Fir Tree Fishery CIC - offering accessibility and education for the community

Fir Tree Fishery

Nestling in the heart of Wigan's greenbelt, just a stone’s throw from suburban streets and the local doctor’s surgery, lies a little oasis of calm, Fir Tree Fishery CIC provides an accessible facility in which the elderly, particularly stroke survivors, can come to fish with assistance from young learners who have faced difficulty in gaining qualifications or employment. UCan2 editor Victoria Galligan met up with Martin Taylor, who is the Managing Director, to find out how it has evolved since its inception eight years ago…

Rudding Park Receives the 2018 ‘Catey’ Accessibility Award

Rudding Park

Rudding Park in Harrogate, North Yorkshire was awarded the 2018 ‘Catey’ Accessibility Award announced last night at Grosvenor House, London. Over 1200 of the great and the good from UK hospitality attended the award ceremony, considered as the Oscars of the Hospitality industry.

Peter Banks, Rudding Park Managing Director said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Rudding Park has received the Accessibility Award. We understand our guests have different needs and our philosophy is to continually invest in the business to ensure the products and services are of the highest standard and accessible to all.  

Disability charity makes a racket for accessibility at Wimbledon


A team of volunteers from Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) are gathering views on accessibility issues from visitors to The Championships, Wimbledon to help to ensure that it serves up a friendly experience for wheelchair users and other people with disabilities.

Busy sports events can be tricky to negotiate for people with disabilities, but disability charity QEF has formed a strong partnership with the All England Lawn Tennis Club to advise where there may be  challenges for visitors. The accessibility experts from QEF have carried out hawk-eyed surveys and brought along clients of its services who are wheelchair users to check how measures aimed at improving the experience for disabled people work in practice during the busy Championship Fortnight.

Kelda Wood will “Row to Raise” hope, awareness and vital funds for charity

Kelda Wood will row for Row to Raise

Shropshire charity founder and athlete, Kelda Wood will row 3000 kilometres solo - from La Gomera to Antigua in the Talisker Whiskey Challenge for her project Row to Raise.

Kelda, a professional sportswoman, suffered a life changing injury to her leg in 2002. Since then, she has gone on to become a member of the GB Paracanoe Squad, just missing out on selection for the Paralympic Games in Rio. She later became the first recorded adaptive woman to summit Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America.

In 2010 Kelda founded the charity Climbing Out, which runs 5-day outdoor activity programmes that use Kelda's life-long passion, sport, to help rebuild confidence and self-esteem in the young people taking part.

The British Heart Foundation Launches the Big Stitch Challenge

The BHF help beat heart disease

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is calling on all crafty shoppers from Manchester to help beat heart disease by taking part in The Big Stitch campaign.

Launching on 1st July for two weeks, style seekers can help raise vital funds for life saving heart research, by buying an item from the Chorlton BHF shop and adding their own personal stamp to it. The best will be in with a chance of winning one of three fantastic prizes.

The Chorlton BHF shop, based at 7-9 Chorlton Place, Wilbraham Road is one of 530 BHF clothing and accessory shops across the UK. BHF shops are full of amazing finds that can easily be adapted to suit your personal style, through utilising basic sewing skills and adding decorative items.

Nurseplus’ Eastbourne branch raising £500 for Leonard Cheshire

Nurseplus’ Eastbourne branch raising £500 for Leonard Cheshire

Enthusiastic ramblers from Nurseplus’ Eastbourne branch completed a 20-mile walk to Lewes recently, raising £500 for its chosen charity partner, Leonard Cheshire.

A team of five staff members from the healthcare recruitment company trekked from the office to the market town, passing landmarks such as the Long Man of Wilmington on the South Downs on the way. 

Kayleigh Neale, Branch Manager at Nurseplus Eastbourne, commented: “It felt fantastic to complete the challenge and it’s extremely fulfilling to know that we’ve raised money for such a worthy cause.

Summer time and the days out are easy

Summer time and the days out are easy

Make the most of the glorious weather this summer with inclusive days out inspiration from The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain. A wide range of top accessible attractions throughout the UK feature in the inspiring new guide to encourage people with diverse needs to enjoy a family day out during the holidays.

The revamped The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, now in its 10th year, offers reviews and details of ramps, accessible toilets, and parking spaces for visitors with more hidden conditions such as autism and mental illness. The guide includes reviews of over 180 venues, including great outdoor escapes such as: 

YHA Swanage unveils £1.5million refurbishment

YHA Swanage unveils £1.5million refurbishment

The result of a £1.5 million refurbishment has been unveiled at YHA Swanage in the South West.

The extensive investment at YHA Swanage has created 11 brand new en suite bedrooms and one fully accessible bedroom, which means wheelchair users will now be able to stay at the youth hostel. Importantly, the refurbishment has retained the building’s stunning Victoria heritage and period features.

The charity campaign quietly making accessible toilets safer for disabled people

Red Cord Card

Digital charity, Euan’s Guide, is using the Red Cord Card Campaign to everybody understand why emergency cords in accessible toilets shouldn’t be tampered with.

Euan’s Guide, the charity used by disabled people to review, share and discover accessible places to visit, is celebrating 30,000 requests of its popular Red Cord Card. The cards were created by the charity in 2015 to educate the public and increase awareness around safety in accessible loos.

Captur your imagination in Renault crossover

The Renault Captur

Launched in 2013, The Renault Captur is ideal for drivers who need to carry lots of equipment, but who don’t want to compromise on lower running costs.

Last year it was named Best Compact SUV at the BusinessCar Awards, and two years ago the Captur gained the accolade of Most Highly Rated Car at the Honest John Awards – which are voted for by website users.

