Win an Amplicomms Power Tel M6300



Simple Phone makes a Big Noise – the amplicomms PowerTel M6300

The battery on the amplicomms M6300 will last around 7 days, with a ring tone that will match a Rolling Stones concert, at 90dB’s and powerful vibrate, so you won’t miss any calls.  You’ll also be able to hear conversations, as the volume booster button will increase the call much louder than a regular mobile.

In case of an emergency, the M6300 eases the stress as it comes with an SOS button to call 5 selected nearest and dearest until the call is answered.  

The M6300 is an amplified phone designed for people with hearing loss, but for simple phone calls, text messaging,Bluetooth connectivity and a long battery life this is one of the Smartest Phones you need.  

Koller Supports a Community Transport Event in Devon

Car parts

The annual Transport for Your Community Conference will once again take place on 1 March in the Kenn Centre, Exeter, and Koller, specialists in the design and manufacture of wheelchair accessible vehicle products, will be showing their support for the event by exhibiting several products from their range.

Transport for Your Community (TFYC) represents and provides support to a range of community transport providers across Devon. The annual conference brings together a variety of suppliers who deliver an invaluable service to people in the county.

Campaigners renew calls on government to take action on MenB vaccine

Campaigners are calling on the government to take action a year after the death of two-year-old Faye Burdett, who fell ill with Meningitis B. 

Her death signalled the largest ever public health petition to allow children up to the age of five to receive the Meningitis B vaccine, instead of existing plans which restricts the jab to babies between the ages of two and five months old. 

More than 820,000 people signed the petition to extend the programme to cover other age groups, as existing provision only protects around 25% of cases.

Campaigners would also like to see adolescents vaccinated to reduce the amount of bacteria that causes meningitis to be carried and spread.

Charity embarks on campaign to increase social care funding amid "sweetheart deal" claims

hft-five-final-logo-01.jpgA national charity that works to support adults with learning disabilities has spoken out in concern over claims that Surrey County Council is involved in a "sweetheart deal" with the government. 

Hft is embarking on a campaign to get local authorities to support calls to increase central government funding for the learning disability sector by five per cent. 

Campaign launches to develop deeper understanding of attitudes towards home adaptations

 home adaptations

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to fund research into older people’s views on adapted homes.

It is hoped insight drawn from the work will help to improve support services and enable more people to live independently.

The campaign, launched on Crowdfunder – – has been set up by Foundations, the national body for England’s 200 not-for-profit home improvement agencies.

William Merritt Charity Moves into New Disable Living Centre


The William Merritt Disabled Living Centre have moved into a newly renovated building in Leeds and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and the Lord and Lady Mayoress officially unveiled the plaque on Friday 27th January 2017 and on Saturday the local community enjoyed the continued celebrations and got the opportunity to have a look around the new Centre. Guests enjoyed cake, sweets donated from Haribo, and samples from Wiltshire Farm Foods.

What it’s really like to date with a disability


Often surrounded by misconceptions, Leslie Ostrander, an Ambassador of Bard Care, sets the record straight. 

Can I find love, true love after spinal cord injury?  Who will love me just as I am?  I asked myself these questions for years.  I was confident in many areas of my life.  I conquered snow skiing, competed in “beauty” pageants (I was really after the scholarship money), and attended college.  But love?  Somehow that seemed unattainable.

I was in my early twenties and was satisfied with my life.  I had a great career.  I had a chic one-bedroom apartment in the suburb of Atlanta.  I travelled.  I had a core group of supporting friends.  I was comfortable with who I had become and the direction my life was headed.

Ground-Breaking Designs for People with Disabilities Win Top Awards

The Blackwood Design Awards


Digital glasses which assist people who have lost the use of their arms and a wheelchair that goes up and down steps have been crowned the winners of a “Dragons’ Den” style design competition.

The Blackwood Design Awards - which discover, and champion, new and innovativeideas to improve the lives of those with physical or learning disabilities - recently took place at the Dundee Contemporary Arts centre and saw nine shortlisted inventors pitch for the top spot. 

This year, for the first time, the competition was made up of two distinct categories. 

