Kidz to Adultz Scotland welcomes 1500 visitors to The Royal Highland Centre


Around 1500 people headed to Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre on 15th September for Kidz to Adultz Scotland – one of the largest, free Scottish events dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them. 

Over 80 exhibitors were able to offer advice, support and information to attendees: mobility, communication, equipment and technology, beds and seating, toys and learning aids, funding, sports and much more. 

Disabled children almost twice as likely to be target of crime

Disabled children are almost twice as likely to be victims of crime as non-disabled children, according to a new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.  The Commission’s research found that 22% of disabled young people in England and Wales aged 10-15 had been the victim of crime in the previous 12 months, compared to 12% of non-disabled young people of the same age. 

Equality and Human Rights Commission Chair David Isaac has called the findings “a wake-up call”, which brings into question our assumptions on the legacy of the London Paralympic Games.   

LATE is Scotland's first fully inclusive club night for people with learning disabilities

LATE is Scotland's first fully inclusive club night for people with learning disabilities

LATE is Scotland's first Fully fully inclusive club night -Dates n Mates, a Glasgow based dating agency for people with learning difficulties, and C-Change, a supported living charity, to launch Scotland’s first and only inclusive nightclub. With music from Capital FM radio DJ Garry Spence and DJ Bowers, who is supported by C-Change, LATE provides people with and without disabilities with the opportunity to enjoy a safe, exciting nightclub experience.

Sporting Bear’s North West raises £7000 for the Wingate Centre at the Cholmondeley Power and Speed Festival 2016

The Sporting Bear’s Motor Club has raised a staggering £7,000 for The Wingate Centre at this year’s annual Power and Speed Festival held at Cholmondeley Castle. The centre, based in South Cheshire, runs residential holidays for children and young adults with physical and learning disabilities from the local area and beyond.

Intrepid charity champions to take on 26-mile mountain trek challenge

A mum-of-two will trek the length of a marathon through some of Scotland’s toughest terrain in just 12 hours to raise money for the charity that cares for her daughter.

Rosie McGearey, of South Queensferry, will tackle the Great Glencoe Challenge on 2 July on behalf of Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation, Royal Blind.

Rosie’s daughter, Ciara, aged 19, lost her sight after contracting meningitis as a baby. She attended the Royal Blind School in Morningside and now has several nights respite care each week at the charity’s Forward Vision transitional service for young adults.

Now the 48-year-old former RAF medic, who is a full-time carer for Ciara, says she feels it is her duty to pay the charity back for its support.

Life Planning for those with a Disability

Being the carer for a relative, young adult or close family friend who is disabled is a demanding and strenuous undertaking. Planning for your future and that of a dependent with a disability brings with it added complexity due to circumstances; this can often appear a very daunting challenge. With the right guidance and advice, however, it really doesn’t have to be a daunting process. There are many ways to protect those with a disability who you may care for, ensuring that everything is in place for a bright future with their best interests at the forefront.  

Mental health a “top priority” Government tells British Youth Council

The Government has today (Thursday 25th February 2016) released its Official Response to the British Youth Council’s Youth Select Committee Report - ‘Young People’s Mental Health’. The joint response from the Department for Education and Department of Health declares mental health and well-being as a ‘top priority in both departments’. It goes on to state that mental health has been “undervalued, underfunded and under prioritised for far too long”.