Dan Harrison, Editor of, said:

“Families like its outstanding value and practicality with owners very satisfied thanks to its frugal fuel economy and everyday usability – and giving it five stars as a result.”

Paul Flanagan, Managing Director, Groupe Renault UK and Ireland, said:  

Revolutionary Glove Handed Two Awards

The RAPAEL Smart Glove is Handed Two Awards

A SOUTH Korean company has been awarded two prestigious accolades for its creation of a virtual reality glove that is transforming recovery times of stroke victims by a leading care provider with the RAPAEL Smart Glove.

Blackwood recognised the company, NEOFECT, as the winner in the ‘Best Aids and Equipment’ and ‘Best Accessible Technology’ categories for its RAPAEL Smart Glove and RAPAEL Smart Pegboard – both of which are used in the rehabilitation and treatment of patients following serious injury or stroke. 

The ingenious design, which highlights just how today’s technology can be adapted for patient care, was very well received by the panel at the Blackwood Design Awards, which aim to celebrate the great and good of innovations to help people who have disabilities.

Without Walls celebrates groundbreaking outdoor arts by disabled artists

Without Walls

Without Walls is supporting three disabled artists to create and tour work across the UK as part of its 2018 commissioning programme of thirteen new shows, and a further two disability - company led shows previously commissioned to tour across England.

One of these new shows, WIRED by Flex Dance and solo performer George William has reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards – an award that celebrates the inspirational people and projects who do extraordinary things - and is competing in the Best Arts Project category.

This programme exemplifies Without Walls’ dedication to placing new, political, but entertaining and accessible, outdoor shows in front of audiences of up to one million people from all over the country.

Charity walk takes place in Birmingham for Deafblind Awareness Week

Sense the national disability charity

Sense are brining together disabled people, families, and carers, participated in an inclusive walk in Cannon Hill Park on Monday 25 June, to help raise awareness of the needs of the people with complex disabilities.

Organised by the national disability charity, Sense, the walk is one of ten taking place across the country for Deafblind Awareness Week (24 – 30 June 2018). The walks promote well-being, and healthy living, and also provide an opportunity to engage with local communities.

The participants came from TouchBase Pears, the new community and disability service which serves Birmingham.

Jon Fearn, from Sense, led the walk. He said:

Pioneering new service in Birmingham to officially open

Pioneering new service in Birmingham to officially open

TouchBase Pears, the new £14 million building in Selly Oak, Birmingham will have its official opening on Monday 9 July, when it is visited by HRH The Princess Royal, it was announced today.

Developed by the national disability charity, Sense, TouchBase Pears will provide specialist provision for people with complex disabilities, including deafblindness, as well as well as services for the wider community.

The charity’s Royal Patron will be special guest at the opening ceremony on Monday, also attended by supporters, business leaders and members of the public, taking a tour of the centre, and meeting those responsible its successful development.

The founder of accessible holiday accommodation bookings portal Handiscover, Sebastien Archambeaud talks to UCan2

Little boy on a Handiscover holiday

The founder of accessible holiday accommodation bookings portal Handiscover, Sebastien Archambeaud talks to UCan2 about how he created a whole community for travellers with disabilities and special needs, following his own family’s experience…

When did Handiscover begin and what was the reason for setting up business?

Going for gold with Dragon

David Burdus

You would expect the 1994 winner of England’s Young Business Achiever to have celebrated many professional and personal highs since being honoured with the prestigious accolade. And it is fair to state that success has characterised much of what David Burdus has accomplished in the last 21 years, particularly since establishing Burdus Communications. This venture has seen him involved in world-class sports events and iconic building projects, while spearheading pioneering initiatives to promote inclusion in society, sport and in private and public sector organisations.

Change for the better

Open Days To Boost Community Integration

Open Days To Boost Community Integration

Open days are being hosted throughout England and Wales by the country’s third largest private care provider with the aim of boosting community integration for people with learning disabilities, mental health and acquired brain injury.

Across the UK residential and supported living services run by the Regard Group are opening their doors to participate in specially-devised events with the common theme of ‘Linking Communities’.

Carole Edmond, CEO of Regard, said: “Community involvement is so important to the people we support.

“The aim of our open days is to extend their network of friendship, because this translates into real day-to-day involvement and participation, and promotes their ability to live their lives to the full.

The Honda Motability Scheme

Honda Jazz

If you’ve ever owned a Honda Jazz or even been in a passenger in one, you’ll know how comfortable the car is – but don’t just take our word for it. The Jazz is a great all-rounder and has been popular since it was launched back in 2001. Now in its third generation, the Jazz was awarded Most Reliable Small Car in What Car? Awards 2017 and has just added another piece of silverware to its trophy cabinet.

In fact, Honda recently bagged three of the top awards in this year’s Honest John Awards – hosted by the popular motoring website – with the Jazz winning the gong for small hatchback of the year.

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Assynt Crofters’ Trust launches its new Scottish Wheelyboat

A Wheelyboat in action

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Assynt Crofters’ Trust taking ownership of the beautiful North Assynt Estate in the Highlands of Scotland, comprising of 21,300 acres with over 200 lochs. As part of a week-long celebration, the Trust will launch their new Coulam 16 Wheelyboat on Loch Drumbeg. The lochs are only accessible to the fit and able-bodied and therefore Assynt Crofters’ Trust is launching their new Wheelyboat to be able to offer all the Trust’s visitors, regardless of age or ability, the opportunity to fish and watch wildlife in this stunning setting.