York DVD to help disabled people manage their personal budgets

Pictured at the cheque presentation, left to right, are Chris Holland, Tom Cowen, Alison Cowen and Jo Whitehead. Photo Keith Bell.

Pictured at the cheque presentation, left to right, are Chris Holland, Tom Cowen, Alison Cowen and Jo Whitehead. Photo Keith Bell.

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A YORK organisation is to make a short DVD to help disabled people manage a personal budget so they can be more in control of their lives.

Lives Unlimited, a family and user-led group of volunteers, says it wants disabled and older people in the York area to enjoy the same choices and opportunities as anyone else in their community - and the DVD could eventually be seen by disabled people across the country.

Chairwoman Alison Cowen said the DVD could be made thanks to a £500 donation from Freemasons from Minster Lodge and the Freemasons of Yorkshire North & East Ridings.

She said many people were put off personal budgets because they thought they were too complicated to manage.

"The DVD will aim to show, simply, the various steps to getting and using a budget and refer people to ‘Lives Unlimited’ for further information and support," she said.

"It will be made available to other similar organisation across the country, so the cost represents great value and many other disabled people could benefit from it."

Keith Bell, charity steward at Minster Lodge, said Freemasonry was not a charity but its fundamental beliefs of friendship and high ethical standards were important and led it to giving financial assistance to those in need.

Lives Unlimited, which is based in Priory Street and is expanding to become a 'Community Interest Company,' says it helps disabled people and their families in a variety of ways.

It runs occasional events about issues such as self directed support and person centred planning, and helps set up 'circle of friends', and advises and supports disabled people to make sure they are at the centre of any meeting about them, including social service reviews

For more information, go to www.livesunlimited.org.uk.

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10:09am Wed 13 Aug 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

If you can go to a website to find out more, why does a DVD need to be made? Replication and mailing costs for DVDs are significant, so why not get even better value for money and just publish the programme online, on the same website?
If you can go to a website to find out more, why does a DVD need to be made? Replication and mailing costs for DVDs are significant, so why not get even better value for money and just publish the programme online, on the same website? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 1

10:46am Wed 13 Aug 14

asd says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
If you can go to a website to find out more, why does a DVD need to be made? Replication and mailing costs for DVDs are significant, so why not get even better value for money and just publish the programme online, on the same website?
Maybe because some disabled people are not computer literate and dont own a PC, so a DVD is the next best option its that simple.
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: If you can go to a website to find out more, why does a DVD need to be made? Replication and mailing costs for DVDs are significant, so why not get even better value for money and just publish the programme online, on the same website?[/p][/quote]Maybe because some disabled people are not computer literate and dont own a PC, so a DVD is the next best option its that simple. asd
  • Score: 3

12:03pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

asd wrote:
Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
If you can go to a website to find out more, why does a DVD need to be made? Replication and mailing costs for DVDs are significant, so why not get even better value for money and just publish the programme online, on the same website?
Maybe because some disabled people are not computer literate and dont own a PC, so a DVD is the next best option its that simple.
... and burn it onto DVD from the website in the few individual cases when a disabled person (with a DVD player but not a PC?) would like to see it. Still cheaper.
[quote][p][bold]asd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: If you can go to a website to find out more, why does a DVD need to be made? Replication and mailing costs for DVDs are significant, so why not get even better value for money and just publish the programme online, on the same website?[/p][/quote]Maybe because some disabled people are not computer literate and dont own a PC, so a DVD is the next best option its that simple.[/p][/quote]... and burn it onto DVD from the website in the few individual cases when a disabled person (with a DVD player but not a PC?) would like to see it. Still cheaper. Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 0

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