Disability Advice & Information in Peterborough

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Leisure, Sports and Hobbies

You can contact the Community Services Department of Peterborough City Council either as an individual or as a group and ask for information on a particular sport or leisure activity in which you would like to take part or would like to initiate. There may be funds available to buy any special equipment which might be necessary. Contact Disability Sports Development Officer on Tel: 01733 863774

Active Card Gives discounts on activities for the whole family e.g. swimming, tennis, fitness, allotments, restraints, shops, family days out etc.

To apply contact Peterborough City Council Leisure Services on Tel 01733 747474

The Blind Bowls Club meets weekly and can be contacted through Peterborough Association for the Blind Tel: 01733 703570

The Bowling Centre, Bretton has facilities so that you can bowl from your wheelchair. Mention your disability when making your booking so that the end lanes can be reserved. The centre is fully accessible. Discounts are available to disabled people Tel: 0844 8263027 www.amfbowling.co.uk

Bushfield Sports Centre , Bushfield, Peterborough, PE2 5RQ has a Pulsestar Fitness Studio which can accommodate disabled people at almost any time but it is advisable to telephone first. There is a cost per session. Discounts are available for disabled people. Tel: 01733 234018

Early Years Centre, Cavestede Nursery has a toy library which is for families who attend Cavestede Nursery or live in the Walton Community Area   Tel 01733 571742

Jack Hunt School hosts the Friday Night Club 7.30-9pm. This is a swimming group for disabled and sensory impaired people and their families, which aims to equip you to be able to go into mainstream swimming.   Tel: 01733 264644

The Partially Sighted Society provides a special printing and enlargement service, including large-print music, knitting patterns and recipes. Tel: 01302 323132.

Peterborough Arena (ice stadium) can take six wheelchairs on a specially raised area. Tel: 01733 260222 www.planet-ice.co.uk arena.

Peterborough and District Talking Newspaper is a free service if you are registered blind or partially sighted, to bring you local news and features on cassette tape. You can receive a weekly news tape and/or a monthly magazine tape. Cassette players are provided. The current tape is always available in the library. Tel: 01733 231894 www.disabilitycambridgeshire.org.uk

Peterborough United Football Club has room for 10 wheelchair users and carers, and walking disabled people. If you are in a wheelchair you pay half price and the carer is admitted free. If you need to park close to the entrance, phone early on the day of the match to reserve a parking space. Tel:01733 563947 www.theposh.com

Wednesday PHAB Club Peterborough started on Wednesday 16th November 2012. The club meets from 7.30 – 9.30 pm at the Kingfisher Centre. Come and support – they are always keen to see new faces. The cost per session is £2 to include a squash drink and they welcome anyone from age 10 upwards and there is no upper age limit. We look forward to giving you a warm welcome. For more information, please contact:- Ann Deane 01733 333125 or email her at phabtreas@gmail.com

Riding for the Disabled believe that horse riding offers an opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, friendship, laughter, achievement, independence and confidence. Riding is for disabled children up to the age of 16 years and is Monday to Friday term times only. For details contact the Cambridgeshire chairperson Mrs P Hamilton 0845 4507069 www.riding-for- disabled.org.uk

RNIB Holiday and Leisure Service has information on a wide range of leisure pursuits is available from, on Tel 0845 7023153 www.rnib.org.uk

Sailability is one of the very few sports in which able-bodied sailors and disabled sailors can participate on equal terms. Sailability encourages and supports disabled people to take up the sport. Peterborough Sailability meets every Tuesday from April to October at Ferry Meadows,

Tel: 07948 262919 for details. www. peterboroughtoday.co.uk

Swimming Both the Regional and Jack Hunt pools have hoists to help you into the water and prefer prior notification so that they can make sure that the appropriate help is available when you need it. For Regional Pool Tel: 01733 551474 or Jack Hunt Pool Tel 01733 264644

Werrington Sports and Recreation Centre, Staniland Way, Werrington, Peterborough, is open to people with any sort of disability, from the age of five with no upper age limit. The centre is fully accessible and there is a lift. Tel: 01733 576606

Sport and Activities for Children

Fun Instructional New Skills (FINS) Swimming Club runs every week during term time and is a swimming club for young people with a range of learning, sensory or physical abilities. Contact Scott Beasley, Community Sports Development Officer on Tel: 01733 863760 for details .

