Monday, March 2, 2015

Love Accessibly!

My name is Claire and I am a wedding planner :-)

I just love saying that! It is something I’ve always wanted to do and now, here I am -  Woohoo x

So how did I get here?
In 1992 I got my National Diploma in Social Care and worked with the most wonderful people with needs both mental and physical.

I then went to see the world, travelling for a number of years facing many a challenge, from working with underprivileged children to managing a diving centre in Egypt where I hosted my first wedding. The memories, sights and sounds stayed with me ever since.

On my return to London, I worked for multinational companies planning numerous events, for both UK and overseas clients, loving every minute of it!

I then met my Mr Right and pulled on all my event management skills to organise my own wedding. Even thought this was some 12 years ago, and on a shoestring budget, people still talk about it to this day.

Since moving to the beautiful part of the world that is East Sussex, I managed a respite care service for people with severe mental and physical disabilities and now volunteer with a number of charities organising numerous fund raising events such as dinners, concerts, fashion shows and community fundraisers.

These years of event planning and volunteering steered me into the direction I had been longing for and has led me to taking on this new venture in my life and planning weddings professionally. I feel honoured to be undertaking something which I love.
So, how can I help you?

Are you planning for a wonderful and accessible wedding but don’t know how to achieve it, have time to plan it or perhaps you simply don’t know where to start?!

Planning a wedding is a time consuming, stressful event for any couple. When the bride and/or groom has a disability to consider and work that into the ceremony it can prove very daunting.

The key to planning a wedding, no matter what your requirements, is efficient organisation and attention to detail. Your wedding is one of the most exciting and memorable days of your life, so you want every detail to be perfect but this very special time should also be fun!

I can save you precious time, alleviate the stress and worry, and through time spent on research & negotiations, and save you money.

I offer a full range of services, from venue search to full wedding planning. I will support you as much, or as little, as you like.

Tell me what you’ve always hoped your wedding would be and we will work together to make your dream a reality.

Your disability is a part of you. It has helped shape you into who you are. Celebrate it – after all, the best weddings are unique :-)

Please use any of the following links to contact me or to get some inspiration.

Claire x

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fwd: All aboard for the CAFT Northern Belle Variety Dinner with Noddy Holder!

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All Aboard The Northern Belle With Noddy Holder!

Join us on board the 'CAFT Carriages' for a Dinner with a difference...

At 6pm on Friday 4 September the beautiful Northern Belle, sister train to the iconic Orient Express, will depart from Manchester carrying some very special supporters including guest star and CAFT Patron Noddy Holder MBE.

Noddy Holder MBE

Our exclusive CAFT carriages will transport guests in style for an evening of luxurious indulgence, and of course a whole lot of fun - all in aid of your favourite charity.  You will be welcomed on board to enjoy sparkling champagne as you depart on a journey of a lifetime - a five hour round trip on board the Northern Belle.  Sumptuous surroundings, superb service from your stewards, not to mention an exquisite five course feast with stunning wine will be yours to enjoy.  Some of the best acts in the business will provide top class entertainment, plus there'll be a unique opportunity to meet and chat with rock legend Noddy Holder!  Would you like to be part of this very special trip - CAFT's very first event on board the Northern Belle?

Don't miss out as availability is limited - just £50pp deposit paid now will secure your seats!

Seats can be purchased in multiples of two at £250 each.  Tables on board the train are in adjacent twos and fours, so parties of two, four and six can be perfectly accommodated.  We will do our best to offer private tables for parties of two (if desired) however cannot guarantee it.

For full details and to book please click here

Should you wish to get in touch to discuss the event please call Pippa on 01565 830053 or email

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Disabled children TAC Bulletin

TAinterconnections Working internationally to share information, help build the knowledge base and support teamwork around disabled babies, children, young people and adults – and people in other marginalised groups

TAC News Bulletin

February 2015
Issue Number 152

Editor: Peter Limbrick

Special issue welcoming readers from USA and Canada - please circulate

How to advertise your event, training, or service

About this Bulletin

The Young Child Expo & Conference in New York City, USA, April 2015
What is new in the SEND Code of Practice? - UK
Fighting Stigma, Promoting Resiliency and Positive Mental Health – conference about children – Calgary, Canada, 2016
18th SSBP International Research Symposium in London UK in September 2015
Child Welfare League of America 2015 National Conference in Arlington VA, USA
Last change to register for the Professional conference 2015, plus new conferences on Autism and Mental health, Transitions, & Behaviour
Conference: 'Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusivity: The Journey Continues' Toronto, Canada, October 2015
17th edition of the EADP biennial conferences in Braga, Portugal, September 2015
Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence – an activity guide to download from USA
Did you know that children with intellectual disabilities may be helped by play therapy? 1-day course and training in Play Therapy - UK
Canada: CanChild has a new focus on Autism
9TH BASPCAN CONGRESS 2015 - UK – book online
Please forward the Bulletin to your friends, colleagues and networks in any country

The views expressed in the Bulletin and News page are not necessarily shared by TACinterconnections.
Cartoons are © Martina Jirankova-Limbrick 2014 and cannot be used elsewhere without prior permission.
Peter Limbrick, Editor, TACinterconnections, Parks Farm, Clifford, HR3 5HH, UK. Tel/fax: (+44)1497 831550
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MP’s shock over civil servant’s U-turn on benefit deaths

