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Woodbridge Action Day

The purpose of this day was to check the access to shops and businesses in Woodbridge and its attractions and facilities such as the Swimming Pool, the Riverside, the Tide Mill and Accessible Toilets. A simple check list was been prepared for people to use, one for shops and businesses, and one that could be used for the Swimming Pool, the Riverside.

About Me

Following the Disability Focus Days held annually in Suffolk and the request for there to be a Health Passport for all disabled people, the Suffolk Disability & Health Action Group has been working with disabled people to produce ‘About Me’ (previously described as a Health Passport), a document that disabled people and/or their family carers can complete to give health and care professionals information about themselves to help those professionals provide better care. 

Report from the Felixstowe Action Day

Access to shops, businesses and other facilities in the larger towns in Suffolk Coastal has long been of concern to members of the Suffolk Coastal Disability Forum. As a result, an Action Day in Felixstowe took place on Tuesday, 5th July, 2016 and this report was created.

The Suffolk Coastal Disability Forum was set up as a reference group to assist Suffolk Coastal District Council to listen, learn and consult with disabled people.

The Forum creates opportunities for disabled people, their families, and disability organisations in the Suffolk Coastal district to come together to:

  • Consult directly with Suffolk Coastal District Council on the services and facilities which affect disabled people
  • Provide a collective and stronger voice on all issues of disability to achieve positive outcomes for the community

Membership is free and open to:

  • Disabled people and their family carers, who live in Suffolk Coastal, including people with physical disabilities, sensory disabilities, learning disabilities or mental health problems
  • Representatives of disability organisations that provide a service to people who live in Suffolk Coastal
  • Representatives of Suffolk Coastal District Council

To join the forum telephone 01394 274345 or email jen.morcom@daseastsuffolk.org.uk.

Suffolk Coastal Disability Forum meetings are held quarterly (in January, April, July and October), and currently in the Council Chamber at Suffolk Coastal District Council's offices at Melton Hill, Woodbridge. 

Guests can be invited to discuss particular areas of concern and to respond to members’ questions. Recent topics discussed have been issues relating to public transport, parking, paths and pavements, access to health services particularly issues affecting people getting to hospital, and access to leisure facilities. 

The Forum has been consulted on the Suffolk Coastal Leisure Strategy, the review of polling stations, and, in particular, the play equipment at the Martello Park in Felixstowe.

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