Riding for the Disabled Association is marking the milestone through its 50 Faces campaign

Riding for the Disabled Association

To celebrate its 50th anniversary year in 2019, Riding for the Disabled Association is marking the milestone through its 50 Faces campaign, telling the stories of some of the amazing people who make RDA the extraordinary organisation it is today. Para Dressage rider, Sophie Christiansen, adds her story to the 50 Faces explaining how without RDA she wouldn’t be where she is today and her ambitions for continued success and her desire to help other riders achieve their dreams.Sophie riding with the Disabled Association

Here we meet…

Accessible holiday home now available at top Cornish holiday park

Accessible holiday home at top Cornish holiday park

Pentewan Sands Holiday Park has just got more accessible thanks to a brand new wheelchair-friendly holiday home available to hire.

The five-star family friendly holiday park based in Cornwall’s beautiful Mevagissey Bay, with stunning views across the park’s privately owned beach, now offers a completely accessible holiday home featuring all the latest home comforts for guests looking for a break by the sea.

The new holiday home has been thoughtfully designed to ensure it is easy for wheelchair users to stay in, and offers accessible space and comfort with a sense of style.

Line-up revealed for mental health arts festival

Mental health festival

The full line-up for the All in the Mind Festival 2019 has been officially revealed. More than 30 exciting theatre, dance, visual art and musical acts from around the UK will descend on Basingstoke for one day only, to shine a light on mental health. 

Three stages will cover Eastrop Parkon Saturday 14 September - the Dance Space, the Spoken Word & Music Stage, and the Theatre Tent. Other acts and activities will also take place around the park. 

Clearwell Mobility goes green to support national charity

Clearwell Mobility wheelchair gardening

Clearwell Mobility has implemented eco-friendly changes across its 12 stores and hopes to donate more than £1,000 to the Gardening for Disabled Trust.

The South East’s leading supplier of mobility and home healthcare products has started charging 5p for plastic bags and will be donating all proceeds to a charity that aims to help people get back into gardening in spite of disability.

Last year the company used 22,000 plastic bags and hopes that, by charging for its bags, it will encourage shoppers to bring their own reusable bags and, in turn, reduce plastic pollution.

Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity receives backing

Children at Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity

Robert Walters Group UK has named the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity as its official UK charity for 2019.

The charity supports under 5s with cerebral palsy and other motor learning impairments – focusing on helping children to realise their full potential.

The bulk of fundraising for the charity will take place on the Group’s annual Charity Day, taking place on Friday 11 October 2019.

All 400 of Robert Walters Group UK employees - across London, the South East, Midlands and the North West - will be taking a break from work for the day and will be tasked with raising as much money as possible for the charity. 

Visit Somerset website puts accessibility first!

View of Somerset

Visit Somerset offers a wealth of information on exploring the county – from things to do, shopping and holiday accommodation. The newly launched site also puts the focus firmly on accessibility. It’s one of the UK’s first official tourism websites that features Browsealoud technology to give online users a little extra help whenever they need it.

Visit Somerset offers a wealth of information on exploring the county – from things to do, shopping and holiday accommodation. The newly launched site also puts the focus firmly on accessibility. It’s one of the UK’s first official tourism websites that features Browsealoud technology to give online users a little extra help whenever they need it.

Government To Introduce Natasha's Law

Food allergy form for Natasha's Law

A new law will require food businesses to include full ingredients labelling on pre-packaged foods, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced today in a drive to protect the country’s two million food allergy sufferers.

Following the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, the teenager who died after suffering an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger baguette, the Environment Secretary confirmed legislation will be brought forward by the end of summer to strengthen allergen labelling rules.

PM launches disability policy overhaul

disability policy overhaul – inequality lettering

Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed plans to enhance the lives of those living with a disability in the UK, announcing the launch of an Equalities Hub in Parliament.

With around a fifth of the working-age population living with a disability, the Prime Minister also announced a new cross-government disability team which will sit alongside the Government Equalities Office and Race Disparity Unit in a new Equalities Hub.

This team will work closely with disabled people, disabled people’s organisations and charities to develop a new approach to disability, with their views and experiences at the forefront of any new policy. Further measures will be set out later this year.

Norovirus Outbreak Closes Hospital Wards In Cornwall

Woman feeling sick because of the norovirus

An outbreak of the Norovirus has forced medics to close hospital wards in Cornwall this morning. 

People are being urged to avoid the Royal Cornwall Hospital after three wards have been contaminated with the vomiting bug. 

Senior staff at the hospital have issued a "Black Alert", known as an "OPEL 4" which the NHS classifies as a "serious incident".

Norovirus is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK.  You are likely to have caught Norovirus if you experience a sudden sick feeling, projectile vomiting and watery diarrhoea.

Other symptoms can include a slight fever, headaches, painful cramps and aching limbs. Symptoms generally only last for about two to three days.

How accessible is the public transport system?

Kings Cross railway station - accessible meeting point

In England during 2017/2018, the Department of Transport found that a population of 9.8 million held older and disabled concessionary travel passes. With that in mind, is there enough being done to make the nation’s means of public transport accessible for disabled people and the elderly? With assistance from stairlift manufacturer Acorn Stairlifts, we’ve investigated this issue…

DriveAbility's Thetford centre to unveil new driving & scooter assessment facilities

DriveAbility's Thetford centre staff

East Anglian DriveAbility's Thetford centre to unveil new driving and scooter assessment facilities for elderly and disabled locals

East Anglian DriveAbility (EAD), one of Driving Mobility’s UK assessment centres for elderly and disabled drivers, will be officially opening its enhanced Thetford centre on 11th July, 10am-4pm.   

Official opening of new facilities at East Anglian Driveability at 2 Napier Place, Thetford, IP24 3RL. All press, healthcare professionals and public welcome. Free access to the TGA test drive course for safe mobility scooter driving awareness.

Flats for adults with complex autism open in Droitwich

Happy man with autism

On Wednesday 19th June Autism West Midlands in partnership with Fortis Living and Worcestershire County Council celebrated the opening of a new supported living scheme for autistic adults and adults with complex needs. The scheme was developed by Fortis Living - part of Platform Housing Group, with additional funding of more than £400,000 from Worcestershire County Council and Homes England.

Making accessible holidays easier to find

accessible holidays – the Rings interior of a cottage

Moira Henderson has dedicated herself to making accessible holidays easier to find in Fife, for as many people as possible. And she’s doing such a great job, Prince Charles recently presented her with an MBE. Editor Victoria Galligan asked Moira about her crusade and her cottages The Rings, which can sleep up to 16 people.

Q&A with accessible holidays champion Moira Henderson

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Survey on accessible transport and parking opens

London transport

Business Disability Forum is launching a new survey today seeking the views of people with a disability or long-term condition on public transport and accessible parking.

Angela Matthews, Head of Policy and Advice, Business Disability Forum, said:

“Transport is how we get to where we need to be – whether that’s getting to work, going to meet friends, going on holiday or accessing healthcare.

“But despite the vital role it plays in all our lives, travelling can be a stressful and difficult experience if you have a disability and that’s why we are launching our new survey, ‘Getting There: How accessible is transport in 2019?’