Harrow Association of Disabled People

Bus Services Act accessible information consultation

06 July 2018

The Department for Transport invites feedback on the Bus Services Act 2017 and accessible information policy proposals.

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The Department for Transport is seeking views on ways to improve information for bus passengers through the Bus Services Act 2017 and accessible information regulations.

They want to introduce regulations that require bus operators to provide audible and visible information on local bus services to help people identify:

  • the route and direction of services
  • each upcoming stop
  • points at which diversions start or end

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 16 September 2018.

See: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2018/july/bus-services-act-accessible-information-consultation

Happy 70TH


TO THE nhs.

The NHS is 70 years old this year. It remains a fantastic service. It has been consistently underfunded by successive Conservative Governments.

Disabled people rely more than most on the NHS and HAD supports the proper and full funding of the NHS.

HAD has regular nurse placements from several Universities and believes nurse training should be properly funded and nurses should have the bursaries, that were removed in 2017, restored. We don't think tuition fees are right.

HAD working with the Police in Community Action Day on Thursday 28 June.

HAD staff and volunteers, including trainee Nurses and a social work student led by Umesh working with the Police on the Community Action Day in Wealdstone High Street.

Have you eaten at the best 'healthy eating' restaurant in Wealdstone?

The Red Brick Cafe offers high quality, but very fair priced fresh food. It is open Monday to Friday. From 9.30 to 4.00pm.

The food is cooked, daily, from fresh on the premises. The menu changes every day.

The cafe is owned and run by Harrow Association of Disabled People. HAD is a long standing Harrow based disability charity.

It works with thousands of disabled residents, their families and carers each year.

HAD's Chief Chef said, "Come a long to our wonderful restaurant. Not only do we serve great food, we do so at very good prices and it is all fresh healthy food.

If you cannot come and eat why not make a donation to HAD:

Disability Rights UK and the Care Quality Commission would like to hear about your experience! Telephone us on 0330 995 0400 and choose option 1 or click here for further information.

Louise takes over as new Chair

of HAD.

Louise Weldon is the new chair of HAD. She will lead HAD as it continues to develop its services and also starts to enhance its campaigning work.

Louise is pictured below (in the centre) with vice chairs Adam Gabsi and Ann Groves.

HAD face another challenging year due to funding pressures. HAD CEO Nigel Long said, "The HAD Board of Trustee's is strong and committed to the provision of great services. But we need to generate extra money to pay for our welfare benefits service that is under pressure but needs to grow to meet demand. Any donations supporters can make will be welcome and be used to fund and grow the welfare benefits service.

Our aim is to promote and achieve our vision of a fully inclusive society where disabled people enjoy equality of opportunity as a right not a privilege. However we need your donations to allow us to provide better services and to meet the demand for services like welfare benefits.

Click here to DONATE to HAD

Asperger Syndrome Access to Provision (ASAP)

Autism spectrum, also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a range of conditions classified as neurodevelopmental disorders. Individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder present with two types of symptoms: problems in social communication and social interaction, and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities. Symptoms are typically recognized between one and two years of age. Long term issues may include difficulties in creating and keeping relationships, maintaining a job, and performing daily tasks.

ASAP are a key partner within the HAD family. ASAP Harrow aims to provide acknowledgement, information, contact and support to adults with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, including Asperger Syndrome, towards the development of their potential abilities, preferences and interests to enable them to lead independent and fulfilled lives. And to spread awareness and acceptance of Autistic Spectrum difficulties and needs in adults.

To access the ASAP website go to:


Do you need a Stairlift in your home?

Do you need a stairlift. HAD are advertising Acorn stairlifts. They have a very good record and will undertake a free survey. Please go to: https://www.acornstairlifts.co.uk/

SWiSH is an information and advice consortium that HAD is part of. We give advice and information to thousands of disabled people each year. The SWiSH website is at:


We have a range of staff providing information on Housing, health, community activities, welfare benefits, deaf services, employment and training to name a few.

People with Learning Disabilities still dying earlier than other people.

A shocking report was published last week highlighting that people with Learning disability are still dying many years before other people. The report can be found at:


Accessible Housing in short supply in Harrow and across Country.

Disabled people have been left frustrated and trapped by a chronic shortage of suitable housing, as unnecessary bureaucracy and insufficient support leave them trapped in unsuitable homes, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has warned.

The results of an eighteen month formal legal inquiry, published today, call for governments to take urgent action to make all new houses adaptable and accessible, as 365,000 disabled people say their home is not suitable for their needs.

The report can be found at:


HAD CEO Nigel Long looking at new Council bungalows (above) for the disabled. He said "We need Harrow Council to develop a building programme that meets the needs of disabled people. HAD will be campaigning to get a better deal from the Council. Though we recognise Government must set Harrow free to build new homes."

View new Hate crime Video.

HAD are involved in a Hate crime pilot project covering Harrow. We have secured some funding to do this work and have a person seconded to work with us.

Discriminating against disabled people because of their disability is wrong and must be challenged.

DeafPLUS has made a short 5 minute film about hate crime and it ready to go – see the link below.

The film link is: , https://vimeo.com/265273990/f583f3c364

Volunteers Needed.

HAD are always looking for new volunteers to help provide services and to help fund-raise.

We need volunteers to:

  • Help at reception.
  • Help fund-raise
  • Provide Welfare Benefits support.

If you are interested. For further information contact:

Nigel Long 0208 861 9923. HAD CEO.

Or e mail: n.long@had.org.uk

We will provide training and support.

Why not become a volunteer.

Next Changes Nightclub!

Wednesday 8th August 2018 7:00pm-10:00pm

The "Changes" Website www.changesnightclub.org

Office Address: The Wealdstone Centre, 38-40 High Street, Wealdstone, Harrow, Middlesex. HA3 7AE

Office Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm eMail: general@had.org.uk Telephone: 020 8861 9920

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