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7 December 2010
NFDIS Christmas Tree at the
United Reformed Church in Lymington

NFDIS Christmas Tree at URC Lymington

 NFDIS were delighted to take part in the wonderful Christmas Tree 

event at the United Reformed Church in Lymington.  Our tree shows

various aspects of our work that is freely available to everyone in the

New Forest area.  It was a pleasure to be part of such a colourful 

event that brought great joy to so many people.

4 December 2010

New Milton Extravaganza

thank you to everyone who supported us at the
New Milton Extravaganza on 4 December
some pictures of our stand below:

NFDIS Team at new Milton Extravaganza may be freezing but the NFDIS Team keep smiling!

Cake Stall 4 December

19 July 2010

Annual Public Meeting

Chair of the Board of Trustees Janet Allen welcomed everyone to the meeting.  She reported  that NFDIS has had a very positive year and summarised the hard work that the team have presented in three particular areas:
-          Preparation for the Community Legal Service Audit
Changes in the electronic infrastructure of the service
In addition the team have worked hard to maintain and develop the daily service, particularly the disability equipment sales. 

 Honorary Treasurer John Woolhouse gave his financial report and explained that whilst the charity is now working efficiently it cannot be complacent as the future is precarious and always will be. 

Chief Executive Jacki Keable reported that 2009/10 was a year of growth in all areas of the service. 
Client figures were up by some 700 on the previous year; client enquiries by 2,000
and client contacts by 1,500!
Benefit awards totalling £412,370 were secured for clients, a record for NFDIS. 
Over 5,000 voluntary hours had been given by the NFDIS loyal team over the twelve months 
for which they were duly thanked. 

Trustee Larry Anthony spoke about the successes of the past year, including the very high standards achieved in the recent Community Legal Service audit; and the challenges to be faced in the coming year.

Guest speaker Jenny Clarke from Woofability, gave a presentation on her assistance dogs, and brought one dog who is in training to show what it had learnt and a young puppy that is due to start training when it is old enough - seen here with Jenny and Larry.

Jenny and Larry with assisstance dog and puppy

8 July 2010

Bournemouth Echo

& 23 July New Milton Advertiser & Lymington Times

New Milton Rotary Support NFDIS

Di Shea, President of New Milton Rotary Club, District 1110 (Hampshire, Dorset & IOW), was delighted to present a cheque for £1500 to the CEO of the NFDIS (New Forest Disability Information Service), Jacki Keable. 

President Di said that Jacki and her team were a magnificent example of a small professional group helping many hundreds of people, and that it was a pleasure to be able to contribute to their organisation. 

Di Shea and Jacki Keable with cheque

7 June 2010

New Milton Advertiser & Lymington Times

Disability Service leader Jacki is hailed for work

The Chief Executive of the New Forest Disability Information Service has been awarded a Community Service Award by the Rotary Club of the New Forest.

The award honours Jacki Keable for helping several thousand disabled people each year by providing a help line, drop in centre and home visiting service.

The organisation was set up in 1998 at the Leonard Cheshire centre in New Milton and assissted people to complete forms for disability benefits.  Two large lottery grants enabled the charity to expand from a few volunteers to employing around a dozen staff, but when major grant funding dried up the organisation was down 

to its last few hundred pounds.

With the remaining volunteers Mrs Keable, who is pictured receiving her award from Rotary President Alan Blair, 

worked tirelessly to expand and develop the charity, which now offers help to the adult care service users 

both within Lymington Hospital and the community.  There has also been a recent drive to improve the service to children with special needs.

Jacki receiving certificate from Alan Blair

May 2010


The New Forest Disability Information Service are delighted to have received a boost to their funding

from ExxonMobil.  The generous cheque will help towards continuing the support that the Service offers to clients in the Waterside area, and the NFDISgreatly appreciate the financial assistance that ExxonMobil has given over a number of years. 

 Every Wednesday an Advisor holds an Outreach Service at The Grove in Hythe where clients can gain valuable information and advice on any disability issues, in particular they offer specialist experience in gaining access to welfare benefits 

for the disabled and carers.  

The Service has held this Outreach for many years and is pleased to be able to continue to help clients in any area that may be effecting their everyday living.  The NFDIS sell a very wide range of daily living aids from key turners to wheelchairs,
perching stools to access ramps and evrything in between - both new and second hand equipment is available
at very competitive prices.

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(c) JK - updated January 2011