Inverclyde Council on Disability & Inverclyde Shopmobility

Registered in Scotland as a charity - No: SC028524.

LinkAbility Newsletter August 2007

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Shopmobility Update


News and Features



Inverclyde Council On Disability Ltd are holding their AGM on Tuesday 28th August 2007 in the saloon of the Greenock Town Hall starting at 6.30pm. (A loop system, creche and sign language interpreters will be available on the night as well as refreshments)
Our guest speaker this year will be David Walker of the Inverclyde Community Health Partnership. For more information visit our AGM page here
We will also welcome nominiations to join the ICOD Ltd Board of directors, please phone 732700, textphone 732995 or email for a nomination form and also to book a place for the creche.

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Turkish Delight, Eventually!

ICOD Director Brian McIntyre ventured to Turkey this year on holiday, and although his initial experience was problematic, he eventually had a worthwhile stay...

This year I went on holiday to Marmaris in Turkey with my parents. They had been there before and came back saying how great they thought the place was. When they booked up for this summer, I had not arranged my own holiday yet, so I contacted the agent who assured me the hotel (Sun Love) and facilities were accessible and I booked up too.

You can never be sure that somewhere is accessible, even if told so, and on arrival I was disappointed to find this was the case. There was a small but steep ramp into the reception, not wide enough for my wheelchair. When we got into the reception I noticed that there were more steps out to the pool and room areas but no ramps and no lifts. While the receptionist was allocating our rooms we discovered that their accessible rooms were on the 1st Floor! When asked how they could call this accessible, they said they would carry the chair and its occupant up and down the stairs when required, not my idea of an accessible room!

We discussed the situation with our holiday rep, and were eventually moved to another hotel, the Blue Bays. Just from the outside you could tell that this had far better access. My room and almost all of the facilities at the hotel were accessible and when something was not, the staff did all they could to help make it so.

I was glad I’d arranged the hire of a powered wheelchair as this helped me make the most of the location. There is an 8 mile paved and tiled walkway along the seafront, from the Marina round to the village of Icmeler, which I would recommend for the scenery alone. The area has a wealth of natural beauty and history, including a castle said to date back at least 5000 years. In addition, the hospitality and friendship of its locals was second to none, and there are lots of very good pubs and clubs and some good eateries along the seafront.

Despite initial problems I had a great holiday and think Marmaris is a great place to visit.

Anyone interested in hiring a powered wheelchair if going to Marmaris should contact Emma Smith at Access Centres Turkey (ACT) email:
or visit


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Accessible Eateries

Over the past few weeks staff and directors of ICOD Ltd. have been visiting eating-places in Inverclyde to determine whether or not they are accessible, particularly for people with mobility impairments.

One reason for the work being undertaken was that when a wheelchair user visited a local restaurant to make a booking for a meal for him and friends, he enquired about accessible toilet facilities.

The restaurateur apparently told him that whilst there were no facilities on his premises, he could use the facilities of a café some 200-300 yards down the road and that when he came back he would reheat his dinner for him. Needless to say there was no booking made!

It is hoped that when the survey results are published this will help everyone find an appropriate venue in Inverclyde. Those places that don’t quite come up to standard will hopefully review their premises and make them more accessible.

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ICOD Training

Funded by Inverclyde Alliance, ICOD provides Disability Awareness Training and British Sign Language courses (to Level 1). Our awareness training gives participants a knowlege of the Disability Discrimination Act, planning an accessible event and guidance on how to best assist people with a range of impairments. The courses are free to staff, volunteers and board members in voluntary sector groups. The calendar for this year’s training is below.

Disability Awareness Training

Each session lasts 3 hours, 10am - 1pm and takes place on the following dates:

September 12th 2007
October 10th 2007
November 14th 2007
January 16th 2008
February 13th 2008
March 12th 2008

British Sign Language Courses

Beginners Course
Monday Evenings, 6.30-9pm, Craigend Resource Centre. 12 weeks, 1st October - 17th December.

