Vital sight loss services and support for vision impaired ex-Service personnel


Currently it is estimated that tens of thousands of blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women are battling sight loss without the specialist support available. That’s why Blind Veterans UK is asking for health and social care professionals to help those currently missing out on support by signposting them to the charity.

When someone loses their sight, specialist support and services can be vital in helping someone to overcome the challenges faced when adjusting to a life with sight loss, including loss of confidence and independence.

Families of people with learning disabilities thank care staff at awards ceremony

The contribution CMG staff members make to the lives of the people they support has been recognised at the learning disability care provider’s annual staff awards evening in London. There were hundreds of nominations across 15 categories, which all came from colleagues, the individuals CMG supports and their families.

Why is it so important that we have equality in the ambulance service?

We live in a society which is becoming increasingly ethnically diverse; and as our multiculturalism grows, so too does the risk of inequality for ethnic minorities accessing ambulance services.

The challenges thrown up by increasing ethnic diversity for both ambulance service providers and those who use them, stem from two main areas – language and communication, and limited cultural awareness.


WORKPLACE equipment supplier Slingsby is urging businesses and organisations across all industries to stock up early with salt in preparation for winter, and to avoid inferior products that often fail to melt snow and ice.

Singsby supplies more than 35,000 workplace products across all industries, including an extensive range of winter products from snow shovels to grit bins. Four years ago the company opened a state of the art salt distribution and bagging plant enabling it to offer next day delivery throughout the UK, on all quantities of salt and rock salt, ranging from 25 kg to several tonnes.

New exhibition celebrates a century of supporting visually impaired veterans in Scotland

A new exhibition celebrating one hundred years of supporting visually impaired veterans in Scotland opens today (Monday 16 November 2015) at Central Library, Edinburgh.

The exhibition describes the work of the charity Scottish War Blinded, which was established in 1915 to provide rehabilitation, emotional support as well as vocational skills training to blinded soldiers returning to Scotland from World War One.

An engaging storyboard presentation titled ‘Graft, Camaraderie & Community’ will describe how the charity has developed since 1915 as a result of further conflicts and the evolving needs of Scottish War Blinded’s membership.

Mencap launch ‘Step Up’ programme in Manchester and the West Midlands regions to get more people with a learning disability into work

To co-incide with Learning Disability Work Experience Week (9-13 November), Mencap launch their Step Up programme for young people with a learning disability or communication difficulty who have offended or are at risk of offending. The programme will engage and support participants to move into employment through social action initiatives and tailored support.

Ingenious Inventions Battle It Out For Design Award

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A hands-free computer mouse and an in-flight wheelchair are two of the short-listed entries battling it out in a “Dragons Den” inspired event to find the next rising star of design. The Blackwood Design Competition discovers, and champions, new and innovative ideas which aim to improve standards of living for those with physical or mental disabilities.

Turning the lights on for those with Limited Mobility

LightSwitchTimer23 smallWith the success of science and advent of technology, life as we know it changing leaps and bound, many innovations help to bring ease and automation into our daily life. Living independently is an advantage many of us enjoy or take for granted, but for those with limited mobility or other health problems things as simple as turning the lights on can be difficult.

UK charity calls for more action to tackle hearing loss as number of people affected rises to 11 million

There are now 11 million people (one in six) in the UK living with hearing loss according to a new report from the national charity Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID), with the number increasing to one in five people (15.6 million) by 2035, due to an ageing population. At the same time, hearing loss is the only area that has seen a decrease in medical research funding during the last decade. The charity is urgently calling on the government to stop hearing aid cuts and protect and safeguard the provision of hearing aid services which offer a lifeline to many.

Believing every child deserves the right to grow up in a nurturing and loving family is key for ARC Adoption North East

ARC AdoptionNorth East based voluntary adoption agency ARC Adoption North East continues to go from strength to strength following their first Ofsted inspection in spring 2015, which resulted in praise for their outstanding ethical and compassionate ethos, and the quality of service in general.

Established as part of the Government’s reform of the adoption system, Ofsted registered, ARC Adoption North East is one of only three voluntary adoption agencies set up this way in the UK, and the only one situated in the North.