To celebrate the time of giving we’re offering organisations the chance to put their services in front of a growing number of Access Card Holders by signing up to the CredAble Provider Scheme for Half Price.
Just £50 will badge your service as being committed to quality for disabled customers and give you access to a thriving market of disabled people. Dont delay in taking up this fantastic offer by visiting our online application page today
We are really pleased to announce that CredAbility has come to Sheffield!
The scheme has providers all over the place but a recent partnership between ourselves and Disability Sheffield means we can do some really constructive work to bring disabled people and CredAble providers together!
The other good news it that this partnership means that we can extend our introductory offer of an Access Card for just £5 to the good people of Sheffield – apply online now
Thanks to CredAbility’s success in the last 12 months, we’ve been nominated for Social Enterprise UK’s Innovation Award.
The award recognises a new service’s business excellence and contribution to society, and we’re thrilled to be one of only a handful of organisations selected for this award.
Martin, our Managing Director, said, “It’s an honour to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award. CredAbility has made big strides in the last year thanks to Jules’s tremendous effort and the positive attitude of over 100 UK businesses.
“We’ve gone from accrediting specialist disability services to national music festivals like Download. And, our Providers Hub is helping local social enterprises share best practice and get on supply chains.
“In the next few years we’re aiming to expand CredAbility across the UK so that disabled people everywhere know which facilities are accessible, whether for work, education or leisure. National recognition will help us achieve this, so you’ll be seeing CredAbility’s Tick in more businesses up and down the country.”
That Roll out starts this month with the Launch of CredAble Sheffield https://credablesheffield.eventbrite.co.uk/
The final decision will be made at the end of November, so cross your fingers for us!
Derby City Council is the first local authority in the country to be awarded the CredAbility Verified Accessible Award for a Council building by Nimbus – a disability and equality consultancy that is led and managed by disabled people. This national award is presented to organisations that have buildings that have access for disabled staff and visitors.
Also on the day, the CredAbility Access flag will be raised at the Council House to celebrate winning this national award.
There are many excellent facilities for disabled people such as Sign video system for virtual British Sign Language, induction loops, the fully wheelchair accessible ablution facility for our multi-faith and contemplation room and our fully accessible toilets for disabled people, including a changing place toilet.
A mini-access guide of the Council House has been recently produced and on this guide there is an app that people can access on their smart phone to give feedback to Nimbus on their visit.
The Council House was opened on Monday 17 December 2012 after a rebuilding programme that took just over two years. Around 1600 Council staff are based in the building, around three times more people than in the original building.
The refurbished building includes improved customer service areas which have been designed to be lighter and more spacious and the building is fully accessible to all.
Councillor Fareed Hussain, the Mayor of Derby, said, “I am delighted that Derby’s Council House has won this prestigious award and is also the first Council House in the country to have achieved this recognition. We have had a long-term commitment to improve access for disabled people in Derby and when the Council House was designed, it was our priority that the facilities for disabled people would be of a high standard. This award is the result of many years consultation with disabled people in Derby, in particular our Disabled People’s Diversity Forum, who have been very influential in the design of the Council House. This award follows on the success of Derby coming on top with Chester of British cities in the Access City Europe Award and we will continue to look at improving access and facilities for disabled people in Derby.”
Martin Austin, Managing Director of Nimbus, said “As a Derby based organisation working across the country it’s great to see local organisation leading the way and Local Authorities taking their responsibilities to Disabled People to heart”
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Free training to improve care quality for Midlands disabled people
From August, free training will be available for disabled people and carers in Derby and Nottingham. This is all thanks to a Skills for Care grant to local charity Disability Direct.
Disability Direct will work with local providers Nimbus and CredAble Provider Aspire Physio to run courses that will help local people give and receive the best quality care.
The courses will explain what’s expected of a Personal Assistant, how to move and handle someone safely, the responsibilities of the person employing the PA, and how to manage your PA.
