North Yorkshire Centre for Independent Living

This organisation was formed in the summer of 2009, a registered charity and limited company by guarantee. The three founding members are Independus, Scarborough D.A.G and Whitby D.A.G. (Disablement Action Group) Our aim is to encourage and support the development of user led groups in areas not already services within North Yorkshire. This will mean equal access to quality services for all disabled people and their careers. Also by pooling our resources, knowledge and expertise we will become a stronger voice, meet our needs, become more efficient and develop our services to include Brokerage, one website and telephone number and to provide accessible services to those currently excluded like Gypsy and traveller groups and ethnic minorities.

Tramper Tester Day – Aysgarth Falls

For many years the country side has been considered a no-go or think twice idea for disabled people, quite often being confined to the car whilst family and friends enjoy the fresh air. Since then technology has advanced, attitudes improved and new opportunities opened. One example is the availability of electric off road wheelchairs; the more commonly used being the ‘Tramper’ Trampers are regarded as comfortable, safe and reliable way of helping those with mobility issues go off road. Some local authorities and organisations already employ them, one being Lancashire County Council.

Independus, a charity for disabled people within North Yorkshire, are working with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to make the dales more accessible for disabled people and are initiating a ‘Tramper Taster Day’ at Aysgarth Falls on 13th May 2010 at 11am to 1pm. The idea is to give disabled people the chance to see for themselves that the countryside need not always be a barrier. Officers from local authorities and local organisations known to have an interest in opening up the Yorkshire Dales to disabled people have been invited. The idea is to bring the right people together, inspire them, allow effective communication and any constructive publicity bto take place in the hope that these vehicles maybe procured and used at specific locations within the Yorkshire Dales for use by those who genuinely require them.

Independus AGM – 17th May 2010
Independus is holding its Annual General Meeting on the 17th May 2010, The venue is The Mencap Centre, Goosecroft Lane, Northallerton, DL6 1EG. This is a co-joined event so our meeting will at 6pm prompt with Mencap AGM taking place at 7pm. All members of both organisations are welcome to attend either event but we do ask that attendance to Independus is a very prompt start therefore if you would like refreshments please be there from 5.30pm. Independus will also be making a short presentation during Mencap’s AGM. We will also be taking nominations for Trustees and would appreciate that if you do wish to put yourself forward that you notify this office as soon as possible so that the completed paperwork is ready for you to sign on the night. Trustees will be co-opted en- block. There will be no changes to the current officers. We also wish to appoint a suitably qualified Treasurer so if you know of anyone who maybe interested then please contact this office for a copy of the job specification.