Inverclyde Council on Disability & Inverclyde Shopmobility

Registered in Scotland as a charity - No: SC028524.

LinkAbility Newsletter October 2008

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Funding Secured!

ICOD has been successful in securing a cocktail of funding that will allow us to develop, deliver and improve services and activities for disabled people in Inverclyde, Nearly £445,000 has been secured for ICOD services over the next three years.

Kathy McDade, Chair of ICOD Ltd said: “this is a great achievement for us to secure this funding in the light of the current financial climate and extreme competition from many other worthwhile groups across Scotland.”

The Big Lottery is our major funder with £284,394 provided to allow ICOD to continue to develop services for the Inverclyde community such as learning opportunities in Information Technology for learners with a variety of impairments (the ABC Project), social and leisure opportunities and the continuing awareness raising of disability issues. Issues such as access to housing, our towns, shops and leisure facilities and access to mental health services and support for those in need.

Our ABC project is being funded for it’s first year thanks to a grant of £37,777 from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). ICOD was one of only 286 organisations in the UK to successfully bid for EHRC funding.

Aside from the Big Lottery and EHRC, Inverclyde Council Grants to Voluntary Organisations has committed £30,000 over 3 years to help fund some overheads of our premises at Clyde Square and Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland have committed £28,000 to allow us to continue to employ a part time Shopmobility Worker.
Tender bids worth £61,413 with Inverclyde Alliance have also recently been confirmed.

Alliance funding will secure our Shopmobility service for the next 18 months, and also bring additionality to our ABC Project, providing for a part-time worker to assist people to gain Basic Skills (IT) qualifications and develop their employability.

Funding has also been secured from the Robertson Foundation allowing us to purchase two new scooters, which with the agreed commitment of the Local Country Park, will be available for those visiting the newly refurbished Greenock Cut.

We would also like to thank the following organisations who continue to care for our fleet of Shopmobility Scooters:
St Andrews Garage, Amey, Stepwell Inn, Larkfield Housing Association, Welsh Walker, Renfrewshire Freemasons, Cardwell Garden Centre. We have also recently welcomed Inverclyde Leisure as a new sponsor.

The organisation is looking forward to the next 3 years, and at our recent planning day it worked out a programme of work to be undertaken which is sure to benefit our local community.

We are extremely pleased that our services are widely recognised and that most of the funding raised is coming into the local economy, securing not just services but jobs and opportunities for local people.

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ICOD Welcomes New Member of Staff

We are delighted to announce that we have recruited Sally Wright, formerly from Second Chance Learning as our new ABC Project Worker.

Sally brings with her a wealth of experience of community learning, and will be assisting learners with a range of impairments to improve their IT skills, and also helping to raise awareness and promote accessible learning opportunities across Inverclyde. For further information on the project you can contact Sally on tel: 01475 712330 or email:


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ICOD Celebrates 21 Years

ICOD is delighted to be celebrating our 21st Birthday. This has seen the organisation grow from a small group of volunteers operating from home to a larger and more vibrant organisation, employing staff and providing services from our town centre base.
To celebrate this milestone we are holding a Birthday Bash at Greenock Town Hall on Wednesday 19th November, 7.30pm. The event will include 3 course Birthday Dinner, Disco with DJ Stevie Walker and Prize Draw Raffle. We will also be acknowledging 21years of involvement with the organisation by founding member Jessie Duncan.

Tickets for the evening will be £15 and are available from the ICOD Office. The event will help to raise monies for a charity of the Provosts Choice.

Please come along to meet old friends and new!

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ICOD Ltd AGM brings new faces to our board

We held our AGM on Tuesday 19th August, and members enjoyed an interesting talk by Wendy Metcalfe, the new editor of the Greenock Telegraph.

We were also delighted to welcome three new faces to our board of directors, these are: Robert Galloway, Madeline Quigg and Hamish MacLeod

Other members of our board elected for a further year are:
Johanna Stewart, Peter Savino, Connie Sission, Carol Reid, Tracey Rew, John Webb, Jim MacLeod and Sylvia MacLeod.

Also continuing are our Chairperson - Kathy McDade, Vice-Chair - Joan McDougall, Company Secretary - Gordon Hendry and Treasurer - Brian McIntyre. We also have representation on the board from Inverclyde Council from Cllr. Charlie McCallum and Cllr. Jim Grieve.

Constitutionally, the ICOD Ltd board is always a majority of disabled people, ensuring that our services are shaped and managed by and for disabled people in Inverclyde.


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Halloween 2008 - Are we still being haunted by inaccessibility?

A joint event will be held on 31st October with Inclusion Scotland looking at Homes for Life, access to accessible information, mental health support, services and transport.

Among those taking part are Neil Graham Director of Environment and Community Protection, Inverclyde Council, Karen Neary, Chief Executive of River Clyde Homes, John Moody from the Scottish Recovery Network + the usual suspects from ICOD and Inclusion Scotland.

The event is being held at the Pirie Hall, Old West Kirk, Campbell Street, Greenock from 9.30am until 3pm, with a soup and sandwich lunch provided between 12.15-1pm.

The hall is accessible for wheelchair users, with accessible toilet provision, and a hearing loop will be provided.

Anyone interested in coming along can book a place by contacting Inclusion Scotland by Tel: 0141 887 7090, email:



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Help us create a more Accessible Inverclyde

Thanks to the Big Lottery and our other funders, we are able to continue and develop our activities. We have 5 main strands of activity, these are: Learning, Access, Awareness, Social and Leisure and Shopmobility.

There are a variety of ways you can become involved, either taking part in our services, or helping us to deliver them through volunteering .Details of the activities under each strand follow next.

