Coaching Deaf People in Cricket

Coaching Deaf People Workshop - 24 Oct 2013


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Recruiting Expert Members for the Learning Disability Partnership Board

SpeakEasy N.O.W. is looking for people with a learning disability to become Expert Members to sit on the Learning Disability Partnership Board and its Sub Groups.
They are looking for people with experience and knowledge of the 5 areas – health, employment, hate crime, housing and transitions.
We are particularly keen to recruit more young people and those with experience of paid employment or searching for work.
Recruitment Day on Thursday 24th October.
Contact:  Ian Craigan
SpeakEasy N.O.W. (charity No. 1106914)
01905 774247 07813 014600

West Mercia Police are seeking Volunteers

Do you have a disability?

Your advice, please.

 West Mercia Police is seeking volunteers for its Disability Independent Advisory Group (DIAG).  This is a group which provides specialist independent advice to the force.

West Mercia Police is keen to encourage applicants from the three counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.

The ideal member of an IAG is somebody who can advise using their own experiences and where available, specialist knowledge. IAG members attend six formal meetings each year, but may be contacted at other times when a particular need arises.

Positions are unpaid, although a session fee and travelling expenses are supported.

If you think you have what it takes and would like an application pack call Ann Shaw, Tactical Equality and Diversity Advisor on 01952 214637 or email

Informal interviews will be set up with short-listed applicants.

New Hope Need Your Help!

New Hope have been lucky enough to be shortlisted for a Lloyds Community fund grant. We are competing against 3 other local good causes. The two organisations with the most votes receives £3000. The two runners-up each receive £300. Should we be successful we have already pledged to spend the £3000 on equipment for our children to use and trips out for them to enjoy.

We really hope you, your friends, family and work colleagues will support us to be first past the post!

Below we have listed the 3 ways of voting for New Hope. Voting opens at 9am on 23rd September and closes at 23.59 on 1st November 2013.

Many Thanks

Jean & New Hope Team

Text Voting:

To vote for New Hope, Text the following:

VOTE (followed by a space) CWPB to 61119.

e.g. VOTE CWPB TO 61119

Texts will be charged at your operators standard message rate.

You can only Vote once from any one mobile number.

Online Voting Process:

  1. Go to:
  2. To vote online, voters must enter their email address.
  3. Voters will be sent an email and asked to click on the verification link in the email to confirm their vote.
  4. Voters may only vote once for that registered email address, but if you have a different email address you may chose to vote again using the process above.

Voting In Branch:

Information describing the good causes will be displayed in nearby branches of Lloyds Banking Group. (The branches located in Worcester Cross and in St Johns).

Individuals visiting these 2 branches will be invited to vote for one of the featured local good causes. Individuals may vote only once for a good cause within a particular branch, per transaction in branch, branch enquiry or meeting.  If you wish to vote in branch please follow the following process:

  • Approach the enquiry desk or an available member of staff and ask for a voting token.

British Gymnastics Disability Awareness Module

There is a British Gymnastics Disability Awareness module coming up in the West Midlands. The course is run over 2 days, 9th-10th November at Nuneaton Olympic Gymnastics Club, Nuneaton, CV10 0AG. The course costs £130 for a BG member and £230 for non-members.

If anyone is interested in booking or require more information they can contact the course organiser, Jae Chambers-Dowsing on 07739 512185 or email

Attend The European Goalball Championships for FREE!

Europen Goalball Championships

England vs Old Elizabethans CC THIS WEEKEND

England’s Visually Impaired Cricket team are playing a 20 over match in Worcester against Old Elizabethans’ Sighted Team on Sunday 25th August, 11am at the Old Elizabethans Cricket Club, off the Droitwich Road WR3 7SN.

This is a great opportunity for any interested people to visit the friendly club, watch England play and identify ways of which they can get involved in visually impaired cricket.  Failing that please feel free to pop across and enjoy a game of cricket!

Tom Hill

Worcestershire Cricket

Cricket Development Director

M: 07828 784 916

T: 01905 337 923

Worcester Boccia Club Games Night!

As you may be aware it is National Paralympics Day Saturday 7th of September. To celebrate, Worcester Boccia Club are having a games night Tuesday 3rd September from 5-6pm and we are inviting everyone to come and join us. People who have never attended the club before will be able to attend free of charge for this night only so that they can come and join us and take part in the fun! If you have any Olympic/Paralympic clothing we’d love to see it, if not but you would still like to join in, any bright coloured clothing will do!

Some of the games that we will be doing will include skittles, new age kurling, bench hockey and of course Boccia and are all totally inclusive for people with all types of disabilities! If you have any ideas or requests please let me know and I will see what we can do.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07796 990945 or I look forward to seeing you there!