A Labour MP has said she is “shocked” that a senior civil servant will not be examining whether there is evidence that the government was to blame over any of 49 benefit-related deaths.
Labour MP Debbie Abrahams spoke out after Disability News Service (DNS) told her that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) does not intend to produce the information for her.
Last week, Abrahams asked Chris Hayes, DWP’s labour market strategy director, whether any of 49 peer reviews of benefit-related deaths had found the department’s actions to have been “inappropriate or incorrect”.
He told her – during an evidence session held by the Commons work and pensions select committee – that he would “have to look at the peer reviews in detail” in order to answer her question.
But a DWP press officer subsequently told DNS that Hayes was not intending to produce that information and did not “commit to looking at the detail for Abrahams”.
When told of the DWP response, Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, said: “I was shocked to hear that Chris Hayes, the labour market strategy director at the DWP, will not be looking at the peer reviews in detail, despite indicating that he would in his evidence.
“The least claimants and their families can expect is transparency and openness from government ministers and I will be pursuing this with the DWP.”
She added: “There was a very disappointing response at the select committee to all my questions on the department’s peer reviews of claimant deaths and any association with sanctions, both by the minister and her official.”
Abrahams, a member of the work and pensions committee, which is conducting an inquiry into benefit sanctions, told employment minister Esther McVey last week that there was “an increasing… and a worrying number of deaths that are being associated with sanctions”.
Her questions came in the wake of a series of Freedom of Information Act requests by DNS,which have revealed that DWP has carried out 60 – a figure later corrected by civil servants to 49 – internal “peer” reviews into benefit-related deaths since February 2012.
DWP’s refusal to answer Abrahams’ question is just the latest in a series of attempts by ministers and officials to avoid releasing key information about the peer reviews.
Bob Ellard, from Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “The more the DWP act like they have something to hide, the more urgent it becomes that the work and pensions committee discover the truth about claimant deaths.
“Otherwise more lives will be lost if the DWP is allowed to continue to intentionally punish, harass and impoverish innocent people in the way that they’ve been allowed to do for too long.”
Ian Jones, co-founder of the WOWcampaign, said he believed Hayes had been “slapped down” by ministers “for giving the impression that this government was concerned by the allegations that ConDem welfare reforms have had a causal effect on the deaths of disabled people”.
He said: “Many believe that these excess deaths were a foreseeable outcome of the savage cuts to social security made by [work and pensions secretary] Iain Duncan Smith, in part to offset the tax avoided as a result of [the actions of] Lord Green’s HSBC.”
Jones also said he was concerned that no member of Labour’s frontbench team, nor Kate Green, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, had commented on the issue.
Among the information DWP has refused to produce is the name of the minister or official who ordered the department to start carrying out the peer reviews in February 2012, and why, and how many of the 49 reviews concerned suicides or attempted suicides.
It has so far refused to release any of the reviews, even with personal details redacted, and will not even publish their conclusions or recommendations.
This week, DWP told DNS that it needed yet more time to answer the request for the summaries, conclusions and recommendations.
In December, DWP claimed that it needed more time to consider the request – which was submitted in November – under section 36 of the Freedom of Information Act.
Section 36 is designed to protect information when its disclosure would be likely to prejudice “the maintenance of the convention of the collective responsibility” of ministers; inhibit the “free and frank provision of advice”, or the exchange of views, for the purposes of deliberation; or would be likely to prejudice the “effective conduct of public affairs”.
DWP said the extra time was needed to “make a determination as to the public interest” of releasing the information. It now hopes to produce a response by 11 March.
News provided by John Pring at

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Final boarding for Aurora

Final boarding for Aurora

Inspiring Through Adventure

Last call for Aerobility Aurora!

Your chance to see the Northern Lights and support Aerobility

Just 10 days to go – Saturday 21st February

Join the aerial astronomical party – serious science with Dr Paul Abel and Neil Parker, fun hosting with our MC Jon Culshaw and live music on board from musician Steve Young
The image below was taken on our 2014 trip...
Don't miss out – book now – free parking now included!

Jon Culshaw – BBC entertainer and Sky at Night presenter
Neil Parker – Consultant for Green Witch Telescopes and Former Deputy Director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory
Dr Paul Abel – Theoretical Physicist at Leicester University, writer and broadcaster 
Start your day at 3.30pm at Hangar 89, easyJet Headquarters, Luton airport, where you will enjoy presentations on the aurora and astronomy thanks to our our experts.

Enjoy a three course meal and refreshments before having free time to either join a tour around easyJet headquarters or relax in the terminal prior to departure.

At 7.30pm you will board an easyJet A319 and head towards 61 degrees North, with commentary and music to entertain you on your flight Northbound. At 61 degrees North be prepared to see one of the most incredible natural phenomena in the world.

Estimated return time
Your day will finish at approximately midnight after the return flight during which you will enjoy canap├ęs and easyJet hospitality.

Tickets Cost £349 per adult and £199 per child
Tickets for carers are available at a reduced cost- please contact 0303 303 1230 and mention Aerobility Aurora
or book online at Aero Shop

If you have reduced mobility please call the Aerobility office on 0303 303 1230 or email to discuss your requirements.  There will be a practical limitation on the number of passengers with reduced mobility allowed on board.

N.B. Whilst the location of the flight and the guidance of our experts provides the best chance of viewing the aurora in a single flight there is no guarantee that the Northern Lights will be visible.  

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