Hello Again… Let’s talk about free cinema tickets


So, my first promise on this blog was to write monthly and in the first month I fail! Sorry!  My fingers have been typing overtime, but at least I have managed to get this out while we are still in the month of May….

AnywaCEA Card logo for free cinema tickets blog post y, so May’s blog instalment is featuring the ‘Advocacy’ part of ATA Care is going to offer a bit of advice about the CEA Cinema card

The CEA (Cinema Exhibitors Association) card is a provision for disabled cinema-goers to receive a complementary ticket for someone to go with them, such as a parent, carer, friend or personal assistant. The CEA card is the cinema’s way of providing ‘reasonable adjustments’ as part of the Equality Act 2010.

Hmmm… Free cinema tickets! How much does that cost??

As the CEA card is an actual printed card (the size of a credit or debit card) with a printed photo of the card holder on it, CEA charge an admin/processing fee of £6.00 per year.  Once this is paid and your card arrives, you can start using it at the cinema!  It entitles you to one complementary ticket when you purchase a full price ticket

How do I know if I am eligible?

At the time of this blog post (May 2015), people with the following benefits are eligible:

  1. Disability Living Allowance (DLA);
  2. Attendance Allowance (AA);
  3. Blind Persons Registration;
  4. Personal Independence Payment (PIP); and
  5. Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP).

Applications can be made for anyone aged 8 and over who meet this criteria

Great! So how can I get one?
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Firstly go onto the CEA website: https://www.ceacard.co.uk/index.aspx or click on the linked picture (—–>) and follow their instructions.

Applications can be made through:

  1. A full online application 
    • Make sure you have a passport-style photo (or appropriate selfie) and a scanned copy of your eligibility document saved on your computer

CEA Card Application Form

  1. Part Online-Part Postal
    • This option is good if you do not have a suitable photo and/or scanned eligibility documents saved on your computer. You have to fill in the online form, print it and then send that along with your documents and £6.00 cheque or postal order to CEA
  1. Full Postal Application 
    • You can either download their form or request a blank form from your local cinema.  Fill it in and send it off with a photo, your eligibility documents and a £6.00 cheque or postal order

Download CEA Application Form online for postal application

Anything else?
That’s it! Send it off and wait.  Your card will be with you soon!

Happy cinema-going!


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Who am I? Why am I here??

Hello all, So… it’s Thursday morning and I am sitting in the office of South East Enterprise (http://www.seenterprise.co.uk/) on a ‘Blogging for Business course’ trying to figure out what on earth I am going to blog about, how often I am going to blog and who exactly my audience is that I am blogging for….. So here goes:

1) Who am I??  

Hi all, my name is Natalie and I am the founder of ATA Care.  At this moment in time I have a website with no content, a Twitter account with no Tweets and a Facebook page with no friends, I’m basically a start-up company on the verge of a new identity! I was made redundant 23 days ago (not that I’m counting) from a charity where I provided activity sessions for children and young people with learning disabilities in Greenwich, so now I am just trying to figure out who I am in the world…

2) Why am I here??

For most of my working life I have provided activities for people with and without disabilities  so it makes sense that when faced with impending unemployment I revert to what I know.  The name ATA Care stands for ‘Activities, Therapies, Advocacy, Care’ and I am hoping that as I progress, ATA Care will encompass each of these areas.  I aim to:

  • Set up activities for children, young people and adults with disabilities in Greenwich and surrounding boroughs
  • Provide 1:1 and group therapies (Rebound Therapy, LEGO Therapy, ABA Therapy) or 1:1 care in the community
  • Offer advocacy and advice for people with disabilities and their families, including disability benefits (PIP, DLA, Blue Badge, Freedom Pass, Cinema Card, etc)

3) Who am I blogging for??

  • As a former young carer of a sister with profound needs, I am writing for those who have the privilege of having someone with additional needs in their family, circle of friends or somewhere in their lives.
  • As a professional, I am writing for other professionals working within the learning disability field, hopefully to give them advice, tips and guidance in their chosen field of work
  • As a qualified Trampoline Coach, Rebound Therapist, Hoop Dance Instructor, Lego Therapist and (soon to be) ABA Therapist, I am writing for those interested in specific activities and will offering guidance about the benefits of specific therapies, tips of how to implement them at home and just general advice on what they are and where to get more information

– Basically, I am writing for anyone interested in: Activities, Disabilities and Therapies

4) How often will I be entering my thoughts into the Bloggasphere??

Lets start with monthly and see how it goes…. Well, I think that has answered all of the main questions people may have, please tune in (is that the right terminology?!!) next month…

Take care!

– Natalie

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