Unity Superstars is one of England’s first ever competitive Cheerleading squad for young people with a range of learning, sensory or physical abilities. Cheerleading combines dance, gymnastics, stunting, jumps, cheers, chants and having fun! Contact Amee Garala on Tel: 0794 102 4082 for details. www.superstarcheerleading.com

Peterborough Sharks special needs Basketball Club for all ages runs every Saturday during term time. Contact Len Fuller on Tel: 01733 757822 for details .

Peterborough GOALBALL club runs on the final Saturday of every month for all ages. Goalball is a team sport developed for visually impaired players, however individuals with full sight can also play. Contact Steve Snelling, Regional Development Officer for the Eastern region, British Blind Sport on Tel:01487 843344 or 07825506352 for details.

Netherton United Disability Football train every Friday evenings at the Grange playing fields during the summer, and at an indoor venue through the winter months. Contact Simon Dudhill on 07798713735 for details.

Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) is the major provider of sporting opportunities for people with a learning disability and provides equality of opportunity for all athletes regardless of ability or degree of disability. For details Tel: 0 20 72478891

North Cambs Special Olympics is the local group. Sports that train regularly under the Special Olympics banner include Equestrian, Athletics, Swimming, Gymnastics, Power lifting and skiing. For more details, contact group Chair Amee Garala Tel: 0794 102 4082

Peterborough Libraries Members can borrow books, including large print, CDs and videos. Spoken word tapes and CDs are free to borrow, as are subtitled videos and DVDs. All libraries have microphones at reception to aid people with hearing difficulties. The Central library offers, on request, Clearvision children’s books in Braille with accompanying text. Also available is a PC with accessible software and magnifiers. The Central library is fully accessible to wheelchair users. The lecture theatre has an induction loop and neck loops are available for use in the main library. An adapted mobile library with easier steps and a wheelchair lift, which visits residential homes and sheltered housing on a monthly basis. Peterborough Libraries also operates the Doorstep Service taking books and spoken word cassettes. This service also pays the subscriptions for people using RNIB’s Talking Book Service and is the local agent for Wireless for the Blind. Any enquiries Tel: 01733 747474

Local Theatres and Cinemas

The Key Theatre has four wheelchair seats L8, L10, L29, L31 each has a carers seat beside. There is an infra red hearing system, with five loops and five headsets, which are available from reception also. Carers concessions are half price admission, the disabled person also gets half price admission. When booking your seat state any special requirements. Tel: 01733 552437

The Showcase cinema complex is fully accessible to wheelchairs. Some films are available with sub titles (check for details). They have loop systems, accessible toilets and carers accompanying disabled people will not be charged an entrance fee. Tel: 01733 555636

The John Clare Theatre has spaces for three wheelchairs and there are four disabled parking spaces at the side of the building. The lecture theatre has an induction loop plus a small number of remote receivers for the induction loop. The Cresset offers disabled parking bays, induction loops, and a wheelchair accessible theatre, carer’s concessions are available. Tel 01733 265705 Disabled facilities at Peterborough Parks and Recreation Grounds Central Park has a DDA compliant garden developed to provide stimulation for the visually impaired. The park also has a sensory garden adjacent to the rangers hut.

Itter Park also has a sensory garden that is currently being modernised.

Westwood Grange allotment site has put some allotments on raised beds to make them accessible to disabled people. The allotments also have adjacent car parking.

Play parks, most of the Peterborough play park have some equipment that is fully accessible.

