Nominate your local disability sporting hero for the Active Essex Sports Awards 2018

 Active Essex Sports Awards 2018

Nominations are now open for the Active Essex Sports Awards 2018, an annual event that celebrates the outstanding achievements of sporting organisations and individuals.

The event recognises local sporting heroes from grassroots to an elite level, and following last year’s great response, public votes have returned for three of the 11 awards – including the ‘Disabled Sports Personality of the Year’ category.

The award celebrates athletes who have made a significant impact in the last year at a national or international level, either individually or as part of a team. The award is open to all ages and disabilities.

Study by the FSA exposes young people with food allergies fear eating out

Study by the FSA exposes young people with food allergies fear eating out

A new study conducted by the Food Standards Agency ( FSA ) has exposed that a high percentage of young people aged between 16-24 with food allergies fear eating out at restaurants and in some cases, have specifically avoided going out to eat. 

The FSA study showed a staggering 64% of food allergy sufferers had avoided going out in the last 6 months. These results could be down to the lack of faith allergen sufferers have in restaurants and menu options, or it could be that they're comfortable with a certain restaurant and do not wish to 'create a scene' at a new establishment. 

Wheelchair basketball tournament raises over £20,000 for disabled female athletes

Meg Hillier, MP with Anita Choudhrie at the basketball tournament in aid of disabled female athletes

A charity Wheelchair Basketball Tournament held at the Olympic Park has raised over £20,000 to support disabled female athletes, with further funds expected to be raised over the next month. 

The tournament took place at the iconic Copper Box Arena and was organised by leading disability charity Path to Success. More than 100 people attended the tournament, as ten corporate teams took to the court to battle for the title of ‘Corporate Wheelchair Basketball Champion’. 

Blackrow Farm: accessible accommodation in picturesque Dorset

Blackrow Farm - the wheelchair-accessible cottages

Blackrow Farm offers self-catering holiday cottages in Dorset with wheelchair access and all facilities designed for use by disabled guests. The accommodation is suitable for all, but special attention has been paid to guests with mobility needs.

The accommodation is provided in an old red brick barn and former dairy and pig sty that have been converted and furnished with taste and attention to detail. Bedrooms, bathrooms and wet rooms are well appointed and the kitchen/living areas look out onto the glorious views of the Blackmore Vale.

Voucher scheme initiative 'to tackle social care crisis'

Busy Bees Group founder John Woodward OBE has suggested a social care vouchers scheme

An adult social care vouchers scheme has been put forward by John Woodward OBE, president and founder of the Busy Bees Group, to help solve the social care crisis in the UK. Both Mr Woodward and the organisation were instrumental in lobbying the government to help working families with childcare costs via a non-taxable benefit. The result was the Childcare Voucher scheme which launched in 2005 and has helped more than 600,000 families. Here, John explains how the voucher scheme could work for adults needing care…

For disabled people living in their own homes or in residential care, how is the cost of social care currently being met?

Supported living scheme for disabled adults launched by Baroness Grey-Thompson​

Supported living
Baroness Grey-Thompson has officially opened the doors of a new £3m supported living development for vulnerable adults. 

Baroness 'Tanni' Grey-Thompson won a total of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, held over 30 world records and won the London Marathon six times between 1992 and 2002. 

Bluebell Court, a £3m development of sixteen new apartments in Shiremoor, North Tyneside enables people with physical and learning disabilities to live independently in their own homes.

The scheme was developed by HBV, the specialist supported housing developer and its joint venture partner Morgan Sindall Investments Limited (MSIL). The joint venture is rolling out hundreds of new apartments across the UK for disabled people. 

Solar Care Homes Becomes Part Of The Regard Group

Solar Care Homes Becomes Part Of The Regard Group

The Regard Group, the UK’s third largest private care provider in its sector, has strengthened its presence in the South West with the acquisition of the Cornwall-based Solar Care Homes Ltd. 

This latest acquisition has increased Regard’s portfolio to 167 services, offering 16 new beds in Redruth to adults with learning disabilities, autism and physical disabilities. 

