SEStran Thistle Assistance Card

The new SEStran Thistle Assistance card is designed to make using public transport easier for older people or those with disabilities or illness. The card, which is supported by a wide range of voluntary organisations in South East Scotland and by most bus operators, is credit-card sized and comes with a supply of peel-off stickers, which advise the driver of your disability and the help you need in an easy-to-read format. The cards are available at a variety of outlets across South East Scotland. To find out where you can obtain a card at a location near you, please click
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Scotrail Helping Older and Disabled Passengers

Scotrail have recently reviewed their Disabled People’s Protection Policy. The policy document outlines  Scotrail’s committment to maintaining and improving current standards of accessibility to their services for people with disabilities or whose mobility is impaired. This reviewed policy has made a change in the reduced time required for disabled people to book assistance in advance to 4 hours. The policy document can be downloaded here.
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Member December

The voice of Disabled People needs to be heard in Scotland, and the more people we represent, the stronger that voice. Thats why SDEF are asking you to forward this on to your colleagues and friends who are personally affected by, or work with disability related issues. As Organisational members can represent many staff it may not always be possible to ensure that our information reaches everyone. By encouraging others in your organisation to sign up as individual members, you can help us to strengthen the voice of those in Scotland affected by disability. Individual Members will receive a quarterly newsletter
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Why We Need to Support our Royal Mail Services

As Christmas approaches and the temperature drops, more and more of us turn to online shopping.  It’s fast, easy and can be done from our sofas with a cup of tea. However, there has been a sharp increase in the use of delivery services other than Royal Mail, with many of the profitable routes, such as businesses and densely populated areas being taken up by unregulated delivery companies.  These companies do not have to deliver every day, or indeed to any particular area, and can choose how and when they deliver. Every Letterbox in every Town… The Royal Mail has
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bespoken: a resource for disabled people and carers

bespoken is a self supporting community of experts.  The knowledge, insight and expertise that people have to support and enhance their independence is incredible.  They have created fixes and found solutions because they had to, and we want to share this expertise.  bespoken launched last year and have been bowled over by the response.  Over 7000 people have visited the site from 85 countries. More important than the numbers, the site is working.  People are sharing tips, ideas, recommendations and solutions with each other and making their everyday lives that little bit better. Sign up today at www.bespoken.me – join the
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Personal Independence Payment

If you are an existing Motability customer, the Government’s plans to replace the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for all recipients aged 16 to 64 with a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP), from 8 April 2013, may affect your eligibility to join the Scheme. Read more
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New Art Fund

New Art Fund 19 November 2012 Through Voluntary Arts Scotland’s Make a Splash! programme, you can apply for between £250 – £2,000 to try something new and help even more people discover how good it feels to take part in arts and crafts activity. Your grant can be used for a wide range of things, from venue hire to training, so long as it fosters long-term participation in the arts/crafts. www.peoplemakingwaves.org.uk/makeasplash
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