The term Personal Assistant (PA) is used instead of carer because a PA is directly employed by a disabled person to support them. It is not a care role in the traditional sense.
Amarjit Raju, CEO of Disability Direct, explains why they are running the training:
There is a lack of advice for disabled people on how to be good employers of PAs. And it’s difficult for PAs to learn the skills they need because of their working hours. This training will teach disabled people and PAs what they need to work well together to improve their health.”
Claire Torkington, Area Officer at Skills for Care agrees,
Skills for Care wants everyone to have the highest quality care possible and training Personal Assistants and their employers is one way to do this. This grant works with people’s care requirements so that they can attend the training without having to worry about the extra costs. Everyone who attends gets their travel and care costs paid for and a certificate of achievement.”
The 4 half-day courses will be run every month in August, September and October. Spaces are limited so book soon
Call 01332 404040 to book for Derby Based Sessions
Call 0115 958 3948 for Nottingham based sessions
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On Wednesday 10th July we travelled to London to formally launch the CredAbility programme. We had interested parties from all across the country in attendance and we heard speeches from both CredAble Providers and from disabled customers who use their services. It was really important for us to get the message of CredAbility heard loud and clear and we believe we did that.
Very soon we hope that you as customers will start seeing the CredAbility and Verified Accessible logos in various places around the country as more and more organisations get on board and become accredited. Seeing the logo will take the wonder out of whether or not a service or a building is accessible and how far that business will go to ensure their commitment to their disabled customers.
If you happen to use the services of a CredAble Provider or you have used a Verified Accessible building then please do get in touch and let us know how your experience has been!
We also gave an award to the newly refurbished Derby City Council house for its commitment to accessibility!
If you were anywhere near Donington Park last weekend you couldn’t help but notice that the Download Festival was in town! We are really pleased to have been involved with the Festival this year in helping to ensure great access for disabled people. A few months ago we awarded Download the CredAbility Provider mark and during the festival itself they were awarded the Verified Accessible award! Fortunately we could send our MD, Martin Austin (a huge Download fan himself!) along to the event to cast his keen access audit eye over the whole site and give recommendations to make things even better.
Let’s face it the festival is in a field and especially in bad weather it will never be perfect for everyone. But the Disabled Access Team, led by Sally Blake have done a tremendous job of making sure that every possible eventuality is considered. From a Changing Places toilet to an Accessible Camping area the team have made sure that disabled rock fans have the very best possible Festival experience.
This is what Mik Scarlet (broadcaster, journalist, actor and musician) had to say about his visit:
“It’s been many years since I last went to a festival and I was blown away at the access provision at Download. Every possible requirement was thought of and every one involved should be really proud. Not only was there an obvious commitment to open up this event to all disabled people, regardless of impairment, but this commitment had been acted on thoroughly. From the number of accessible toilets, including a changing places toilet, and the accessible super-track on the more high traffic areas to the power chair charging points and provision for 24 hour power for those who need it, the access provision was second to none. Not only for a festival but for places less transient. If only the world was like Download, because if it was the word disability would have less meaning.”
I think my festival going days are probably past but if you are looking for a real rock experience and want to be assured that everything possible will be done to look after your needs then book your tickets early for next year as they tend to disappear fast!
Make sure you come to this amazing event full of ideas and information for you to incorporate in your daily life. We have a great celebrity guest lined up, Steve McFadden (Phil on Eastenders) and more than 100 stands for you to visit. There will be raffle prizes and activities and of course the Roundhouse is quite an interesting place to visit as well.
When you are at the event be sure to notice all of the CredAble Providers in the room, they will have a special logo on their table. They have gone through a process where our team has checked they are fit for purpose and have the right skills and training to work on your behalf. They have gone an extra step to show they are committed to quality for their disabled customers.
They have also signed up to the CredAbility Charter and welcome feedback from their customers to know how well they are doing and where they might improve. They also listen ask their customers when they develop new services so you are sure to get what you want and need.