Many Thanks

Emma Rogers
Disability Sport Worcester Coordinator

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New Health Initiative! Get Involved!

What is the project about? 
This project is aimed at individuals who are wheelchair users, able to push own chair, aged 16-45 (men) and slightly older women up to the age of 55. Essentially, I am interested in people who are keen to increase their levels of physical activity on a weekly basis but are not necessarily keen on being involved in competitive sport (although if you are then there is scope for that too).
What would I need to do? 
The commitment would be between 8 & 12 weeks and would give you a great opportunity to meet new people, exercise at a moderate intensity in a supervised environment and even get the chance to make use of some of the University’s  top class facilities specifically designed for individuals with a disability. In addition, it will be a great opportunity to get fitter for 2014!
It would involve one session per week (approx. 1 hour) at the University completing some questionnaires on week 1 and 12 and then on the other weeks simply pushing a route whilst challenging yourself, your fitness and meeting new people. There is also an optional second session per week at the McClelland Centre where you can complete a fitness programme to help give you ideas about how you can add to your activity levels. This will be generic in design and then individually tailored to suit your needs. These sessions will also be supervised, and is a great way to help build confidence in gym environment if you are a little unsure of what equipment to use and how.


Although I am emailing you now the project would not look to start until early Jan 2014 so what a great way to kick start 2014!
What next?
This email is aimed to see what the interest is like. There is scope for the programme to run on multiple occasions, be developed to continue after the 12 weeks or indeed offer the opportunity for those who take part to seek additional physical activity or sporting endeavours.
Please get in touch if you are even a little interested! 
If you or someone you know are interested in taking part or you would like to ask some more questions about the study then please get in touch via email or if you would prefer via telephone on 01905 855265 and I would be more than happy to talk to you about the details of the study.

Should you fall outside of the criteria (i.e are over the age of 45 if male or over 55 if female) or are unsure if you would be suitable to take part then please get in touch as there is scope to run a number of different groups at the same time / make adaptions where necessary.

National Paralympic Day

National Paralympic Day – how will you play your part? View this email in your browser.
Play your part, hold a Club event to celebrate National Paralympic Day

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Register your club event >
Dear Parasport club member

Turn your usual practice session into a National Paralympic Day (NPD) event and you and your club could get the chance to feature in your local newspaper!

If you host an NPD event we have a fantastic opportunity to give you coverage in your local newspaper, boosting your club’s profile and raising interest in your sport. Whether you want to hold a ‘come and try’ session or play a match for your fans, register your event on and we’ll be in contact to talk about your event and could send the details onto your regional paper.

September 2013 marks one year on since the London 2012 Paralympic Games and to celebrate the occasion the BPA is launching the first
National Paralympic Day (#NPD2013) on Saturday, September 7, 2013.

#NPD2013 will celebrate all things Paralympic across the UK, from a deaf and disabled arts and sport festival in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to Boccia demonstrations in offices!

We know how important clubs like yours are in helping more disabled people to get active and delivering sporting opportunities for all those who’ve been inspired by London. #NPD2013 is a great opportunity to raise the profile of your club and attract new members and supporters.
We’d love to help your club play its part. Here are a few simple and cost-effective suggestions on how you and your club can get involved…
  • Advertise volunteering and coaching opportunities within your club: do you need a ball boy to come down and help every Saturday morning? Or maybe you need a website building or the books balancing? We’ve teamed up with Join In, the volunteering network inspired by the fantastic efforts of last summer’s Gamesmakers. You can advertise the ways in which your club needs support to thousands of keen volunteers when you register for National Paralympic Day through Deloitte Parasport.
  • Open up your usual practice session to the local community: on or around National Paralympic Day, invite neighbours, friends and even your local newspaper along to show off how fantastic your sport is. You could even give them the chance to have a go for themselves!
  • Give a talk to a local business, school or community group about your sport and how it has benefitted you and your members.
  • If you’re feeling adventurous, speak to your local council about whether you could put on a demonstration somewhere in your town to generate more support for your club.
Once you have decided on the event you are going to hold, register the details on our website You will then receive a confirmation email containing our free ‘Club Toolkit’ containing advice on how you can advertise and promote your event, as well as posters and personalised adverts to place on your website or put up around your neighbourhood.

Your club’s activity could even get the chance to feature in your local newspaper; we will be talking to lots of local media over the next five weeks to tell them about National Paralympic Day, so be sure to email or tweet us about your plans and we will try to let your local media know!

So don’t delay, sign up your club to National Paralympic Day and play your part!