Focus group about RBKC’s online information

New event…. Would you like to have a say about the Council’s online information for disabled residents?

ADKC have been asked to arrange a focus group about how well, or not, the website works for local disabled people… and what could be improved.

We will be looking at the website on computers,  laptops, tablet devices and even on smartphones. If you have your own device.. feel free to bring it along!

Whether you are confident with using the internet or not, we would like to hear from you!

We would also love to have people who need to use “assistive technology” to be able to access the internet to come along!

If you are available to come to Kensington Town Hall, from 11-1 on Friday 20th July, and would like to get involved, please let Jenny at ADKC know on 020 8960 8888 - or email

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Free talk on 17th July

One of ADKC’s members has informed us about the following event:

Through a discussion of their beautifully humane novels, authors Alice Burnet (Ideal Love) and Anne Patterson (Yes) explore the effects of medical conditions on everyday life. Both novels were published in late 2017 and they both use a medical condition to ask what matters in life.
This is also a talk about the power of illness to destroy and also to bring us closer to other people.
Tickets are free but booking is essential. Those who come will be offered a free glass of wine.
The meeting will be taking place on Tuesday 17th of July from 6.00 to 7.30 pm at The Kensington Central Library Lecture Theatre.(This is situated at the back of the library off from Campden Hill Road).
NOTE – this event is not organised by ADKC so unfortunately we could give no further information.
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Newsflash – summer 18

Our Summer 2018 newsflash is now out.

You can read a copy by clicking the following links:

Newsflash summer 18 pdf

NEWSFLASH Summer 2018 large print word

Don’t forget that you can see all the previous Newsflash on our publications  page

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Benefits News – PIP and UC

Recent news:

Universal Credit – a court case has decided that 2 men who lost the severe disability component after changing from “legacy benefits” to the new Universal Credit were treated “unlawfully”. (external link)

Personal Independence Payments -

1. People with the highest awards, and whose condition is not expected to get better, will no longer have to go through continued re-assessments for PIP.  Guidance is due out in summer though, so this has not yet been implemented.  (external link)

2. The government has withdrawn its appeal  against a court case about how activity 3 on the PIP form should be scored. This will mean that many more people will be able to score points about managing a therapy or monitoring a health condition.

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New Drop-in at the Town Hall

ADKC will be in the Customer Service Centre – from 1pm-3.30pm – on the first Tuesday of each month (except January).

CoDisability Connect and Independent Lives Kensington and Chelsea flyer imageme and talk with Simone or Jenny to find out about the Disability Connect Project, the Independent Lives Kensington and Chelsea  Project and/or what the other ADKC services can offer for people with a physical or sensory impairment or hidden long-term physical health condition who live / work in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea!

Disability Connect ILKC drop-in flyer (Word)

Disability Connect ILKC drop-in flyer (PDF)

Keep an eye on our events page for information about other ADKC events!

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How ADKC deals with your personal information.

You will undoubtedly be aware that there are new regulations about how your personal information has to be protected. This is due to the new General Data Protection Regulations or GDPR. This also applies to ADKC.

For people who are already signed up as members of ADKC, we are able to continue to send you information such as our Newsflash and invitations to our events as, by signing up, you have already agreed to this. You can ask us at any time to stop sending you this information, ask us to send this in a different way, or ask as to change the details we have for you.

For people who are not yet members of ADKC – we will ask for consent to hold your information so we can send our Newsflash and information about other ADKC events. You can ask us at any time to stop sending you this information, ask us to send this in a different way or ask us to change the details we have for you.

If you are receiving more in depth support from one of our projects that does “case work” – for example support with forms by the Information and Advice project, or support from the Independent Lives K&C and Personal Budgets project, and/ or the Disability Connect project – we will ask specifically for permission to hold your personal / sensitive information.

This is the Independent Lives K&C project’s Data protection information sheet which gives details about how your personal information will be dealt with.

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Do you employ a Personal Assistant or Carer?

As you will undoubtedly have heard – there is a new data protection law coming into play on Friday 25th May.

This also applies to disabled people who employ Personal Assistants or (paid) carers.

You can get information to give to your employees, and template letters, from your Employer’s Liability Insurance legal helpline.

  • For Fish Insurance -  the legal helpline is Penninsula -  which you can use if you have the £135 policy.
  • For Mark Bates / Premier Care – the legal helpline – MSL – which you can use if you have any level of cover.

You will need to have your policy number to get advice from the legal helpline.


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Disability Connect – New Flyer!!

Our Disability Connect project, which supports isolated Disabled people between the ages of 18-49, has a new  flyer!!

For more information about the project, please contact Simone Galloway on 020 8960 8888 (Mon, Tues and Thurs) or email her at

Dis connect flyer pic

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Barriers to Independent Living

Every year on the 5th May, the European Network on Independent Living celebrates the European Independent Living Day! The theme for this year’s celebrations was “Barriers to Independent Living”.

Local disabled people who attended the Independent Living Surgery  in May discussed what Independent Living means, and looked at the “12 basic rights for disabled people” to identify which barriers to living an independent life still exist.

The report that attendees contributed is available here: Barriers to Independent Living (pdf) or Barriers to Independent Living  Large Print 18pt (pdf)

If you want to know more about our Independent Lives Kensington and Chelsea project, or the Personal Budget support  service,  contact Jenny on 020 8960 8888 or email

You can also follow us on:

Check out our events page  for the dates of our independent living surgery and personal budget user group.

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Have your say for European Independent Living Day!

European Independent Living Day is on 5th May 2018 – this year’s theme is “Barriers to Independent Living” – specifically, barriers to voting and citizenship, and barriers to the European Accessibility Act.

Our Independent Living Surgery on Weds 2nd, will have a look a barriers for local disabled people… 0ur new Independent Lives Kensington and Chelsea Facebook page has more information….

If you are not able to come along, you can still participate… they European Independent Living Network’s (ENIL) webpage  gives more information..

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