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

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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.

Last Call For 2016 Entries to Innovative Design Awards

soup spoon

Aspiring designers, engineers and inventors have just one week remaining to enter a “Dragons Den” inspired event which has become a magnet for global talent.

The annual Blackwood Design Awards attract both gifted amateurs and seasoned professionals to showcase innovations to change the lives of disabled people. 

Now, the Edinburgh-based housing and care provider is appealing for any last minute entrants to come forward over the next seven days to be in with a chance of winning this year’s competition.

Previous winners have included a spoon that doesn’t spill and an eye-controlled wheelchair. This year the competition will be made up of two distinct categories – Best New Product and Best New Concept.

The Key Safe Company unlocks support at the Occupational Therapy Show

The UK’s leading key safe distributor, The Key Safe Company is celebrating 21 yearsas market leaders by exhibiting its Supra C500 key safe at the Occupational Therapy Show. 

During the two day event, staff will be on hand to explain the benefits that using key safes can have both for carers and occupational therapists carrying out home visits, as well as end users, allowing them to provide guaranteed access to care givers, especially if they struggle to answer the door themselves. 

The product helps householders to maintain an independent lifestyle and can ensure health care professionals are able to deliver scheduled care without encountering restricted access to the home. 

World Toilet Day: Mobiloo calls on events & venues to offer ‘freedom’ for disabled people

World Toilet Day

Thousands of disabled people across the UK are unable to attend local events or visit outdoor venues because of a simple lack of appropriate toilets, according to Mobiloo.

As the United Nations prepares for World Toilet Day (19th November), the Mobiloo service - the first of its kind in the world to provide attended mobile changing facilities – is calling on event organisers and venues to consider people with specific personal care needs.

While outdoor locations sometimes offer ‘disabled toilets’, these are usually inadequate or inappropriate for thousands of disabled people who need to be lifted, require personal care while lying down, or have other specific needs.

Caring Andy and Gwenda 'have the X factor

Andy Papirynk with his Gold award

A man from Gwynedd who decided to switch to a career in caring after visiting a Dolgellau residential home to do some building work and eventually rising to become its manager, has won a gold award at the 2016 Wales Care Awards for ‘Excellence in Learning Disability and Mental Health’.

Andrew Papirynk, 30, visited Cerrig Camu in Dolgellau in the winter of 2004 to carry out some labouring work for the firm he was with at the time.

He quickly struck up a rapport with some of its residents and immediately opted to make caring his profession.

Disability care provider celebrates cultural diversity for Black History Month

 Black History Month

Staff, family members and individuals supported by Care Management Group (CMG), one of the UK’s leading disability care providers, came together last week for the group’s fifth year celebrating cultural diversity to mark Black History Month.  

Over 200 people attended the celebrations in East Molesey, Surrey, including special guest Tannia Shipley, Mayor of Elmbridge, bringing the CMG community together.

The celebrations began with a singing performance by CMG Service Manager Rachel Webb and service user Lucy Perrin, who for the first time experienced performing in front of a crowd. They were met with a standing ovation from the crowd which included Lucy’s proud parents. 

Remember, Remember… firework displays from the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain

Accessible guide 2016

Wrap up in your winter warmers this Guy Fawkes Night and head to some of the UK’s favourite accessible attractions for some firework fun. 

The online guide features reviews of accessible attractions across the UK including the town of St Albans in Hertfordshire, where there will be a Firework Spectacular at Verulamium Park. The display raises money for local and national charities and has been around for twenty-five years, all proceeds raised from ticket sales this year will go to Special Olympics St Albans. 

Naidex at the NEC, Birmingham


28, 29 & 30 March 2017
NEC, Birmingham

Europe’s most far-reaching trade, professional and consumer show dedicated to the care, rehabilitation and lifestyle of people with disabilities. Setting no limit on potential, the event is the only place that gathers innovation, information, cutting edge supplies, and the most inspirational speakers from around the world to one venue, over three unforgettable days.

Naidex is CPD accredited and completely free to attend, just register for your tickets via the website.

Click here to find out more


Will Mellor encourages disabled people to be more active as Together We Will campaign hits London


Will Mellor is bringing the Together We Will campaign to London – a nationwide initiative dedicated to encouraging and supporting disabled people, along with their friends and families, to become more active.

The Together We Will campaign looks to address the low number of disabled people who regularly take part in sport or exercise as highlighted in the most recent Sport England Active People Survey. 

Kidz to Adultz Scotland welcomes 1500 visitors to The Royal Highland Centre


Around 1500 people headed to Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre on 15th September for Kidz to Adultz Scotland – one of the largest, free Scottish events dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them. 

Over 80 exhibitors were able to offer advice, support and information to attendees: mobility, communication, equipment and technology, beds and seating, toys and learning aids, funding, sports and much more. 

Rio athletes honoured by world para-athletics championships tickets

·        Organisers announce two special edition ticket prices to next summer’s World ParaAthletics Championships London 2017. 

