Inverclyde Council on Disability & Inverclyde Shopmobility

Registered in Scotland as a charity - No: SC028524.

LinkAbility Newsletter December 2007

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Disability Equality - Still a Mountain to Climb?

This time last year ICOD and many other interested parties took part in an exercise to assist the Council in preparing its Disability Equality Scheme in time for 4th December 2006.

It’s now that time of year again when all public bodies such as the Health Board, Police Etc. need to review progress made on their Disability Equality Schemes.

The Council will be meeting with ICOD soon to discuss developments and it is good to see that it is intended that the venue will be suitable for all.

This unfortunately has not been the case when members have attended other public events, presentations and consultations.

There is still a general lack of awareness of the need to provide auxiliary aids such as hearing loops, copies of large print documents and sign language interpreters.

This anticipatory duty was placed upon all service providers and was part of the original DDA 1995 it’s now 2007.

By at least getting these basic things right we will go a long way to ensuring that disabled people are always included.

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Eating Out for All

ICOD’s Accessible Eateries Guide was launched on Friday 2nd November at Café 1-18. Councillor Ian Mackenzie, Ian Fraser, Director of Education and Social Care and representatives of the Inverclyde Tourist group joined ICOD directors Kathy McDade and Gordon Hendry at the launch.

Since its publication ICOD has received several enquiries from establishments wishing to be evaluated with a view to inclusion on the guide at our website at

Kathy said, “It’s great that other eateries are wishing to be recognised and publicised and that some who didn’t quite make have asked how they can become accessible. The guide is not just for disabled people but for everyone, and we hope that eventually all eateries will strive towards becoming accessible. A big thanks is due to staff and fellow directors who were involved in the compilation of the document.”

ICOD is following up this guide with a view to compiling a guide of accessible toilet facilities in the area. Any information that you can offer on this subject will be welcome. Please contact the office on 01475 732700.


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International Day of Disabled People 2007

Monday the 3rd of December marked the United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons. To mark the event, ICOD teamed up with Inverclyde Libraries, Lead Scotland and the Adult Literacies team to highlight the accessible learning opportunities available through the ABC (Access for Beginners to Computing) project.

A display showing equipment and accessible software available through the project was on show at the Central Library, and staff were on hand to answer any questions about the project.

You can contact Dianne Gallacher, ABC Support Worker by telephone on 01475 712330 or by email: dianne.gallacher@


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Congratulations to Jessie and Donnie, Equality Champions

As founder members of ICOD Ltd. Jessie Duncan and Donnie Buchanan were nominated for The Inverclyde Council Equality Awards, and were duly recognised for their dedication and hard work over the past 20 years.

The Provost recognised their valuable contribution in making Inverclyde a more accessible and inclusive Community.
Jessie and Donnie are a fine example of the voluntary community spirit that exists within Inverclyde.
They have presided over ICOD and have seen it grow from a home-based organisation to providing a range of services from our town centre offices, assisting disabled people in our community.


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Contributing to our Communities

As part of our campaign to ensure that ICOD continues to receive the funding we need to continue all our services, below is a list of the much needed and valued contributions that ICOD makes to our communities.

We may loose the opportunity to…

ICOD, and other organisations funded through the Community Regeneration Fund (due to finish in March 2008) are currently under threat. These are the organisations working in our communities, run by local people.

If you are concerned about the possible loss of these much needed services you can help in a number of ways:

If you are unsure who your MSPs, MP or Councillors are please contact the ICOD office on:
Tel: 01475 732700

Minicom: 01475 732995


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Moving Up

It is said that the best days of your life are spent at school and no one knows that better than Robert Watkins a first year pupil at Gourock High and a wheel chair user.

“I wasn’t sure if I would be able to go with my friends to the High School when we finished primary, but thanks to some adaptations the Council made I have arrived and am enjoying things very much.

It’s really important to have your friends round about you when such big changes take place, but I have made lots of new friends too. The teachers are really good (but don’t tell them I said so) and I think I am coping well with my new subjects, which I find really interesting.

Getting about the school has been made easier with the use of a stair-climbing machine, which gets me up and down to my various classes and Mrs Cameron and the rest of the Learning Support team, who help me are really great. School’s just brilliant! I think it is important for disabled kids to go to their local schools and I just hope that everyone will get the same chance as me”.

Mrs Buntain , Acting Head Teacher at Gourock High said “Robert is an absolute joy to have in the school. He does a full ten subjects and due to the alterations in the school he is able to get about using a stair climber. He is always cheerful and friendly and has endeared himself to pupils and staff alike”.


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Kathy McDade was elected to take on the chairmanship of ICOD Ltd at our AGM in August. We thought you might like to know a little bit more about her.

Kathy was born in the east end of London and worked with the Borough of Hackney as a disabilities officer until she was forced to retire due to ill health.

She came to Scotland in the 90’s and settled in Greenock with her husband Andy, a native Inverclyder. Kathy was looking forward to a quiet life in Inverclyde, how wrong can she be?


Question - Why did you take on the role of chair of ICOD?

Kathy's Answer - I felt I could make a difference having had a background in disability rights issues.

Question - What is the best part of your role?

Kathy's Answer - Making a positive contribution to the disabled community and hopefully influencing the decision makers.

Question - What’s the most difficult part of your role?

Kathy's Answer - Sometimes it’s like banging your head of a brick wall trying to get people to change their attitudes. Many people still don’t recognise the contribution that disabled people make in our community.

Question - What do you do in your spare time?

Kathy's Answer - What spare time!?

Question - Who do you admire most?

Kathy's Answer - People like the Children of Courage in Inverclyde and kids that act as carers.

Question - What is your favourite food?

Kathy's Answer - Anything cooked by someone else!

Question - What is your favourite music?

Kathy's Answer - Anything from the sixties but mainly Tamla Mowtown.

Question - If you could have just one gift for Christmas what would it be?

Kathy's Answer - A three bedroom Barrier-Free house.


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A Lift for the Community

After some considerable time raising concerns about accessibility, ICOD is pleased to note that a planning application for installation of a lift at the bridge over the railway line at Inverkip has been submitted. It is hoped that the application will receive approval and allow everyone to gain access from the proposed Hillfarm development to the village centre.


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Stay Safe over the Festive Season

We all like to enjoy ourselves over the festive season, and here are some helpful tips to ensure you stay safe...


If you need help, you may find the following numbers useful...

Inverclyde Council
Council Emergencies - 719999
Social Work - 0800 811505

Housing Providers
River Clyde Homes - 0800 0132 196
Oak Tree Housing - 807001

Electricity and Gas Emergencies

Gas Emergencies - 0800 111 999
Scottish Power Emergencies - 0845 2727 999


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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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Shopmobility Update

Fundraising Sucesss for ICOD Social Group

ICOD’s Social Group was out raising money at the recent Combined Christmas Charities Fair. Members gave up their Saturday afternoon to raise the grand sum of £120, which will be used to support their next social outing. Well-done to all concerned.

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Shopmobility Opening Hours for Christmas and New Year

Shopmobility will be open 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday apart from on the following days:-

ICOD would like to wish all our members, service users and supporters a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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