Warning over COVID vaccination scams

Message from Keep Sussex Safe NHS Be on your guard against fraudulent text and email messages as new scams are being sent to patients. People are receiving a text or email notification of their ‘vaccination appointment’ and are being asked to confirm it by clicking on a link. This looks very similar to the genuine texts being sent to patients to arrange their appointments at the GP led vaccination services. Please follow the advice below. The COVID-19 vaccination is ONLY available from the NHS and it is FREE – you will never be asked to pay for it or give your bank details. If you receive a...
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Update on the COVID-19 vaccination programme: national vaccination letters

A message from Keep Sussex Safer NHS: We are aware that patients are starting to receive letters from the national vaccination booking system. The letter is labelled only from the NHS and invites you to book your vaccination appointment.   We recognise that these letters are causing confusion and we want to provide a simple summary of how people can receive their vaccination and the purpose of these letters.   In our area, people in the eligible groups are able to receive their vaccination at either a GP led or local vaccination service, a larger vaccination centre such as the Brighton Centre...
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Festival of Accessible Sport

We have some very big news! This summer, Defiant Sports and Eastbourne Access Group will be hosting Eastbourne's first ever Festival of Accessible Sport! This will take place on a weekend in the summer (date tbc), and will celebrate all things accessible/inclusive sport related.   If you are an accessible sporting organisation/group, and are interested in getting involved, please get in touch at admin@eastbourneaccessgroup.org.uk.
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Silenced: The Hidden History of Disabled Britain on Tuesday, 19 January BBC2

Silenced: The Hidden History of Disabled Britain is on BBC2, Tuesday 19th January at 9pm. In this shocking and moving film, writer, actor, and presenter Cerrie Burnell uncovers the hidden story of how disabled people fought back - and won their freedom. https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2021/03/silenced-the-hidden-history-of-disabled-britain?fbclid=IwAR1-7MWaoxcaF97NZKl_pMrMXU4WH-9aeefgtn-kNFGUchMYy-t_VJsF7KA
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Monthly Access Group meetings

Our next monthly meeting to be held on Wednesday, 27 January 2021 at 10.30am-12.30 pm is via Zoom. The meeting will start with GUEST SPEAKER: Kaveri Sharma, Equality and Inclusion Manager, Adult Social Care and Health, East Sussex County Council. Guest Speaker for our Wednesday, 24th February meeting will be: Inspector Rachel Barrow, Neighbourhood Policing Team, Sussex Police. For more information about joining the meetings or finding out more about the Access Group please email: admin@eastbourneaccessgroup.org.uk
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Latest Disability Today article in The Herald – Corona Christmas – a time to regroup

As weeks and months go by Coronavirus is still very much a part of our lives. Whether it is because we have experienced the virus directly or its impact on our lives has been because of the lockdowns imposed by the government, our lifestyles have been changed. This can vary from a mild inconvenience to extreme worry and concern. Inconvenience because we may have to adapt some of our everyday life practices and extreme worry for those classified as vulnerable and required to shield themselves from possible exposure to the virus. Many disabled people are categorised as vulnerable due to th...
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Christmas Greetings and Thank you

On behalf of Liz, Ray, and myself can we just say a great big thank you to our volunteers, guests and speakers for their participation and support in this difficult year. Wishing you all a happy Christmas and great New year. Stay safe everyone and we hope to see and meet you all in 2021. Brian Day, Co-Chair
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Our response to the ESCC Local Cycling and Walking Consultation which ends 11th December 2020

Eastbourne Access Group consultation response to East Sussex Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan Public Consultation 2020. We need your help please send your own individual response by 11 December 2020. Thank you ESCC LCWIP 1 December 2020 We welcome the key overall strategic aim to be ‘inclusive and support people with physical and hidden disabilities’. It is imperative that full consideration is given to LTN 1/20 which the documents reference: higher quality cycling provision, as well as kerb or barrier and effective cycle lane segregation from pedestrians. The LTN ...
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Business Disability Awareness – Accessibility quick wins

This is the latest Business Disability Awareness newsletter from Eastbourne Council. As more businesses reopen from 2 December, it is important to provide good service to all customers in the run up to Christmas, a key trading period. Sometimes a small change can have a big impact. There are many simple things your business can do to improve the accessibility of your services and premises for disabled people. In this video Ian Streets, Access Consultant at About Access Ltd, delivers a presentation about the practical steps you can take. Many of his hints and tips won't cost...
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