·        In celebration of ParaGB’s successful performance in track and field, all adult tickets are £9, to honour nine new World Records set.

·        All children’s tickets are £3, to honour Hannah Cockroft’s triple gold achievement.

·        World ParaAthletics Championships takes place in the former Olympic Stadium between 14 – 23 July 2017. 

·        Tickets available for a limited time only at 

Learning disability care provider channels Rio spirit with athletics day

With the Olympics spirit still in the air and the Paralympics now underway in Rio de Janeiro, Care Management Group (CMG), one of the country’s leading learning disability care providers, hosted its very own sporting festival for the individuals it supports.

Over 300 people participated in CMG’s Athletics Day in Sutton, which brought together service users, their families and staff from CMG’s 120 services across the country, to take part in the momentous day.

There were a host of sporting events to participate in, as well as the 100m and 200m sprints, high jumps and long jumps people could also join the wheelchair obstacle race, netball, badminton and even Tai Chai and sumo wrestling.

Royal Highland Centre to host Kidz to Adultz Scotland

Edinburgh’s Highland Hall at the Royal Highland Centre is to host Kidz to Adultz Scotland – one of the largest, free Scottish events dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families and the professionals who work with them in Scotland.

Approximately 120,000 children and adults in Scotland are living with a learning disability[1], and over one million are living with a sensory impairment.[2]

Over 80 exhibitors will assemble at Highland Hall on Thursday 15th September to offer advice, support and information on mobility, communication, equipment and technology, education, toys and learning aids, transport, beds and seating, service, funding, sports and leisure and much more. 

Paralympic fun in City Park


Inspired by the heroes of Rio and to coincide with the start of our superhero athletes competing in the Paralympics, Bradford Council has organised a Paralympic event in City Park on Saturday 10 September between 10am and 2pm. 

The event will give people the opportunity to try out a variety of Paralympic sports, such as wheelchair basketball, adapted cycling, wheelchair rugby and Boccia, a form of seated bowls.

There will be two activity areas, with Centenary Square being used for wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball and adapted cycling and the area beneath the Big Screen being used for people to try out the sport of Boccia.

An accommodation booking site for people with limited mobility


A holiday is the most memorable part of the year for many families – however it can be memorable for the wrong reasons if a family member has some physical limitations. This is about to change. Handiscover is the world’s leading online accommodation booking site for travellers with limited mobility.

More than 10 percent of the world's population has some level of limited mobility, whether due to a physical disability, illness or ageing.  Due to an ageing population this number is growing fast. Until now it has been difficult to be certain, before making a booking, if an accommodation has a bathroom door wide enough for a wheelchair to pass through, or if the thresholds are too high.  Now with Handiscover you can find your accommodation easily.

LimbPower Popular Primary & Junior Games returns to Stoke Mandeville Stadium

limb power

LimbPower are proud to be holding the fantastic Primary & Junior Games event once again at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympics.  This event will introduce young amputees and the young ambulant disabled to a range of sporting activities in a safe, friendly and inclusive environment.

This year, the emphasis will be on introducing children aged between 5-18 years to a wide range of physical activities and sports, New sports included are: cricket, walking football and a climbing wall.  The aim of this is to help young ambulant disabled children develop their confidence, improve their balance and co-ordination and make friends for life.

16 year olds to drive cars at Kit4Kidz2Adultz Exhibition

The Kit4Kidz2Adultz Exhibition in Leeds on 5th October will give people who are 16 years old or over who get or have applied for the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The minimum age in the UK for driving a car is 17 years old, unless you receive the higher rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance, in which case you can start to drive at 16. 

Hull to Stage WDBS Event

Hull to Stage WDBS Event

World Disability Billiards and Snooker will stage an event in Kingston-upon-Hull for the first time this November.

The WDBS Hull Open will be open to players of classification groups 7-8 and will be played at the Tradewell Snooker Club, located in the East Yorkshire city which has been named as the UK City of Culture for 2017.

The main two-day competition will be held on 12-13 November 2016 and will be the second WDBS event open to players with either visual or hearing impairments, following the Woking Open in May. At that event, Hull’s Lee Douglas finished as runner-up in the group eight tournament and was one of three players from the city to take part.

MS Fest - 3rd September, Godstone farm

MS Fest - 3rd September, Godstone farm

No matter how you know Paul Wheeler, as a father, son, brother, partner or friend, he is a truly awesome guy!!

Paul was diagnosed with Relapsing, Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 2012 and has been given the opportunity to go to Mexico to have life changing stem cell treatment. To be able to go he needs to raise £45,000!!

To help him do this and potentially change his life please come along and support MS Fest.
MS Fest is a family friendly mini music festival taking place at Godstone Farm in Surrey on the 3rd of September 2016 where 50% of admission tickets will be donated to the MS Society to raise money for vital research and 50% to Paul to help him beat this horrible disease.