TPAS Cymru Disability Networks
TPAS Cymru holds networks twice a year for tenants and staff in social housing who have an interest in housing related issues affecting people with disabilities and their carers. The networks are informal and participatory and give delegates a chance to share their experiences, successes and lessons learned.
The latest round of networks were held during October in Swansea and Colwyn Bay and were both really well attended.
We talked about the use of The Right Stuff Report when looking at disability issues e.g. the importance of the changes that happen as a result of Tenant Involvement and how we need to let tenants know that they’ve been listened to.
There was an update on the Action on Disability – Right to Independent Living update that’s recently been launched and how input from disabled people across Wales has helped to shape the new action plan within the report.
Transport for disabled people is always a hot topic at the networks! We shared information about the work of Pembrokeshire County Council and in particular, Rex Codd who is a tenant of ateb, in raising awareness of the need for wheelchairs to be ‘crash tested’ to a specific safety standard. There was also a debate about how disabled people and wheelchair users have sometimes been refused access on public transport and/or taxis or have been charged extra! Watch this space for more information/discussion in future networks.
Updates on policies from TPAS Cymru and Tai Pawb were shared and everyone had an opportunity to share their current project/work around tenant involvement and disability issues.
The next round of networks will be in the Spring and there will be an update on the use of Alexa as an aid to people living with disabilities. But, we’re always keen to hear what topics you want us to include at these networks so please get in touch if you’d like to talk at and/or attend future networks.
For more information contact [email protected] or phone Helen on 01492 593046