Using the drop down menus below, you will find local and some national links. You will find a more extensive list of national links by visiting our main Website link: http://spectrumcil.co.uk/help-and-information/fact-sheets-and-information-sources/  

If you would like to be added to this list, please email: help@spectrumcil.co.uk

Access Keys – Access Keys checks websites and offers awards based on how accessible and easy to use they are. http://www.accesskeys.org/

ABLEize – is the largest and most viewed UK disability resource directory. It offers the largest collection of disability, mobility and health websites and social media pages in the UK and Europe. ABLEize was born out of the frustration of its founder, a disabled wheelchair user following poor Internet search results and is now the most comprehensive directory of disability and health care information and products on the Internet.
http://www.ableize.com/

About Access – About Access provides a variety of services concerned with accessibility for Disabled People.

http://www.aboutaccess.co.uk/

Centre for Accessible Environments – The leading authority and resource in the UK on inclusive design and access to the built environment for disabled and older people.

http://www.cae.org.uk/

Inclusion.me – Inclusion.me is a disability consultation and Occupational Therapy service provider offering high-quality, cost-effective OT, access and independence solutions to both the public and private sectors. http://www.inclusion.me.uk/

The Nationwide Access Register has a searchable database of access information for tourist sites, hotels, public toilets, pubs and restaurants and lots more http://www.directenquiries.com/

Service Call – ServiceCall is a system designed to make it easier for a person with limited mobility to use petrol stations, banks, supermarkets, shops and many other services.

http://www.service-call.net/

Air Water Stone

25 July – 28 November

Gallery 8

This exhibition explores the recent George and Ann Dannatt Gift to Southampton City Art Gallery, which includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints by key figures associated with the St Ives Group of Artists in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including Denis Mitchell, Terry Frost, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and John Wells.

The display takes its title from a work by John Wells of 1955 and evokes his statement that he ‘wished to paint the warmth of the sun’ and other sensations offered in the natural scene. Additional works from the gallery’s permanent collection have been displayed alongside the gift as a reminder of longer and wider preoccupations with similar themes.

Website Address: http://www.southampton.gov.uk/libraries-museums/art-gallery/Air-Water-Stone.aspx

Contact Email: art.gallery@southampton.gov.uk

Contact Telephone: 023 8083 4536

New Aquisitions

25 July – 28 November

This display showcases some of the exciting recent additions to Southampton City Art Gallery’s permanent collection including textiles, photographs, paintings and drawings.
Among the new acquisitions are gifts and bequests including Caroline Achaintre’s striking Triad and Phylida Barlow’s Untitled: Cardboard Tower.
We are delighted to be welcoming back Jay Screech Oak and Hawthorn near Hollands Wood by Kurt Jackson, which formed a part of his major exhibition here earlier in the year.

Website Address: http://www.southampton.gov.uk/libraries-museums/art-gallery/New-Acquisitions.aspx

Contact Email: art.gallery@southampton.gov.uk

Contact Telephone: 023 8083 4536

K6 Gallery

For the inaugural exhibition at K6 gallery, artist collective Stair/Slide/Space will be investigating the very particular and peculiar set of circumstances that make up this new art space. Through discussions with the creators of K6, the visitors that may experience it and the people that occupy the area around it, research will be gathered as a starting point for a continually evolving visual conversation. For the duration of the show an exchange will unfold between Stair/Slide/Space and the K6 audience, as reactions and actions are recorded and documented through a series of residency days by the collective.
Stair/Slide/Space began in a basement in Portsmouth in 2012. They are a group of artists and curators that work collectively to foster research and concept-led artistic practice, exploring collaborative ways of working and often conducting experimental visual
conversations and supporting critical discussion.

Website Address: http://k6gallery.com/

Contact Email: info@k6gallery.com

Learn Hebrew

Creating simple art works based on the shapes of the Hebrew letters, and the meanings they bring. No previous artistic skill is required. The course aims at children ages 2-10 (parents can join; we may also tailor a workshop for adult audience if there is demand).

All welcome. Materials and light refreshment provided.

The method of learning Hebrew through art-making was developedby Dr. Gil Dekel and Natalie Dekel, MPhil – both are teachers and artists, and are fluent in Hebrew.

Through art-making the children can grasp the ‘essence’ of the letters more deeply, and enhance association to the language. The classes help appreciate different cultures, develop flexible interpretation of communication, as well as improve hand-eye coordination, mental awareness and attention to detail.