CEO Carole Edmond said: “One of Solar Care’s services is rated Outstanding by the CQC, and we were attracted to them because their vision matches our own - to provide excellent care and support, to continuously improve the quality of our service and to make people’s lives better every day. 

Heathcotes launches garden pod initiative

garden pod

Care provider, Heathcotes Group, is rolling out a new development initiative across its estates with the construction of gardens pods providing new self-contained space for residents to use. The first pod has been completed at Heathcotes Larkrise in South London, one of the company’s specialist residential services for adults who have Autism, complex learning disabilities and associated challenging behaviour.  Designed by Heathcotes’ in-house architectural consultancy, JDS Design, the accommodation includes kitchenette, lounge, bedroom, toilet and shower room, private patio area and garden space.

Majority of employers struggle to know where to source disabled talent

disabled man working

The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) has launched RIDI 100: a directory of recruitment service providers which are committed to the inclusion of disabled jobseekers. The introduction of the resource comes in response to a survey of internal hiring managers which found that 70% of employers struggle to know where to source disabled talent. The same study found that just 11% of HR professionals feel ‘confident’ in knowing where to find candidates with a disability. 

Winners of Inventor Prize JUST announced - Bristol designer wins £5,000 for Braille e-reader

Winner of Inventor Prize

Little over a year ago, the Inventor Prize was launched as part of the Industrial Strategy, in order to find Britain’s grassroots and garden shed inventors. Today innovation foundation Nesta, supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), is announcing 1 overall winner and two recognition awards, from their ten shortlisted finalists. The awardees will receive £50,000, £15,000 and £5,000 respectively, to help get their product to market.

Universal credit and disability – are you prepared?

Man at computer trying to fathom Universal Credit

Universal Credit will be rolled out across England and Wales next year, moving claimants’ existing benefits to a single monthly payment which must be applied for online.

Charities and organisations have expressed concern that the most vulnerable of people will be left out of pocket if more support is not given – so where does this leave disabled claimants?

The National Audit Office carried out a report on Universal credit, which was published in July, and said there was no practical alternative to continuing with Universal Credit as proceedings had already begun. It studied some areas included in a pilot scheme. 

4 ways to create an easy access bathroom

 easy access bathroom

As we get a little older, it certainly pays to think about how our bathrooms may need to adapt to changes in circumstance. For those of us reaching retirement age, it is worth seeking out some good independent bathroom ideas, to help you maintain your independence.

Whilst most of us carry on leading happy and healthy lives, your mobility may become restricted simply due to old age or some form of disability. This can mean disruption to your everyday routine, with things like getting in and out of the bath becoming more difficult.

WheelPower set to host annual National Junior Games event

WheelPower set to host annual National Junior Games event schedule

The National Junior Games is just one of WheelPower’s many wheelchair-friendly and inclusive sporting events designed to increase the importance of how sport can play a vital positive role in the wellbeing and mental health of young disabled people across the country.

Latest national research suggests that non-disabled people are twice (46.6%) as likely to play sport than disabled people (24.4%).

The flagship event, aimed at disabled children aged 12-18 years old, provides a superb opportunity to take time out of the classroom and discover sport in a safe, welcoming and friendly environment. This year some 140 participants from across the country are expected to attend.

40,000 Urged to sign-up to the largest ever study of depression and anxiety to transform mental health care for future generations

Glad Logo

Researchers at King’s College London are launching the largest ever single study of depression and anxiety. By recruiting at least 40,000 people in England who have experienced either depression or anxiety at some point in their life, the Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) study will make important strides towards better understanding of these disorders and improving the lives of future patients. GLAD will provide a ‘bank’ of potential participants for future studies on the genetic aspects of these two conditions and reduce the time-consuming process of recruiting patients for research.

Alicia Wood, Head of Public Affairs at Dimensions, comments on the government’s response to the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme Second Annual Report

Alicia Wood, Head of Public Affairs at Dimensions, comments on the government’s response to the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme Second Annual Report

“The Second Annual LeDeR Report published in May sent shockwaves through the social care sector. Today, Dimensions welcomes the Government’s much-anticipated response. It goes a long way to assuring us that the government recognises the urgent need to stamp out the profound health inequalities that people with learning disabilities experience.