Sense Responds to Government announcement to allow 6% council tax rise to plug social care funding

National disability charity welcomes Government’s move to address social care crisis but warns more must be done to put the sector on a sustainable footing.

National disability charity Sense has welcomed news that the Government is to allow councils to raise further funding for the social care system, but has warned that more must be done to address the scale of the current funding deficit.

‘World Record’ gigantic Christmas Card bearing thousands of messages presented to British Armed Forces

Christmas Card

A gigantic Christmas Card carrying thousands of messages of goodwill has been presented to Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, Chief of Defence People, who received the card on behalf of British Armed Forces. The presentation took place at Haig House in London, the head office of The Royal British Legion, parent charity of the National Memorial Arboretum.
    The 2.1m high and 4.5m wide card has toured the UK and was signed at schools, local groups and businesses including Argos, Sainsbury’s, Rolls Royce and Virgin Trains. Members of the public signed the card at the Arboretum during events and were invited to submit contributions online.

The sounds that keep giving at Christmas

Slade's timeless hit has been confirmed as one of the biggest sounds of Christmas, according to a survey from national charity Action on Hearing Loss. 

The poll, published today, highlights the sounds that people associate with Christmas the most. For many, it’s the screams of siblings fighting, the in-laws arguing or Coca-Cola’s ‘Holidays are coming!’ advert, however over half of people (51.7%) said that carols and songs are the sounds that remind them most of Christmas.

‘Merry Christmas’ by Slade came second with one in seven naming it as their festive sound.

Marie Curie provides care and support to people living with a terminal illness, not just terminal cancer, and their loved ones

Marie Curie

Research has found 41% of carers say that people with a terminal illness don’t always get the information they need. So I thought the Marie Curie Support Line would be very helpful for people looking after someone with a terminal illness, especially over Christmas, so they can pass on the number to the patient and their families.

Over one million people in the UK are expected to be supporting a family member with a terminal illness this Christmas, while trying to cope with the possibility that this could be their last chance to celebrate together.

Essential Bathing are the UK distributors

open door bath


Essential Bathing is pleased to introduce to the UK the OASIS bath range. Currently selling in the U.S.A, the baths are built to the highest standard and give the best range of optional extras on the market today. Options such as heated seat and back, Chromotherapy light , air and water jet spa systems,  water re heater, Aromatherapy, MP3 player and even a water proof TV.

Built in an acrylic composite, the shell is much stronger than normal and resists mold and staining. The door and jamb are made in aluminium for extra safety and strength. Front and side panels are included.

Vision Support Services Offer Specialist Healthcare Textiles In Brand New Online Shop


Leading textile supplier and distributor, Vision Support Services, have launched a brand new online shop in a bid to ensure their customers can shop with them 24/7.

The new online shop houses all three of their leading product brands under one roof including the specialist Whitakers range, the performance Hilden brand and the luxury Liddell collections.

New app to revolutionise the repeat prescription

New app

Pharmacists Chris Turner and Andrew Bailey have launched a new app that allows users to order repeat prescriptions whenever and wherever from their smartphone or tablet. They hope that it will make the pharmacy process more convenient for people with disabilities and health conditions.

The DIMEC pharmacy app enables anytime prescription ordering, meaning that people with NHS repeat prescriptions can order them any time, day or night, from their iPhone or Android. The app is free to download, easy to use and prescriptions are delivered for free.

Regular Use of Ibuprofen May Lower Lung Cancer Risk Among High-Risk Subgroups of Cigarette Smokers

 IASLC 17th World Conference

Regular use of ibuprofen may lower the risk of lung cancer among those with a history of cigarette smoking, according to research presented at the IASLC 17th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) in Vienna, Austria. 

It has been established that chronic inflammation appears to increase the risk of lung cancer, and medicines that reduce inflammation have been shown to reduce this risk. However, few prospective studies have examined associations between lung cancer and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.  

Get that festive feeling with the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain

Accessible Britain

As the festive season gets into full swing and decorations adorn every shopping street, start getting into the Christmas spirit with The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain.

The free online Guide features in-depth reviews of accessible attractions across the UK including the Eden Project where visitors can explore behind the scenes of Santa’s grotto. Discover the bunkbeds where elves sleep and the pigeonholes full of letters to Santa in a cosy tent, before meeting the man himself, accompanied by his jolly working elves. The Eden Project also offers sessions for autistic visitors and anyone with sensory and communicational needs, making the event accessible for all.