Sundays mornings, 10am-12noon.

£5 per participant to cover costs.

Venue/times subject to change depending on numbers of participants.

Contact them on the weblink for further info.

Website Address: http://www.poeticmind.co.uk/wellbeing/hebrew-and-art/

Advocacy for People with Learning Difficulties

Choices Advocacy provide advocacy support for People with Learning Difficulties in the East Hants, Havant, Fareham and Gosport, Eastleigh and Romsey, and New Forest districts.

Contact: Choices Advocacy Eastleigh and New Forest on 023 8078 3715 or Choices Advocacy Havant, Fareham, Gosport & East Hampshire on 01329 232236 www.choices-advocacy.org.uk

Just Advocacy provide advocacy for People with Learning Difficulties in Hart and Rushmoor. You can contact them on 01276 28515

www.justadvocacy.org

Speakeasy Advocacy provide advocacy support for People with Learning Difficulties in the Basingstoke, Andover and Test Valley, and Winchester districts. You can contact them on: 01256 332795

www.speakeasyadvocacy.org.uk

Advocacy for People with Mental Health Conditions

Solent Mind provides an advocacy service for People with Mental Health Conditions. You can contact them on 023 8033 4977 or via their web site www.solentmind.org.uk

Advocacy for Disabled Children

Advocacy for Disabled Children is provided by Speakeasy Advocacy. You can contact them on: 01256 332795 or via their web site www.speakeasyadvocacy.org.uk

Other Advocacy Services

Hampshire Advocacy (HARG) http://www.hampshireadvocacy.org.uk/ provide Care Act Advocacy to all user groups in Hampshire. Care Act Advocacy is available to people who – Have a substantial difficulty in being fully involved in Local Authority processes AND Where there is no-one appropriate and available to support and represent their wishes. You can contact HARG on 023 8078 3715 or email to hello@hampshireadvocacy.org.uk

Note: For people with Mental Health Conditions, this service is provided through Solent Mind. You can contact them on 023 8033 4977 or via their web site www.solentmind.org.uk

You can download a leaflet about the Care Act Advocacy service here: hampshireadvocacy.org.uk/AdvocacyCareActleaflet.pdf

Disability Rights UK have a range of factsheets on benefits and tax credits.

http://www.radar.org.uk/how-we-can-help/benefits-information-disabled-people-and-advice-workers

United Response have produced a range of free guides providing basic explanations for all things finance and money related. http://www.unitedresponse.org.uk/making-money-easier

These are aimed at People with Learning Difficulties, but would be equally useful to anyone who finds finance confusing. There are six separate booklets which you can download individually here:

Choosing & Opening A Bank Account

Using A Bank Account

Your Money – Your Home

Your Money – Your Insurance

Explaining Some Of The Words Used In Banking

Moving On and Planning Ahead

Help with dealing with debt

If you live in the Southampton area, you can contact our Advocacy service for help with debt issues. Other organisations that offer free help and advice include:

Step Change national debt charity

National Debt Helpline

Citizens Advice

British Sign Language Cafe, Wednesdays @ 6pm

Also known as ‘Tony’s Comedy Hour’, the sign language cafe is led by one of our volunteers who communicates using British Sign Language (BSL).
It all started with Tony teaching his fellow volunteers some signs so that we could communicate with each other. Learning to sign was so much fun that we asked Tony if he’d be happy to run a regular session to encourage people to learn and communicate in BSL.
Come along, even if you don’t know any sign language at all – you will soon learn!
This event runs every Wednesday from 6pm – 7pm (except in August and close to Christmas)
Booking details: There is no need to book, however we always recommend that you check with us before setting out in case we’ve had to cancel for any reason.
Cost: This event is by Magic Hat, which means that we ask you to donate what you can to The Art House.
Food & refreshments: The cafe will be open serving drinks and snacks. Please do not bring your own food or drink to The Art House.
Accessibility: This event is usually held on our first floor, which can be reached by a wide staircase with bannisters on either side. The toilets are accessible and located on the ground floor. Please contact us if you have any concerns or queries about access.
Other information: This event is suitable for adults and young people. Well behaved younger children are also welcome.

