Inspirational young handcyclist set to take up ‘twin town’ Germany ride

Alana Walker

A partially paralysed 24-year-old is set to take on a mammoth handcycle challengefrom the UK to Germany next month.


Alana Walker, who has cerebral palsy and is from Allerton, is set to ride an astonishing 250 miles in just 6 days from Bradford to Hamm (Bradford’s twin town)along with 27 other cyclists taking up the challenge. Yet after multiple surgeries and with no access to a handcycle, this was almost a challenge too far for sporty Alana tobe able to participate in. 


CMG Celebrates Annual Achievement Awards

Annual Achievement Awards

Care Management Group (CMG) has hosted its special Annual Achievement Award ceremony which aims to champion the success of some of their most inspirational service-users.


The ceremony, which took place at Imber Court Sports and Social Club in East Molesey, was a celebration of some of the most remarkable stories which have emerged from CMG’s services across the country.


46 of CMG’s service users, who have benefited from the group’s residential care, supported living services and domiciliary care, were crowned as award winners, recognising their outstanding achievements in overcoming their learning difficulties to succeed. 


6 Benefits of Owning a Mobility Scooter

6 Benefits of Owning a Mobility Scooter

There are many reasons as to why you may need a mobility scooter. Whatever those reasons may be, a mobility scooter is a significant investment.

Everyone knows how devastating it can be when you’re stuck at home, ill, unable to move with just newspapers and the TV to keep you company. But limited mobility should not get in the way of you or a loved one, enjoying an exciting and fulfilling life! Below are a few of many benefits of owning a mobility scooter.


Increase Accessibility

Modern mobility scooters fit in brilliantly with the ever-changing ways in which people socialise.

Text neck

Living in the modern digital age, with the advent of electronic devices, the new “normal” anatomical position has become a head down, hunched position.  These frequent and extended periods of looking down are causing head, shoulder, upper back, arm and neck pain, numbness, as well as a hunchback.  This recent, global phenomenon is now referred to as “text neck”.

Gravitational pull increases the forces upon the neck. The further forwards the neck is bent, the more force is put on the spine.  This artificially increases the weight of the head by up to five times. 

Pioneering new health tech combines physiotherapy with gaming

physiotherapy with gaming

According to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 280,000 people every year across the UK are admitted to A&E after a fall, costing the NHS £1.5 billion annually. They also suggest that if everyone 65+ at risk of falling was referred to physiotherapy, 160,000 falls could be prevented, saving the NHS £250 million each year.

But could this physiotherapy be undertaken in a home setting? One pioneering health tech organisation being trialled by the NHS, MIRA Rehab, believes so.

MIRA is a software application transforming traditional physiotherapy exercises into video games, making therapy easier to follow and more engaging for older people, with main target conditions including Parkinson’s, arthritis, stroke and arm and shoulder fractures.

“Give workers the chance to talk about head injuries”, says JMW’s personal injury team

head injuries

The personal injury department at leading North West law firm JMW has highlighted a need for head injury sufferers returning to work to be given the opportunity to discuss the injury with their employers so that adequate support can be provided.

JMW aims to raise awareness of how someone who has sustained a head injury may deal with returning to work by way of a visual guide that highlights common scenarios adults face on their transition back to employment.  

Rollator or Triwalker: Which is Best for Your Mobility?

With so many options for your mobility assistance around these days, it’s difficult to know what to choose. Each mobility user has different needs, routines, and requirements for their day, and finding a walker that will work for you can be a tough job with so much equipment to choose from.

To make your decision a little bit easier, leading mobility aid retail providers Manage at Home are comparing their two most popular walkers. The Rollator is a wide four wheeled frame with a basket and brakes, and whereas the Tri-Walker is a narrower three wheeled mobility frame.  

Bristol-based Company Continues to Make Equipment More Accessible for Individuals with Disabilities

Best lifestyle

BES Rehab Ltd, the Bristol-based healthcare equipment specialist, has launched its brand new Online Shop, making its diverse range of products available at the click of a mouse. The user-friendly website features solutions for Skincare, Footwear, Daily Living Aids, and Seating, with products that provide comfort, support, and durability to individuals with disabilities. 


The purpose of the shop is to make healthcare products more readily available to people with disabilities in the community, and internationally, some of whom may not have had access tothese solutions before. The site is to feature regular discounts and clearance offers to promoteaccessibility and affordability.


Britta Francis – Why Horses are my Therapy

Britta Francis

Britta Francis has been riding horses for most of her life and for her, horse riding is her passion. Despite having a complex medical condition, Britta keeps on coming back into the saddle and that is partly thanks to the team at Urchinwood Manor Equestrian Centre. 


