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Rica News March 2018
UK-wide rail travel ticketing survey
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Have your say about your ideal rail ticketing system. Rica's confidential survey aims to find out the needs of older and disabled people when travelling by train. The research findings will be used to help design flexible ticketing systems that support a wide range of travellers' needs. When you've completed the survey you'll be eligible to enter a prize draw. The ticketing survey is also available in print and in large print and you can also take it over the phone: email Cath Cashman or ring Cath on 020 7427 2466. To take part in the online survey, please click the box below.
Thank you to our panel members
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Ed, our consumer panel administrator, has now updated details for nearly everyone on our consumer panel. We're happy to report that most members have re-registered. However, there's still time to update your details if you haven't yet done so. You can also ask a friend to join - they can phone us on 020 7427 2460. Click the button below to register.
Other news
Exercise survey - vouchers paid
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Get Yourself Active and Birmingham University want to know your thoughts on how information about physical activity and sport is presented to disabled people. The survey will take place in your own home, taking about 15 minutes of your time. Once you've been interviewed you'll receive a £15 Amazon voucher and be entered into a prize draw for a £100 Amazon voucher. Email Eva Jaarsma if you're interested in taking part: E.Jaarsma@bham.ac.uk. Read more below.
Choice Unlimited in Leicester in April
Choice Unlimited LCiL 2017
In 2018, Choice Unlimited is returning to Leicester and Rutland - and visiting Lincolnshire for the first time. The free  event aims to develop and establish a market place for disabled people, young disabled people, older people, families and carers. The first event, Choice Unlimited Leicester, takes place on Wednesday 11th April  2018.  Find out more below.
Blue badge review - have your say
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The Blue Badge parking scheme may be extended to include people with non-physical conditions. This proposal  is part of the Government's plan to ensure that people with the greatest need have access to badges, while ensuring the scheme remains sustainable. The  consultation closes at  11.45pm on 18 March 2018.
Give your feedback and find out more below.
Personal health budgets: NHS survey
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Have you got a personal health budget (PHB) or an or integrated personal budget? Nearly 25,000 people have. Now NHS England wants to hear your experiences of PHBs in a new survey. They hope this will help them improve how budgets work for you. Take the survey below.
Peer support in practice - research report 
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Inclusion Barnet, with funding from DRILL and the Big Lottery Fund, has published a research report about peer support in practice. It looks at peer support workers and their experiences, knowledge and insights into offering peer support in mental health and  makes evidence-based recommendations for practice.  Read the report (PDF) below.  
Take a Stand Against Scams
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Our gem of the months is Friends Against Scams. This  is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative which aims to prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to 'Take a Stand Against Scams'.  Friends Against Scams  has lots of online information to help communities and organisations to understand and talk about scams and to get the word out about scams prevention and protection.  Find out more below.