Website Address: http://thearthousesouthampton.org/

Contact Email: info@thearthousesouthampton.co.uk

Contact Telephone: 023 8023 8582

The Action on Hearing Loss website has practical information about communication for Deaf and hearing impaired people. including British Sign Language.

http://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/your-hearing/ways-of-communicating/

Abilitynet – Helps adults and children with disabilities use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology. http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/

Adobe Accessibility – Has information and free downloads on making adobe products, such as pdf files more accessible. Also has an online pdf converter. http://www.adobe.com/accessibility.html

The BBC My web my way web site has a range of information, factsheets and ‘how to’ guides on using the internet http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/

Deaf Positives Action are a User Led Organisation run by Deaf People and can provide British Sign Language interpreters for individuals or groups. http://deafpositivesaction.org/

Next Generation Text (NGT) provide a Text Relay service for people who have difficulty communicating on the telephone. The service works on smartphones, tablets, or computers and allows you to type what you want to say to an NGT relay assistant who will speak your words to the person you’re calling, and then type their reply so you can read it on your display.

http://ngts.org.uk/

Microsoft Windows has a range of accessibility features that users can set up on their own computers or tablets. You can get more information on how to do this from the Microsoft web site here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/what-accessibility-features-windows-offer#1TC=windows-7

 

Text to Speech readers enable users to hear what is on the computer screen. They are particularly useful for people with visual impairments using the internet. Some of the popular screen readers include:

Free Drop in Work Club and IT Club.

We can help you to find employment, write a great CV and brilliant covering letters which will help you get interviews. We can coach you in interview techniques and improve your IT skills which will improve your job prospects. We also teach IT especially if you are retired and want to learn.
The workshops are held in the Weston Library, on a Thursday from 9.15 to 3.30pm, although we advise the last person to come in at 2.45pm. These workshops are free and run to the end of November 2016.
We offer 1 to 1 support and welcome all who are over 18.This includes job seekers, young mums, pensioners and those with mental health or long term sickness issues. Many people just want to come to learn IT whilst others are looking for work.
We have a good record of helping people back to work – 50% of our clients have now got jobs or promotion. We work with the long term sick and help build confidence and provide a safe place for them to meet other people whilst learning.
We give professional career advice and guidance and can help with and teach, everyday IT skills , from understanding how to apply for benefit entitlements on line, to producing a budget spreadsheet, to opening an email account, to down loading photos from a digital camera.

Contact Email: employabilityadviser@gmail.com

Contact Telephone: 07527295470

Free computer training for visually impaired people.

Southampton Sight, the local charity for blind and partially sighted people in Southampton is offering free computer training for people with sight loss.

We have a technology drop in session every Wednesday morning between 10am and 12 noon. Come and have a chat with us to find out how we can help you gain the skills to use a smartphone, tablet or computer with confidence.

We offer one-to-one sessions to help you access digital services such as the internet and e-mail. We can show you how to use social media such as Twitter and Facebook or how you can chat online using Skype. Each session is tailored to your requirements and delivered at a pace to suit your ability.

If you can’t make a Wednesday morning, give us a call on 023 8076 9882 to make an individual appointment for a chat and demonstration.
Website Address: http://www.southamptonsight.org.uk/
Contact Email: support@southamptonsight.org.uk
Contact Telephone: 023 8076 9882

Salsa dancing at Tracie’s Latin Club

Weekly Wednesday classes for Absolute Beginners, held every week of the year on a drop in basis.

  • 7.45-9.30pm with practice dancing afterwards until 11pm
  • Absolute Beginners with 2 or more left feet & over 18
  • Classes for Recent Beginners, Improvers and Intermediates on a weekly basis
  • £7 on the door as and when you attend
  • No booking or partners required as we all dance together. Parking on site
  • We assume you know nothing and start from there – plus we teach with a passion so we have oodles of patience.
  • Partners are very welcome but not obligatory as we all dance together

Take the chance and dance, and it might just change your life

Website Address: http://www.tracieslatinclub.co.uk/

Contact Email: info@tracieslatinclub.co.uk

Contact Telephone: 07889 288368

Kickboxing School

Thursday evenings from 5.15 – 6.15pm for 10-16 year olds
6.30 – 7.15pm for 16 years +

Local martial art school – kickboxing.

Learn a new modern martial art/meet new people and keep fit. We are part of the PUMA organisation, friendly and fun to be part of. Opportunity to grade to black belt and compete.

Contact Email: r.campion@hotmail.co.uk

Contact Telephone: 07793028236

Monday Yoga Classes
At St Mark’s Institute, 37a Victoria Road, Woolston SO19 9DY

There is plenty of parking around the area, and the high street parking is free after 6pm.

