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.

What the experts say

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. 

British charity to support women in disability sport by sponsoring athletes across four major disability sports

Path to Success to support women in disability sport by sponsoring athletes across four major disability sports

Leading disability charity Path to Success has announced the sponsorship of twelve female para-athletes who are seeking to realise their dream of winning Paralympic Gold for Great Britain.
The Path to Tokyo campaign will provide financial support for aspiring athletes in four major disability sports: Para Powerlifting, Para Badminton, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis.
Path to Success has pledged over £100K to the campaign over the next three years, which will cover the cost of coaching, training, travel, equipment and specialised sports wheelchairs for the sponsored athletes. 
The recipients of Path to Tokyo sponsorship are:

Mayor opens new sensory garden at Optalis’ respite service

Optalis respite centre new sensory garden

Optalis respite service centre in Maidenhead that supports people with learning and physical disabilities has officially opened its new sensory garden for customers to coincide with Learning Disability Week 2018.

The service, which is run by social care provider Optalis, enables carers to take an essential break from their caring role. The break can be for a few hours, an overnight stay or several days.

The new garden on Allenby Road, features a special selection of self-watering plants and materials, laid out in such a way to stimulate the senses.

Highlights include a sensory log cabin, a mini-golf course and a wheelchair swing.

Accessible parks for National Picnic Week

Accessible parks for National Picnic Week

Pack up the hamper and celebrate National Picnic Week (18-24 June) and the increasingly warm weather,  a series of top accessible parks and inclusive parks throughout Great Britain feature in an inspiring new guide to encourage people with diverse needs to enjoy a day out.

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, green locations perfect for an alfresco adventure.

UK’s largest all-inclusive mass participation event comes to Scotland for the first time

UK’s largest all-inclusive mass participation event comes to Scotland for the first time

Parallel Glasgow opens for registration: The UK’s largest all-inclusive mass participation fun run will take place in Scotland for the first time on 2 September 2018 as Glasgow’s George Square plays host to a mini family festival of active lifestyle activities. 

Parallel will welcome thousands of people of all ages and abilities to take part in a series of fun runs from 5km to 100m, including the ever popular Super Sensory 1km course. The award-winning event places disability inclusion at the heart of the experience, operating with the spirit of ‘Start Together, Finish Whenever’. Registration for the first ever Scotland event is open at

Essex All Together ambassador inspires others with new song ‘Don’t Tell Me’

All Together

Justine Harrington, 28, from Basildon, who was born with a visual impairment, is hoping to encourage more disabled people to get involved with physical activity and sport through All Together and the launch of her new song and music video; ‘Don’t Tell Me’.

Having been involved with the inclusive Active Essex ambassador scheme ‘All Together’ since 2017, Justine has used her passion to help break down some of the misconceptions around disability sport. 

Justine strongly believes that everyone, whatever their level of ability or learning, should have the same opportunities to access sport and physical activity.

Tapscott Learning Trust CEO welcomed by Prime Minister and Education Secretary at Number 10

Tapscott Learning Trust

Newham head teacher and CEO of the Tapscott Learning Trust, Paul Harris, has been hailed for his hard work, talent and commitment by the Prime Minister and Education Secretary.

Paul was one of only one hundred UK teachers invited to a Downing Street reception aimed at championing visionary educational leaders and celebrating their commitment to giving every child an excellent education.

Teachers from schools across the country were invited to the evening reception, which was hosted by the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education. Both paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of the profession.