For further details or questions on any of the above contact the Peterborough City Council Tel 01733 747474

Books and Magazines

You can buy large print books direct from Chivers Press Tel: 01225 335336 and Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd, Tel: 0116 234325

National Talking Newspaper and Magazines provides tapes national papers and magazines. There is a flat-rate subscription for which you can take as many titles as you wish. Tel: 01435 866102

RNIB have an extensive choice of books and magazines catering for a variety of customers. They cover topics ranging from music, current affairs and celebrity gossip to education, employment and vocational support. All are available in a range of formats and are chargeable. For information contact customer services Tel 0845 766 9999

Torch Trust for the Blind , produces Christian literature in formats that blind and partially sighted people can read, promotes Christian fellowship with and among blind and partially sighted people. Tel 01858 438260

‘Disability Now’ is a monthly newspaper of SCOPE, which features a wide range of news, arts reviews, an advice column and classified advertisements. The magazine also has a personal column for disabled people looking for friendship. Tel: 0207 6197323

‘Readers Digest’ is available in the library in a large-print version.

Many disability organisations produce their own magazines and bulletins.

Out and About

English Heritage welcomes and encourages everyone to visit the historic properties in their care. They recommend that if you are disabled you contact theproperty a few days in advance for details about particular aspects of your visit. Afree copy of their Access Guide to their services and facilities is available by calling Tel: 0800 015 0516Ferry Meadows/Nene Park There is disabled access to most of the park including the bird hides. Powered scooters and wheelchairs are available on free loan for use in the park but it is advisable to telephone in advance to check if one is free. There are accessible toilets at the visitor centre and the watersports centre. A Braille map is available for blind visitors. For more information and to pre-book wheelchairs Tel: 01733 234443Natural England has some of the country’s key wildlife sites and provide opportunities to experience wildlife at first hand and to learn more about nature conservation. Natural England believes that these opportunities should be available to everyone including visitors with physical disabilities or special needs. Accordingly Natural England has adopted the principle of ‘Access for All’ on its National Nature Reserves. However many NNRs, by their very nature are difficult to access due either to their remoteness. For information on accessibility telephone: Tel: 0114 241 8920

The National Trust welcomes visitors with disabilities to their properties. They also welcome assistance dogs. Most properties have a good degree of access. They are committed to developing and promoting inclusive access solutions at their properties. All properties have adapted WCs. Many properties provide manual wheelchairs for loan. Self-drive and volunteer-driven powered mobility vehicles are available at some larger gardens and parks. Wherever possible, the Trust admits users of powered wheelchairs to its historic buildings. This is subject to the physical limitations of the individual building. Tel: 0844 800 1895

Wheelyboat Trust is a registered charity dedicated to providing disabled people with the opportunity and freedom to enjoy waters large and small all over the UK. Wheelyboats provide their disabled users with the dignity of their own independence: they make the entire water accessible, are simplicity itself to board via the roll-on, roll-off bow ramp and the level deck provides access to every corner of the boat including the helm. To find out locations and further information Tel: 01798 342222

Nene Valley Railway – There is disabled access at all stations. You can be transported in your wheelchair in the special carriages. Only Wansford station has disabled friendly toilets. All facilities at Wansford station are accessible, including the museum and the buffet. A wheelchair is available for use at the station Tel: 01780 784444

Peterborough Cathedral – There is a ramp at the main entrance and a second access point at the south transept door. The cathedral has a touch and learn centre. Tel: 01733 343342

Peterborough Museum – There a lift all exhibits. There is an accessible toilet. The museum provides a ‘See by Touch’ tour of exhibits with information available on tape and in braille. Tel: 01733 343329

Personal Relationships

Having a disability can make you feel less confident about yourself, especially if physical constraints make it hard for you to meet new people and gain confidence. There are people who can help you in all these areas and you aren’t alone in having these feelings.

Listed below are some groups:

  • Disabled Christians Fellowship provides fellowship for disabled Christians, through running accessible holidays, supporting local branches and providing inspirational tapes. They operate Through the Roofthat is a Christian disability ministry working in partnership with churches and other organisations to promote access and inclusion of disabled people in every area of church life. Tel: 01372 749955
  • Discern promotes the understanding that people with disabilities or learning difficulties have a right to a sexual identity which is acknowledge, respected and supported. Services include: personal counselling, training, group work, and a telephone service 01623 623732
  • Outsiders is a self-help group for disabled people, publishes a number of useful leaflets telephone 020 73548291. Sex and Disability Helpline if you want to speak to someone in confidence about intimate matters, call them on Tel: 0707 4993527.
  • The Prince’s Trust is dedicated to helping disadvantaged young people aged 14-25 to enable them to participate in activities with their peers. You can apply to them for financial help for all sorts of activities. To apply or for further details contact the Applications Secretary, Tel: 01480 456111

