26th Oct 2014

Fundraiser for Self Advocacy Group

We are delighted to have been able to support Self Advocacy in Action by using this site as the contact point for their fundraiser. They have raised over 400 and will use this to buy equipment and activities for their self advocacy groups for people with learning disabilities. Well done to Leanne Wightman who completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise the funds and thank you to all those who donated.

FREE access to Disability Writes

Do you live in Leicester or Leicestershire?

Are you a disabled person? (we include people with physical and sensory impairments, with experience of mental ill health, people with learning difficulties/ disabilities and people with long term health problems)

Would you like to learn and develop creative writing skills online?

We have received a small grant through LLR Community Foundation; this means we can offer the service FREE to some people who meet the above criteria.

Contact Just Services at justandwhitehill@yahoo.com telling us why you would like to take advantage of this opportunity and where you live (Leicester City or Leicestershire). We will then be in touch to tell you more.

Subscribe to Disability Writes

This site is open to disabled people (including people with physical and sensory impairments, learning difficulties/ disabilities, experience of mental ill health and long term health problems)- you can subscribe for a short time (a month) or for a longer time - up to a year. It costs less than 10 a week and for this you receive guidance and support to develop your creative writing skills, your own private writing area and the chance to be published on this site. Some disabled people across the UK have already been able to use their Direct Payments (or Personal Budgets) to do this. For more information please contact us at justandwhitehill@yahoo.com

Did you know?

Disability Writes set up in 2004 with the aim of supporting disabled writers to learn and develop creative writing skills?

We were originally funded by Arts Council England.

Disabled people, including people with physical and sensory impairments, learning difficulties/disabilities, experience of mental ill health and long term ill health, are now able to use Personal Budgets (through their Local Authority) to access the site and use the services.

It costs less than 10 a week to subscribe. For this you receive feedback on your creative writing, have your own private writing area, have the chance for information and tips and to be published on the site.

Disability Writes is run by Just Services Limited, a small cooperative based in Leicester.

We have supported disabled writers both in the UK and across the world! Some have now gone on to be published writers, set up their own business and gain confidence in their creative writing skills.

Be Inspired

What inspires you? Is it watching para athletes in the Commonwealth Games, the 100 year anniversary of the First World War, or something close to home? Whatever your inspiration, use it to develop your writing. Sometimes, the best thing is to just get started; don't worry too much about the end result - get going and write. You may write a lot that you never use but you can get a lot of satisfaction in the process and begin to develop your skills as a writer.

Friday 13 June and Leanne sets off

Today is the day Leanne sets off on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge to raise funds for Self Advocacy in Action. Good luck Leanne. Don't forget you can keep donating. Hope it's not too hot!