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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

 

Dental Care for People with Special Needs

Dental Care

For someone with special needs, it may be challenging for them to take regular care of their teeth. Dental hygiene is very important for someone’s wellbeing and there are many areas of the country that have staff who are experienced in treating patients with disabilities and special needs, making sure the trip to the dentist is as calm and stress-free as possible. 

Attending the dentist can be frightening to many people, however there are a few ways to make the process a little easier… 

Disabled children's charity launch 'Fantasy Football' competition

Fantasy Football

Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is giving wannabe Premier League bosses the chance to experience the thrill of the dugout after creating its first ever private Fantasy Football League.

The competition, which sees participants selecting imaginary teams from the players currently playing in the Premier League, awards points according to the actual performance of their players.

The statistics, supplied by OPTA, the world’s leading live detailed sports data provider, allows each players performance to be scrutinised in forensic detail to establish the best players and teams throughout the season.

Maintain your independence with Spring Chicken Ltd

independence

We all value our independence, without it we can feel defeated, depressed and at a loss.

It is therefore imperative that people living with disabilities have as much encouragement and aid to help maintain a healthy independent lifestyle whether that is something as simple as opening packaging, putting socks on or travelling and engaging in social activities whilst creating a sense of independence.We offer gadgets that allow an individual living with a disability to keep their independence doing day-to-day tasks inside and outside their home.

Chronic illness - 5 ways to support someone at an event

Today I have a wedding of one of my oldest friends, but I woke up in chronic abdominal pain and with a debilitating UTI. I should just stay in bed, but last year I missed three really good friends’ weddings because I was in the hospital, so there is no way I am missing out on this one!

I am feeling really anxious about it, though. On days when I should just be in bed, even getting up and getting dressed with a chronic illness is a mission, let alone getting up, getting dressed, doing makeup, driving an hour, putting up a tent and then attending a wedding! The joy of having a tent near the wedding is because I can sneak off and rest through chunks of the afternoon. There’s no way I could do it without that.

Bathrooms for the less able

bathrooms - move

Modern fittings make designing stylish and accessible bathrooms easier than ever before.

Providing bathrooms that are accessible and appealing to both able and less able is a design challenge.  Less able does not just mean those who are registered disabled where specific facilities such as bath hoists may be needed but the many who suffer less serious problems that can make life difficult. Although it is true to say that accessible bathrooms can be ugly, this does not have to be the case. Choosing the right, well designed fittings can make life easy for less able users without spoiling the visual appeal of the room or limiting its use.

How I was able to go to a festival whilst living with chronic illness

festival chronic illness

"I need travel and adventure so damn much. I need it for my happiness, my well-being and my soul. I feel stuck and miserable without this" - my festival experience living with a chronic illness.

I spent the ages of 16-24 living and working abroad as much as possible, as well as driving around the UK and living in my van, too. As a kid we were always on adventures, hitching around other countries or heading to camps and communities. For the last five years, due to my health, I’ve only lived in Bristol. I have hardly left the city. I’ve grieved, and still do grieve, this every single day.

All change for the Pembroke five

Matthew, Michael, Reuben, James and Alison

It’s all change at Wren Park, a service for people with an acquired brain injury, with five of the service’s long-standing tenants having developed their independent living skills to the point where they are now able to move out into their own homes in the community.

 

Heather Jupp, who currently leads the team at this specialist Surrey rehabilitation service, says: “Matthew, Michael, James, Alison and Reuben have all lived at Wren Park for quite a few years so we’re going to miss them very much, but for every one of them it’s a fantastic success to be able to reclaim their independence in this way.”