Activities for Children

Get Kids Going! Gives disabled children and young people the opportunity of participating in sport. They help promote sports for disabled children by providing them with specially built sports’ wheelchairs so they can do marathons, triathlons, tennis, athletics, mountain skiing, rugby, basketball etc. They also help and encourage British disabled children to compete by supporting them with their sports; training, physiotherapy, travel, design and development of sports’ wheelchairs. Tel: 020 7481 8110

Elisabeth Svendsen Trust for Children & Donkeys aims to bring enjoyment and pleasure into the lives of children with special needs and disabilities. There are centres in Sidmouth, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester and Ivybridge. Riding skills are taught by qualified riding instructors using the donkey because of its placid nature. Ages range from one year to young adults. During the summer months, mobile units operate taking donkeys out to those children in schools and hospitals. Tel: 01395 573009

Kith and Kids’ overall aim is to empower families living with disability to overcome their social isolation and access the services they need. Throughout the year they provide a variety of volunteer-supported projects and services, which include social development projects, weekend clubs, a residential summer camp, long term friendship scheme and person centred self-advocacy projects. Tel020 88017432

Make-A-Wish Foundation ® UK Any child or young person aged 3 to 17, who is living with a life-threatening illness, can apply to the foundation to make their wish come true. Anyone can refer a child to the organisation, even the child themselves. In due course, once eligibility has been established, trained volunteers will visit the child to ascertain the child’s wish. Then the magic begins! Tel 01276 405060

The Rudolf Fund is a local Peterborough charity whotakes Special Children to Disneyland in Paris at Xmas time for a short break, to enjoy the magical combination of Disney, Christmas and children. Special Childrenare thoseChildren whohave a physical or physiological medically recognised Disability or Illness.

  • Have an acute terminal illness.
  • Have undergone major medical surgery.
  • Have been in and out of hospital most of their young lives.
  • Have undergone a major trauma in their lives.
  • Are recognised carer for a disabled parent or sibling.

If you can answer Yes to one of the above, then proceed on.

  • Does the Child live within a twenty mile radius of Eye, in Peterborough?
  • Will the Child be aged between Four years and Sixteen years old inclusive, on the first week in December?

If you can answer yes to the above and you have not been on a previous Rudolf Fund trip then you are eligible to apply. Get permission from the parents of the Child to put the Child’s name forward. You then phone the Secretary, John Fox on Tel: 0796 7131631 who will take the nomination forward

The National Holiday Fund takes chronically or terminally ill children, temporarily or permanently physically disabled children, on a unique international adventure to Florida, USA. The holidays are for the children only, the charity provides support workers. For an application form Tel 01493 731235

Variety Club their work ranges from providing Sunshine Coachesand funding major hospital appeals to providing basic items that will improve the lives of individual disabled children. Each year they donate electric wheelchairs, specialist beds, car seats, sensory equipment, standing frames and many other items that can change the life of a child in need. For more information Tel: 020 7428 8100

British Amputee & les Autres Sports Association aims is to provide sporting opportunities for people with disabilities, particularly for those people who are involved in competitive sport and who are entitled to compete for Great Britain under the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) rules and classification system. Tel. 01773 7159847

British Blind Sport British Blind Sport is an organisation concerned with sporting activity for the visually impaired. It is an umbrella organisation for a range of committees which deal with specific sports. Tel: 01926 424247

British Deaf Sports Council Ltd an organisation aimed at ensuring that sports and leisure opportunities are available for deaf people in parity with their hearing contemporaries FAX: 01268 510621

British Disabled Angling Association (BDAA) is a national registered charity helping to ensure there are inclusive opportunities to access the sport of fishing. The organization offers tuition, demonstrations, special equipment, group visits, access consultancy, advice, events and much more. The structured organization has 9 regional managers supported by 60 regional representatives who can supply information or help to those with an interest in angling Tel: 01922 860912

