About Us

Disability Networks is a Manx Registered Charity (Number 1113) and a Company limited by Guarantee, No. 127389C. The registered office is at 2 Smeale Cottages, Andreas, IM7 3EB. Contact telephone number is 455110.

Disability Networks was established in 2012 in recognition of the vast amount of Manx disability information that is available but the absence of a map to find your way round it.

3 out of 5 of us will be carers at some point in our lives. Lets make sure we can easily access information about support and opportunities available in the Isle of Man.

Our aim is to provide a simple signposting website and then extend our services in line with user feedback.

We hope you find the website useful and will support this initiative by using the site at your convenience. Please send feedback comments by using the feedback option on the homepage or emailing disabilitynetworks@manx.net.

Should you wish to talk to someone knowledgeable, check out the “Who can I talk to?” list under the Carer Support section.

Poster

Should you want a Disability Networks poster to display at work or on your premises to help make others aware of the website, please email disabilitynetworks@manx.net and we can email a copy to you.

Our Wonderful Supporters

The Manx Community has made this website possible by generously giving money, services and skills. We include some of those below in reverse chronological order. Thank you so very much, all of you.

Many thanks indeed go to FIM Capital who have donated 500 pounds to Disability Networks in exchange for using 4 photographs in their desk calendar given to their many clients on island and overseas, taken by one of our Directors. We are saving up for bus adverts at present. March 2017

Following a Disability Networks presentation to the members of the Isle of Man Health Services Retirement Fellowship, they presented a WHSmith giftcard worth 20 pounds. This was used to buy some storage boxes to file Disability Networks paperwork and information in. Thank you, it will be good to tidy up the mounting piles of useful information! March 2017

On December 9th 2016 Shoprite gave us the opportunity to bag pack in their Victoria Road store in Douglas. We rustled up a lovely group of volunteers including some students from St Ninian’s High School. Lots of goods were carefully packed and those marvellous shoppers donated a total of 606 pounds and 5 pence, a big boost to our finances. Thank you all.

A big hurrah for Alison Gomme who has crafted some charming bunting in lovely colours to dress up the Disability Networks stand at exhibitions and events. Beautifully made, this will be a joy to use. Thank you! December 2016

October brought heritage lovers back to Smeale Farm for the Heritage Open Weekend event on 9th October 2016 that focused on the farm heritage. We raised over 90 pounds in donations for Disability Networks and hope everyone had a lovely time in the sunshine.

A big thank you to the Bride Wesley Guild for their generous cheque for 100 pounds. The cakes were excellent too – thank you for listening to the Disability Networks talk. More posters will be ordered now to help people find the support they need promptly. April 2016

Having monitored the interest in our Disability Networks “first points of contact” leaflets, DLP have very generously agreed to fund a further 5,000. The wording has been improved and now includes the Live at Home telephone number as this age group are the most likely not to have internet access. Thank you very much indeed. March 2016.

Peel Charity Shop have donated 1,400 pounds towards the continuation of the Browsealoud function after our contract expires at the end of 2016.This will go a long way to securing that facility for another 2 years. We are so grateful, thank you. February 2016.

DLP, local suppliers of bespoke kitchens, bathrooms and equipment made on the island for those with disabilities, have funded 1,000 leaflets for Disability Networks listing essential first contact points. This will help us to reach those with no computer access and start them on their journey towards support. Thank you so much DLP. February 2016.

Thanks again to Moving Clouds Media for designing our new bus adverts due to appear on buses from 2nd November 2015 for 12 months.

A big thank you goes to Moving Clouds Media for setting up the new Disability Networks facebook presence and their generous offer to administrate it along with one of our Directors. We hope that events and items of interest will be added here to provide a fast changing source of information. Moving Clouds Media for your marketing consultancy, graphic design and public relations needs. Keeill Ny Magher, Bride. Tel 882088 www. mcmiom.com

Disability Networks were given the opportunity to hold a bucket collection at the Villa Marina on 23rd July. Thank you to all the generous folk who contributed on their way out – the total raised that evening was 640 pounds. The T-shirts looked great too.

