering, and in-work support.
  • Sheffield Cycling 4 All: this project run friendly and inclusive cycling sessions using their fleet of over 30 trikes designed for Disabled people or people with long-term mental or physical health conditions.  Sessions run Monday to Friday, and the last Saturday of the month. The cost is £4 for riders and free for carers.  Their cycling sessions take place in Hillsborough Park. You can explore the park on one of their trikes either on your own or chatting with one of their volunteers, or PA or friend. No matter what your physical capabilities they have a trike for you to go on. 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
  • MS Benefits Service: MS Society Local Groups, in partnership with Disability Sheffield have developed an exclusive benefit advice service for people affected by MS in Rotherham and Sheffield. Support can be provided around benefits, appeals plus other related matters. This service is also supported by Citizens Advice Sheffield. For more information call 0114 253 6774 or email msbenefits@disabilitysheffield.org.uk

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

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