18:30 – 19:30 BraveBodies BEGINNERS YOGA (walk-in)

This class is suitable for those in reasonably good health who are new to yoga, or those who would like a gentler, somewhat slower session. Nonetheless, prepare to be challenged, and rewarded by feeling better and better after each class as you improve in strength, endurance and coordination. You will learn the technique of most commonly used yoga poses (asanas), along with correct principles of alignment and breathing. The goal is for you to progress quickly and learning how to link asanas together. You will learn a lot about your body, too.

19:40 – 20:40 BraveBodies INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED VINYASA FLOW YOGA (walk-in)

This class is for the more experienced yoga practitioner. It is a dynamic and challenging class – we move from one pose to another, testing and improving our core stability, flexibility, balance and focus. I aim for each class to be different – you will never get bored! We spend a lot of time on our hands, too, so your upper body strength will soar! Students of any yoga styles are welcome; however, if you are a complete novice, please join our beginners class.

Please bring a mat and a block if you have one!

Each class costs £7, block of 6 classes costs £36 (valid for two months), so you get your last class free! Trial class £3.

Telephone: 0798 223 6118

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bravebodies

Website: http://bravebodies.com/southampton-yoga-classes/

http://bravebodies.com/southampton-yoga-classes/

Kundalini yoga & meditation

These classes are suitable for all no experience needed, they are drop in so no need to pre-book. £5 for 70 minutes
Kundalini yoga & meditation offers a powerful and uplifting experience integrating the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
It helps develop a strong mind and sense of peace to deal with the pace of modern life and to remain flexible in the face of stress and change.
It uses: –

  • Postures
  • Breath
  • Mantra
  • Music
  • Meditation

Kundalini Yoga is suitable for everyone regardless of size, flexibility or experience.

It works powerfully to: –

  • Heal & rejuvenate our physical body
  • Strengthen the nervous system
  • Balance the glandular system
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Increase vitality, flexibility & strength
  • Increase energy levels
  • Increase lung capacity for better breathing
  • Awaken our neutral mind
  • Balance our emotions
  • Improve concentration
  • Encourage sense of peace
  • Reduce stress
  • Obtain peace of mind – bringing deep inner calm and self-confidence
  • Aid self-transformation & development

If you have not been to a gurdwara (sikh temple) before just give me a call and I will explain more before arriving for your first class.

Website Address: http://www.orchardyoga.co.uk/

Contact Email: info@orchardyoga.co.uk

Contact Telephone: 07980 722194

Hampshire Police website http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/

Hampshire Police on Facebook

Hampshire Police on Twitter

Look up your local Police Station http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/contact-us/police-stations

Hate Crime – advice from Hampshire Police

http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/abuse-against-the-person/hate-crime

Hate Crime – advice from the Disability Hate Crime Network http://www.dhcn.info/

Hate Crime – advice from Disability Rights UK http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-help/publications/lets-stop-disability-hate-crime-guidance

Hate Crime – advice from Mencap for People with Learning Difficulties (in Easy Read)

https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Information%20about%20hate%20crime.pdf

Report a Hate Crime or incident http://www.report-it.org.uk/report_a_hate_crime

Help for victims of crime – if you’ve been a victim of any crime or have been affected by a crime committed against someone you know, you can get help from Victim Support. Their services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened. See more at:

https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/

You can also contact the local Hampshire and Isle of Wight Victim Support team on 0845 3899 528 or by email to: shorehamvcu@victimsupport.org.uk

ACE Education – A new organisation that provides independent advice and information for parents on education issues in England. High quality training and consultancy services covering education law and guidance are provided to a wide range of education professionals.

www.ace-ed.org.uk/

CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. http://www.cast.org/

Disability Rights UK have produced a guide on Further Education that aims to answer common questions such as whether colleges will be accessible to disabled students, how to choose a course and what support will be available.

http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/sites/default/files/pdf/IntoFE2015.pdf

Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) are paid on top of your other student finance. They help you pay the extra costs you may have because of your disability. They don’t have to be repaid. As a higher education student living in England, you can apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) if you have a disability, including a long-term health condition; mental health condition; or a specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia). https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas

Natspec is a membership association for Specialist Colleges. Their colleges give young people with a learning difficulty or disability the chance to become more independent and to learn in an exciting environment with personal support. Natspec believes that a place at a specialist college should always be an option that is available to young people and their parents. http://www.natspec.org.uk/

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) is the national voice for lifelong learning. They are a large, internationally respected development organisation and think-tank, working on issues central to the economic renewal of the UK, particularly in the political economy, education and learning, public policy and regeneration fields.

http://www.niace.org.uk/

Tutorhunt is a completely free service, and makes it simple for students to search for all the tutors within their local area. http://www.tutorhunt.com/

We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting Disabled People, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. http://weconnectnow.wordpress.com/

Southampton City Centre Markets

The General Market will take place every Friday and Specialist Markets will take place every Saturday

Antiques and Collectibles* – 1st Saturday of the month.