Learning Opportunities

ICOD has been working for some time now in partnership with Inverclyde Libraries, Adult Literacies Team and Lead Scotland to deliver accessible IT Learning opportunities for disabled people.

Our ABC (Access for Beginners to Computing) project can provide one to one support, small group tuition and a range of accessible software and equipment to assist people develop their skills.

The ABC project currently operates from the Central Library in Greenock, and we also hope to promote and develop accessible learning with other community providers in Inverclyde.

ICOD also delivers British Sign Language Courses at beginners and level 1 and we have courses starting at Craigend Resource Centre shortly.

Access and Awareness Opportunities

ICOD currently helps to promote awareness of disability issues and improve access for disabled people in a number of ways.

We deliver disability awareness training to local organisations and businesses, as well as giving talks to every primary 7 class in Inverclyde.

ICOD also help organisations and businesses become more accessible through providing access advice and reports, and we also promote accessible services by producing useful guides such as our accessible eateries guide.

Our training, talks and access advice are delivered by our staff and volunteers. We would be happy to hear from anyone wishing to help out, and full training is available to build your skills and confidence.

Social and Leisure Opportunities

ICOD will be building on the work of our social group to develop and provide accessible leisure activities for disabled people.

Our social group have previously helped to plan our scooter rambles, and are currently working on our birthday party in November. We hope to develop our activities further to include theatre and museum visits and healthy living activities.

If you would like to be kept informed of our programme of events, please contact the office.

We are also looking for more people to volunteer as part of our social group, helping to plan and shape our activities. If you are interested in helping out, please get in touch!

We have recently had a scooter ramble at Greenock Cut, and thanks to funding from the Robertson Trust hope to make scooters available there from next Spring.


Our Shopmobility service has been established since 2002, and over 800 people have now registered with us.
We are able to provide a range of mobility equipment on a daily basis to help people access Greenock town centre and surrounding areas. In addition some equipment can be hired out to take away on holiday etc.

We also provide a guiding service for people with visual impairments, helping with daily tasks such as shopping.

We are always pleased to welcome anyone who would like to volunteer with us, helping to deliver these valued services. Our volunteers help to register and train new clients, look after our equipment, run the service at weekends and help out when we provide equipment at community events.

Contact us

If you would like more information about the services available, or would like help out in our activities detailed, please contact our office on tel: 01475 732700, textphone: 01475 732995 or email:


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ICOD Sign Language Activities

As part of our Learning activities funded by the Big Lottery, ICOD will be providing a range of activities to help increase the number of people able to use British Sign Language.

In conjunction with Craigend Resource Centre, we are providing Beginners and Level 1 courses, and also facilitating a BSL user group, to help people retain and develop their skills.

Our Beginners course is now full, however for those with some knowlege of BSL wishing to develop and keep up their skills, our user group will have it’s first meeting on Wednesday 22ndOctober, 6pm-9pm at Craigend Resource Centre.

Anyone interested in our courses on the BSL user group can contact David Goldthorp at the ICOD office on tel: 01475 732700, textphone: 01475 732995, or email


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Visitors to ICOD

September saw a number of important visitors to ICOD. First to arrive was Douglas Guest from Equality and Human Rights Commission who was popping in to familiarise himself with the popular ABC Project. Douglas was able to review the success to date and meet with the new Project Leader Sally Wright. Classes will recommence in October. Any one wishing to attend can contact Sally on 712330 or pop in to the Central Library.

Claire Jefcoate, the new Manager of the Oakmall, also popped in to meet the team. Claire is well aware of the good work and value of Shopmobility Schemes having worked closely with our friends in Motherwell. We share her enthusiasm and are keen to work together in the future.

The Care Commission arrived on the 23rd to carry out its third annual inspection of ICOD services we await the outcome of the result with baited breath.

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Postcard Campaign Launch

ICOD will shortly be commencing a postcard campaign to raise awareness of issues faced by disabled people in their daily lives.

The postcard will allow disabled people to raise issues with service providers by filling in a postcard, commenting on the difficulties experienced. A copy can also be given to ICOD to take the issue forward and help the service provider identify solutions.

“‘Its just one of those disabled people moaning again’ is often an attitude we face,” said Gordon Hendry, secretary of ICOD. “We are keen to assist service providers address our needs and not dismiss them. Disabled people are a fairly sizeable proportion of the community and we need to access services and live like everyone else.”

“We hope that local disabled people will help us to raise awareness by using these postcards, they only take a few minutes to fill in, and will help us get our message across to local organisations and businesses”.

Post cards are available from the office and you can contact us on tel 01475 732700, email: or textphone 01475 732995 for further information.


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Eyes Opened on Doors Open Day

Not only were doors open on Saturday 12th September for people to visit places of interest in Inverclyde, but eyes were opened to the fact that Disabled people were able to participate in many of the events.

Electric Scooters were provided at the local history walks in the Greenock Cemetery and those taking part thoroughly enjoyed learning more about our local history and being part of the group undertaking the tour.

Others took part in the guided walks at the Greenock Cut and admired the restoration works that had been undertaken. Syd Tildsley, a former Glenpark Harrier, was really pleased to see the cut again. “I did a bit of running in my time before my disability stopped me and I used to come up here to train. Its just brilliant that others will have the opportunity to revisit this place that will hold many childhood and family memories for them when some scooters are based here”.


Shopmobility Update

Shopmobility is delighted to have broken through the 800 barrier, having now registered 809 people since we started 6 years ago!

We will be providing an outreach service at the Greenock Cut from next Spring, with mobility equipment available from Cornalees Visitor Centre to help people enjoy the fresh air and scenery. Many thanks to the Robertson Trust for their contribution of £3,000 towards this new equipment.

We continue to provide our guiding service for people with a visual impairment, and recently we have been assisting a guide dog user familiarise his new dog with the area.


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