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Job Opportunity at DENW

Posted by Des Butler on Thu 17/07/14. Listed in Disability Equality NW news

Vacancy for a part time Managed Accounts Officer

14 Hours per week

To be worked Thursday & Friday 9am – 4:20pm or flexibly as and when required.

Salary £8.31 per hour

We are looking to recruit a Managed Accounts Officer who has personal experience of disability that is happy to work in a busy and demanding voluntary sector office environment.

Applicants must have proven experience in working in a financial/administrative position, IT literate with good communication skills and an empathic personality.

Disability Equality (NW) Ltd is an Equal Opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all sections of the community but in particular from disabled people.

For an application pack please contact:

Steve Dickson, Office Manager, Disability Equality (NW) Ltd, 103 Church Street, Preston, PR1 3BS. Please state if you require it in large print.



Vacancy details:

Click here for  the Job Description

And  here .for the Person Specification 

Closing date: 5pm Friday 1st August 2014

Short listing: Tuesday 5th August 2014

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 12th August 2014


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­Volunteer Celebration Event 2014

Posted by Mark Buckley on Wed 09/07/14. Listed in Disability Equality NW news

30th Anniversary Volunteer's Week

As part of the 30th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week, DENW volunteers were invited to a thank you event to celebrate their valuable contribution to the organisation. The event started with a presentation of certificates to each volunteer by our Chief Executive Melanie, who said,

“We are grateful for the help of all our volunteers who work tirelessly to support all our services throughout the year.”

The rest of the morning continued with a fun quiz, raffle and refreshments. It was also a great opportunity for the volunteers to get together and get to know each other more. Overall, it was a happy and enjoyable event.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


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LD2014 - Learning Disability Week

Posted by Mark Buckley on Thu 12/06/14. Listed in Disability Equality NW news

Celebrating achievements

Preston’s Learning Disability Forum are leading the way in organising a week of activities, campaigning and fun for this year’s Learning Disability Week.  It starts on Monday June 16th at 10.00am with a public launch event on the Flagmarket in Preston Town Centre.  This will include a variety of stalls showcasing local agencies’ work, advice and information available, an opportunity to join in craft & games and to see dance performance co-led by dance leaders with learning disabilities and speakers.  


They will also be raising awareness of the Justice for LB campaign and the tragic death of a young man whilst in care  (https://g.twimg.com/Twitter_logo_blue.png#107justiceforLB).


All week there are activities, meetings and events finishing on Sunday 22nd afternoon  with a Garden Party on Haslam Park . (Go to the “PLDF Resources” page which can be found in the list on the right – or go to “Events” and double click on any of the dates to see latest program).

Preston Forum's LD week comes out of Mencap's annual week of national campaigning and awareness. Their purpose is to raise awareness in the general public of the extent to which people with learning disabilities live in and contribute to their local communities today …... and to raise awareness of the services that are available to people and their families & carers.   Rose Trustam who supports and works with the LD Forum said, “This year's Mencap theme is "Firsts" but Preston is using this to celebrate positive achievements and opportunities and to include all Preston's citizens in their events. They are also highlighting for Preston the JusticeforLB campaign as a shocking, expensive and ineffective way to deal with people's difficulties. Preston has a track record of skilled help for people to live in the community irrespective of the degree of disability or difficulty. The Forum wants to see this continue and to prevent people being shipped away to inappropriate services”.  There are estimated over 22,000 people with Learning Disabilities in Lancashire suggesting over 2500 in Preston.

Preston City Council's community engagement team support the forum with a meeting room in the Town Hall.

The future

Mark O’Farrell, the Forum’s Chair said, “Our forum is active and makes sure its voice is heard locally and nationally.  Our research on the impact of the change from Disability Living Allowance to the new PIP benefit was presented to both our local MPs and we have researched the support to carers producing a report shared with Lancashire Council and the Care Commissioning Group who have changed the way they explain carer’s rights”.  

Currently the Forum is in the process of piloting LDConnect - a safe website to meet, post activities and make friends and are working in partnership on housing and welfare rights issues. Along with the Justice for LB campaign, the forum is concerned to ensure Preston keeps its citizens local.

[Click here for  the Program of activities for  Learning Disabilities Week 16th-20th June 2014. 

An Easy Read version is available here . 

Go to the Forum's Resources page for more fliers about particular events - 


or go to our Events page.

Event fliers so far... click for times/venues etc

Chorley Dance Sessions here 

Kolor Pub Quiz  here 

Kolor 3rd Birthday Event  here 

Haslam Park Picnic here 

Welcome Values Event here 

Tags: ld-week

The Lesley Finley Award 2014

Posted by Mark Buckley on Thu 05/06/14. Listed in Disability Equality NW news

The Lesley Finley Award 2014

The Trustees of Disability Equality (nw) have decided to hold an annual award in recognition of the work of our former Chairperson Lesley Finley.

The Lesley Finley Award will be awarded on an annual basis to a disabled person who has made outstanding achievements and contributions in the areas of disability rights, welfare and support of disabled people and the promotion of independence and the principles of the Social Model of Disability.

For more information about the award and how to nominate please contact Steven Dickson at DENW - use our "contact us" page (above) and select "Office Manager" in the drop-down menu or email steven@disability-equality.org.uk or telephone 01772 558863.

Click on the link at the bottom of this page to download a nomination form which you can complete using the keyboard or print off and do by hand.



Lesley Finley Award Info and Nomination Form

Fundraising Activities

Posted by Des Butler on Mon 12/05/14. Listed in Disability Equality NW news

Disability Equality NW invite you to a Coffee Morning and Good As New Sale


We are also holding our second Sponsored Walk


and another chance to raise money with a Bowling event


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