2015 - News

Access in Dudley awarded £4,000 Awards for All grant

Fantastic news for Access in Dudley; we have been awarded an Awards for All grant of over £4,000 for our graphic facilitation project.This was part of Big Lottery Fund′s Awards for All funding scheme, and will allow Access in Dudley to better communicate information about its work, as well as tr... Read more..


Dudley Rowing Club

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AID awarded grant for Graphic Facilitation

***Excellent news!***Access in Dudley has been awarded a £4,220 grant for our Graphic facilitation - accessible information for all project. Graphic facilitation is a way of presenting information in meetings/presentations etc in pictures and words that makes it easy to understand.Tina Boothroyd, ... Read more..


Forthcoming Events

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New Ring and Ride Shopping Trip Dates Added!

Below are the latest Saturday Shopping Trips provided by Ring and Ride:Saturday 14th November - Boundary Mill, WalsallSaturday 21st November - One Stop, Perry BarrSaturday 28th November - Bilston MarketSaturday 5th December - Blackheath MarketSaturday 12th December - The Range - WillenhallSaturday ... Read more..


New Wednesbury Ring & Ride Coffee Mornings!

Please see below for the latest Coffee Morning dates:Walsall - Monday 16th & Monday 30th NovemberSandwell - Tuesday 17th November & Tuesday 1st DecemberDudley - Friday 20th November & Friday 4th December---Each session costs £5.00 which includes return bus fare, tea/coffee, cake & biscuits, a game... Read more..


Beacon services at Mary Stevens Centre, Stourbridge

As of 1st November ‘Thomas Pocklington Trust’ handed over their services in Stourbridge to ‘Beacon’. The services Beacon provide to people with sight loss will continue to run at the ‘Mary Stevens Centre’ Stourbridge.The following staff will be working for ‘Beacon’:Jackie Tromans ... Read more..


New Blue Badge Wallets

There′s a new type of wallet for displaying a Blue Badge that is hologram safe – it meets Department of Transport’s new guidelines; the hologram is not behind plastic, or rubbed when taken out, so permits are displayed legally, protected from damage and easily removed.For more information, ch... Read more..


New Housebound/Home Library Service from DMBC

There′s a housebound/home library service that is for residents of Dudley Borough, who are confined to their own home and who do not have anyone to go to the local library for them. They also provide a service to people in residential homes and day centres.For more information on this incredibly ... Read more..


NHS England introducing greater access to information for disabled patients

NHS England have produced a standard that tells its organisations how they should ensure that disabled patients receive information in formats that they can understand and they receive appropriate support to help them to communicate.The standards can be downloaded from the website:https://www.engla... Read more..


Blackheath Bereavement Support Group

If you have suffered a bereavement and are looking for support, there′s a self-funded community group offering support through friendship in the Blackheath area.Every Wednesday 11am-12pm at the Parochial Hall, Vicarage Road, Blackheath B62 8HX (Opposite St Paul′s Church)This is a self-funded co... Read more..


Sandwell & Dudley Ring and Ride is offering Saturday Shopping Trips again!

Saturday 3rd October - Boundary Mill, WalsallSaturday 10th October - Bentley BridgeSaturday 17th October - Bilston MarketSaturday 24th October - Blackheath MarketSaturday 31st October - The Range, WillenhallSaturday 7th November - Boundary Mill, Walsall----If you are interested in any of these trip... Read more..


Ring and Ride Coffee Mornings are here!

Ring and Ride will be holding coffee mornings on the following dates:Walsall - Monday 12th & Monday 26th OctoberSandwell - Tuesday 13th & Tuesday 27th OctoberDudley - Friday 16th & Friday 30th October----It will cost £5 to attend a coffee morning, and that will include return bus fare, tea/coffee,... Read more..


Age UK Dudley launch Walking Football and Swimming Sessions for the Over 50s

  Are you over 50, and looking for activities to do? Whether it′s just a bit of fun, or to keep fit, Dudley Age UK are organising a Walking Football Tournament and Swimming Lessons for the over 50s.The Walking Football Tournament is being held on Saturday 26th September, at King George V Park (W... Read more..


New provider to operate at Stourbridge Resource Centre

Thomas Pocklington Trust has announced plans for a new specialist provider to take over its operations at the Stourbridge Resource Centre.Beacon, a leading specialist, has helped people with sight loss issues in the West Midlands for over 140 years, and will roll out services at the Resource Centre... Read more..


Tesco Bag Pack a resounding success!

Access in Dudley, in partnership with Dudley Voices for Choice, would like to say a huge thank you to the customers and staff of Tesco, Burnt Tree, Dudley for helping us raise an amazing £467 and to spread awareness of both our groups in a bag pack in store yesterday!!A big thank you to all our ha... Read more..