How to keep your new year resolutions and retain positive plans

new year

With almost two decades of experience gained as a Senior Investigator with elite law enforcement agencies in the UK, Mark Bowden now employs his skills as a professional life strategist and hypnotherapist to help clients the world over to achieve happiness, freedom and success. Mark prides himself on enlisting the latest advances in neuroscience to treat individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, pain management and much more beyond. Mark’s advanced techniques enable the client to regain control of their brain and empower them to conquer their fears and succeed in their chosen life goals.

Getting vocal about disability

 Remploy ambassadors answering questions as part of the Twitter Q&A.

Remploy, the UK’s leading specialist in disability employment, is encouraging people with a disability or health condition to make their voice heard as part of the United Nation’s ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ (IDPD).

IDPD takes place annually on 3rd December and Remploy’s theme this year is ‘The Disabled Voice’. They will be holding sessions at branches across the UK on Friday 2nd and Monday 5th December to provide the opportunity for disabled people to air their views on employment and the support Remploy provides.

Mate crime - Friend or Fake?

Mike Smoult

Thousands of parents of children with disabilities could be innocently exposing their sons and daughters to so-called mate crime – by leaving them money in their will.

“Parents may think they are doing the right thing by leaving their children money and assets in their will”, says leading wills and probate law specialist Michael Smoult of Gorvins Solicitors.

“But if they are unable to manage their money, perhaps because of mental health or learning issues, it leaves them open to others taking advantage of their vulnerability. It`s ironic, but in these situations, leaving   someone like this money is actually the worst thing a parent can do.”

Paralympic athlete photography exhibition to promote disability in sport

Paralympic athlete

Some of the Rio Paralympic stars will be the focus of a one-off photography exhibition in London to promote sport in the disabled community.

Pictures capturing the emotion of gold medallists Jonnie Peacock, Richard Whitehead and Hannah Cockcroft will be featured in the event.

The series of pictures were taken by Roger Bool, who was asked to capture official press shots of the British athletes who were competing in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games for the national charity WheelPower and Welsh organisation Disability Sport Wales (DSW).

Roger, who runs his own photography company, said: “As good as the action shots are, nothing beats capturing the athletes’ reactions when they break a record which is truly amazing.

it’s time to clear the path for people with disabilities to access water

man in wheelchair

No more excuses: it’s time to clear the path for people with disabilities to access water, sanitation and hygiene


On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, WaterAid’s Advocacy Coordinator, Dan Jones, and Equality, Inclusion and Rights Advisor Jane Wilbur reflect that it’s time to get real about ‘leaving no-one behind’.

From Liberia to Nepal, Ethiopia to India, progress is being made to ensure more determined, creative and optimistic disabled people are living lives with dignity with inclusive water infrastructure, accessible toilets and improved hygiene services.

Paralympian launches revolutionary new wheelchair that lets users see eye to eye.

Paralympian Phil Eaglesham has invented a revolutionary new affordable wheelchair that lets users see eye to eye, with backing from the family of Dragons’ Den’s Deborah Meaden. 

Corporal Eaglesham helped to create the new style of mobility device after catching Q Fever while serving in Afghanistan and having to use a wheelchair himself.

He found that existing designs were impractical, unwieldy, too low down and incompatible with modern living and so he determined to create a revolutionary new wheelchair that could help users live their lives more fully and to feel ‘abled, not disabled'.

Great Achievement for Steve

Steve Wall

Steve Wall from Somerset has thoroughly caught the equestrian bug thanks to the team at Urchinwood Manor based in Bristol.

Steve, who is partially sighted and has been registered blind all his life, has been riding at Urchinwood Manor for nine years after first having a go on an excursion with a day centre. 

The centre has been run by Sally and Peter Hall since 1979 and was one of the pioneer centres of the Accessibility Mark scheme, taking up accredited in May 2014.

Survey highlights gaps in support for carers


Myeloma UK carer survey findings suggest that emotional, mental and physical factors, combined with a lack of support and awareness of support services available, cause a detrimental impact on the lives of carers.

Leading cancer charity, Myeloma UK, has undertaken a first of its kind survey aimed at developing a better understanding of the issues facing those who care for myeloma patients in the UK.

The survey1 (A Life in Limbo) was completed in collaboration with international research charity Picker. With Carers Rights Day only last week (25 November), results come at a time of heightened awareness of Carers experiences, with the event calling for all carers to get the support they’re entitled to, when they need it.

Government funding awarded to Mesothelioma UK to support military personnel and veterans

The Government has awarded £379,000 funding to Mesothelioma UK to establish a specialist military information, advice and support service.

The funding comes from fines levied on the banking industry for manipulating the LIBOR rate (the London inter-bank lending rate). Proceeds from LIBOR fines are to be used to support good causes, in particular military and emergency services charities.

Mesothelioma UK will use the funding to set up a specialist, UK-wide service for military personnel and veterans who have been affected by mesothelioma.