Respond to the Patient Transport Experience Survey

Transport for All is looking for evidence from Disabled and older Londoners who use patient transport, following concerns about the eligibility criteria.

Our Advice Line recently received many calls from Disabled and older people being denied patient transport services by the Royal Free Hospital despite having a genuine need for it. In some cases, people have been denied this vital NHS funded transport for their appointments despite previously being eligible in the past.

We are concerned that patients are not being asked the right questions when applying for patient transport and that the phone assessment process is not being carried out fairly. We believe this leads to Disabled and older people being refused access that they are truly in need of and we want to know whether this practice is happening at other hospitals across London.

Take action – respond to our survey

Transport for All is looking for Disabled and older people who have booked, or tried to book, patient transport within London in the last year to complete a short survey about their experience with arranging patient transport.

Does this sound like you? If so we’d like to hear about your experiences, whether you were refused this service or not.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. By responding you will help us gain a better understanding of the problem and allow us to gather testimonies to persuade hospitals to improve their patient transport services.

Please do not hesitate to share this survey/information with anyone who may have used patient transport in London in the past year.

The deadline to respond is: 31st August 2018

use this link to respond to the survey online

Thank you very much in advance for your support.

Best wishes,

Josh Lang
Campaigns and Outreach Officer
Transport for All

Transport for All – Advice Line

Advice Line

This year again, we have been helping hundreds of Disabled and older people to get around London and supporting them with transport issues. We recently launched a free face-to-face advice drop-in, with a plan to roll it out to the rest of London.
Don’t forget that our Advice Line is here to help you, if you have any transport related issues.

• Tel: 020 7737 2339 (option 1)
• Text: 07984 755 894
• Email:
• Address: Transport for All, 336 Brixton Rd, London, SW9 7AA.

Big Garden Birdwatch

This weekend (28-30 January) is the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. It’s the world’s biggest wildlife survey so why not get involved? It only takes an hour and is a great way to explore what birds you have in your local patch. You don’t have to be an expert; the RSPB website has lots of useful information including ID sheets. If you don’t have a garden, why not carry out the survey in your local park? You might be surprised at what you spot – this colourful pair was recently spotted in South Park. Ring necked parakeets are spotted more and more frequently in Redbridge and were amongst the top 20 of birds recorded in Greater London in the 2016 survey.


Auditions for The Broadway Theatre, Barking


This year’s panto at the Broadway will be Aladdin and we are on the lookout for talented young stars to shine alongside the professional cast members. So if you know someone aged 9 or over who can sing, dance and has that extra sparkle, make sure they don’t miss out on the auditions coming up here at the Broadway on Friday 8 July. Auditions run from 5-8pm.

Full details and an Audition Pack can be found on the Broadway website here.

Auditions for Aladdin

Redbridge Compact Champions Group

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published draft recommendations on the future electoral arrangements for the London Borough of Redbridge. Today is the start of an 8 week public consultation on the Commission’s draft recommendations on new electoral patterns across the London Borough of Redbridge. The consultation closes on 22 August 2016.
View the draft recommendations
You can view the Commission’s draft recommendations at where you can find interactive maps, a report and guidance on how to have your say. The Commission has not finalised its conclusions and now invites representations on the draft recommendations.
Enclosed with this letter is a summary outlining the Commission’s draft recommendations and a copy of the letter sent to Chief Executive. An interactive map of the Commission’s recommendations for the London Borough of Redbridge, electorate figures and guidance on how to propose new wards is available on the consultation area at: Further information about the review and the Commission’s work is also published on our website at:
Have your say
We encourage everyone who has a view on the draft recommendations to contact us whether you support them or whether you wish to propose alternative arrangements.
Before finalising the recommendations, the Commission will consider every representation received during consultation whether it is submitted by an individual, a local group or an organisation. We will weigh each submission against the criteria the Commission must follow when drawing up electoral arrangements:
• To deliver electoral equality where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the borough.
• That the pattern of wards should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities.
• That the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.
It is important that you take account of the criteria if you are suggesting an alternative pattern of wards. You can find additional guidance and information about previous electoral reviews on our website to help you or your organisation make a submission.
Get in touch
The Commission welcomes comments on the recommendations report by 22 August 2016.
Representations should be made:
• Through our interactive consultation portal where you can explore the maps of the recommendations, draw your own boundaries and supply comments at:
• By email to:

• Or in writing to:
Review Officer (Redbridge)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
14th Floor
Millbank Tower

The Commission aims to publish every response it receives during phases of consultation. If you do not want all or any part of your response or name to be made public, you must state this clearly in the response. Any such request should explain why confidentiality is necessary. All responses may be subject to publication or disclosure as required by law (in particular under the Freedom of Information Act 2000).

This is the last opportunity to influence the Commission’s recommendations before they are finalised. We therefore encourage local people to get in touch with us and have their say.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours sincerely
Mark Cooper
Review Officer
0330 500 1272

Uniting Friends Tate Modern art competition

Dear all,

Thank you for your patience!

I am glad to inform you that last week’s LD Week event -the Tate Modern Contest was a huge success with more visitors than ever in attendance. Over 500 attended throughout the week which was amazing.

53 pieces of art was entered into the contest.
16 pieces of art have won a place to be put on display at the prestigious Tate Modern on 21st June 2016 plus an extra piece under the Public Vote.

The decisions were made from the votes of three judges.
Two local artists: Andrea Lippett and Adam Wright and the third judge was Marcus Dickey Horley, Curator of Access and Special Projects at Tate Modern.

A big thank you to them and to everybody who entered the contest. The standard was very high this year and the judges had some very difficult decisions to make.

Here are the results:
Entry Number Title of Entry Artists Name Comments
1 Lovely Dream Steven Berkoff
2 Love is Sweet Julian Owen
9 Love is everywhere Robert Spill Judges Best in show
12 Love is family and friendship Ben Reeves, David Rowell’s Judges Best in show
16 Love is People Jackie Taylor
18 The Tree of Love Uniting Friends
21 Fashion is my passion Mulberry Lodge
23 Expression of Love Learning Disability Day Opportunities
32 Love Box Learning Disability Day Opportunities
33 Home is where the heart is. Woodbine
35 Puppy Love St Elizabeth’s, Herts Judges Best in Show
37 Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Waltham Forest Adult Learning
38 Love is Kind Limes Community Centre
40 Love Tree Learning Disability Day Opportunities
51 Love is precious Inky Cuttlefish
52 Love is Sprouting Sprout There! project
47 Love is Devotion Mulberry Lodge Public Vote
Congratulations to all those that got through.
Well done to everybody else for your contributions and putting in so much effort.
A big thank you to Kathy, Anton and Alison and the rest of the team at Leytonstone Learning Link for hosting the contest and to all those that helped set up.

Finally thank you to the Mayor and Mayoress of Waltham Forest for attending the exhibition on Wednesday and to the Mayor of Redbridge for attending and giving out the results on Friday.

Photos of the event will be posted on the Uniting Friends Facebook page

We still are looking for performer/performance for the opening ceremony so get in touch if you are interested. It’ll be at 11am and can last for up to 20 mins.

Also, If you are entering for the film show, please let me know.

See you at Tate Modern on 21st June!


Russell Lerner
Chief Executive
Uniting Friends
020 8551 8800

For information on the services provided by Uniting Friends please visit