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Christine’s zest for life sets a shining example

Christine Anstey

She may have turned 70 earlier this year, but Christine Anstey is showing no signs of slowing down, providing a shining example of how a positive approach can lead to a happier life.

 

Christine, who has a moderate learning disability, hearing impairment and a severe spinal condition, lives at Tolworth Park Road in Surbiton, a residential service run by the Regard Group, the UK’s fourth largest provider of residential and supported living care for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs.

 

She moved to Tolworth, which provides 24-hour care for up to six adults, in 2002 having previously lived at St Ebba’s Hospital in Epsom.

 

6 Things You Need to Know About Accessibility Mark

horse riding

For some people horse-riding is more than just learning to ride, the activity is also therapy, helping to build strength and balance or improving their communication skills.

The benefits to mental and physical well-being are now much endorsed, with a recent study from the charity Mind, concluding that 80% of people said their mental health improved following exercise. 

Accessibility Mark is helping to provide more opportunities for disabled riders, here we find out 6 things about the scheme that you might not know.

 

6 Things You Need to Know About Accessibility Mark 

 

Easier Access celebration event

Bradford will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Easier Access event next week in City Park  with the support of Sovereign Health Care. 

The event will be held in City Park, Bradford on Tuesday, 3 October from 10.30am until 4pm.  It will raise  awareness of disability issues as well as celebrating the achievements  of  and  positive contributions made by disabled people  within  the district.

Easier Access - People Can is an event for everyone :   It aims to attract carers, voluntary and statutory organisations and their employees, local businesses and the general public.

Building furniture, building independence

Shaun Watts

A passion for building and restoring furniture is helping a man with learning disabilities to build his confidence and independence.

Shaun Watts has built a shoe rack, a table, a stool and a chair so far from reclaimed wood and old pallets, and now wants to build a pair of speaker stands for his bedroom.

The 25-year-old lives in Longden Road, Shrewsbury, a supported living service, which has recently become part of the Regard Group, the country’s fourth largest private provider of care and specialist residential and supported living services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injuries.

Martin Simkin, team leader at Longden Road, said his own work with reclaimed wood sparked Shaun’s interest.

‘Life-saving surfing’ helps military heroes overcome trauma and injury

Military heroes who competed in a world-first adaptive surf championship in North Wales say that surfing has helped them to overcome trauma, mental ill-health and serious physical injuries.
 
Sixteen surfers, all either serving military or veterans who have battled physical or mental injury, competed for the top spots in the Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship last Saturday (23rd September 2017). The free-to-attend one-day tournament took place at inland surf lagoon Surf Snowdonia, seven miles from the sea at Conwy.
 
Winner of the open category, Yianni Karakousis, served as a Captain in the Royal Engineers. He suffered horrific injuries in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan in April 2013.
 

Bridge College Receives National Lottery Funding From Sport England To Help Get Students Active

Together Trust’s Bridge College has been given £50,000 of National Lottery funding by Sport England to encourage students to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each week.

 

Sport England’s new strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ puts tackling inactivity at the heart of what they do. As part of this initiative, Sport England is investing £5 million into projects in colleges that will support their inactive students into regular activity

 

Run by the leading North West charity, Together Trust, the college based in Openshaw, Manchester is non-residential specialist education college for students aged 16 to 25 years with disabilities, complex needs and autism.

 

The William Merritt Centre announce new AccessAbility Exhibition

AccessAbility

The William Merritt Centre are pleased to announce the new name for their annual exhibition is the AccessAbility Exhibition. It will take place on 11th October 2017 at the Centenary Pavilion, Leeds United Football Club between 10.00am and 3.00pm,showcasing new and innovative assistive technology, providing information and advice to enable greater independence for disabled children and adults or those with additional needs.

 

Following a successful exhibition last year, the name has been updated to reflect the impressive array of equipment, adaptations and advice on offer, encouraging people to come along and see what new innovations are available.

 

National awards celebrate efforts to support independent living

Two pioneering organisations providing vital, tailored services to thousands of vulnerable people have been jointly crowned Home Improvement Agency Service of the Year.

West of England (WE) Care & Repair and Millbrook Healthcare received their awards from Lord Best at a ceremony held at the House of Lords and sponsored by Pro Care, Whale Pumps and Mira Showers.

The annual Home Improvement Agency and Handyperson Award Winners, organised by Foundations, celebrate work by 200 social value driven organisations throughout England that provide adaptations and other services designed to help disabled and older people live independently in their own homes.

Breaking down barriers at heritage places across the South West of England

The Heritage Ability project,

The South West is full of wonderful heritage places to explore, from caves to historic houses and sweeping landscapes. According to the Papworth Trust, disabled adults in the North and South West report the highest number of life areas (education and leisure) where participation is restricted.  Despite the efforts of museums, galleries and other leisure attractions, feedback from disabled and Deaf people suggests there is more that can be done to make these places more accessible. 

