CMG Launches First Care Initiative In Conjunction With Surrey Council and Care Providers 

CMG staff photograph

Care Management Group (CMG) has joined with Surrey County Council and other care providers, to launch a new programme and tool, aimed at transforming care for people living with learning disabilities and other associated complex needs. 

The collaboration, which was launched in Portcullis House with the support of Tom Brake MP, brought together CMG; Consensus; Choice Care Group; Dimensions; Pathway For Care; and Surrey County Council for the first time. It saw the launch of the pioneering Surrey Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Quality Experience Tool and the Surrey Coaches Programme.

New Research Into Health & Wellbeing Of RDA Volunteering

Group of people Volunteering

A Sport England-funded study is set to reveal the impact of RDA volunteering on health and wellbeing. The biggest survey of its kind carried out by RDA aims to capture information from as many of the charity’s 19,000 volunteers as possible.

“There is plenty of anecdotal evidence about the importance of volunteering in how people feel about themselves, and RDA volunteers are no exception,” explains Matt Cobble, Volunteer Development Manager at RDA UK. “But we have never been able to back that up with proper research. With Sport England now recognising volunteering in sport as an activity in its own right, now is a great time for us to find out if there really is a positive impact on those who take part.”

DWP refuses to reveal police forces that share information on disabled protesters

DWP refuses to reveal police forces that share information on disabled protesters

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to say which police forces have passed on video footage and other information about claimants of disability benefits who have taken part in anti-fracking and anti-austerity protests.

DWP’s attempt to hide its links with police forces has caused fresh anger among activists, who have this week called on disabled people to complain to their MPs, as well as police forces and DWP itself.

They have also called for disabled people to support those activists affected by such police actions.

Online abuse law not fit for purpose, says Petitions Committee

Woman in wheelchair reading abuse on her mobile phone

The Petitions Committee has published its report "Online abuse and the experience of disabled people", revealing the extreme level of abuse that disabled people receive online.

The disabled people who took part in the inquiry were enthusiastic users of social media, but many were driven from online platforms while their "abusers went unchecked."

The inquiry was triggered by a petition started by Katie Price, who has a disabled child, which attracted 221,914 signatures before it closed early due to the 2017 General Election.  

Have you considered short-break caring?

Have you considered short-break caring?

Manchester City Council is recruiting short-break foster carers – people with experience of working with children who have a physical or learning disability.

You’ll help to look after a child in your own home between one and four nights a month, helping to give their family a break. Each child is matched with you, and there are plenty 
of visits and meetings for you to get to know each other before an overnight stay occurs, to make sure that the child is settled.

As a short-break carer you’ll be giving parents the time to relax a little and switch off, knowing that their child is being well cared forand having fun.  

You can fit caring around your permanent job and we’ll provide you with training and development to help you through your fostering career.

Fosdyke Sundays Put Best Foot Forward

Fosdyke Sundays In Their New Football Kit

Spalding Sunday League football club the Fosdyke Sundays is reaping the rewards of hard work invested by team manager, Dave Clarey, with the gift from his employer of a brand-new club strip. 

Dave was singled out by the Regard Group as an ‘Inspiring Leader’ for the way he manages Pipwell Manor, a supported living service for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues, at a company conference earlier this year. 

And investing in new kit for the football team Dave manages in his spare time is part of the way Regard has chosen to show their appreciation of his efforts. 

Bluebird Care Bristol is one of the best care providers in the region

Bluebird Care Bristol Staff

Bluebird Care Bristol has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care services in England. Only 1% of home care providers receive this rating.

The CQC rating was awarded following a comprehensive inspection in November 2018 and is a significant achievement, making Bluebird Care Bristol one of the best home care providers in the area.

It’s Time for a Cuppa for Dementia UK

Time for a Cuppa sale for Dementia UK

Dementia UK, the only charity caring for people with dementia and their families through specialist dementia nurses, is launching its annual Time for a Cuppa week of tea parties. Time for a Cuppa takes place March 1st-March 8th and everyone around the UK is warmly invited to pop the kettle on, bake a cake, and raise money for more specialist dementia Admiral Nurses. 

Admiral Nurses work with families during the toughest times, giving them the practical tools and emotional support they need to face dementia. They work with the person with the diagnosis, but also the entire family, keeping people connected and together for as long as possible.

Survey confirms the importance of The Sound Doctor within any self-management programme

The Sound Doctor self-management programme

Online health educator The Sound Doctor has just completed its most recent patient survey with Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which confirms the importance of its service as part of any self-managed health programme focusing on long-term conditions. 

The Sound Doctor produces world class educational health films. Following a text campaign from some Wolverhampton Practices, thousands of patient had immediate access to the Sound Doctor library of films. Most popular conditions were diabetes, lifestyle, dementia, COPD and back pain.

Wolverhampton CCG developed questions which were sent out via email and text to 130 patients.

RDA Website gets 50th Anniversary Revamp

RDA Website gets 50th Anniversary Revamp

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has launched a new website to better reflect the organisation in its 50th anniversary year.

The new site, still at, has a clear focus on attracting new participants, volunteers and donors. It’s bright and vibrant new look brings the site in line with the fresher style RDA has adopted recently. 

Visitors to the website can discover more about the impact of RDA’s life-changing activities, find their nearest group and meet some of the participants, coaches and horses who make it all happen. 

Challenging Stereotypes with Accessibility Mark 

Accessibility Mark Horse Riders

In 2019 RDA will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the success of the Accessibility Mark scheme is testament to the charity’s work in breaking down barriers and making riding a sport for all.

The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with riding centres with the aim of opening up more opportunities for disabled people to participate in riding.

