Easy Going Trails.

Easy Going Trails.
 
Suffolk County Council have developed 18 easy to follow trails, each of which gets you close to nature in the very heart of Suffolk’s countryside. Each trail is easy to follow on generally level ground. They range from just 1/3rd of a mile to 8 miles. Explore magical Cavenham Heath, see birds at Lackford Lakes, visit Britain’s first village at West Stow Country Park, enjoy the beautiful grounds at Thornham Walks, or marvel at the views from Dunwich Heath.
 
Trails have been carefully assessed by a team of disabled volunteers and are divided into Easy Access Trails, which are suitable for all, and Easy Going Trails, which follow slightly rougher ground and are a bit more challenging. Each walk starts at a car park, most have accessible toilet facilities and many have cafes or tea-rooms. A few are really wild destinations with no facilities, such as Cavenham Heath, although facilities are close by.
 
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NHS CHARGES

NHS CHARGES
Please be aware: If you are in receipt of benefits and need to visit your dentist or get a prescription from your GP, you need to check whether you are on contribution or income based benefits. You are only entitled to FREE treatment it you are getting income based benefits whether that’s ESA or JSA. If you are on contribution based you need to complete a HC1 form(we have a stock of them in the office) or you can ask for income based benefits.
Seek advice, if you have ticked the wrong box, NHS Business Services will charge you for the treatment and add a fine, which could be a substantial amount.
You can find out about your benefits by ringing the DWP on 0800 169 0310 (no charge)

Successful Big Lottery Bid

Press release – Suffolk Coastal Disability Charity Awarded National Lottery Grant

 

Disability Advice Service East Suffolk (DAS) has been awarded £301,210 over three years by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. Disability Advice Service provides a range of advice to disabled people and carers living in the Suffolk Coastal area. This includes help with welfare benefits, and accessing housing and support services.

 

Jen Morcom Manager of Disability Advice Service said: ‘This is a great opportunity for us to increase the availability of our advice service to disabled people and family carers. We will be able to get out to people living in rural areas who cannot get to our office as well as increasing the availability of telephone advice and appointments. Our customers tell us that prompt advice improves their financial and mental wellbeing and decreases their isolation. The money will help us to make sure that we are there to help everyone who needs us.

 

Disabled people have so much to offer their local communities, but many are driven to despair by difficulties with welfare benefit claims, negotiating social care systems and the many other issues they face. Although we will still need to fundraise to make up the full costs of our service each year, we are so grateful to all those people who play the Big Lottery each week – their money will help us to make a big difference to disabled people and carers!’

Sensory bands (‘twiddle muffs’) available — and knitters wanted!

Twiddle muffs (sensory bands) graphicWe are having a few twiddle muffs (or ‘sensory bands’) knitted — these are especially for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

The twiddle muffs will be free, although a small donation would be welcome. Supplies will be limited so they will be available on a first-come-first-served basis and limited to one per person. Continue reading

RADAR keys (National Key Scheme) now available from DAS

Radar keysWe have purchased a few RADAR keys (National Key Scheme) for people who live in the area covered by Suffolk Coastal District Council (UK) to be able to use accessible toilets.

RADAR keys are no longer available at local council offices. Continue reading