British Disabled Water Ski Association aims to introduce newcomers to the sport who, due to their disability, would not have considered the challenge possible. The Association has fully qualified instructors giving expert guidance and assistance to help people take to the water and learn to ski, whatever their disability . Tel: 01784 483664

British Wheelchair Sports Foundation exists to provide, promote and develop opportunities for men, women and children with disabilities to participate in recreational and competitive wheelchair sport. For more information Tel: 01296 395995

Calvert Trust is an outdoor pursuits centre providing activity courses for people with disabilities, their families and friends. The activities available include: Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, Windsurfing, Climbing, Abseiling, Hill walking, Horse riding, Trap driving, Orienteering, Cycling, Handcycling Paragliding and Archery. The centre also runs specialist courses such as: individuals weeks; families week; sailing course; canoeing; off shore sailing and horse riding courses. Tel: 01768 772255

CP Sport Cerebral Palsy Sport promotes and seeks to increase sport and physical recreational opportunities for people with a disability and especially those who have cerebral palsy. Tel: 0115 925 7027

Disability Snowsport UK provides the opportunity for people with a disability to participate in winter sporting activities’. Anyone with a disability is eligible to participate. The Club organises group winter sport trips to Scotland and overseas. Each activity is supported by volunteer helpers, qualified ski instructors and medics. They offer advice on type of trip, location, accommodation to suit you best. Costs are comparable to brochure prices from ski holiday companies. There is no surcharge for any of the special facilities, equipment or volunteer personnel. Tel: 01479 861272

Disability SportEvents (DSE) creates opportunities for participation in sport for people with all impairments. DSE ensures that from grass roots level to international standard, disabled sportspeople canparticipate in sport. From beginners, who want to develop their talent, to top British disabled sports people. For details of how to get involved Tel: Tel: 0161 9532499

Flyability aims to promote and provide opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in the sport of hang gliding, paragliding and other related forms of flight. Flyability does not simply take people with disabilities flying, but strives to motivate people with disabilities to become involved in the sport of hang gliding and paragliding and to train as pilots. Tel: 01439 770657

Handigolf Foundation is for physically disabled people who have to be seated to play all golf shots. Specially designed buggies transport golfers to all parts of the course. Swivel seats enable the golfer to play from any side of the buggy. Buggies cost around £1800 but they can be hired from the Foundation for £175 per year. Specially adapted clubs are used.

Permission will have to be obtained to use the buggies on golf courses. Contact the Foundation to see where access has already been gained Tel: 01869 277369

National Association for Bikers with a Disability (NABD), an organisation which provides help, in the form of grants, learner machines and obtaining discounted insurance, for disabled people who wish to ride motorcycles Tel: 08707 590 603

Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) is the major provider of sporting opportunities for people with a learning disability and provides equality of opportunity for all athletes regardless of ability or degree of disability. For details Tel: 0 20 72478891

Tallington Ski & Snowboard slopes have facilities for disabled people to take part for information Tel: 01778 347000

The British Ski Club for the Disabled provides skiing on artificial ski slopes throughout the UK and organises group skiing holidays on snow. Skiing gives an opportunity to develop the self-confidence that comes with the shared experience of participating in a sport. The BSCD helps people with a range of disabilities including those who are blind, paraplegic, have MS, or special learning needs. Tel: 01747 828 515

The Scuba Trust is a non-profit charity created to promote scuba diving for all abilities. They are now one of the UK’s leading dive organisations and help individuals with disabilities (and their friends) learn to scuba dive. If you would like to attend a Scuba Trust try-dive you must first ring the Scuba Trust Diving Officer on Tel: 07721 890058 to book a place

The UK Sports Association For People with Learning Disability (UKSA) is the national charity supported by the UK Sport (formerly the UK Sports Council), which co-ordinates, promotes and develops sport for people with learning disability at UK and international level Tel: 0870 770 2464

WheelPower – British Wheelchair Sport – is the national organisation for Wheelchair Sport in the United Kingdom and exists to provide, promote and develop opportunities for men, women and children with disabilities to participate in recreational and competitive wheelchair sport. Meetings and events organised by WheelPower include training weekends. Tel: 01296 395995