Naidex 2017 – Visiting the Show

Naidex attracts over 12,000 like-minded, forward-thinking visitors from all over the world and is the only event which brings traders, consumers, and health professionals to one venue to find the most comprehensive supply of opportunities, cutting edge products, services, and education specifically designed for the population with a disability or impairment.

Attendance is essential for anyone working in the independent living industry, caring for or living with someone who is disabled, or is indeed disabled themselves.

The event is at the forefront of innovation and as the industry continues to evolve, accessing the latest tools, technology, and opportunities has never been more important… or easier.

Naidex

Taking place in HALL 6 at the NEC, Birmingham. The show is open from 10am to 5pm on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th, and from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 30th March 2017.

HOW TO GET THERE

By Car

The NEC is in the perfect location for car travel – 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre, and at the heart of the UK motorway network. In fact, 75% of the UK can get to the NEC within a 3 hour drive.

Postcode: B40 1NT

Car Parking Options

With 16,500 spaces available we’ve got plenty of room for you. Follow the electronic signage or directions provided by our traffic team to get you to the right car park area for your event. A parking fee of £12 per day applies, unless you are a Blue Badge holder. This is payable by cash or card.

Blue badge holders are not charged for parking. There are no allocated parking bays – please use Hall 16, then overflow to Hall 17 which is located by Atrium 4. Blue badge holders must display their badges in their car windows. Please note that The Piazza and Atrium main entrances have automatic doors and there will be additional user-friendly disabled services available.

By Train

The NEC is right next to Birmingham International rail station. You can get to any of our halls quickly and conveniently, without having to step outside!

The NEC entrance is on the right hand side as you exit the station, and is clearly signposted.

Many services run direct to Birmingham International. If yours doesn’t, you can catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street. There are regular services, and the journey only takes 10-15 minutes. Buses to the NEC can be caught at Birmingham Moor Street and Solihull stations. For further information call National Rail enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit National Rail or Network West Midlands

By Bus & Coach

Coach services are operated by National Express and Megabus, with over 120 daily services from across the UK to Birmingham Airport. From here you can get to the NEC in minutes on the free air-rail link. Regular local buses depart from Birmingham City Centre. The 900 service runs every 15 mins during the day taking approximately 30 mins. The 97 service operates every 30 mins, 24hrs a day taking approximately 45 mins.

Local bus services also run every 30 mins throughout the day to Solihull (service 966) and Coventry (service 900).

Visit National Express or Megabus

By Taxi

ComCab black cabs are available at clearly marked ranks outside the NEC’s main entrances. They’re an easy and convenient way to get to your hotel and the city’s attractions around the NEC. And as one of our appointed suppliers, ComCab are committed to providing a reliable, good value service to enhance your NEC experience.

You can book ComCab taxis by phone on 0121 226 6666, or pick one up outside the NEC main entrance if available. Services are available by phone 24/7.

ComCab accept all major Credit Cards, subject to a minimum payment of £5 and a 10%+VAT processing fee.

Mobility Equipment Hire at the NEC

Wheelchairs are available free of charge for blue badge holders and £5 for all other visitors. The number of wheelchairs we have available is limited, so if you’ve got your own, please bring it with you.

Scooters are £15 per day for all visitors.

We strongly advise visitors to pre-book equipment to avoid disappointment. Bartrams (our mobility service partner) operate a telephone booking line Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm on 01353 653752.

Visitors can also book via Bartrams’ website. For any visitors who have not pre-booked equipment and arrive on the day, any remaining stock will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. This is a non-refundable scheme. As Bartrams’ location varies from show to show, please check the collection point when making a booking.

Please note: Mobility equipment hire is only available during show open times.

Disabled Facilities at the NEC

Accessible toilets are available across the venue. A Changing Places toilet is also available in the Hall 20 Atrium area. It provides more space for up to 2 carers – and extra features to meet additional needs, including height adjustable adult-sized changing benches and a hoist system. For more details visit Changing Places

More information and maps can be found on the NEC website: www.thenec.co.uk/visiting-us/getting-here

Half of low income households at risk of missing out on vital welfare support

New research by the national charity Turn2us has found that almost half (48%) of low income households are not claiming the welfare benefits and tax credits they could be entitled to. This is despite the fact that a huge 87% of this group have seen no improvement to their financial situation over the last year.

The findings uncover some of the reasons why these low income households may not be  claiming this support. Of those with disabilities, over half (53%) said they had been deterred from checking or claiming potential benefits entitlements because they did not think they would be eligible. In addition, a quarter (25%) feel that recent welfare benefit changes have made it too difficult to apply.

As a result, nearly two-thirds (65%) have not checked what welfare benefits they could be entitled to within the last year.

Worryingly, over two-fifths (41%) of people with disabilities who don’t currently claim benefits said they would have to cut back on gas, electricity and other essentials if their income dropped, and nearly two in four (38%) would resort to cutting back on food.

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The research is released as Turn2us launches its 2016 Benefits Awareness Campaign to help more people in financial hardship to access the welfare support available to them. The charity is urging anyone in need to use its free and confidential Benefits Calculator at Turn2us.org.uk to see what they could be entitled to and how to make a claim. The website also features information on benefits and other help for a range of different circumstances.

The charity’s new research also investigates the impact of welfare benefits and tax credits on low income households who are currently claiming. 88% of people with disabilities who claim say this extra support has had a positive financial impact. Nearly half (45%) say the benefits have helped with the extra costs they face due to their disability, whilst over half (54%) say they have helped towards their housing costs. In addition, almost a third (32%) report that welfare support has helped them to avoid getting in to debt.

Simon Hopkins, Chief Executive of Turn2us said: “Shockingly around £15bn in welfare support still goes unclaimed every year*, and as our findings show, people often feel that benefits simply aren’t for them.

“Through our campaign, we want to show that financial hardship can happen for many different reasons and could affect anyone at any time in their lives. Welfare benefits exist to provide a vital source of support for people in need, and as our research highlights, these can make a positive difference in paying for basic life essentials. We would urge anyone struggling to visit our website today to check what support could be available.”

For more information about the campaign, please visit Turn2us.org.uk/BenefitsAware.

Notes to Editors

 All figures, unless otherwise stated are from a survey conducted with Research Now in March 2016. Total sample size was 1,512 adults with annual household incomes of £25,000 and less before tax and deductions. Results were then analysed for those who were claiming means-tested benefits and tax credits, and those who were not claiming any means-tested benefits or tax credits, and then broken down for different groups

  • *Source: DWP and HMRC, 2013-14

About Turn2us:

  • Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services – online, by phone and face to face through partners and volunteers
  • The Turn2us website includes a Benefits Calculator to find out what welfare benefits and tax credits you could be entitled to, a Grants Search to find out if you might be eligible for support from over 3,000 charitable funds, and a range of information and resources to help people in financial hardship
  • Turn2us can also provide direct financial assistance through a range of specific funds that are managed directly by the charity, including the Elizabeth Finn Fund which supports people from over 120 different professions

For further information and interviews with Turn2us case studies or spokespeople, please contact:

Emma Lamberton, Communications Manager on
emma.lamberton@turn2us.org.uk or 0208 834 9259

“Too many people are still not claiming the financial help they  are entitled to”