Yorkshire Paralympic hero to take on 969-mile cycle across Britain for disability charity

Yorkshire Paralympic hero to take on 969-mile cycle across Britain for disability charity

-          Hebden Bridge’s Steve Bate MBE will attempt the feat on a ‘fat bike’, the first time this has ever been done
 
-          The 39-year-old, who only has 6% of his vision remaining, will lead a group of ten cyclists who are raising money for national disability charity Sense

 

Don't miss seeing superheroes in action at Dorney Lake!

Don't miss seeing superheroes in action at Dorney Lake!

With only a few days to go ahead of its debut event, the Superhero Series powered by npower is inviting spectators to come and see nearly 2,000 superheroes at Dorney Lake on August 19th. 

The series has an open invite for everyone to come down with megaphones, banners and flags to cheer the Superheroes over the line. Not only will you be treated to some trailblazing sporting moments and top celebrity spotting, the day is also laying on a super-sized fun day out for Superheroes, Sidekicks and spectators big and small.

Dental Care for People with Special Needs

Dental Care

For someone with special needs, it may be challenging for them to take regular care of their teeth. Dental hygiene is very important for someone’s wellbeing and there are many areas of the country that have staff who are experienced in treating patients with disabilities and special needs, making sure the trip to the dentist is as calm and stress-free as possible. 

Attending the dentist can be frightening to many people, however there are a few ways to make the process a little easier… 

Disabled children's charity launch 'Fantasy Football' competition

Fantasy Football

Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is giving wannabe Premier League bosses the chance to experience the thrill of the dugout after creating its first ever private Fantasy Football League.

The competition, which sees participants selecting imaginary teams from the players currently playing in the Premier League, awards points according to the actual performance of their players.

The statistics, supplied by OPTA, the world’s leading live detailed sports data provider, allows each players performance to be scrutinised in forensic detail to establish the best players and teams throughout the season.

Maintain your independence with Spring Chicken Ltd

independence

We all value our independence, without it we can feel defeated, depressed and at a loss.

It is therefore imperative that people living with disabilities have as much encouragement and aid to help maintain a healthy independent lifestyle whether that is something as simple as opening packaging, putting socks on or travelling and engaging in social activities whilst creating a sense of independence.We offer gadgets that allow an individual living with a disability to keep their independence doing day-to-day tasks inside and outside their home.

Chronic illness - 5 ways to support someone at an event

Today I have a wedding of one of my oldest friends, but I woke up in chronic abdominal pain and with a debilitating UTI. I should just stay in bed, but last year I missed three really good friends’ weddings because I was in the hospital, so there is no way I am missing out on this one!

I am feeling really anxious about it, though. On days when I should just be in bed, even getting up and getting dressed with a chronic illness is a mission, let alone getting up, getting dressed, doing makeup, driving an hour, putting up a tent and then attending a wedding! The joy of having a tent near the wedding is because I can sneak off and rest through chunks of the afternoon. There’s no way I could do it without that.

Bathrooms for the less able

bathrooms - move

Modern fittings make designing stylish and accessible bathrooms easier than ever before.

Providing bathrooms that are accessible and appealing to both able and less able is a design challenge.  Less able does not just mean those who are registered disabled where specific facilities such as bath hoists may be needed but the many who suffer less serious problems that can make life difficult. Although it is true to say that accessible bathrooms can be ugly, this does not have to be the case. Choosing the right, well designed fittings can make life easy for less able users without spoiling the visual appeal of the room or limiting its use.

How I was able to go to a festival whilst living with chronic illness

festival chronic illness

"I need travel and adventure so damn much. I need it for my happiness, my well-being and my soul. I feel stuck and miserable without this" - my festival experience living with a chronic illness.

I spent the ages of 16-24 living and working abroad as much as possible, as well as driving around the UK and living in my van, too. As a kid we were always on adventures, hitching around other countries or heading to camps and communities. For the last five years, due to my health, I’ve only lived in Bristol. I have hardly left the city. I’ve grieved, and still do grieve, this every single day.

All change for the Pembroke five

Matthew, Michael, Reuben, James and Alison

It’s all change at Wren Park, a service for people with an acquired brain injury, with five of the service’s long-standing tenants having developed their independent living skills to the point where they are now able to move out into their own homes in the community.

 

Heather Jupp, who currently leads the team at this specialist Surrey rehabilitation service, says: “Matthew, Michael, James, Alison and Reuben have all lived at Wren Park for quite a few years so we’re going to miss them very much, but for every one of them it’s a fantastic success to be able to reclaim their independence in this way.”

 

Saucepan designed by student to help elderly people with arthritis stay independent

saucepan

A saucepan to help elderly people with arthritis keep their independence has been designed by a student who was inspired by her grandparents.

Emma Bucknell, a BA (Hons) Product Design student at Nottingham Trent University, has designed the saucepan to make cooking more comfortable for people who have arthritis in their fingers, hands and wrists.

It has been made with a plastic handle on one side so users can slide their hand through it, meaning the saucepan can be lifted using the strength in the arm rather than in the hand.

The design of the handle aims to reduce the weight and pressure that is put on people’s fingers and hands when they lift saucepans, which traditionally have straight handles.

Effects of CES on childhood autism beneficial according to new study

effects of CES

UK autism expert and neuroscientist, Dr Lorene Amet conducted a pilot evaluation to determine the effects of the Alpha-Stim Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) device on children with autism...

Dr Amet comments, “This is a small scale evaluation, but it has been very beneficial to reduce issues related to anxiety, sleep and pain. There was a diminution of restricted, repetitive, self-stimulatory behaviours: hand flapping and twirling both in frequency and intensity. The effects of CES were that children improved physically, and became more engaged.”

Low Intensity Vibration therapy for care home residents launches in UK

low intensity vt 1

Marodyne is a new, medically-approved device that uses low-intensity vibration (LIV) to safely deliver gentle and consistent vertical vibrations to help restore motion to joints, redevelop muscles, facilitate bone healing, increase bone mineral density, prevent and reverse the complications of osteoporosis and ease osteoarthritis.

The path to sporting glory - top tips for athletes with an injury from The Unlimited Company

thermoskin knee

Whether you are inspired by the World Para Athletic Championships, a lapsed athlete or just looking to get fit, the warm summer months are a perfect time to get into, or back into, sports. For those with an injury, leading mobility and disability retailer, The Unlimited Company has a list of top tips to help you stay safe.

Blind teenager given the opportunity to learn to drive

Blind teenager given the opportunity to learn to drive

UWE student, blind for 12 years, takes driving lessons with Young Driver at Cribbs Causeway
 
Like many 19-year olds, Abdul-Azeez Balogun likes being behind the wheel of a car.
 
But, surprisingly, Abdul is completely blind in both eyes.
 
His dream of controlling a car is being realised thanks to Young Driver, which has been teaching Abdul at its Cribbs Causeway venue in Bristol.
 
Young Driver offers driving lessons to anyone aged 10 and over – including those with disabilities, which may mean they will never be able to legally drive on the roads. Because Young Driver lessons take place on private property, normal restrictions do not apply.