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Health research grant to help young adults with complex care needs

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Edge Hill University has received funding from the National Institute for Health Research to review the provision of respite care for young adults with life limiting conditions or complex needs.

 

The research team, led by Sally Spencer, Professor of Clinical Research in the University’s Postgraduate Medical Institute, has received £168,554 to evaluate the provision of respite care services when the young person turns 18.

 

Young Driver launches new fleet of adapted vehicles – opening up the world of driving to even more people, from age 10

adapted vehicles

Young Driver, the UK’s largest provider of pre-17 driving lessons, has welcomed a new fleet of adapted vehicles, making the scheme accessible to even more people.

 

Five brand new and specially adapted Vauxhall Corsas are now available to give lessons at various venues across the country. The automatic cars operate by hand control, so are suitable for people with a range of disabilities. With cars stationed in the South, North, Midlands and Scotland, lessons can be provided at sites including Bluewater, Brent Cross, Manchester, the NEC and Edinburgh.

 

Mediaworks Golf Day Fundraising Success Supports St Oswald’s Hospice

St Oswald’s Hospice

St Oswald’s Hospice’s Business Partnership Manager Jane Hogan and Corporate Fundraiser Siobhan Sargeant recently visited Mediaworks to collect the fundraising proceeds from the company’s annual golf day.

Mediaworks’ Game of Thrones-themed golf day raised £1,000 for St Oswald’s Hospice. Players purchased mulligans prior to their afternoon on the course, which not only included the standard 18 holes, but in true Game of Thrones fashion, there were additional “challenges” for players to contend with, such as archery and even axe throwing.

Overcome any obstacle with the new Easy Bathing collection from bathstore

bathstore, the UK's leading specialist bathroom retailer, is extremely proud to introduce it's new Easy Bathing range, designed specifically to make beautiful bathrooms accessible to everybody.

bathstore has long recognised that a bathroom is a complex and personal purchase, where the customers’ wants and needs are at the heart of the journey, from inspiration to installation. The new Easy Bathing range puts this philosophy into practice, creating a collection of stylish bathroom products tailored to every customer.

Theraposture to demonstrate why it is the considered choice for care cots at Kidz-to-Adultz-up-North

Theraposture to demonstrate why it is the considered choice for care cots at Kidz-to-Adultz-up-North

Theraposture, the leading specialist for tailor-made adjustable care cots and beds for disabled children and young adults, will be showcasing its caring and ethical approach at Kidz to Adultz North.

16th November: Kidz to Adultz North, Stand B13, 9.30am – 4.30pm EventCity, Barton Dock, Road Manchester M17 8AS.

 

Be a volunteer helper!

The joy of Woodlarks is that everyone involved is a volunteer. The disabled people who come here have all sorts of disabilities. They rely on volunteer helpers to enable them to join in all that Woodlarks has to offer. 

 

 As one camper said, ‘A new experience every day.’

 

The summer half term week, and every week through July and August, urgently needs active helpers to engage for a week.

 

As soon as bookings open in January, camp leaders are flooded with applications from disabled people who want to attend their week.  Sadly, they have to put many on a waiting list until they can be sure that they have enough helpers.

 

New partnership aims to tackle health issue of the fear of finding out

Today, global research-based biopharmaceutical company, AbbVie, is announcing a unique line-up of experts from a range of industries to tackle the complex health issue of the ‘Fear of Finding Out’ (FOFO) – a major psychological barrier which prevents people from seeking medical advice when they have worrying symptoms[i].

Former Health Minister, Alan Milburn, is chairing the group of Live:LabTM collaborators who comprise filmmakers, animators, gamers, data specialists and health experts – with the likes of award-winning game designers Glitchers, medical virtual reality experts FundamentalVR, the Open Data Institute, Professor Sir Muir Gray and TV doctor Dr Zoe Williams, joining the line-up.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Stairlift

Stairlift

Claire Hamilton from Stairlifts Reviews discusses what you need to think about if you’re considering buying a stairlift for yourself or a loved one.

For a person with limited mobility who is struggling with the stairs in their home, getting a stairlift installed can make a huge difference to their life. A stairlift can help someone remain living independently in their own home, without being restricted to just one floor. Having a stairlift can take away the worry of using the stairs and give users the freedom to go safely up and down the stairs without the danger of falling.

Charity branching out with environmentally friendly fundraising campaign

Caudwell International Children’s Centre,

Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is looking to the public and the business community to sponsor 1000 butterfly friendly plants and trees in order to create a stunning landscape around its soon to be opened Caudwell International Children’s Centre, in Keele, North Staffordshire.

The centre will be the UK’s first independent purpose-built facility dedicated to providing multi-disciplinary assessment, support and research of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism.

And with the building due to open in early 2018, the race is now on to create a luscious landscape around the centre that will allow visiting families to relax, play and discover.