Ambition interrupted: Young Carers Awareness Day

A leading politician has spoken out on Young Carers Awareness Day to support young people with big dreams. 

Charities and organisations are today recognising the thousands of young people in the UK who provide care for family members. 

s216_david_mowat_960x640.jpgThere are an estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK who support people in or outside the family home who are physically or mentally ill, disabled or misusing drugs or alcohol. The median age of these young people is 13 and on average, two carers in every UK secondary school miss or cut short around 10 weeks of school each year because of their caring role. 

Blind Veterans UK supports GP training days

Blind Veterans

National military charity Blind Veterans UK is involved in an innovative joint project supporting Health Education England in delivering a series of half day and full day training sessions on veterans’ healthcare for GPs across England.

Blind Veterans UK, which provides free services and support for all veterans, no matter when they served and how they lost their sight, was approached to take part in the programme which launched in 2015 and delivered its first training event of 2017 this week in Lancaster. Blind Veterans UK, along with other military charities, supported the project by providing a variety of speakers across the country in 15 sessions run during the last academic year, with a further 15 booked during this academic year, 2016/2017. 

WheelPower – British Wheelchair Sport Junior Sports Camp - Saturday 25th March 2017

WheelPower – British Wheelchair Sport Junior Sports Camp - Saturday 25th March 2017

WheelPower – British Wheelchair Sport will be hosting a Junior Sports Camp at Stoke Mandeville Stadium on Saturday 25th March 2017. Entry, accommodation and payment forms are attached. Completed forms should be returned by Thursday 16th March 2017.


The Junior Sports Camp is open to youngsters aged 11-18 with a physical impairment. The camp will provide the opportunity to receive coaching in a number of sports. The sports on offer will include Archery, Wheelchair Basketball, Cue Sports, Field Athletics, Shooting, Table Tennis and Tennis. The sports sessions will take place between 09:30 and 16:30.


The entry fee is £9 per person and a lunch will be provided.


HRH The Princess Royal opens Spinal Injury Service at Livability Holton Lee

The Princess Royal

HRH The Princess Royal officially opened a brand new facility in Dorset yesterday – the Livability Spinal Injury Centre. 

Based in the grounds of Livability Holton Lee – a wellbeing discovery centre set in 350 acres of Dorset countryside – the new service is part of the national charity, Livability

The Livability Spinal Injury Centre will provide respite and rehabilitation services to people with spinal cord injury (SCI). 

‘Wheelchair versus buggy’ ruling welcomed

wheelchair user and bus

Yesterday’s bus space ‘wheelchair versus buggy’ Supreme Court judgment has been hailed a “significant change of culture.”
Wheelchair user Doug Paulley, who brought the case, is reportedly “absolutely delighted” with the ruling – which means bus drivers will have to do more to ensure wheelchair users can get on buses.

Previously passengers with buggies occupying wheelchair spaces could be ‘requested’ to vacate the space. But FirstGroup’s policy did not require any more of their drivers than simply making the request. 

Disability North announces return of popular exhibition

The largest independent living event in north of England is opening its doors once again to give disabled people access to must-have products and services. logo_0.jpg

Disability North has been hosting the free event for disabled or elderly people and their families, in addition to carers and healthcare professionals, for the past 30 years.

Now event organisers are on the hunt for leading businesses and suppliers in the sector to exhibit at the show, which is organised in partnership with Moving and Handling People North. 

Exhibitors will be able to meet directly with potential customers and publicise themselves at the biggest event of the year. 

New MD for care-provider regard

New Regard MD Carole Edmond

The appointment has been announced of Carole Edmond as the new managing director for The Regard Group, the UK’s fourth largest private organisation providing supported living and residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury.

Her arrival coincides with a period of significant growth at Regard which currently cares for more than 1,100 people, with a dedicated staff of over 2,200 people working at 148 locations throughout the UK.  

The organisation has opened 13 new services over the past year, with another three due to open during the first three months of 2017.

Regard’s CEO, Sandie Foxall-Smith, said: “We are delighted to have Carole join us at what is shaping up to be a very exciting time for Regard.