Spinal injuries charity launches pioneering collaborative service

SIA Case

Leading spinal cord injury charity, the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), has joined forces with Bush & Company, the UK’s largest case management provider, to launch SIA Case Management. Formally launched at the SIA 20th Anniversary charity ball in Manchester on 22nd March, SIA Case Management is the first joint venture of its kind.

It brings together the expertise of Bush & Company’s case management and rehabilitation services with the practical, emotional advice and support offered by the charity. SIA Case Management is the largest UK-wide case management service working solely with adults and children following a spinal cord injury.

Law firms specialising in catastrophic injuries have welcomed this new initiative.

Leading disability vehicle hire company accelerates to record growth

Adapted Vehicle Hire

Adapted Vehicle Hire (AVH), came to the rescue of a little girl with one of the world’s rarest medical complaints as her family hit severe mobility problems.

Four-year-old  Mary Allen, of Nantwich, Cheshire, was born with macrocephaly-capillary malformation syndrome (MCAP) – a condition that affects only 300 people globally and leads to severe physical and learning problems. She also suffers from hydrocephalus and epilepsy, which cause life threatening seizures, and has spent her life in and out of hospitals, including Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and Leighton Hospital in Crewe.

Bryerley Springs Equestrian Centre Gains Accessibility Mark Accreditation

Accessibility Mark scheme

A Milton Keynes equestrian centre has secured an accreditation to the Accessibility Mark scheme to encourage more disabled people to take up horse riding.

With the mental and physical benefits of horse riding well documented, the centre hopes its Accessibility Mark accreditation will help reach out to a wider group of riders.

The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of opening up more opportunities for disabled people to participate in riding.

New study to help people with long-term pain conditions back into work

Getting back

The University of Warwick is leading a project on getting back to work after you have have been unemployed due to long term pain conditions.

Called RISE (Return to Work with Individualised Supported Employment) it will provide short-term supported work placements matched with each individual’s ability. The study is co-ordinated by the University of Warwick and funded by Arthritis Research UK in hopes of getting people back to work.

The study is designed to examine how to help people with long term health conditions overcome obstacles to return, and remain, in the workforce.

Caldecotte Xperience’s Wheelyboat provides accessible water-based activities

 Action4Youth's new Wheelyboat makes waves on Caldecotte Lake

Caldecotte Xperience in Milton Keynes has launched a wheelchair-accessible Wheelyboat: the first fully accessible power boat to operate at this outdoor activity centre, strengthening existing provisions for people with disabilities. 

Two charities, The Wheelyboat Trust and Action4Youth, workied together on the project, to provide young people with mobility impairments with the ability to participate fully in water-based activities at this centre.

New online resources for older adults struggling with mental illness

MindEd

MindEd for Older People is a new online educational resource that explains a range of mental illnesses commonly experienced by older people, and offers practical advice for dealing with them.

A team of older people and professionals are the authors behind the new MindEd resources which cover a range of common problems such as insomnia, depression, medications to be aware of, anxiety and alcohol-related problems.

The resources are a vital crutch at a time when demand for mental health services is increasing whilst supply of the mental health workforce for older people is falling. The number of Old Age psychiatrists has declined 8.5% since November 2013.

Young filmmakers could get their big break with Business Disability Forum event

Young filmmakers could get their big break with Business Disability Forum event

A disability film festival held by Business Disability Forum in London this summer will see lucky students win a paid job with the production company 90seconds. 

The Business Disability Forum Film Festival, which this year is sponsored by Barclays and will be hosted at KPMG’s headquarters in Canary Wharf, will showcase the best young filmmakers and their takes on what it means to be disabled in 2018. 

The Festival will take place on 20 June 2018 from 3.00pm – 6.00pm.

In the lead-up to the Festival, Business Disability Forum are running a challenge for student and graduate filmmakers, with competing teams given seven days to write, produce and direct a film about disability.

Pevlings Farm Riding Stables Opens Up More Opportunities for Disabled Riders

Pevlings Farm Riding Stables Opens Up More Opportunities for Disabled Riders

A Somerset riding stables has gained a national stamp of approval to enable more disabled people to experience the fun and freedom of horse riding. Thanks to its Accessibility Mark accreditation, Pevlings Farm Riding Stables, based in Templecombe, hopes to accommodate more disabled participants after successfully completing the training and criteria set out by the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

The RDA, in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with commercial riding centres with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

PLAYMOBIL announces sponsorship of World Autism Awareness Week

PLAYMOBIL announces sponsorship of World Autism Awareness Week

PLAYMOBIL toys are played with across the world and enjoyed by children of all ages. In fact in 2017 the toy giant marked the production of its 3 billionth figure.

This year the beloved toy maker is working with the National Autistic Society to explore how the hand-sized figures with the famous smile bring joy to children on the autistic spectrum, and help support their ongoing development.

The partnership will see PLAYMOBIL explore the relationship between children on the autistic spectrum and their much loved PLAYMOBIL toys through a research project. The toy manufacturer is also sponsoring this year’s World Autism Awareness Week (WAAW), taking place from March 26th. The week is the National Autistic Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Four-year-old's mobility dilemma solved by vehicle hire company

Mobility - Mary in the car

A little girl with one of the world’s rarest medical complaints was giving a boost by disability vehicle specialist Adapted Vehicle Hire (AVH) when her family hit severe mobility problems.

Four-year-old Mary Allen, of Nantwich, Cheshire, was born with macrocephaly-capillary malformation syndrome (MCAP) – a condition that affects only 300 people globally and leads to severe physical and learning problems. She also suffers from hydrocephalus and epilepsy, which cause life threatening seizures, and has spent her life in and out of hospitals, including Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and Leighton Hospital in Crewe.

Shhh Quiet at the Aquarium

 Autism Awareness Week

As part of World Autism Awareness Week (26th March – 2nd April), The National Marine Aquarium will be hosting a special ‘quiet’ event next week for families with sensory needs.  

Taking place on Thursday 29th March, the afterhours event will invite visitors to enjoy the Aquarium’s surroundings without the noise and distraction of the daily shows, enabling them to appreciate the true beauty and calmness of the marine environment. The exclusive evening is tailored for people on the autistic spectrum and those with other sensory needs to allow them to experience the exhibits in a relaxed and stress-free atmosphere – as well as provide an opportunity to see the Aquarium's 4,000 ocean animals at night.

UK Spares

UK Spares

UK Spares was formed in 1993. We have become one of the prime suppliers of spares within our main area of expertise which is electric water heating and electric space heating. As part of UK Electric Ltd., we are financially sound and have sister companies involved in a diverse range of activities associated with electrical, electronic, mechanical, lighting and controls. If you have an unusual problem why not give us a try.

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Calvert Trust Kielder unveils new interior design at accessible holiday centre

Calvert Trust Kielder cushion

Wheelchair-accessible holiday accommodation centre Calvert Trust Kielder has joined forces with respected artist and interior designer Anne Curtis to revamp a suite. 

A former quarter-finalist on BBC 2’s The Great Interior Design Challenge, Anne has worked with the award-winning centre’s dedicated team to re-design The Gallery Corridor, consisting of five rooms each with a nature theme to highlight the local wildlife at Kielder Water and Forest Park. 

This is the first time Calvert Trust Kielder has partnered with an interior designer with all parties hoping to mirror the success of the centre's collaboration with architect and TV personality George Clarke  (Amazing Spaces) for its hugely popular ‘Sky Den’ accommodation.