Falcon Mews, Robin’s View and L’uccello Café launches in Birmingham!

Falcon Mews, Robin’s View and L’uccello Café launches in Birmingham!

Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care services in the UK, joined Health and Social Care professionals, local schools, colleges and support groups, people supported, carers, friends and relatives and the Precious Homes team on 18th October 2017 for guided tours around the state-of-the-art new services and social enterprise.

 

Our three-tiered pathway model from residential through to supported living provides individuals with a ‘Transition Care Pathway’ on site, enabling a step-down to more independent living and reduced support over time.

 

Specially-designed wheelchair helps triathlon challenge become family affair

Specially-designed wheelchair helps triathlon challenge become family affair

Last week saw a father and daughter duo race to success in the Manchester Half Marathon, thanks to a specially-designed wheelchair. 

Ottobock ambassadors Stephan Couture and his daughter Chloe are no strangers to the sporting circuit, having taken part in more than 25 competitions this year alone. 

Back in September, Stephan and Chloe became the first disabled team to take part in the Hever Castle Triathlon. They joined 6,000 other competitors at the iconic Kent castle for the final event of the year in the Castle Triathlon Series, the third largest triathlon event in the UK.

Croyde Deckchair Cinema supports Calvert Trust Exmoor

My Feral Heart

On the 11th of November 2017 Croyde’s “almost famous” Deckchair Cinema will be hosting a special screening of the award winning film ‘My Feral Heart’, with all proceeds from the screening going to Calvert Trust Exmoor.
 
‘My Feral Heart’ has won multiple awards, including ‘Best Actor’ (for Steve Brandon) at the National Film Awards, and ‘Best Feature Film’ and ‘Best Original Screenplay’ at the IARA Awards. It’s a poignant and inspiring story, beautifully told by director Jane Gull and producer James Rumsey, and staring BIFA nominee Steve Brandon as ‘Luke’.
 

Scotland’s Wheelchair Rugby League Captain’s Inspirational Story

Wheelchair Rugby League

Scotland’s Wheelchair Rugby League captain has urged people with disabilities to realise the positive impact sport can have on their lives.

 

Graeme Stewart told a special sporting themed AGM of specialist housing and care provider Blackwood how sport helped him overcome challenges associated with his injury.

 

Graeme, from Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, was just 16 years of age, and two days away from joining the RAF, when a tragic accident left him paralysed in the legs.

 

The 50-year-old is now not only the proud captain of his country at rugby league, he has also beencox of a rowing team, regularly plays basketball and has climbed Ben Nevis.

 

New NHS Wheelchair Service for Milton Keynes

Wheelchair Service

AJM Healthcare has opened a brand new integrated wheelchair service for NHS patients in Milton Keynes. 

The new service will deliver a safe, effective, responsive and integrated service to meet the needs of Service Users, their families and carers and available to residents registered with a GP within the Milton Keynes CCG area.

Patients referred to the service receive a full holistic assessment by occupational therapists and rehabilitation engineers through close working with health and social care professionals where required. Specialist services such as postural seating solutions are available for complex cases. Urgent care pathways and flexible and proactive services for those children and adults with rapidly deteriorating conditions

Rural Business Awards Success for Accessibility Mark Centres

Pat Bishop and Martin Lawrence

Two Accessibility Mark accredited riding centres have received recognition at the Rural Business Awards (RBAs) 2017.

Divoky Riding School based in Somerset was judged the winner in the Best Rural Sporting Business category, with Radway Riding School based in Warwickshire crowned runner-up.

Pat Bishop from Divoky Riding School was presented with the prestigious award at a glittering awards ceremony held at Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey that was compered by Jules Hudson of BBC Escape to the Country fame.

The only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing the success of rural businesses, the awards are now in their third year and are run in partnership with the Country Land and Business Association and Amazon.

Mobility Roadshow to close after 34 years

Mobility Roadshow

The Mobility Roadshow, which has been providing opportunities for disabled and older people to find out about driving and other mobility options since 1983, is to close.

The decision has been taken by the Board of the Charity, Mobility Choice, which has run the event since 1998, in the light of falling exhibitor numbers over recent years. In particular, the growth of the Motability One Big Day and other events, which many of the Mobility Roadshow exhibitors can attend free of charge, has had a significant impact on the viability of the Mobility Roadshow.

CALA Strengthens Ties with Neigh-bours with £20,000 Charity Donation

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- Developer urges other businesses to follow and “do the right thing”-

A HOUSEBUILDER has made a bumper donation to a local horse-riding charity looking to reach a funding target to provide a vital indoor riding arena - and is calling on other businesses to follow suit. 

The volunteer-run Ravelrig Riding for The Disabled Association (Ravelrig RDA) exists to provide life-improving experiences to its riders and now requires close to £200,000 to reach its targets to build an indoor arena in order to provide a safe and covered environment for riding all year round.