International Day of Disabled People 2019

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In acknowledgement of International Day of the Disabled Person

Havering Council in conjunction with Salvation Army Romford

2019 Theme TBC

Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 9.00am to 4.30pm, Salvation Army Romford

Havering Council believes that disabled women, men, and young people should experience the same sense of freedom, inclusion, opportunity and dignity as non-disabled people. This includes freedom to access available jobs, educational and training opportunities, care services, public transport, shopping, social venues, sporting and every other place where people expect access and inclusion. The purpose of this important event is to listen to the experiences and aspirations of local disabled people and their carers, and to:

  • Identify what we mean by freedom and inclusion in all aspects of life in Havering

  • Explain what Council services are doing re disability and a) Children’s and Educational Services b) Adult Care Services c) Housing d) the Environment and e) to showcase the work of partner agencies such as the Police, NHS, Fire Brigade, and voluntary sector

  • Listen to local disabled poeple and accept responsibility within our respective services to address the issues raised within existing resources where possible, with a view to reporting back to participants at a future event

To be opened by the Mayor of Havering, speakers on the day will include the Councillor Damian White, the Leader of Havering Council, Andrew Blake-Herbert, the Council's Chief Executive, and senior managers representing different statutory and non-statutory services. Local disability services and service users will also be represented. As well as a comprehensive agenda, participants will enjoy a free lunch and refreshments.

BSL signers will be present all day.

AGENDA ( - subject to change in advance of event)

09:00 Registration, tea and coffee

09:30 Sandy Hamberger, Chair - Agenda and House Keeping

09:40 Councillor Michael Deon Burton, Mayor of Havering – Welcome

09:45 Councillor Viddy Persaud, Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Safety - Feedback and Plenary Chair

09:50 Councillor Jason Frost - Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care Services

09:55 Andrew Blake-Herbert, Chief Executive, LB Havering Council – Service Excellence and Dignity for All

10:05 Andrew Sykes - Feedback from 2018 event

10:15 Havering Association of Disabled People TBC

10:30 Sycamore Trust (Autism spectrum) TBC

10:40 Havering MIND TBC

10:50 TfL speaker TBC

11:10 Break

11.25 Disability Confident - DWP TBC

11:35 Housing and Environment

11:55 NHS – TBC

12:10 Barbara Nicholls -- Adult Care Services removing barriers to inclusion, independence and dignity

12:25 Met Police - The Impact of Hate Crime on Disabled People

12:35 Tim Aldridge: Children’s services removing barriers to inclusion

12:50 London Fire Brigade TBC

13:05 Lunch

13:50 Sapphire Sports Centre presentation

14:05 Sidra Naeem - The Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) experience of disability

14:15 Sandy Hamberger – Removing Barriers to Training and Employment

14:30 Simon Blake – Disability Transportation Services

14:40 Andrew Sykes – Intro to Breakout session. The purpose is to identify barriers and possible solutions by disability/impairment:

  • Physical Disability
  • Mental Health
  • Autism, Learning Disability/Difficulty
  • Sensory Impairment x 3 (sight, hearing, speech)
  • Hidden disability/impairment (MS, Diabetes, cancer, HIV etc.)
  • Children/Young People (TBC)
  • Carers
  • LB Havering Disabled staff

15:15 Break tea/coffee

15:35 Councillor Damian White, the Leader, Havering Council - Freedom, Inclusion, and Dignity for All

16:10 What happens next?

16:20 Andrew Blake-Herbert, CEO, to close

**Event on-site stalls or displays**: TBC

  • London Fire Brigade
  • TfL
  • Positive Parents
  • LBH Disability Transport Services
  • Havering works
  • Hate Crime (prevention and reporting)
  • MIND
  • HAD
  • AccessAble
  • Adults Services?
  • Children’s Services?
  • Community Safety re Hate Crime

Date and Time

Tuesday 3 December 2019

09:00 – 16:30 GMT


Salvation Army, Romford

49 High Street



More information please contact: or call him on 01708 431915


The International Day of People with Disability is observed on December 03, 2019. The day is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. The day takes place annually and focuses on a different issue each year. 1981 was proclaimed as the International Year of Disabled Persons by the United Nations General Assembly. The theme of the year was “full participation and equality”. After this, they proclaimed 1983 until 1992 as the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons. Nowadays International Day of People with Disability seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. A disability may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these. A disability may be present from birth or occur during a person’s lifetime. “Disability” is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations and participations restrictions. An individual may also qualify as disabled if he or she has had an impairment in the past or is seen disabled based on a personal or group standard or norm.

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