The theme for RDA’s 50thanniversary year is ‘challenging stereotypes’, which is exactly what Accessibility Mark centres strive to achieve on a daily basis. 

BFI presents a history of ‘Disabled Britain on Film’ from 1911 to the present day

BFI presents a history of ‘Disabled Britain on Film’

The BFI today launches ‘Disabled Britain on Film’, a rich and varied free online collection of over 170 films, plus 20 specially curated features available to rent on BFI Player. Dating from the earliest film East End Cripples Enjoy a Happy Days Outing in Epping Forest (1911) to the most recent title,The Mask (2017), this valuable resource explores the representation of disabled people on film over the last century from across the UK.  Giving a unique insight into the lives and everyday experiences of people often hidden from screen history, the collection of fiction and non-fiction films reveals the often shocking treatment of disabled people, whilst charting changing attitudes and improved legislation around access and inclusion. 

Cornerstone Healthcare Group boosts its executive management team

Cornerstone Healthcare Group staff stood outside

Specialist neurological and mental health care providers, Cornerstone Healthcare Group are pleased to announce the appointment of Jens Kleyenstuber to their Executive Management Team as Finance Director.

Jens has extensive experience in the care sector as Head of Commercial Finance for both Lifeways Group and the Cambian Group. This knowledge, gained in private equity, will help in delivering growth at both the strategic and financial level.

Jens said “I am delighted to be joining Cornerstone, who have an exciting five-year acquisition programme to grow the business. This is a fantastic opportunity to really make a difference in this specialist care sector that is so chronically under serviced.”

Dyslexic children's author publishes second fantasy novel at 26

Dyslexic children's author publishes second fantasy novel at 26

The Forgotten Palace: An Adventure in Presadia By Luke Aylen

Lion Hudson | 23rd March 2019 | Paperback original | £7.99

Deep in the heart of Presadia’s Great Forest lie many secrets, including the ancient ruins of a once-magnificent palace. A chance encounter with a bedraggled stranger and the discovery of broken shards of a magical mirror lead Antimony, an unusually tall dwarf, on a journey to restore the palace. Amazingly, he soon finds himself in charge of a growing community who are determined to help him. Can Antimony juggle the responsibilities that have suddenly been thrust upon him while also confronting shocking truths about his own complicated past?

Into the Frame – new wheelchair fencing book promotes sport 

Wheelchair fencing competitor Jonathan David Collins

We caught up with author of a new book, Into the Frame, to chat about his love for wheelchair fencing. Jonathan David Collins spoke to our editor and is keen to promote the sport as it helps boost physical and mental health and wellbeing – yet few people know it even exists.

Jonathan said: “I was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and I have been in a wheelchair since I was 18 months old.

“I used to do a bit of swimming but due to an operation I had, it was advised I gave it up.

“A friend of mine who was a wheelchair fencer fenced at a club near me, so I went to the club and became hooked on it when I started to learn.”

Charity makes unique film available to help disabled air travellers

Charity makes unique film available to help disabled air travellers

UK charity Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) is addressing issues faced by wheelchair users when travelling by air, through the launch of a unique film ‘Your Guide to Flying with a Disability’. 

Now people thinking about flying with their powered wheelchair can see exactly what’s involved when taking a flight as the film shows every stage of the journey, from the preparation required, through check-in, security, boarding, in-flight and landing, as well as the assistance available. 

Wigwam® Holidays Unveils Accessible Cabin

Wigwam® Holidays Unveils Accessible Cabin

Wigwam® Holidays, one of the UK’s leading glamping accommodation providers, has unveiled its latest innovation: a brand new accessible cabin!

The company, which has its headquarters in Edinburgh, launched the Running Water Deluxe Accessible Wigwam® Cabin at its Annual Conference in November.

The conference was the ideal opportunity to reveal this latest innovation to new and existing Wigwam® Site owners and the event was attended by Olympic ski jumper Michael Eddie Edwards, also known as ‘Eddie the Eagle’, who was one of several guest speakers.

A number of sites are set to take delivery of the cabin ready for the 2019 season. 

Business Disability Forum welcomes greater investment in GP services, but highlights need for disability technology gap to be addressed

Business Disability Forum Mental Health Folders

Responding to the recent publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, Business Disability Forum has welcomed the additional funding announced for GP and mental health services, highlighting the vital role that many GPs play in helping disabled people remain in employment.

Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum said:

“The role that GPs and others in primary care play in supporting millions of disabled people and people with long-term conditions to stay in work often goes unnoticed. Yet for many people they make working possible, by helping them with the ongoing management of their conditions.

Smart homes to help older and disabled people get digital skills and tackle loneliness in rural areas

Smart homes to help older and disabled people get digital skills and tackle loneliness in rural areas

A number of smart homes with digitally savvy older people demonstrating tech in their own homes are being created as part of an innovative scheme to boost the nation’s digital skills.

The homes, to be created in rural West Essex by a partnership led by Uttlesford Council for Voluntary Service, will see home owners become trained ‘digital boomers’ to help others improve their digital skills. They will receive a digital assessment, before having their homes ‘kitted out’ in tech.

UK first for Heathrow and OmniServ with new Multimobby people movers

OmniServ new Multimobby people movers

New electric vehicles carry up to seven passengers through terminals quickly, efficiently and safely, improving their journey through the airport. OmniServ, the UK’s leading airline and airport assistance services provider, and Heathrow are introducing new multi-passenger electric vehicles – the Multimobby – which can carry up to seven people plus an operator through the airport’s terminal buildings quickly, efficiently and safely in a move that will significantly enhance the assistance services provided to passengers with mobility issues or other disabilities.