60th birthday party donations raised in support of Disability Networks totalled 180 pounds. This cash will be used to buy 6 Disability Networks T-shirts ready for the bucket collection at the Jools Holland concert on Thursday 23rd July 2015. The remainder will also go towards the 2 banners now ordered. July 2015.

Through the Celton Manx Recognition Scheme, Disability Networks has been awarded 1,500 pounds to fund the BrowseAloud option on this website for a further two years. This is brilliant news and means the future of this facility is now assured for this period. There will be enough funds to put towards a banner to help make the Manx public aware of the website, to be used at exhibitions, shows etc – March 2015 – www.celtonmanx.com

Celton Manx Ltd, Celton House, Isle of Man Business Park, Douglas, Isle of Man. IM2 2QZ

Reception Tel: +44 (0) 1624 721977

Just Care Products Ltd have kindly donated 100 pounds towards the Browsealoud function that we are presently raising funds for. This reads the text aloud, translates content into many languages and can shade out what is on the screen so that dyslexics can focus more easily on the part of the text they are reading – Dec 2014. Contact Just Care products for a wide range of aids to independent living at Tel:627177 email: tracey@justcareproducts.co.uk www.justcareproducts.co.uk

Manx Telecom kindly helped us to buy business cards and posters to publicise the existence of the site with a donation of 180 pounds, through their “It’s Our Community” scheme – Dec 2014 www.manxtelecom.com

Miles and Pippa at Noa Bakehouse for generously hosting our website launch – November 2014 – Tel: 618063 Fort St., Douglas IM1 2LJ

Printers Quine and Cubbon for funding 20 Disability Networks laminated posters – Oct 2014 – Tel:832141 email: hello@manxprint.com?Athol St, Port St Mary

Department of Health and Social Care for proof-reading the site – Oct 2014

Typefast Services for making corrections and compiling the Power Point Presentation – Oct 2014 – Tel: 403250 email: traceymaloney@manx.net

Servicetech Ltd for hosting the site and giving technical support when required – on-going. Tel: +44 (0) 1624 639420 Email: helpdesk@servicetech.co.uk Website: http://www.servicetech.co.uk Postal address – ServiceTech Ltd Integrity House 17-21 Market Street Douglas Isle of Man IM1 2PA

Greystone for preparing the accounts – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. Tel:620711 email: mail@greystone.im www.greystone.im Talbot Chambers, 18 Athol Street, Douglas IM1 1JA

Scott Barham at Staplefish for delivering a clear easy-to-use website at a very good price with unfailing patience – Aug 2014 email:scott@staplefish.com

An anonymous donation of 1,000 pounds through MiddletonKatz that allowed this project to proceed. Middleton Katz, encouraging enterprise, Tel: 648500 email: mail@middletonkatz.com www.middletonkatz.com

Neil Kinley for his voluntary IT work preparing a draft site which allowed Scott to price a CMS site accordingly – 2013

All those that gave guidance on how best to communicate local disability information. These incude Keith Fitton, Dr Ian Kewley, Neil Kinley, John Knight, Jackie Betteridge, David Gawne, Chris Robertshaw, and the Service Tech team amongst others.

All those that have helped to compile the information

Anonymous but lovely logo donation

Anonymous donation for the domain name

Thank you also to all those who have attended our small fund-raising events, bought cakes, raffle tickets, listened to music, danced, walked and hopefully enjoyed themselves.

What a wonderful community we live in!

Users’ Comments

Thank you for providing us with feedback on the site. See below for comments:

“The Disability Network website is based on the Isle of Man for people with all kinds of disabilities. It’s for people to get useful information about around the Isle of Man. The website has a lot of functionalities and links which are linked to other pages off the website. For example…places to eat, places to go and do. The whole website is written in large and clear font so everybody can read it. In my opinion, this website is brilliant for attracting people to come to the Isle of Man, and for the residents on the island to know what is out there for them.” – comments Danina.

“An excellent website and most informative.” – Jan.

“What a great job you have done.” – Olwyn.

“What you are doing will be greatly appreciated” – Peter.

“I am sure it will be a big and positive step forward”- Howard.