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Fully VI accessible washing machine

RNIB Shop is announcing today a fully VI accessible washing machine.

Any VI person considering the need to buy a new washer may well be interested in this fully accessible audio and tactile machine.

It has audio and tactile enhanced controls as well as full instruction supplied separately on a USB stick.

Contact RNIB Shop on 0303 1239999 to register an interest, it is expected to become available for purchase this autumn.

It has a 20 year guarantee as standardised in their design.

RNIB have many other accessible devices, call 0303 1239999 or e-mail:

Meet Pete!

Peter Dommett has just joined the Coalition team as the Project Manager for Tech to Community Connect.  Pete has created a wonderful blog post on his career in the Police force. (please attach the picture).


Image description: the image is a caricature  of Pete with various artefacts around him that represent bits of his career.  Most notably, he is wearing a rubber ring (read on to find out why!) and has as the machinery needed for distilling gin around him!  There is a crashed police car behind Pete and a ball and chain around his ankle.    

In Pete’s own words

Hello!  My name is Pete and I have just joined the Coalition. 

The attached print was created by my team on my retirement.

When you look at the photo you will see a number of elements the relate too along And I feel a very interesting career. we start in uniform and my career was mainly in uniform as I was never a fully trained detective. After training school at Ashford in Kent I was posted to Brighton as a beat officer covering the sea front and the pier. It was here 1 October evening that the first item on the pictures becomes relevant. A young lady taken to the water having swallowed an overdose of medication and was intent on dying by suicide. Arriving with my partner I was quickly dispatched into the sea to bring her back to safety an ambulance. I was never a strong swimmer but was very proud of what I did but only slightly upset when I discovered my partner was the force swimming champion. After a number of years at Brighton I transferred to mid Sussex and it is here that the police car in the picture becomes important. At 5:30 in the morning after Seven days of 12 hour nights I managed to turn a Ford Sierra lean burn police car upside down on a nearly straight Rd. There was then a famous conversation when I called up and said NB02 assistance needed. And the reply was NB02 change location and try again. In desperation I called once more NB02 I’m sorry I’m upside down and cannot change location.

After mid Sussex I worked at a number police station before promotion in 1995 as a Sergeant I ended up working in the cellblocks or as we call it police custody. This gives you the ball and chain around my leg in the picture. I enjoyed being a Sergeant working not only in an office but also with community teams keeping people safe. 2001 saw my promotion to inspector whilst working at headquarters. I returned to Brighton for five years where I saw all manner of wonderful and difficult things in that seaside city. I left Brighton and was briefly promoted to Chief Inspector and once again I ran the custody Department for Sussex Police.

I was fortunate when I was headhunted to work in counter terrorism policing for seven years. In the picture you see the explosives the top secret documents and spyglasses to demonstrate this posting. I could tell you so much about it but would have to shoot you afterwards. My final two years where was As a district commander returning to mid Sussex. As an experienced inspector i had time to indulge a number of my interests. One of which was to get a local gin distillery to make a charity gin for the chief constable’s charity for that year. it was called Bobby gin but sadly oh I suppose funnily in one email to the chief constable I called it booby gin. All in all at interesting 30 years with so much more done then this picture shows but it still makes me smile. 

Statement regarding the unlawful killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement

The Surrey Coalition Board, staff team, volunteer team and wider membership were appalled and saddened by the harrowing footage of a Police Officer in America killing an unarmed citizen.

We support the Black Lives Matter movement in its campaign against racism across the world.

The inequalities that members of our community still face are unacceptable.  We wish to declare our determination to tackle racism and create a more inclusive and fair world. 

As an organisation, we will work to address the under-representation of Disabled people who are Black and those who are from other minority ethnic groups.  This will mean that more of the Disabled community are being heard by social care and health service providers and commissioners.  We will challenge ourselves and each other to ‘call out’ discrimination when we see it and to be actively anti-racist. 

Virtual adventures from home – week 3

Please see week 3 of virtual adventures from home: garden, parks and woodlands!

week 3 virtual-adventures-from-home-gardens-parks-and-woodlands

Text only Virtual Adventures From Home week 3

All weeks can be found here.

Virtual adventures from home

Please see two presentations which give you some information on what you can do from home during the lockdown. A lot of links to virtual tours, museum visits, sports, beaches and much more!

Virtual Adventures From Home – week 1

Virtual Adventures From Home – The Beach and Coast

Word only versions of the documents are below:

Virtual Adventures From Home week 1

Virtual adventures from Home – beach and coast