Level 1 Course
Monday Evenings, 6.30-9pm, Craigend Resource Centre. 20 weeks, 14th January - 16th June.

For more information or to book a place please contact the ICOD office on: Telephone: 01475 732700, Textphone: 01475 732995,


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Deaf Issues Group

Wednesday 8th August, 7-9pm, Inverclyde Community Care Forum, 12 Clyde Square, Greenock

What are the Issues for Deaf People in Inverclyde? Come along and have your say.

Guest Speaker Paul McCusker, Sports Co-ordinator, Deaf Connections.

If you would like to know about future meetings please let us know on: email - or textphone - 01475 732995 or telephone - 01475 732700


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Subtitled and Audio-Described Cinema Listings

Up to date information on subtitled and audio-described screenings can be found at which has listings for all UK cinemas with these facilities. They can also be contacted by telephone on: 0845 056 9824, textphone users please call using 18001 before the number. Always remember to contact the cinema before you travel to make sure the screening is still taking place.

Subtitled screenings are also listed on the Scottish Council on Deafness website:

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Your Letters

Dear Editor,

Of late I have found it more and more difficult to get about, and even trying to find a place near to home to park the car is difficult. I have noticed disabled parking spaces marked out in Inverclyde and wondered if I could get one too?

Dear Reader,
To help you get round about town it is possible to get a blue badge, which would entitle you to park nearer shops etc. If you are on the Higher rate of the Mobility part of Disability Living Allowance you can get one automatically, otherwise you will require supporting information from your doctor. More details and an application form can be obtained from Inverclyde Centre for Independent Living. Tel 714350 for details.

To get a disabled space near your home you will have to apply to Inverclyde Council Roads and Transportation Service Tel 714835 where details of the procedure can be obtained. The process can take 9 months to a year, and please remember that the space is for use by anyone holding a Blue Badge and is not reserved for your own use.


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Stop Press!

ICOD understand that the proposed replacement Post Office in W.H. Smiths in Greenock will be located on the first floor.
ICOD will be following this up to ensure that the new post office is accessible for all, and responding to the current consultation. We will include an update of the situation in the next issue of Linkability.


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Shopmobility Update

A Busy Summer

Summertime has proven to be another busy time for us at Shopmobility, particularly for long term hires, not only on our Manual Wheelchairs but also for our Energy Efficient Scooter, which many people have hired to enjoy day trips and holidays. We hope in the near future to purchase more of these scooters, for any more information on how to hire these types of equipment please call the office on 01475 732600.

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Inverclyde and Beyond

Inverclyde Council on Disability is delighted to announce that the scooters which we donated to Shopmobility in Dunoon are now operational. The new service is located at the Pier Head, and we are pleased to extend our congratulations and best wishes to Dunoon. To contact them call 01369 706 696. There has been no further news on the outstation at Greenock Cut, as they are still finishing off the final touches, we hope to be able to report in the next Linkability.

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By Yon Bonnie Banks

On Sunday 29th July some nineteen members and carers set of to ramble the cycle path from Dumbarton to Loch Lomond Shores at Balloch.

The weather was kind with only a few minor spots of rain during the ramble itself but thunderous rain just after we had boarded the buses to return to Greenock. Someone was obviously looking after us.

The route took us along the banks of the river Leven and was a well-surfaced path for most of it. There were thrills and spills as we crossed a couple of small cattle grids with more than the scooters being shaken up. Worst of all there were no toilets until we reached Balloch with a huge sigh of relief!

We really were in the countryside for the first 2 miles or so with not a house to be seen and some took the opportunity to pick wild flowers along the way. Later we skirted Renton, Bonhill and Alexandria finally arriving at Loch Lomond Shores at around 2.20pm.

There was Folk music and French market at the Shores and we managed to grab a bite to eat and do a bit of shopping before returning.

Pete Savino said, “It was a great day out and thanks should be given to everyone involved”.


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And Finally...

A big thank you to all our Service Users who have paid their membership fee and for their continued support. Anyone with a little spare time and would like to contribute towards our outings can contact our office for more information on our Social Group.


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