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Job Opportunity

I am excelling with my current care team, but more cover is needed for this small and friendly team.

Drop me a line via the Contact page, Facebook or Twitter. Good luck.

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Female Personal Assistant (Sex Discrimination Act Section 7 (2) (b) (ii) applies, Wrexham (0103)
Rate of Pay: Weekdays £7.56 per hour – Weekend Enhanced £10.04
Weekly Hours: TBC


About the employer:

This post is to support a sociable 40-year-old man living in the Wrexham area. He is wheelchair-bound and lives with Fredrichs Ataxia. Subsequently he requires support to remain independent. An intelligent Author and disabled activist with a good sense of humour, he remains ambitious and adventurous. He enjoys company and likes to go out socialising.


Summary of duties:

To provide support to access various social and recreational activities. You must therefore have a clean driving license.You will need to support with his personal care, including toileting, washing, dressing and preparing meals. He is a very creative individual and requires support to develop his ideas.

Support with gardening and household tasks.

The post will include 5.6 weeks paid annual leave (pro-rata)

Police records check funded by the employer will be required.


The person they are looking for:

The ideal person will have a good sense of humour and should also display plenty of energy, initiative and enthusiasm. In addition, applicants should be patient and trustworthy with a flexible and empathic attitude.A positive attitude and clear understanding of confidentiality is essential. Promoting the independence of the client will be the main focus for any support.

You must be reliable, friendly and punctual.


Times Required:

A variety of hours are available to cover Mornings, Evenings and Weekends. To be discussed at interview.

Holiday and Sickness Cover is also available.

Name the Mannequin

 

This is the new lady in my life – a six foot plastic mannequin. She was a gift from friends for my 40th birthday and I have been busy giving her a new look. This is rather an apt look for the little strumpet as she has proven quite a handful since I moved her into my bedroom…

Anyone who knows me, will know that I am rather indecisive so I am asking my readers for help in naming my new friend.

Please comment below or send me a message on Facebook or Twitter. I will announce the winner on the site in the near future.

Tell the world what is happening to disabled people in the UK

Taken from http://dpac.uk.net

Tell the world what is happening to
disabled people in the UK.

on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Saturday 3rd December – all day

 – and all night if you want to reach people in different timezones

Hashtags: #UK #IDPD #IDPD2016

Tweet your own messages or use our pre-prepared tweetlist

Tell the world what is happening to disabled people in the UK. Join Disabled People Against Cuts to protest against the grave and systematic violations of disabled peoples rights by the UK government through welfare reform, as evidenced in the United Nations inquiry findings published last week.http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/InquiryProcedure.aspx

For DPACs response see: http://dpac.uk.net/2016/11/dpacs-rebuttal-of-damian-greens-denials-about-the-un-report/

I, Daniel Blake is in cinemas across the country and a UN inquiry, has found reliable evidence of grave and systematic violations of disabled peoples rights by the UK government due to welfare reform.

However we still have welfare reform and things are worse now than they were when the UN conducted their enquiry and set to get even worse; we still have the WCA, the bedroom tax, changes to Access to Work and a social care support system in crisis but everyday more disabled people are losing essential income through PIP assessments, the benefit cap is about to be lowered and the introduction of Universal Credit will make thousands of households with disabled members worse off.

With people from all over the globe tweeting and looking at the hashtag #IDPD2016, this is our chance to tell the whole world what is happening in the UK – this is our chance to embarrass and shame the government over the atrocities they have perpetrated against us.

Position Vacant

PERSONAL ASSISTANT WREXHAM

Required for a 39 year old man, to provide support to remain independent with tasks such as personal care, shopping and preparing meals. A friendly, approachable person who is patient, trustworthy and reliable. Must have full, clean driving license 20.5 hours p/week – Basic rate £7.26 p/h, Enhanced rate is £9.45 p/h . The post will include 5.6 weeks paid annual leave (pro-rata) Training will be available. For full job details and to apply, please contact me direct using the CONTACT page, Facebook or Twitter.

