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Penny’s blog – Networking in the dark

Well today I have been to the Job Centre networking. But no you are not getting rid of me that easily.

Networking at the Health Provision Fair and Disability Equality training at the John Innes Centre

I was attending the Health Provision Fair organised by Norwich Job Centre Plus. There was a real mix of stands including MensCraft ( Sing Your Heart Out (, Lingwood Care Farm (, Autism Anglia ( and the Wellbeing Service (

There was a new “Networking in the Dark” element to the event when the power failed. However everyone got chatting and swapping their leaflets, details and information.

lightbulb imageUnfortunately I had to make a quick exit from the event to get to the John Innes Centre. This was to deliver some Disability Equality training with my colleague Hazel. The training was for people attending the conference, including Head teachers and School SENCO’s. After the usual laptop technicalities “who said technology was good moment” it all went smoothly. Well apart from people wanted to be allowed out early for lunch. We ran a bit over instead so no brownie points there oops.

Also attending the event with an Equal Lives stand was Matt, our Adviser and on this occasion “super hero training saver” sorting out our laptop issues. Is there no end to this man’s talents!

Matt was there to talk about the Services we provide. Rumour has it (well Matt really) tells me there was an extraordinarily good buffet. I did find out that my support worker tried the buffet while I was in conversation with a gentleman about Disability Pride and the Local Offer….Hmmmm (

The Forum and Bridewell Museum

Now it’s Thursday and I have had another trip into the city. I went to talk to Sarah at the Forum (ooooh Caramel Latte). I then went to meet Bethan at the Bridewell Museum, to talk about the projects happening now for Disability Pride. We also started exploring options for projects we can start on for Disability Pride 2019. Everyone is so enthusiastic and keen to carry on the great work from this year.

I have also just picked up flyers kindly donated to Disability Pride ( by the Norwich Arts Centre ( who have been absolutely brilliant with their support.

Not much more of my week to go as I am off on the lovely Norfolk Broads for the weekend. Next week I am visiting the East Anglian Tennis and Squash Club ( and having a stand at the Summer Deaf Festival – it’s at The Forum on Friday 13th July 10am-4pm so why not pop along.



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