Merton CIL news from 2014/2013

Letter to the Editor re "Village Idiot" comments

Please read our letter to the editor of the Wimbledon Guardian as we were very concerned to see disablist and offensive language being used on social media and reported in the paper

http://www.wimbledonguardian.co.uk/news/12944386.UKIP_candidate_ calls_Labour_councillor__village_idiot__over_anti_Tory_protest_tweets/

 

An Important Update

Posted on December 30, 2014 by Lyla

Thank you to everyone who came to our event, ‘My Voice Matters’,on Dec 3rd – if you couldn’t make it we hope to see you next year. We will be sending a full report in the January newsletter, but some of the headlines are that nearly 70 people attended the event. We discussed our experiences around access to health, employment, housing and getting out and about, and came up with some solutions. Merton CIL will now be taking up members’ suggestions with Merton Council and other organisations on your behalf.

Another key area of discussion was the fact that Merton Council is planning to make cuts to Adult Social Care. We have found out that they are planning around £14 million cuts to Adult Social Care over the next 4 years.

Disabled people, and older people, are targeted with cuts to care packages of 6-15% or more. Assessments and Day Services will be reduced. The Council acknowledge that they will be less able to support people, less able to manage safeguarding concerns, less able to monitor the quality of services and less able to meet their statutory duties.

If you want to talk about these changes, there is a consultation on Tuesday 13th January 2015, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

at Acacia Centre, 230 Grove Road, Mitcham, CR4 1SD

Details here http://www.healthwatchmerton.co.uk/events

Book here http://www.mvsc.co.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1149

There are also opportunities to get more involved and have your say at our regular members’ group every Thursday 1pm to 4pm held at Merton Tenants and Residents Association, 328 London Road, Mitcham.

8th January – Cuts!: Come and tell us how the proposed cuts to Adult Social Care might affect you

15th January – Meet DisabledGo: an opportunity to find out more about their directory of accessible places to go.

Finally, Merton CIL will be closed over the holiday period 22/12/14 to 29/12/14 and on New Year’s Day.

 

Have you experienced Disability Hate Crime?

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Lyla

Have you experienced Disability Hate Crime?

Please come and talk to Merton Centre for Independent Living about your experience. We’re trying to put together a programme to tackle Disability Hate Crime and we need to know how it affects you!

When? Thursday 25th September 1pm – 4pm

Where? Merton Tenants and Residents Association, 328 London Rd, Mitcham, CR4 3ND

Those of us using public transport may like to know that the 118, 127, 200, 201, 280 buses all stop outside the building – next to the C.A.B. – at the Glebe Court stop. The closest tram is Mitcham is the closest rail Mitcham Eastfields.

Please note, anyone attending the group and needing to use a taxi to get there or need to print out a map using directions like googlemap then the postcode doesn’t direct you to exactly the right place. The venue is right next to the CAB building on London Road in Mitcham, and more or less opposite Age UK. Please call us if you need help on 020 3397 3119

Even if you’re not a member yet, come along and find out more! Call Richard on 020 3397 3119 for more information or email inclusion@mertoncil.org.uk

hatecrime

 

CIL Matters Summer Edition

Posted on September 8, 2014 by Lyla

CIL Matters Summer 2014 Newsletter – Large Print

CIL Matters Summer 2014 Newsletter – screenreader

CIL Matters Summer 2014 Newsletter
This edition includes some very important information about our upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) and I encourage all of our members to attend to find out more about what we’ve been doing, and meet the staff and board of trustees. We have some fantastic entertainment lined up with singer songwriter Dave Russell from Survivor Poetry, and protest singers and comedy duo Maggie & Lucy Lyrical, as well as a buffet supper prepared for us by the Mencap Cafe.

Date: Thurs 25th Sept 2014

Time: 6pm—9pm

Venue: The Vestry Hall, 338 London Road, Mitcham, CR4 3UD

Get in touch to book now as spaces are limited!

And if you can’t make the AGM then there are lots of other opportunities to meet us and talk about the things that matter to you. In particular, we have some exciting topics for discussion at upcoming members’ groups every Thursday 1pm to 4pm including:

11th September. Your Health. A Pillar of Independent Living. Healthwatch want to speak to people who have been to hospital recently and are keen to get YOUR views – come along, this session includes a light lunch. PLUS Discussion: How does health affect our independence? How might the NHS support independent living? Do you know about the new Personal Health Budgets?