37-year-old Britta, was diagnosed with Kyphosis and Lordosis, meaning her spine grew in an ‘S’ shape, and  Scoliosis, meaning her spine twists from left to right.Following major spinal surgery in December 2012 she had to learn how to stand, walk, and go up and down stairs again, putting her riding ambitions on hold.


Lewis Reed launches largest range of wheelchair accessible VW Caddy’s in the UK

Lewis Reed VW Candy


Following extensive research and development, Lewis Reed is delighted to be the only wheelchair accessible vehicle company in the UK to be able to offer its customers four models from the VW Caddy range.  Several models will be on show on stand TD1 at the Mobility Roadshow.


The Caddy Life SWB is a compact, functional vehicle which can accommodate twofront passengers (driver and passenger).  The rear of the vehicle features a flexi-seat system which allows either 5 passengers and no wheelchair user or by splitting the three seats in the back into a 2 and 1, the vehicle can accommodate a wheelchair alongside a single passenger seat ensuring a total of 4 people (including a wheelchair user) can use the vehicle.

Study reveals that Baby Boomers feel fitter and healthier than younger generations

Health & Fitness

An in depth survey run by a leading mobility and daily living aids provider has shown that Baby Boomers feel fitter and healthier than their younger Generation X and Millennial counterparts.

With 14.7 million people in the UK estimated to be in the over 60 age group (almost 23% of the population) and the number of over 65s rising by 278,800 per year[1], it’s clear that we have an increasingly older population in the UK. As a result, access to healthcare is becoming more limited and many are noting the importance of staying active as they advance in years to remain healthy for as long as possible.

Top tips for choosing a Motability car


If you’re in the market for a Motability car, it can be hard to know what to look for. There’s so many options out there that it can be hard to know where to even start your search. 

So, to help you choose the perfect Motability vehicle to suit your needs, we’ve brought together these top tips. Ask yourself these questions and you’re sure to end up with an adapted car that will serve you well for years to come.

Are you eligible for the Motability scheme?

It’s Good to Talk … during Deaf Awareness Week! Monday 15-21st May 2017

deaf person using phone

You can easily help someone who suffers from hearing loss during this year’s Deaf Awareness Week.  In the UK one person in every six suffers some sort of hearing loss, causing exclusion from conversations and often society.

Helping someone understand the products and technology that are available is one very useful way of helping, and can lead to people being included in conversations, listen to the television or even talk on the phone with help of specialised equipment.

Monday 15-21st May 2015 is Deaf Awareness Week aims to improve understanding of the different types of deafness by highlighting the many different methods of communication used by deaf, deafened, deaf-blind and hard of hearing people.

Innovative Housing and Care Specialist Wins Major Digital Award


Housing and care experts, who put technology at the forefront of helping people with disabilities live independently have been recognised with a major award.


Edinburgh-based Blackwood Homes and Care is renowned for its clever use of leading-edge technology to transform lives as part of its social housing and care services across Scotland.


Now it has claimed one of the biggest accolades in the social housing world, after collecting a UK Housing Award – the sector’s equivalent of the Oscars - at a glittering ceremony in London.


Thomas’s dream bathroom becomes reality

Thomas’s dream bathroom becomes reality

A teenager with quadriplegic cerebral palsy has had his dream bathroom fitted out with adjustable products from Pressalit Care.
Thomas Dixon, who lives with his mum and dad in Darlington, is delighted with the new bathroom – especially the lime green colour he selected for the shower chair and arm supports.
To allow Thomas the freedom to move around the house with the space and ease of access he requires, his parents bought a new bungalow, and for the last 18 months have been adapting it with three extensions to suit their needs.

HearPeers support programme for people with hearing loss

HearPeers support programme for people with hearing loss

Finding out you have hearing loss can be a shock, the signs can be subtle and it may just creep up on you. If your loved one has been diagnosed you may not know how to help them or where to turn to for support. The HearPeers Mentor Programme is a community of hearing implant users and their family members who are dedicated to supporting individuals who may be going through the same experience.


There are more than 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss – that’s one in six and research shows it takes ten years on average for people to address their problem.


CMG Celebrates “Outstanding” Chetwynd Road

Chetwynd Road

--- CMG becomes the only major learning disability provider in England to achieve four CQC ‘Outstanding’ ratings ---

Care Management Group (CMG) is celebrating after Chetwynd Road in Portsmouth has become the fourth service to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). 


The new rating makes CMG the only major learning disability provider in England to have achieved this prestigious milestone.