Topic

equality

66 petitions

Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Dominic Raab MP, Heather Wheeler MP, UK Parliament

A regulatory body established for hostels and supported housing

Hostels and supported housing in the UK isn't currently regulated, so for every good landlord/housing charity there is a bad one. Owners of hostels and supported housing use licence agreements rather than tenancy agreements, these give vulnerable adults less rights and treated as second class citizens. Support workers can take advantage of vulnerable adults, bullying and belittling of clients is common. No training standards. Often contravening Equality Act laws and Data Protection laws. People who end up living in hostels and supported housing often suffer from substance misuse issues and are usually self medicating to alleviate trauma symptoms. Most have a background of traumatic events, such as child abuse, domestic violence, seen horrific things during military combat or been sexually assaulted. I've never met anyone who misuses substances for the fun of it, everyone I have met has had some traumatic event that has affected their lives. So clients are already going through difficulties, we should therefore try to make things easier and fairer for them. There needs to be a regulatory body that oversees training of support workers, a fair and impartial complaints procedure in place and fair licence agreement. I have been discriminated against by two housing charities. The first housing charity evicted me for not engaging enough, even though I have an anxiety disorder. The second housing charity dealt with a complaint unfairly and the complaints procedure was not impartial. The manager didn't give a client a warning for false accusations of racism and homophobia, when I complained the head office ignored the fact there was a witness and sided with the manager.  In both cases there was no-one that I could complain to because they aren't regulated and the local authority (Lewisham Council) don't monitor them. Often there is an assumption that the Care Quality Commission regulate hostels and supported housing, but they don't come under their remit. The Charity Commission do not regulate hostels or supported housing and don't get involved in the day to day running of charities.

Christopher Beckett-Bane
20 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Disney World, Disney Disability Services, Disney , Disney Accessibility Manager

Please provide toilets which are accessible to all

Disney World has millions and millions of visitors every year and is the most visited holiday resort in the world, yet they still do not have toilets in their theme parks which are accessible to all. Many disabled people- my little brother included- require a hoist to access the toilet and others require an adult changing bench and hoist to allow them to be changed cleanly, safely and with dignity (at least ¼ of a million people in the UK alone). On speaking to Disney World about this, I was informed that disabled children or adults who need a hoist have to pay to hire one themselves if they want to use the toilet. Otherwise they are expected to go all day without being able to use the bathroom. I asked if I could contact someone at the Disney parks to suggest they provide fully accessible facilities, but was told this wasn’t possible. Not only are mobile hoists heavy things to be carrying back and forth from the parks every day (along with pushing wheelchairs, carrying slings and everything else people normally bring to the parks), but it seems a little bit unfair for disabled people to have to pay to use facilities which able-bodied people are allowed to use for free. Especially as such a huge company would absorb the costs of buying and maintaining hoists in a second. Disney were unsure as to whether families would also have to pay to store the hoist once they got to the parks, if it was too heavy for them to carry around all day. The parks have a bed in their first aid area which can also double up as a changing bench if there is no one in the area or using the first aid facilities, but the bed isn’t in a restroom and again, there is no hoist available. The lack of hoist means that transfers could be unsafe (or impossible) for the person with disabilities, but also for their carer. I believe disabled children (and adults!) have just as much right to visit Disney World and experience the magic as able-bodied children, and that they have the right to be able to use the toilet whilst they're there. Fortunately there are two small things Disney World can do to change this!- Provide a ceiling track hoist in the companion bathrooms at the parks (in the meantime they should make a mobile hoist available for families that need it).- Provide an adult-sized, profiling changing bed in the companion bathrooms. Many places provide fully accessible restrooms and I don’t believe in a place such as Disney World “Where dreams come true” that disabled people should have to pay to access their otherwise inaccessible toilets. I really do hope WDW sees the dignity, comfort and safety of the disabled children and adults that visit them as important. The Parks, and especially their Cast Members, bring so much joy and pixie dust to so many people every year and I just hope they can make it so everyone can use the toilets at their parks. Disney World: please make these two small adjustments so that everybody can enjoy the magic of Disney equally! Everybody should be able to meet Mickey!For more info about Changing Places facilities, please see:www.changing-places.org

Lauren Senior
12,327 supporters