And finally I’d like to highlight a fantastic opportunity to sign up to our award-winning volunteer training programme taking place in October – get in touch to find out more.

 

Latest CIL Matters Now Out – Spring 2014!

Posted on May 19, 2014 by Lyla

Welcome to issue 8 of CIL Matters, our quarterly newsletter. CIL Matters Spring 2014 Newsletter

We’ve got some great new contributors and the newsletter is now available in a screenreader version as well as large print.

CIL Matters Spring 2014 Newsletter – Large Print

CIL Matters Spring 2014 Newsletter – screenreader

Welcome, all, to your latest newsletter!

Jammed with info of what MCIL has been doing, some interesting articles, and a packed events calendar, we hope you enjoy it.

As always, please get in touch with your comments and suggestions, and do join the Save the ILF campaign (see final page of the newsletter) if you can!

As always, we’re keen to hear your views so please get in touch on info@mertoncil.org.uk or 020 3397 3119

 

Winter Newsletter 2013-14 Now Out!

Posted on February 10, 2014 by Lyla

Welcome to issue 7 of CIL Matters, our quarterly newsletter. CIL Matters Winter 2013-14 Newsletter

We’ve got some great new contributors and the newsletter is now available in a screenreader version as well as large print.

CIL Matters Winter 2013-14 Newsletter – Large Print

CIL Matters Winter 2013-14 Newsletter – Screenreader

As always, we’re keen to hear your views so please get in touch on info@mertoncil.org.uk or 020 3397 3119

Some highlights from the newsletter:
We now run a regular members’ group on Tuesdays 11am to 2pm, come along to find out more!
Venue: Merton Tenants and Residents Association, 328 London Rd, Mitcham, CR4 (between Vestry Hall and the CAB building in Mitcham)

Another MCIL event will be our ‘Shared Experiences’ Networking evening – if you or anyone you know is a peer supporter, mentor, or befriender for any organisation, or just interested in finding out more, come along to share your experiences with people like you!
Date: Thurs 27th February 2014
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1SB

AND in breaking news and new dates for the diary which you won’t find in your newsletter:

* New conference and network for personal assistants on Wednesday 12th March 2014 at Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ. To find out more visit www.ruils.co.uk/The-Ruils-PA-Network/28/217 *

* Looking for participants – Summit on the Commissioning of Wheelchair Services with David Nicholson: NHS England are hosting a summit, chaired by Sir David Nicholson, on the commissioning of wheelchair services and they are looking for up to 20 users of wheelchair services. It will be held on Tuesday 25th February, 12:00-3:30 in London, venue to be confirmed. To get involved please get in touch with Bernd.Sass@disabilityrightsuk.org (subject: wheelchair services summit), mob 07906 521 536 *

* Merton Community Transport hope to finalise their 2014 list of trips soon. Keep an eye out on their website for more details: http://mct.uk.com/excursions *

CIL Matters Autumn 2013

Posted on October 21, 2013 by Lyla

Hope you enjoy our latest newsletter – download it here CIL Matters Autumn 2013 Newsletter!

CIL Matters Summer 2013 Newsletter

Posted on August 12, 2013 by Lyla

See our latest newsletter CIL Matters Summer 2013 Newsletter!

 

CIL Matters Spring Newsletter

Posted on April 12, 2013 by Lyla

Find out what we’ve been up to since Christmas, plus some exciting new announcements!CIL Matters Spring 2013 Newsletter

 

CIL Matters Winter 2012/13 Newsletter

Posted on January 28, 2013 by Lyla

Download our latest newsletter and get in touch with your letters and stories to get into our Spring edition! CIL Matters

 

CIL Matters Autumn 2012 Newsletter

Posted on October 24, 2012 by Lyla

Download our latest newsletter and get in touch with your letters and stories to get in to our Winter edition! CIL Matters Autumn 2012 Newsletter

 

First edition of our newsletter

Posted on May 15, 2012 by

This is the first edition of our newsletter. Please download it here and share with all you think will be interested to read.