Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Invitation to three Focus Group / Consultation Meetings around Disability - Booking essential


Invitation to three Focus Group / Consultation Meetings

Organised by Disability Resource Centre

Focus Group Event 1

The future strategic priorities of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Wednesday 7th March 2012

9am to 11am

LPD Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Aqua House, 20 Lionel Street, Birmingham (next to Kerrang Radio Studio and close to Snow Hill Railway Station)

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) would like to meet with a group of between 10 and 15 disabled people and representatives from disabled people’s organisations from the West Midlands as part of a national consultation on the future strategic plan of the EHRC and it’s priorities.

The focus group will be facilitated by a strategic officer from EHRC. The discussion will help the EHRC to decide future priorities around disability.

Focus Group Event 2

Improving services to victims of Disability Hate Crime

Wednesday 7th March 2012

11am to 1pm

LPD Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Aqua House, 20 Lionel Street, Birmingham (next to Kerrang Radio Studio and close to Snow Hill Railway Station)

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), working with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) would like to meet with a group of disabled people and representatives disabled people’s organisations in the West Midlands as part of a national review of the response of these services to disability hate crime. The aim of the focus group is to identify issues in providing a good level of service for disability hate crime victims from police, probation and CPS with a view to implementing long term improvements.

The focus group will be facilitated by John Clements, Lead Staff Officer, HMIC Joint Inspection Team, Protecting Vulnerable People.

More details

We are aiming to get between 10 - 15 people to attend each of these two meetings on the 7th March 2012. These could be different people or the same individuals could attend both events.

Travel expenses will be met. The meeting room is accessible via a lift, there are accessible toilets and both on-street and pay-and-display car parking close to the venue.

If you are interested in attending one or both of these events please contact Pete Millington on 0121 248 4530 or email me on pmillington@disability.co.uk

There are limited places which must be booked in advance and we will need to know if attendees have any other format or access support needs, especially BSL interpretation which has to be booked in advance.

Focus Group Event 3

Consultation on Access plans at the Drum Arts Centre

Wednesday 14th March 2012

The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham B6 4UU

The Drum Arts Centre in Aston, Birmingham is a leading centre for the promotion of contemporary Black arts and cultures for the benefit of all. The Drum is planning a major refurbishment which includes wide ranging improvements to the accessibility of the centre.

As part of these changes the architect and access consultant would like to discuss their plans with a group of between 10 and 15 disabled people at The Drum.

Travel expenses will be met and each attendee will receive a pair of £5 vouchers to use when purchasing tickets for selected performances at The Drum (more details will be provided). The meeting room is accessible, there are accessible toilets and a covered car park next to the venue. Refreshments will also be available.

If you are interested in attending this event please contact Pete Millington on 0121 248 4530 or email me on pmillington@disability.co.uk

There are limited places which must be booked in advance and we will need to know if attendees have any other format or access support needs, especially BSL interpretation which has to be booked in advance.

Pete Millington

Information & Community Empowerment Manager,

Disability Resource Centre, Floor 11, Edgbaston House, 3 Duchess Place, Five Ways, Birmingham, B16 8NH

Voice: 0121 789 7365

Email: pmillington@disability.co.uk
Website: www.disability.co.uk

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