The House of Lords has returned to debate the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill. The first time that the Bill was on the agenda for Peers, they were not shy in coming forward to explain why the Government had got this wrong - and it was no different this time.
Archive - 2011
Lib Dem Lords take long hard look at legal aid
Volunteer Thank You Events 2012
We have many things to celebrate in Scope, and in early 2012 we are hosting Volunteer Thank You events across England and Wales to show our gratitude to our volunteers and seek their important input into our future work.
The events will be half a day and will be an opportunity for existing Scope volunteers to:
Sporting Inspirations Dinner 2011: an evening with cricket legends!
"Still buzzing from a great night thank you @scope everybody should look at what you are achieving and help as much as they can." Simon Barton on Twitter
Thanks to all the very generous people who attended Sporting Inspirations Dinner at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square and who have raised over £100,000 for our work.
Shining the spotlight on cinema accessibility
Our Campaigns Department has teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Trailblazers to try to tackle the issue of cinema access, following two separate campaigns run by the charities earlier this year.
The two campaigns had led to approaches from the cinema industry to discuss our respective concerns so Scope and Trailblazers have been working together to present a series of joint proposals to the industry.
Santa and the elves ready to go
So today is the day of the Scope Apprentice Challenge! We are at the Scope Shop in Wimbledon ready and raring to go with Sue the shop manager and her team of volunteers to make lots of money for Scope.
We have Alex Hitchcock (finance team at Scope) as our very own Santa - supported by his two elves! And a whole heap of Christmas treats and goodies which we hope will bring in lots of customers and increase that all important fundraising.
Apprentice Challenge day has come!
So the day has finally arrived - the Scope Apprentice Challenge! If you are in Wimbledon or Crawley, get down to the Scope shops and support the teams.
There has been frantic activity over the past week, with selling going on all over the Scope office, and all over the internet, but it all comes down to today. The teams are just about level on £600 each going into the big day. It'll be very close!
Scope celebrates UK Disability History Month
Stage and screen campaign update
At the beginning of 2011, over 400 Scope campaigners wrote to the chief executives of some of the country’s major cinema chains (as well as to theatre owners) including Odeon, Vue and Cineworld.
As a result of all your efforts, Scope was contacted by the Cinema Exhibitors Association, the cinema industry’s representative body. We had a meeting with them in October 2011 where we were able to explain why it was so important that cinemas made sure disabled people could enjoy the same cinematic experience as anybody else.
Team Crawley for the Apprentice challenge
The Wimbledon massive
So, I was thinking on the way in to work on the train this morning, “I wonder if I could be on the real Apprentice?”. I was musing over the reasons for and against, and I came up with one over-riding reason why not – I’m not ridiculous enough! Just look at Stuart Baggs!