DLA/PIP transport issue resolved

A while ago, Access in Dudley reported that people were being denied access to patient transport if they were in receipt of the mobility part of Disability Living Allowance or equivalent Personal Independence Payment, EVEN if there was a medical need for the patient to travel by patient transport.W... Read more..


Civic Hall Table Top Sale a resounding success!

We raised an excellent £350.30 at Access in Dudley′s table top sale this afternoon at Brierley Hill Civic Hall!!Grateful thanks to everyone involved, we couldn′t have raised such a wonderful amount without you! ... Read more..


Invitation for carers to join an amble through Saltwells Nature Reserve

Are you a carer? Are you local to the Saltwells Nature Reserve? Are you available on Thursday 13th August?Senior Warden Alan Preece is inviting carers to meet up at 12.30pm at the Nature Reserve (Saltwells Lane carpark DY5 1AX)"Join us for a gentle amble through accessible woodland trails, take som... Read more..


Morrisons bag pack is big success

Access in Dudley, in partnership with Dudley Voices for Choice, would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to the generous customers and staff at Morrisons, Kingswinford for helping us raise an amazing £425 at a bag pack there yesterday!A HUGE THANK YOU also to the bag packers - some of us pictured below!... Read more..


New dates for the Ring and Ride

Here′s some new dates for Saturday Shopping trips on the Ring and Ride. Book early to avoid disappointment on 0121 505 7316 See attached flyer for details.   ... Read more..


10th Aniversary

Photos can be seen in the ′gallery′   Access in Dudley, an award winning disabled people′s user led organization (DPULO)   From Tina, Chairman. "On October 16th 2014, Access in Dudley attended the DCVS Awards (Dudley Council for Voluntary Services) where we were presented the above award fo... Read more..


Rowing Training

Members of the newly formed Access in Dudley Rowing Team hard at it in training at the Dudley Watersports Centre.   ... Read more..


Rowing Club

Any Dudley disabled group interested in taster rowing sessions for their members, to take place during the summer holidays, contact Tina Boothroyd (Chair of Access in Dudley and the Dudley Rowing Club) on 01384 569505. ... Read more..


Centro Survey: Have your voice heard!

Centro, local bus companies, Dudley Council and Sandwell Council are working together to look at bus services in the area to see if they can be made better for people who live, work and visit here.Please take a few minutes to fill in the online survey.http://networkwestmidlands.com/BusReview/busrev... Read more..


Access in Dudley to benefit from Innovation Fund

Perhaps simply add something in the article such as "Exciting news for Access in Dudley, and more press coverage. Click the link to find out more"? http://www.stourbridgenews.co.uk/news/13326755.Borough_disability_groups_to_benefit_from_Innovation_Fund/ ... Read more..


Free hospital transport scrapped for Dudley's elderly

“The move by NSL - the new patient transport service in Dudley - to enforce ineligibility criteria for people on mobility benefit is impacting on disabled people′s ability to get to hospital appointments.It′s not about the money - most people on mobility benefit would be willing to contribute... Read more..


Access in Dudley have been made aware of an issue with NSL

Access in Dudley have been made aware of an issue with NSL - the new service provider of non-emergency hospital patient transport for the Dudley Group of Hospitals, taking over from Ambuline - that will stop disabled people from getting specialised transport to and from hospital appointments/treatm... Read more..


Disabled Rowing Sessions rearranged

The disabled rowing training sessions at the Watersports Centre have been rearranged to Sunday afternoons at 12pm.  Depending on the weather, these will be either indoor or outdoor sessions. They now have equipment to enable wheelchair users to be able to take part in the sessions. However, for th... Read more..


Partnership with Dudley Voices for Choice

"Access in Dudley, in partnership with Dudley Voices for Choice, would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the generous customers and staff at Tesco Cradley Heath. We raised a fantastic £420 at the joint bag pack on Saturday, 25th April 2015.THANK YOU!! Thank you also to everyone that turned out to he... Read more..


Summer Table Top Sale Information

We are hosting a Summer Table Top Sale on Saturday, the 15th of August 2015 from 1pm until 4pm at Brierley Hill Civic Hall to raise funds for our group as well as raising awareness of who we are and what we do.   We are now taking bookings for stalls. So if you are a group or an individual who wan... Read more..


Ring and Ride

Ring and Ride will not be taking any bookings between the 23rd of March 2015 and the 29th of March 2015. This is due to the introduction of a new telephone and booking system.If you know you will need to travel during this period your booking must be made prior to the 23rd of March 2015.Important c... Read more..


Bag Pack at Co Op Sedgley Proves a Big Success

Access in Dudley, along with Dudley Voices for Choice, want to say a huge thank you to the shoppers and staff at the Co-op store in Sedgley for making the bag pack on Sunday such a great success!!  We raised a fantastic £338!!!  Also a huge thank you to all the bag packers - some of us pictured ... Read more..


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