Abacus Healthcare to offer Gemini bath demonstrations and Tiny the Turtle prize at Rise 4 Disability     

Abacus Healthcare

Abacus Healthcare will be demonstrating its popular Gemini power assisted platform bath and offering the chance to win a new ‘Tiny the Turtle’ cuddly toy at Rise 4 Disability. 

 7th September: Rise 4 Disability, Stand C7, Kent Showground, Maidstone, ME14 3JF, 10am - 4pm, free admission.

Breakfast meeting to celebrate supported housing at Scunthorpe

supported housing

Creative Support North Lincolnshire joins national campaign day to celebrate supported housing.

Creative Support is highlighting the contribution supported housing makes to North Lincolnshire as part of today's Starts at Home day.

Starts at Home, now in its second year and run by the National Housing Federation, celebrates how this housing helps hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people regain their independence and confidence.

The UK’s first discount card for people with disabilities has arrived

discount card

Introducing the Diversability Card, the official discount card for people with disabilities, providing exclusive and market-leading discounts with the UK’s favourite brands, service and entertainment providers.  

 

The card has been founded by disability rights campaigner Shani Dhanda, who lives with a rare genetic condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, more commonly known as Brittle Bone Disease, affecting only one in 15,000 people in the UK. With mainstream media throwing out images of unattainable perfection, lacking any social and cultural relevance to ethnic minority communities, raising awareness around disability and diversity is Shani’s passion. 

 

Bristol veteran in journey to Isle of Man TT after losing arm in motorcycling accident

Chris Ganley

A military veteran and rifleman from Clevedon, Bristol who suffered extreme and life changing injuries after a motorcycling accident now aims to race at the ‘deadly’ Isle of Man TT in 2023. Chris Ganley, 28, hopes to make history by being the first to race at the TT with only one arm.

During the accident, Chris’ left arm was ripped off and his right arm was broken so badly that the doctors questioned whether to rebuild the arm or to amputate it. He says, “my injuries were horrific. In addition to losing my left arm and coming close to losing my right, I also broke my spine in three places which has left me with nerve damage and weak muscles in my core and back.

“I also suffered a bleed on my brain, broken ribs and popped lung – I’m very lucky to be alive.”

Inaugural golf day

golf day

Limbcare and the Disabled Golf Association bring the able bodied and disabled together to launch their inaugural golf day

 

National charity Limbcare, which supports amputees across the UK, has partnered with the Disabled Golf Association to launch their inaugural Golf Day, to raise funds for both worthwhile causes. It is the first time Limbcare and the Disabled Golf Association have worked collaboratively and the day will bring together the able bodied and the disabled for a day of fun, competition and fundraising.   

Theraposture to demonstrate why it is the considered choice at Rise 4 Disability

Theraposture

Theraposture, the leading specialist for tailor-made adjustable beds, chairs and care cots, will be providing informative demonstrations of its trusted Rotoflex turning bed system and future-proof Mascot cot at Rise 4 Disability.

7th September: Rise 4 Disability, Stand B1, Kent Showground, Maidstone, ME14 3JF, 10am - 4pm, free admission.

5 great accessible days out in County Durham

accessible holidays

If you're looking for an accessible day out in the North of England, you won't find many better regions to visit than County Durham. The area is a treasure trove of activities that are both fun and educational, with plenty to do and see.

To help you plan your trip, we've listed our five favourite accessible attractions in the county, with something to suit everyone. Read on to find out more.

Hall Hill Farm

Who'll love it: Younger visitors and animal lovers.

Hall Hill Farm is a fantastic day out for the whole family, with plenty of animals to pet and feed, as well as a host of activities to take part in.

Service Users Enjoy a Fantastic Day of Fun!

Woman in wheelchair

Service users and staff members at Care Management Group (CMG), a leading provider of specialist residential care, supported living services and domiciliary care for people with learning disabilities, joined together at CMG’s Lilliputs Day Centre in Hornchurch to celebrate the organisations unique, annual ‘Service User Conference’.

 

Attended by over 300 members of staff and service users, the event provided a brilliant opportunity to join together in fun filled activities and entertainment.

 

Which Door Entry Systems Suit You?

Norman Niven

Norman Niven Chief Executive of telmenow.com, a company which offers technology products for independent living, discusses the different door entry systems available to help the user feel more secure at home. 

 

There is a vast array of door entry systems on the market and, depending on what level of monitoring you are looking for, something will be available to help with additional safety precautions.

 

Whether you need a gadget for your own peace of mind, or if it is for a loved one and you want to provide that extra sense of security, there should be something or a combination of products which suit your needs. 

 

Yorkshire Paralympic hero to take on 969-mile cycle across Britain for disability charity

Yorkshire Paralympic hero to take on 969-mile cycle across Britain for disability charity

-          Hebden Bridge’s Steve Bate MBE will attempt the feat on a ‘fat bike’, the first time this has ever been done
 
-          The 39-year-old, who only has 6% of his vision remaining, will lead a group of ten cyclists who are raising money for national disability charity Sense