Hustings arranged for the benefit of the disabled community in Wrexham

After a lot of communication via Facebook and Twitter with local candidates for the forthcoming Welsh Assembly elections, Sheila Meadows OBE and I have organised a hustings for recipients of the Welsh Independent Living Grant to listen to the prospective party plans for independent living and help them decide who to vote for on May the 5th.

Below I have copied the flyer that Sheila and I wrote that is to be emailed to those affected in Wrexham and Clwyd South. We are hoping that the meeting will be well attended as we have had confirmation that a number of prominent local politicians will be attending. Those that have been invited include Carrie Harper and Mabon Ap Gwynfor of Plaid Cymru, Alan Butterworth and Duncan Rees of the Green Party, Lesley Griffiths and Ken Skates of the Labour Party and Andrew Atkinson of the Welsh Conservatives.

The flyer reads as follows:

Future of WILG (Previously ILF)

 

Independent living is at risk for disabled people across Wales. In the run up to the May 2016 Assembly elections we have managed to arrange a meeting with local candidates about how they, and their party, plan to support disabled people if elected. 

Meeting to be held at:

Maesgwyn Community Centre

Lilac Way, Wrexham,

LL11 2BB 

Monday 25 April – 1:30-3:00pm

 

The Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG) will remain in place until March 2017. A total of £27 million will continue to be transferred from the Westminster Government to Wales until 2020. How this sum of money will be administered is anyone’s guess. Should Wales establish their own Welsh Independent Living Fund to provide long-term security? Perhaps you accept the funding should come via the Local Authority but require assurances over ring-fencing? Whatever your standpoint, this is our chance to meet, discuss the issues and question the politicians that will influence our lives over the next political term. Don’t miss your opportunity to be heard…

If you have a question that you want to put to the candidates, or for us to feed back to the Welsh government, email your questions to either Sheila Meadows (sheilamdow@aol.com) or Nathan Lee Davies (nathandavies01@hotmail.com).

We look forward to seeing you all on 25 April at Maesgwyn Community Centre.

Game for a Laugh

Something needs to change.

It was my 39th birthday a few days ago and my pathetically weak circle of friends is in dire need of attention. This is due to a number of different factors that have combined to turn a charming, sophisticated and popular young man into an isolated recluse, stranded on the fringes of society.

I live with a progressive, genetic disease known as Friedreichs Ataxia and use an electric wheelchair for mobility purposes. This is a challenging condition but I have come to terms with it and successfully adapted my life around it. However, it is not so easy to find myself living within a disabling society.

For example, I recently went out for a meal with a carer. I booked a table in advance at The Druid Inn – a venue that I’d not frequented before and I was looking forward to a tasty meal that I had already chosen from their online menu. I got spruced up – a big job – and arrived on time, but when I got there I found that there was no wheelchair access. This is 2016 for god’s sake. I’m not going to let this drop and believe the landlords should make it clear that they’re running a wheelchair unfriendly establishment. Better still they could avoid negative publicity by installing ramps, improving toilets and making their venue accessible to all.

Just as bad is the fact that I can’t buy tickets for Public Image Ltd at Glyndwr University. This is just around the corner from my house but as it is standing only the bloke on Ticketline said that there was no provision for wheelchairs. [I’ve just returned from Glyndwr University where they apologised for my experience with Ticketline and sold me two tickets for the designated wheelchair section in William Aston Hall for the post-punk gig]

Neither am I helped by the fact that we live in such technological times. I have over 200 Facebook friends, over 300 Twitter followers and regularly update this blog to a legion of empathetic readers. However, in real life I have few friends to interact with and often the only people that I see during a week are my personal assistants.

In addition, I can’t work due to my disability so miss out on the social side of the workplace and the great friends that I made at university are scattered around the country or abroad.

