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All the latest from the NDIS newsletter
from the Norfolk Disability Information Service

Extracts from Issue 23

Disability Information Sheets
At the request of Norfolk Social Services' Physical Disability Teams, NDIS has produced Info Sheets for each district council area giving contacts and brief details about useful organisations. The idea was to have something brief, easy to update (and cheap!) that staff could give to clients.

These sheets are available at and will download onto two sheets of A4 - these can then be used as master to photocopy onto both sides of a single sheet. If you are unable to access the website and would like these sheets for yourself or to distribute from your organisation, please get in touch.

Keep fit videos
The Spinal Injuries Association produce 2 exercise videos: Wheelchair Workout is a 25 minute exercise video for paraplegics presented and practised by spinal cord injured people, demonstrating exercises to tone and stretch the body.

Feel Fit is a 45 minute video for tetraplegics showing how they can exercise on their own and with the assistance of helpers. Both videos cost œ10.99 to members and œ13.99 to non-members, including P&P. Order from SIA on 0800 980 0501 or download an order form from

Developing Services for Physically Disabled People and their Carers
Do you have an idea for improving services for physically disabled people (18 - 64 yrs.) or for their unpaid carers? Last year we funded much innovative work including projects to improve the availability of short breaks and an information web site - These schemes are funded by government modernisation grant money.

A panel including representatives of disabled people and carers helps to decide how this should be spent in Norfolk. We are looking for schemes which would help younger physically disabled people maintain or regain independence or allow their carer(s) to have more breaks from caring.

If you would like to apply for an application form with accompanying information please contact Lesley Johnson, Norfolk Social Services, County Hall, Norwich, Tel 01603 224481 or email

Moving & Handling People West Norfolk Association of Voluntary Organisations (WNAVO) is holding Moving and Handling Programmes on 6th February, 7th March, 20th March, 11th April and 15th May from 9.30am - 1.30pm at Bergen Way, King's Lynn.

The programme will include *risk assessment; *principles of moving patients in a care situation; *moving a person in bed; *assisting a person to walk; *moving a person from a bed to a chair; *the use of lifting aids; *using wheelchairs. Cost: AVO members free; non-members œ20. Information and bookings: Tel: 01553 760568, Fax: 01553 774399; Email:

CAB expanding
The Wymondham and Attleborough Citizens Advice Bureau is expanding into Hingham and East Harling, with a monthly session at each. In Hingham it will be in the Lincoln Hall from 2.00pm-4.00pm on the first Friday of each month, and in Harling from 2.00pm - 4.00pm at the Old School Hall on the first Wednesday of each month.

New money available!
The Children's Fund Local Network is a new fund available to Norfolk. You can apply for grants from £50 to £7,000 for new projects aimed at children up to the age of 19. If you are an informal group of parents or carers, who would like to develop new activities or opportunities for the children in your care but you have limited funds, then this may be the key to making your ideas a reality!

If your plans focus on: Aspirations & Experiences: Enabling children who are missing out on normal childhood experiences to achieve goals or experience new activities or Economic Disadvantage: Helping parents improve the quality of life for their children or Isolation & Access: Addressing the needs of children who are socially or geographically isolated or Children's Voices: Enabling children to express themselves about matters that concern them, then please contact Debra Winstanley, Children's Fund Local Network Co- ordinator for Norwich and Gt. Yarmouth at NVS, Charing Cross Centre, 17/19 St John Maddermarket, Norwich NR2 1DN. Tel: 01603 765700,Fax 01603 764109.

Debra will be happy to offer advice or support in writing an application for funding. To send for an application pack directly, tel: 0845 1130161.

Jubilee Sailing Trust
The JST has a loyal band of maintenance volunteers based in Norfolk. Over the years this group has undertaken many maintenance projects on the STS Lord Nelson, saving the Trust many thousands of pounds.

The Norfolk Maintenance Team is now preparing to take on its biggest project - refitting the fo'castle accommodation - part of an extensive refit of the ship planned for the winter of 2002. This part of the project will cost approximately £45,000 of which over £15,000 has been raised locally.

The JST is looking for help to raise the remainder. If you can make a donation in money or materials or would like further information, please contact Andy Usher on 01493 384374 or email

Situation Vacant Wanted:
Someone to assist a person with cerebral palsy with an Open University Social Science course. Work involves notetaking and completing assignments and will be for about two hours a week. Days and times to be flexible. Pay: £40 per week. Telephone 01603 661291.

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