Arts & Crafts Markets – 2nd Saturday of every month.

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Artisan Food Markets* – 3rd Saturday of every month.

Vintage & Retro – 4th Saturday of every month.

*Please note that these markets will swap weeks in May, July and October

Every week there will be a great variety of stalls and always space for new traders.

So if you fancy yourself as a bit of an Alan Sugar or if you are a bit of a crafty soul or just want to step up your own business, what a better place to showcase your wares and your skills than the busiest shopping destination in Hampshire.

Website Address: http://www.hampshiremarkets.co.uk/

Contact Email: info@hampshiremarkets.co.uk

Hampshire Farmers’ Market

Guildhall Square, Southampton
10am – 2pm

Come and experience the vibrant and stimulating atmosphere of the Hampshire Farmers’ Markets.
Have fun exploring the wide selection of stalls offering award-winning foods, plants, crafts and gifts created by dedicated local producers who have to meet the markets’ very high standards and criteria.

TRACEABILITY is a key concern for many shoppers, particularly after food scandals of recent years. Shoppers want to know where their food is coming from and visitors to our markets can be assured that everything sold at the markets is fully traceable.

FOOD TO GO options are as varied and interesting as the producers who make them and visitors to the markets can start their day off with a breakfast bap, or bubble and squeak topped with a poached egg, or a water buffalo burger, some warming homemade soup or a hot drink.
Some of the markets feature succulent hog roast and fresh made pizzas. Spend a leisurely morning grazing the diverse food to go options for breakfast, lunch and finish off by selecting some tasty treats from the cake and pastry makers and chocolatiers.

THE PASSIONATE PRODUCERS are a dedicated hard working bunch who get up very early to travel tot he markets across the county to bring the very best quality, freshest, affordable, delicious, award winning produce to our shoppers. The producers appreciate the loyal following they have from their regular customers and welcome new customers, who can all enjoy the more personal service they receive, the sampling opportunities and talking to the people who make, grow, rear, bake and brew the wide range of produce at the markets.

The Hampshire Farmers’ Market is a not-for-profit community interest organisation that is committed to helping and supporting local producers to bring their produce to market, which helps them to develop their customer base and grow thier businesses. As one of the largest farmers’ markets organisations in the UK, holding a growing number of awards for our work, we are proud to represent producers who are passionate about making great food come to life.

Website Address: http://www.hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk/

Contact Email: info@hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk

Contact Telephone: 01420 588671

Halloween Fair

The Holiday Inn | 30th October 2016, 11:00am – 4:00pm
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Admission Type: Free

Come and enjoy the spirit of Halloween with our Halloween fair hosted by Supernatural Tours.

There will be a range of stalls, activities and even limited free ghost walks throughout the day for attendees.

Stalls will include gifts, tarot, mediums, reiki, treats, crafts and so much more!

Our spooky friendly characters will be around to meet too and we will run a fancy dress competition and raffle and more!

Website Address: http://www.seriouslyevents.co.uk

Contact Email: hello@seriouslyevents.co.uk

Contact Telephone: 07516 103947

 

 

Christmas Shopping Night @ Hilton Hotel, Chilworth, Southampton

Hilton Hotel | 3rd November 2016, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
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Admission Type: Paid

 

Your Platinum Events are holding their Christmas Fair at Hilton Hotel in Chilworth, Southampton.

Come and browse all those fantastic stalls selling everything you may need for your loved ones this festive period. You may even want to spoil yourself?

Doors open at 7.30pm till 9.30pm. Parking is available at the hotel.

Tickets are £2.50 per adult, which can be purchased in advance or on the night.

There will also be a raffle, with all proceeds going to the Diabetes and Wellness Foundation.

The main bar and restaurant will be open if you would require refreshment.

If you wish to exhibit, please contact Your Platinum Events, and speak to Tracie on either 07864 829921 or 01489 881639.

Contact Email: yourplatinum@outlook.com

Contact Telephone: 07864829921