So what can I do to improve this situation? How do I integrate further into mainstream society? I am already doing all I can with my involvement with Disability Wales, Wrexham Football Club and Outside In at Glyndwr University. Still, more needs to be done as I am still suffocated by loneliness and can’t afford to waste any more time feeling sorry for myself…

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I’m embarrassed to admit that lonely nights in my half-empty bed are often spent watching programmes that excite and titillate me. I’m old enough to know better but I think I’m addicted. I just can’t get enough of the nostalgic thrills and outdated tension of Challenge TV – from Bullseye to Catchphrase via Family Fortunes and the quasi-intellectual Going for Gold. Add modern day classics like The Chase and Pointless and you have a heady combination that appeals to my competitive side and love of trivia.

I’m not sure that I’d ever apply to be a contestant on such a game show as I wouldn’t enjoy the pressure or fear that I’d embarrass myself by getting an easy question wrong on national TV .

I’d also struggle to be first on the buzzer and the majority of shows do not cater for disabled contestants. I wouldn’t stand a chance with any of the games on The Cube. So much for equal opportunities…

However, this doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy board games based on some of my favourite shows. Indeed, classic board games in general, such as Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble et  al, are just as entertaining and conducive to positive social interaction. This is just what I need. [I draw the line at role-playing games as life with a disability results in life on the fringes of society as it is without marginalising myself any further by joining a fantastical group of middle-aged geeks with a vocabulary as challenging to understand and learn as Chinese]

I am therefore proposing the establishment of some sort of board game league 🙂 Basically, I just need people to play games against at a venue to be decided. I currently have a cupboard full of games for two or more players but without anyone to compete against they are merely gathering dust.

I have given this idea much thought and we could even have trophies and certificates for champion contestants. Is anyone interested in developing such a club with me? Not only would this enable you to improve your social life, playing board games also helps to develop strategic thinking and basic common sense while having a laugh.

Is this a good idea or am I simply a nerd named Nathan?

I-Spy challenge

Visit my Virgin Money Giving page and please give generously in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Throughout 2015, I completed The Big Hoot trail in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The Big Hoot was a mass participation public art event comprising of 89 individually designed large fibreglass owl sculptures forming a trail across Birmingham for 10 weeks from 20 July until the end of September.

After discovering all of the owls and raising £256 of my £500 target, I was suitably proud that the money raised would help sick children in some small way. However, those of you who know me will not be surprised that I feel a burning desire to finish what I have started and raise the remaining £244 needed to reach my initial target.

How should I do this?

A friend of mine said that the Big Hoot project was a “brilliantly daft” idea and I think he would probably say the same about my latest challenge. I have decided to raise money by asking people to sponsor me as I try to work my way through a series of I-Spy books, published by Michelin.

Each book contains up to 200 colour photographs, which you have to I-Spy.  The aim is to tick them off as you go and collect points. When you score 1,000 points or more in an I-Spy book, you can join the I-Spy club and apply online for a certificate of achievement.

Some people never grow up and I’d definitely count myself in this crowd. Life’s too short to fit into the dull crowd. Not only will this sponsored escapade get me out of the house and encourage me to take photos of my local environment, but it should also raise awareness and funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Everyone’s a winner…

I have purchased five I-Spy books, but I will begin by tackling In the Street. The book description reads as follows:

Scan 11 Jan 2016, 10.20 (3) 

There is always something interesting in every street: people working, bus stops, lamps, shops, street notices, road signs, vehicles and much more. From country roads to city streets, why not see how many things you can spot! Arranged in colour coded-sections, this I-Spy book includes a colour photograph with a short and factual description for each entry. You can score points by spotting the different entries in the book. Score 1000 points and you can apply for your I-Spy Certificate! There are a lot of opportunities to spot and score in this and all the other I-Spy Books!”

 You can chart my progress via my blog (https://nathanleedavies.wordpress.com/) and Twitter (@nathanleedavies). I look forward to undertaking this new childlike challenge and raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital in my own unique manner.

Visit my Virgin Money Giving page and please give generously in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital.