Winchester Area Access for All (WAAFA) : E-newsletter Issue 4
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Welcome to WAAFA's E-newsletter!

Winchester Area Access For All (WAAFA) is a forum dedicated to improving access and conditions for vulnerable people and those with disability in and around Winchester, Hampshire, UK.

This is our E-newsletter highlighting what the forum has been covering over recent months and advertising any relevant events or information. If you would like to add anything to this E-newsletter, please email:

Winchester Good Accessibility Scheme
WAAFA Awards
The Winchester Good Accessibility Scheme is now rolling out with phases II and III which include approx. 200 shops/businesses/premises in Winchester City Centre. 

We still urgently require volunteers to complete a questionnaire surveys as 'mystery shopper surveyors'.  If you feel you are able to help, please contact for a copy of the Questionnaire Survey to be emailed to you.  Alternatively hard copies can be collected and dropped-off at: Winchester Shopmobility, Upper Parking Level, Brooks Shopping Centre, Winchester.
Phase II Award Ceremony
Monday, 23 March 2014
18:00 - 19:00
@ Abbey House next to Winchester Guildhall
*please note due to venue capacity;
spaces are limited to WAAFA members and phase II 'winners' only.
WAAFA Event - Information Day 2015
Information Day 2015
Save the date for your diaries; WAAFA will be hosting an Information Day in 2015!

Saturday, 25 April 2015
10.15am (Arrival) for 10.30am (Start) - 12.45pm (End)
@ The Discovery Centre (Library), Jewry Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8SB
(Performance Hall)
Guest speakers and presentations include: Citizen's Advice Bureau, Jobcentre Disabilities Advisor and Hampshire Healthwatch + Exhibition Stalls and Information Stands

Please R.S.V.P attendance to
or call 01962 855 016 - Keith Hatter, Chair

Programme for the day:

10.15am - Arrival and Registration
10.30am - Start (Welcome & Introduction)
11am - Talk & Presentation 1 by Citizen's Advice Bureau
11.20am - Talk & Presentation 2 by Jobcentre Disabilities Advisor
11.40am - Talk & Presentation 3 by Hampshire Healthwatch
12.00pm - Question & Answer Panel
12.30pm - Opportunity for networking and visiting information stands
12.45pm - End
Disabled Access Day
Disabled Access Day
Disabled Access Day is all about getting out there and trying something. We hope that attractions and venues will use this day to show off their disabled access and people will discover new places to go.

Anyone can take part in Disabled Access Day no matter where you live. You simply need to visit somewhere you have never been before on the 17th of January 2015. It could be a cinema, coffee shop, sports centre or anywhere else you have wanted to visit. If you register on our website, you will gain access to exclusive offers and events.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please email us at

Website: or Click Here
Champion Athlete at The Castle
Chris Goodwin
Chris Goodwin
When I congratulated Athlete Chris Goodwin on winning a medal he replied: “Which One?”.  This was an impressive answer by any standard, but Hampshire County Council IT Project Manager Chris is severely sight impaired due to Retinitis Pigmentosa.

To find out how he competes in his chosen event, paratriathlon, in which he became European champion in June 2014 and is currently ranked 4th in the world, I asked him the following.

1. “How are you guided when taking part?”
“There are three sections: swimming for 750 metres (30 lengths), cycling over 20 kilometres and running a distance of 5 kilometres .  The same guide accompanies me throughout each one.  The guide must be a faster athlete than I am, because if he is competing at his limit he is concentrating fully on doing so and cannot pay attention to me.

“When swimming, the guide and I are tethered together by an elastic chord about a metre in length.  One end is tied around my  knee and the other end around the guide’s knee.  I swim so that the elastic remains at the correct tension; if it becomes slack I know that I am getting too close to the guide, and if it becomes too tight then I am moving too far from him.

“Cycling, you will not be surprised to learn, is on a tandem with me on the back of course, although I have been asked, in the past, whether I ride on the back or front.  The nature of a tandem means that both riders contribute to its propulsion and so this section is a joint effort, and therefore my position is influenced by the guide’s ability.

“For running we are linked by a rope about 50 cm long with a loop at each end.  We hold the loops around our hands and fingers rather like the handles of a bag.”

2. “50 cm seems a bit short.  Is there not a danger of your colliding with the Guide?”
“No; if the rope were any longer it would be awkward when in a tightly bunched field of runners.”

3. “How often do you train, and how do you access training facilities?”
“I train 6 days a week throughout the year.

“Three times a week, I train at Winchester college pool.  I also train at The Quays in Southampton with The Southampton Triathlon Club.  When training I do not have a guide, but I can just see the dark lines on the bottom of the pool.

“For cycling, I have a Turbo Trainer which is a static cycling machine mounted on an “A” frame in my garage.

“I run at the Winchester track at Bar End with Students from Winchester College acting as guides.  Also, I train on a tread mill at Bitterne Leisure Centre, where the device has tactil controls, enabling me to regulate my rate of working."

4. “How did you start your athletics career?”
“I used to train with the Southampton Triathlon club, but could not take part in ccompetitions.  IN 2008 VIPER (an organisation to support visually impaired athletes) was set up by Mark Stride who obtained enough tandems and other equipment for about ten visually impaired triathletes.”

5. “Could you explain the classification system?”
“This year the Paratriathlon has come into line with the Parathletics Association’s classification system.  There are five categories, PT1 to PT5.  PT1 is wheelchair users.  The other classifications indicating various degrees of walking ability, with PT2 denoting double amputees or amputation above the knee or elbow.  The categories B1, B2 and B3 are for those with sight loss, with B1 being the most severe.

“I am classified as B1, but when I competed in the World Championships in Canada in August I was reexamined and placed in category B2, because not all of the factors were taken into account.  This imposed a time penalty of about three minutes which can be critical because the greater the degree of sight loss the more time is often needed in the transition from one section to the next; this is all part of the event.”

6. “How do you sum up your achievements so far, and what is next?”
“What an incredible year.  Two duathlons, seven triathlons, racing in five countries, one time ranked number one in the world, a disqualification, reclassification and the chance to do it with a bunch of fun people.  What a privilege it is to ride this roller coaster."

"In October 2014 the IPC decided that they will not include my classification in the Paralympics, and so I shall not be able to qualify for Rio in 2016."

“Thank you very much Chris for sparing the time to talk to us, and the best of luck in the future.”
Blue Apple Theatre
Blue Apple Theatre is a highly ambitious theatre company which brings all the benefits of taking part in theatre to performers who have learning disabilities and enables them to present high quality productions to the widest possible audience in a variety of large and small scale productions, touring theatre and film.
Living Without Fear
Living without Fear production
Written by William Jessop
Director Peter Clerke
Choreography: Jo Harris
Touring nationally

To enquire about a performance e-mail
Six actors from Blue Apple’s touring company, who themselves have learning disabilities, bring an authentic voice to this fearless and empowering examination of disability hate crime, mate crime and harassment.

Living Without Fear returns in a new version touring Autumn 2014, after two hugely successful runs in Spring 2013 and Autumn 2011. This original writing by William Jessop and inspired direction by Peter Clerke bring out difficult issues and tell the true story of what is happening in the lives of people with learning disabilities today. Great for all audiences and for training..

One of the most powerful performances seen in Winchester for many years... moving… poignant... startling...wonderful.'
(The Hampshire Chronicle)

'A profoundly moving and challenging production. It deserves to be seen by a wide audience.’ (Professor Lord Alton)

'The play is remarkable at so many different levels – it is genuinely a prophetic work' (Revd Canon David Williams)

Developed in partnership with Hampshire police, Living Without Fear is a 45 minute touring production fully self-contained, with lights and sound. Click here to watch a short film extract, and click here to see a report from ITV News Meridian.

