Saturday, 14th July from 11.30am
Disability Pride was held for the first time last Summer and is back again. Here is what its founder, Jenny, has to say:
I would like to tell you about Disability Pride Brighton and our latest volunteer and buddy project.
I have several health problems myself, including coronary heart disease, and also have three adopted, disabled children. Following an incident of disability discrimination suffered by one of them in August 2016, I set up Disability Pride Brighton. All our committee members are disabled and we held our first festival – the first Disability Pride event in the country – last July. Over 2,000 disabled people attended and it was an amazing celebration. This year, the Disability Pride Brighton festival is on Saturday, 14th July at Hove Lawns from 11.30am. All our performers and acts have at least one disabled member and the festival is aimed to be a celebration of and for all disabled people and their families, friends and carers.
There are several ways in which you can get involved.
BEING A STALLHOLDER
Firstly, if you are a disability organisation, a charity, or a community group, you can apply to have a stall. All our stallholders are there to give out information which is useful – and support which is available – to disabled people and their families and carers. It is not intended as a profit-making event so we are not permitting any selling stalls to be there.
Here is the form to apply for a stall: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9TXWDLY
VOLUNTEER AND BUDDY SCHEME
Secondly, if you have disabled clients who may like to be a volunteer or you (or anyone you know) would like to be a buddy to support disabled people to get involved, please ask them to complete the form below. This scheme is designed to give disabled people confidence to get involved with the community as a whole and not just Disability Pride Brighton. The form to apply to be a volunteer or buddy is below the information about the scheme. There is a meeting at The Brighthelm Centre on 8th May at 3.30pmand here is the link to sign up for the meeting: https://www.facebook.com/events/572682103110419??ti=ia
VOLUNTEER AND BUDDY SCHEME INFORMATION
Disability Pride Brighton is launching a volunteer and buddy scheme so that more disabled people can get involved with our annual event and the wider community as a whole. Disabled people, particularly those with learning disabilities, are amongst the most socially excluded people in society and we want to change this!
Our first annual event took place last year and was a brilliant success, with over 2000 people joining in the celebrations. We had feedback that people wished there were more opportunities to be involved in Disability Pride Brighton and, in particular, volunteering on the day itself.
With Disability Pride Brighton now preparing for our second annual celebration on Saturday, 14th July at Hove Lawns, we have the opportunity to turn this feedback into a reality. We are incredibly pleased to be now looking for people who would like to become involved in our volunteering and buddy scheme.
We are an event created, organised and run by disabled people, and we understand the importance in creating an event that genuinely reflects our community. We will be able to provide tangible support to volunteers with transport costs, refreshments and regular training.
The scheme will run throughout the year and will support people to fully participate in many aspects of Disability Pride Brighton. This will be achieved by regular meetups in an accessible, gently structured and supportive environment with others who are also interested in supporting the work of Disability Pride Brighton. There will also be opportunities for people who are housebound. Everyone will be working towards making our annual event a success as well as raising awareness of disability issues and discrimination.
Some people may need extra support to volunteer with us and so we are also looking for buddies who would be happy to support people to fully participate in the scheme.
But, it’s not all hard work and no play! The scheme will also involve guest speakers, socials and opportunities for people to improve their social and community connections. We hope that the people involved will become valuable brand ambassadors for Disability Pride Brighton and both volunteers and buddies will receive certification.
This scheme will involve regular meetings – probably monthly on Tuesday afternoons – with the Volunteering Project Coordinator, Harriet Oliver, at which both the volunteers and buddies will receive training and support to volunteer on the day. Harriet works for Gig Buddies and Stay Up Late and has lots of experience in running volunteer and buddy programmes. She is really excited to be involved in this new project! The sessions will began fairly moderately and then become more structured after the 2018 event to prepare for 2019.
If you are interested in being either a volunteer or a buddy, please complete the application form. If you need it in an alternative format or need help to fill it out, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are taking applications from performers so, if you know any disabled acts who you think might like to take part on the day, please ask them to complete this form: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9G29HKG
If you know of any disabled artists who may like to display a piece of their art on the day, this is the form to complete: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DDYMXWR
Yet another way you can get involved is by coming along! We hope to make this year’s festival even bigger and better than last year and we think it is an extremely important event to raise disability awareness and discrimination in the city – as well as a really entertaining, uplifting and fun day.
Here is the link to sign up for the actual event:
Finally – phew! – please like our Facebook page where you can find all the updates: https://m.facebook.com/DisabilityPrideBrighton/
I do hope you can all join us and please share the Disability Pride Brighton festival!
(Chair and Founder of Disability Pride Brighton)
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Date(s) - 14/07/2018