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By RADDAG, Nov 29 2020 09:00AM

We are excited to announce that RADDAG has received funding from the National Emergencies Trust to establish a local peer support network, of disabled people, for disabled people and to develop a safe space where disabled people have the opportunity and confidence to share lived experiences and to shape local decisions.


We will be recruiting volunteers to get involved in the project, who will have the opportunity to attend a series of training and development sessions which will include an introduction to peer support, facilitation skills and confidence building to cover an element of feeling confident in sharing lived experiences. There will be a development session where local decision makers including commissioners, policy makers and Elected Members will be asked to share information about the local decision making process and where there are opportunities for local residents to input into these, for example through area forums, elected members weekly surgeries. An input will also be given around an introduction to volunteering, safeguarding and the history of the disability movement including an introduction to the Social Model of disability for those volunteers who are unfamiliar with the concept, which underpins all of the work of RADDAG.


Volunteers will be supported to develop peer support groups around specific topics or issues or interest and will be developed as a safe space where people feel comfortable and supported. We aim to reduce feelings of being alone and unite people with a common purpose.


The outcomes of the project will be a newly developed network of local disabled people who feel confident and are supported to input their lived experience of barriers into the decision making process, to bring about change and have a real impact on their ability to live independently. This network will also be a space for disabled people to offer and receive peer support, giving an opportunity to share skills and experience with other disabled people who lack confidence or are experiencing barriers, to reduce the feeling of 'being alone' and recognising that everyone is part of something bigger.


If you would like to get involved in the project either as a volunteer peer supporter or you would like to receive support please email [email protected]


By RADDAG, Oct 7 2020 09:00AM

The Action Together Rochdale team would like to invite you to the next Equalities Assembly.


Your involvement in the conversations are really valued, please you share this event within your workforce, with volunteers, clients and participants.


RADDAG and the Disability Forum will be hosting a conversation around support for people with a Learning Disability during Covid.


The event which will be held on Thursday 29 October, 10-1pm on zoom.


Register here https://www.actiontogether.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=2130&fbclid=IwAR1AmIBF2xEfcCFK94sjN5rwggcUx6Z7jZJr0Alyip-7CE8np_StTvY2das



By RADDAG, Oct 7 2020 09:00AM

The Action Together Rochdale team would like to invite you to the next Equalities Assembly.


Your involvement in the conversations are really valued, please you share this event within your workforce, with volunteers, clients and participants.


RADDAG and the Disability Forum will be hosting a conversation around support for people with a Learning Disability during Covid.


The event which will be held on Thursday 29 October, 10-1pm on zoom.


Register here https://www.actiontogether.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=2130&fbclid=IwAR1AmIBF2xEfcCFK94sjN5rwggcUx6Z7jZJr0Alyip-7CE8np_StTvY2das



By RADDAG, Jul 24 2020 12:00PM

RADDAG in conjunction with Action Together will be hosting the newly established Rochdale Borough Disability Forum to continue the conversations which were started at the first Equalities Assembly. The Forum is an opportunity to connect, share information, highlight issues and work together to break down barriers experienced by disabled people. Forum meetings will take place once a month, each meeting will be themed around a specific topic, with guest speakers invited where appropriate. There will be a standing item on the Disability Forum agenda to capture lived experiences. The first meeting will be an opportunity to discuss how the Forum will function with the next 3 meeting topics being:- the local Test, Track and Trace process, discussion around the review of services for Adults with a learning disability, discussion around the provision of Accessible Parking within Rochdale Town Centre.


Everyone is more than welcome to attend the Disability Forum, if you would like more information or an invite to the next meeting please email [email protected]


By RADDAG, Jun 19 2020 09:00AM

Action Together would like to invite you to the first Equalities Assembly event taking place on 3rd July to discuss, learn from each other and take action on inequalities in the Rochdale Borough.


This event brings together the doers and advocates for equality with people who experience inequality and those who support people who experience disadvantage.


Themes arising from the grassroots of our communities along with insight and intelligence from partners and the latest data will be explored.


Further information can be found here https://www.actiontogether.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=2064

By RADDAG, Jun 9 2020 09:00AM

We are excited to announce that we have been successful in applying for funding from the Action Together COVID-19 Community Response Fund. Our short term project will provide radios for disabled people to help reduce loneliness and isolation, improve mental wellbeing and will give access to up to date information.


The criteria to apply for a radio is that you need to be a disabled person living within the Borough of Rochdale, don’t currently have access to a working DAB radio and can tell us the difference that having a radio will make to your life.


For more information and to apply please contact us, for those who have access to an email address please email us on [email protected] or you can either call or send a SMS (text) message to 07828 482 600.


We recognise the irony of launching a project for those who are digitally excluded online, but rest assured we have sent out information via our printed newsletter to our members who are not online, we would be grateful if others could utilise any offline channels that they have to share the message with anyone who you think would benefit.



By RADDAG, Apr 24 2020 09:00AM

The Greater Manchester (GM) Disabled People's Panel is an independent strategic body made up of Disabled People's Organisations from across Greater Manchester. All of the members are disabled people and we seek to influence policy to support the rights of disabled people in GM. We also scrutinise, consult, and advise the Mayor Andy Burnham and the GM Combined Authority. This survey aims to find out what issues disabled people face during the Covid-19/Coronavirus Pandemic and will be used to inform GM services how to meet those support needs. This is why in addition to access and support questions we have included demographic questions to better gather information of how different communities are experiencing the impact of the Pandemic. However this survey does remain anonymous. The evidence this survey provides will improve responses to the Pandemic. So please share it widely and encourage others to fill it in, and we'd be especially delighted if you can assist (safely over the phone) people without access to the internet to answer the survey.

If you are filling the survey in on behalf of a disabled child or adult, please answer as them based upon their instructions/answers.

The survey can be found at the following link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/gmbigdisabilitysurvey


There is also an Easy Read version of the survey here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Easygmbigdisabilitysurvey


If you have any questions please email [email protected]

The Deadline for completion of this survey is Monday 11th May.



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