Feedback from GMCDP's recent member's meeting

GMCDP hosted a community screening of Defiant Lives on Tuesday 20th March at the Antony Burgess Foundation in Manchester. We thought it was important that disabled people got the opportunity to see this film, as it documents the rise of the disabled people’s movement in Britain, Australia and America.

GMCDP felt that given that the film focussed on our history as a Disabled People’s Movement, it was also a great opportunity to get members together and have our first members meeting in a few years.  

Montage of GMCDP members meeting
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Tuesday, 3 April, 2018

OHMI Music Makers music event in Manchester - Sunday 15th April 2018

OHMI presents

An event for 7-107 year olds specialised for those with upper limb impairments. You too can play music

Come and try a range of adapted musical instruments

All are welcome, whether you have played an instrument before or not

At: Royal Northern College of Music 124 Oxford Road Manchester M13 9RD

To book your place, please email: rachel [at]

Sunday 15th April 2018 1.30 - 4.30pm

OHMI Music Maker advert
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Wednesday, 28 March, 2018

Manchester DPAC planning meeting - Thursday 5th April

Manchester Disabled People Against Cuts (MDPAC) are holding a planning meeting on Thusday 5th April at Manchester Central Library (2pm-3:30pm)

The meeting is to plan ahead of the Universal Credit Day Of Actionon April 18th and will look at other issues.

There is a Facebook event page here


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Monday, 26 March, 2018

Concessionary pass changes

From First Manchester -

From 1 April concessionary passes on @firstmanchester buses must be recorded via the smart card reader and customers using concessionary passes must, therefore, register their journey with a valid pass or pay the full adult fare.

The bus operator is encouraging all customers who use concessionary passes to get into the habit of presenting their passes on the reader and take action to replace out-of-date or faulty passes as soon as possible to avoid paying for their travel from April.

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Wednesday, 21 March, 2018

Casting call for young disabled actress

From Sue Needleman Casting


Looking for a brilliant young disabled actress aged 9 – 12 years old to be a new regular in ‘The Worst Witch 3’ which is based on a series of childfrens books written and illustrated by Jill Murphy. The 2nd series is currently being transmitted on CBBC to great critical acclaim.


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Tuesday, 13 March, 2018

Open House - An inclusive alternative night for deaf/ disabled/ LGBTQ+ Sat 30th March

From Partisan:


Welcome to Open House!


An inclusive alternative night for deaf/ disabled/ LGBTQ+ Sat 30th March, 20:00-00:00 The Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range (off Albert Road), Levenshulme, Manchester, United Kingdom, M19 2HQ


Worried about access? Anxious about strangers? Can’t find a chair?


Expensive PA tickets? Bright lights and big noise? BSL User?


Worry no more!


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Tuesday, 6 March, 2018

Trust Lorraine Foundation Launch; continuing to fight for equality

On Saturday 3rd March 2018, Jackie Driver, Chief Executive of Breakthrough UK, and Jenny Gradwell, Daughter of the late Lorraine Gradwell, will launch the Trust Lorraine Foundation at the Walk for Women in Manchester. The Foundation - in Lorraine Gradwell’s name - is a joint project between the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) and Breakthrough UK to increase local disabled people’s representation in elected office.

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Friday, 2 March, 2018

Manchester Disabled People Against Cuts (MDPAC) demonstration against Universal Credit

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)  are holding a National Day of Action calling for Universal Credit to be Stopped and Scrapped on Thursday 1st March. Manchester DPAC are holding a demonstration in Manchester starting at 1pm at St Peter's Square in Manchester (St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 3, United Kingdom)


Information on the Facebook page



From DPAC:


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Wednesday, 21 February, 2018

Great comic about the Social Model of Disability

Great comic about accessibility and the Social Model of Disability. We dont agree with the use of the terminology of 'able bodied' - but the core message is absoloutely spot on.

More here

(GMCDP does not necessarily support or promote any organisation, individual or website mentioned in this post.)

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Thursday, 15 February, 2018

Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre and Salford Disability Forum has a a free advice service for benefit claimants

Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre (Salford UCRC) has now started a free service for benefit claimants, in partnership with Salford Disability Forum, and has trained nine people, including a retired barrister, to provide expert assistance during the assessment process for PIP and DLA, ESA and all other disability benefits.


More information here

For free help and advice contact

Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre

84-86 Liverpool Road


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Thursday, 1 February, 2018