Disability Pride Cymru 2010

June 10, 2010

This coming Saturday, in the Bay, roughly noon to 7pm – and the weather is going to be good!

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How To Calm Your Mind: Part One – Take a Deep Breath (via Goodbye Stress … Hello Freedom!)

June 8, 2010

If stress is a daily issue for you and you want to take command of it without medication, then this post- and also Part 2 could be of help.

How To Calm Your Mind: Part One - Take a Deep Breath Remember the old adage “Take A Deep Breath and Count To Ten?” There is a lot of truth in some of these old sayings. Many stress-relieving and meditative techniques focus on breath. And for very good reason: it is one of the simplest and most effective ways of calming the mind and returning our body to a state of balance or equilibrium. Some years ago I began working with Anya Sophia Mann, founder of Conscious Journey, as my coach and mentor. She … Read More

via Goodbye Stress … Hello Freedom!

Never make the same mistake twice (via In The Fringes)

June 7, 2010

I like this post because it helps me understand how an individual who has experienced a long period of restriction in a wheelchair may come to perceive the world around them.

The hospital appointment on Thursday went extraordinarily well. It turns out I was the only one that had any reservations about my wheelchair. It made me rethink my own approach to disability. I'm self-conscious about the wheelchair. I've gotten comfortable with using it locally where I know it's accessible, but taking it when visiting an unfamiliar place is still nerve wracking, particularly when I know it's not going to be that accessible. I of … Read More

via In The Fringes

Men’s Advice line.

June 7, 2010

The Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for all men experiencing domestic violence by a current or ex-partner. This includes all men – in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. Talk it over We want to give all men who experience domestic violence the chance to talk about it. We provide emotional support, we can give you practical advice and we can inform you of specialist services that can give you advice on legal, housing, child contact, mental health and other issues. Call us on freephone number 0808 801 0327 0808 801 0327 – free from landlines and most mobile phones. We are open: Monday – Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm If the lines are busy or if you are calling outside of those hours, please leave a message with your name and a safe number and we will call you back as soon as we can. You can also email us: info@mensadviceline.org.uk Remember: our priority is your safety. If you are in immediate danger dial 999 to speak to the Police.

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Smiling, not flattened, toad….

June 7, 2010

Toad in the road

 Not often you find a ‘not flattened’ toad in the middle of a busy A road – but Cleopatra managed it.    In fact, the greater danger was to her rescuer!   The honour was not mine.

Just a thought….

June 7, 2010

Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic.”

Jean Sibelius
Finnish Composer

Disability Wales Independent Living Campaign

June 7, 2010


 Disability Wales Independent Living NOW! Campaign

 Mid Wales Campaign Briefing – a free event  

Wednesday 7th July 12.30pm – 3.30pm,

 starting with lunch

Llandewi Village Hall, Llandewi Ystradenni, Powys LD1 6SF

‘Independent Living enables us as disabled people to achieve our own goals and live our own lives in the way that we choose for ourselves’ (DW 2009)

 Disability Wales in partnership with Disability Powys and Dewis Centre for Independent Living invite disabled people & local organisations to attend a half day event to find out more about the Independent Living NOW! Campaign and how you can get involved.

The campaign was launched in Cardiff Bay on 28 April 2010 and will run through to March 2011. The campaign provides an opportunity for all disabled people in Wales to make their voices heard ahead of the next National Assembly Elections in May 2011. The campaign is calling for  the introduction of a National Strategy on Independent Living. An online petition has been started to support this on the National Assembly for Wales website. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!!

 During the campaign we are gathering disabled people’s experiences of Independent Living – both good and bad. Do you have experiences that you would like to share? Whether it relates to housing, transport, personal assistance, community care, employment, aids & equipment, advocacy…we are keen to listen and utilise your experiences to influence change in Wales.

For further information and to book a place please contact:

Disability Wales, Bridge House, Caerphilly Business Park, Van Road, Caerphilly CF83 3GW  Tel: 02920 887325  Email: info@disabilitywales.org


Disability Pride Cymru 2010

June 4, 2010

This coming Saturday, in the Bay, roughly noon to 7pm – for latest details and update click the link below:


ISSA Wales Conference 2010

June 4, 2010

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Challenging Discrimination Together – Open Up anti-discrimination conference

June 4, 2010

14 June 2010
Jury’s Inn, Birmingham

9.30 Registration
5:30 Close  

Mind’s Open Up project will be holding their anti-discrimination conference, Challenging Discrimination Together, in Birmingham this June, as part of their work within Time to Change.

The conference will provide a space for people with experience of mental distress to share their ideas for challenging discrimination and think of ways to take the anti-discrimination movement forward at grassroots level.

The day will feature lots of exciting and interactive content, including workshops, displays, performance, panel discussions, plus free cake and prizes!

Delegates will have the chance to:

  • Meet like-minded individuals who are passionate about speaking out against discrimination.
  • Hear from others who have run anti-discrimination projects and learn from their experiences.
  • Pick up practical skills to help you speak out against discrimination, for example filmmaking, basic web design, and how to fundraise.
  • Find out more about the work of Open Up, Mind and the Time to Change programme.

The conference is open to anyone with direct experience of mental distress interested in challenging mental health discrimination.

For a full run through of the day’s schedule, please click here.

We may not be able to offer a place to everyone who applies – but we welcome applications from people with direct experience of mental distress from all backgrounds and communities. We are particularly interested in hearing from groups who have experienced multiple discrimination.

Please note that this conference is only open to people with direct experience of mental distress. If you would like to apply for a travel bursary, please email us at :http://www.open-up.org.uk/get-involved/conference

Fees and registration

£75 – standard rate for people being funded by their organisation.
£40 – self-funded
FREE! – unwaged (£10 refundable deposit)

Full information about booking accomodation will be provided on registration.

Register online or email openup@mind.org.uk, or call us on               020 8215 2366         020 8215 2366 for a registration form.

Please note:  The Terms and Conditions stated in online registration are general to Mind conferences, and do not apply to this Open Up event. For up-to-date Terms and Conditions for the conference, please visit the Open Up website.