Equality activities and events

Disability History Month 2021 

Disability History Month 2021 graphic

Welcome to Disability History Month. An annual heritage month to celebrate the lives of disabled persons both present and past, but also to document the continued struggle for equality in life and legislation.

Disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010, as a physical or mental impairment that ha a substantial or long term (negative) effect on your ability to do normal daily activities. To find out more about the Equality Act 2010 please refer to official government legislation.

Week 1

Do you ever feel unsure what to say and do around someone with a disability? Are you worried you are saying the wrong thing? Perhaps you have a disability and wish people were better at interacting with you. Get back to basics with our Zoom webinar on Disability Etiquette, with Una Davis MIEP, Deputy Director of Operations at Papworth Trust. 

This week we are profiling some of our local Paralympians and focusing on what sport is available in Cambridgeshire.

South Cambridgeshire District Council is proud to support Living Sport. This interactive map can help you find clubs and groups across Cambridgeshire offering disability specific sports or inclusive activities. 

For the month we have the following recommendations

The seven imperfect rules of Elvira Carr by Frances Maynard.

Rising Phoenix (Netflix) about the Paralympic games
Wonder (Netflix) this is a really good film about a boy with facial differences
The Fundamentals of Caring (Netflix)
Atypical (Netflix

Amy Oulton: Changing The Way We Talk About Disability and Steve Silberman: The Forgotten History of Autism 

Listen -Ouch! (BBC Sounds) Interviews, Life hacks and things you don't say out loud. With Simon Minty, Kate Monaghan and the Ouch team. Episodes range from mental illness, discrimination and what would need to be done to make the Love Island villa fully accessible.

LABELd podcast - with Alice Evans and Lucy Wood (Spotify) - Disability advocates Alice Evans and Lucy Wood host the disability, chronic illness and health podcast: LABLEd podcast. The show aims to put the power of definition back in the hands of those typically pigeonholed by societal labelling. The Fortnightly episodes draw on their lived experiences and alongside others, offer a refreshingly personal honest, funny and occasionally dark insight into disability and difference.

Local Paralympians 

Lauren Steadman:

Steadman, from Peterborough, was born missing her lower right arm below the elbow joint, and she relishes the chance to overcome barriers. She has competed in two Paralympic Games as a swimmer. She has since specialised in Para Triathlon where the 2014 World Para Triathlon Event in London where she became the first woman to beat Faye McClelland in three years. She then represented Team GP in the sports inaugural event to the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016, where she took home silver medal. Fast forward to Tokyo 2020, she won Gold. 

Lauren Steadman

International Paralympic Committee - Lauren Steadman

Sky Sports

Jonnie Peacock:

Peacock was born in Cambridge and raised in Shepreth. He had his right leg amputated at five years old after contracting meningitis. Inspired by the Beijing Paralympics, he attended a British Paralympic Association talent identification programme soon after and by 2011 he was competing in major events, finishing fifth at his first 100m T44 event at the 2011 World Championships. He has won Paralympic, world and European sprint titles between 2012 and 2014 as well as retaining his Paralympic crown at Rio 2016. At Tokyo 2020 he came joint bronze, in one of the most dramatic races in Paralympic history. Both Peacock and Johannes Floors crossed the line in 10.76s - a faster time than he ran to win either of his Paralympic titles.

International Paralympic Committee - Jonnie Peacock

British Athletics

James Fox MBE:

Born in Peterborough, James Fox MBE is currently unbeaten during an outstanding senior Para-rowing career. He started rowing for Peterborough RC aged 11 and represented the GB Rowing Team at the Coupe de la Jeunesse as a junior. He carried on rowing at the University of London boat club whilst studying at Brunel University. However, he broke his back in a car accident within the first few months of being at university and was unable to train fully for two years. His coach discovered that he was eligible for Para-rowing squad and suggested that he should get tested. Fox has been World Champion in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as well as going on to win gold at Rio and Tokyo all for mixed coxed four.

British Rowing

Henley Standard

Cambridge News

Jody Cundy

Born in Wisbeach, in the late 70s, Jody is one of the UK's most decorated cyclists. Cundy originally started his successful sporting career in the pool, successful swimming home with 23 international medals (14 gold). Jody made his debut at the international swimming world championships in Malta in 1994.  He competed on behalf of Team GB in swimming for 3 Paralympic games, taking 3 gold medals and 2 bronze. He started exploring cycling after the 2004 Athens Olympics, and went on to join the Paralympic World Cup team and set a new word record with Darren Kenny and Mark Bristow. To date he has achieved 27 medals in cycling, 21 of them are gold. Jody was the first male athlete to win seven consecutive gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

British Cycling

Paralympics - Jody Cundy

Will Hipwell

Based in Papworth Everard, Will has achieved gold medals in Boccia at the Regional Open in Madrid 2018 and regional Open in Czech Republic in 2019. He has gone on to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Will first got into Boccia during school, joining an after-school sports club, leading to him joining Camboccia in Impington.

Will was scouted in 2014 to join Boccia England and in 2015 joined Boccia UK team and went on to represent GB at the Tokyo Paralympics. Will still balances full-time employment at Papworth Trust with his intense training schedule.

Paralympics - Will Hipwell

Papworth Trust

Black History Month - October 2021

 Black History Month October 2021 main artwork

The Council marked Black History Month in 2021 in partnership with Cambridge City Council, with the support of a range of individuals and community groups, to help colleagues and residents learn more about Black history and culture. Find videos of the events we ran on our YouTube channel.

You can also find content on Capturing Cambridge.


LGBTQ+ History Month - February 2021

LGBTQ+ History Month takes place during February, and in 2021 we hosted a number of live events and shared some recommended reading and watching.

Thank you to Encompass for partnering with us and helping us to welcome voices from within the LGBTQ+ community. Please note that, as with any external speakers, there may be some opinions expressed that are not necessarily held by the Council.




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