How do we want to be judged?

Public and professional people of all ages, abilities, disabilities and backgrounds should see this and add their voice to the debate about issues which will eventually affect us all.

Living Without Fear raises important questions where there may not be easy answers. Most of all we hope this production will encourage everyone to take people with learning disability seriously and to listen and at least investigate if alarm bells ring in your head – for, yes, disability hate crime does happen.

Everyone has the right to live without fear.
How can we help vulnerable people live safely and without fear?
How do we listen where words are few and stories are incomplete?

​A close-up of an actor during the Blue Apple Theatre production of Living Without Fear
Public and professional people of all ages, abilities, disabilities and backgrounds should see this and add their voice to the debate about important issues which may eventually affect us all.

Most of all we hope this production will encourage everyone to take people with learning disability seriously and to listen and at least investigate if alarm bells ring in your head – for, yes, disability hate crime does happen.'
Living without Fear
Living without Fear
A photo showing a scene from the performance of Blue Apple Theatre's production of Living Without Fear in the Houses of Parliament, and the company with our MP Steve Brine in the Houses of Parliament. For the report on Steve Brine's website - click here.
Blue Apple actors took 'Living Without Fear', their fearless and empowering examination of disability hate crime, to Parliament by kind invitation of Mr Speaker John Bercow.

They performed in Speaker's House to an audience which included ministers, MPs, Members of the House of Lords and Chief Police Officers.

'This was something I personally will never forget, and I am truly thrilled. This was a very special evening which I know had a profound impact on everyone present. Blue Apple is not just a Winchester phenomenon, it is a national phenomenon' - Steve Brine MP

'They are such an inspiring group’ - Dame Anne Begg, Chair of Work and Pensions Select Committee


"I've seen the production twice now and it still makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck and leaves me prickling" Head Teacher

“One of the most valuable experiences we gave our students all year" Teacher

“Shocking..incredibly powerful... moving....very impressive....leaves you thinking what shall I do?” Chaplain

“It's important to raise awareness, now we can look out for it and can do something about it" Teenager

“It was incredible...thank you... I was so proud" Person with a learning disability

“Made a great impact on those present“ Audience member

“Produced exactly the open discussion that was desired from this piece. I think the majority of the audience were stunned by the ability of the young actors and actresses“ Social Care professional

For more information, please visit their website at:

Blue Apple Theatre, The Tower at Kings, Romsey Road, Winchester SO22 5PW

Tel: 01962 867986 (messages)

Twitter: @BlueApplePlays

To book performances or enquire about our films please contact
And in other news...
Accessible High Streets
High street 'must improve access for disabled' - Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper - 27 August 2014, ITV News.

For the full article click here.
A Winchester man ran his first marathon in 18 years to raise money for disabled children. Nick Marsh ran 26 miles from Salisbury to Winchester on Sunday 5th October 2014 in the Clarendon Marathon for Caudwell Children, a support charity for families with disabled children. To read the full article as reported in the Hampshire Chronicle, click here.
Nick Marsh
Disabled People and Employment Access: The Truth by Drew Hendricks
Employment Access: The Truth
Anna Weglarz holds a Masters in Occupational Psychology and spent the past two years working as an Employment Support Worker in Edinburgh, helping people with disabilities to find employment.
The article covers an interview about the issues faced by disabled jobseekers and about the inaccurate perceptions that some potential employers may hold. To read the full interview and article, click here.
Meeting Dates 2015
All meetings will be taking place at:
Hampshire County Council (HCC), Queen Elizabeth II Court, The Castle,
Sussex Street, Winchester, SO23 8UJ
(Nightingale Room)
Thursday, 15th January 2014
11:30 – 13:30
Thursday, 19th February 2014
11:30 – 13:00
Thursday, 19th March 2015
11.30 – 13:00

For any items for the Agenda or to be circulated the minutes of the meeting to,
please email
From all of us at WAAFA; we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Merry Christmas 2014
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