The idea for this film was inspired when I read the story about a US fighter with Downs’ Syndrome, whom had been battling the courts and negative press to be allowed to compete in a fight. Although inspired by his real life struggle, we didn’t want to write about his experiences but instead wrote our own short intense story set in the world of British Amateur Boxing and the relationships of his family. We loved the idea that this short would show Down’s Syndrome in a different light, a different role and something that hopefully surprises the audience.
Giving editorial responsibility for its in-house newsletter to the people it supports is the latest development from care-provider the Regard Group.
The autumn edition of the Group’s quarterly newsletter, entitled ‘The People’s Issue,’ features inspiring news stories and advice columns put together by some of the individuals they support, and also shows showcases their creative and editorial talents.
Care Management Group (CMG) is celebrating today after the Masons Hill service in Bromley achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating, following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection earlier this year.
CMG is a leading provider of residential care, supported living and domiciliary care provision for people with learning disabilities and associated complex needs. Masons Hill is the latest CMG service to secure an Outstanding rating, bringing the total number of the CMG Groups’ Outstanding services to an impressive five.
Inspectors praised Masons Hill for being “outstanding in empowering people to have as much control over their lives as possible and achieve to the maximum potential”, a vision which is a central guiding principle for CMG.
BES Rehab Ltd, a Bristol based Healthcare company, has raised £100,000 for the purpose of reaching directly the families of those affected by dementia and learning difficulties in the UK. The funds were raised through a crowdfunding campaign via Crowd2Fund.com, to expand BES’ newly acquired division, Activities to Share – a company which sells activity products to the NHS and Care Homes.
There are 1.5 million individuals affected by learning difficulties, and one million by dementia in the UK alone. The aim of the campaign is to extend Activities to Share’s scope to reach affected families directly, while encouraging interaction and communication between young people and there elderly relatives.
Edge Hill University has received funding from the National Institute for Health Research to review the provision of respite care for young adults with life limiting conditions or complex needs.
The research team, led by Sally Spencer, Professor of Clinical Research in the University’s Postgraduate Medical Institute, has received £168,554 to evaluate the provision of respite care services when the young person turns 18.
Young Driver, the UK’s largest provider of pre-17 driving lessons, has welcomed a new fleet of adapted vehicles, making the scheme accessible to even more people.
Five brand new and specially adapted Vauxhall Corsas are now available to give lessons at various venues across the country. The automatic cars operate by hand control, so are suitable for people with a range of disabilities. With cars stationed in the South, North, Midlands and Scotland, lessons can be provided at sites including Bluewater, Brent Cross, Manchester, the NEC and Edinburgh.
St Oswald’s Hospice’s Business Partnership Manager Jane Hogan and Corporate Fundraiser Siobhan Sargeant recently visited Mediaworks to collect the fundraising proceeds from the company’s annual golf day.
Mediaworks’ Game of Thrones-themed golf day raised £1,000 for St Oswald’s Hospice. Players purchased mulligans prior to their afternoon on the course, which not only included the standard 18 holes, but in true Game of Thrones fashion, there were additional “challenges” for players to contend with, such as archery and even axe throwing.
Theraposture, the leading specialist for tailor-made adjustable care cots and beds for disabled children and young adults, will be showcasing its caring and ethical approach at Kidz to Adultz North.
16th November: Kidz to Adultz North, Stand B13, 9.30am – 4.30pm EventCity, Barton Dock, Road Manchester M17 8AS.
The joy of Woodlarks is that everyone involved is a volunteer. The disabled people who come here have all sorts of disabilities. They rely on volunteer helpers to enable them to join in all that Woodlarks has to offer.
As one camper said, ‘A new experience every day.’
The summer half term week, and every week through July and August, urgently needs active helpers to engage for a week.
As soon as bookings open in January, camp leaders are flooded with applications from disabled people who want to attend their week. Sadly, they have to put many on a waiting list until they can be sure that they have enough helpers.
Claire Hamilton from Stairlifts Reviews discusses what you need to think about if you’re considering buying a stairlift for yourself or a loved one.
For a person with limited mobility who is struggling with the stairs in their home, getting a stairlift installed can make a huge difference to their life. A stairlift can help someone remain living independently in their own home, without being restricted to just one floor. Having a stairlift can take away the worry of using the stairs and give users the freedom to go safely up and down the stairs without the danger of falling.
Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is looking to the public and the business community to sponsor 1000 butterfly friendly plants and trees in order to create a stunning landscape around its soon to be opened Caudwell International Children’s Centre, in Keele, North Staffordshire.
The centre will be the UK’s first independent purpose-built facility dedicated to providing multi-disciplinary assessment, support and research of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism.
And with the building due to open in early 2018, the race is now on to create a luscious landscape around the centre that will allow visiting families to relax, play and discover.
Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care services in the UK, joined Health and Social Care professionals, local schools, colleges and support groups, people supported, carers, friends and relatives and the Precious Homes team on 18th October 2017 for guided tours around the state-of-the-art new services and social enterprise.
Our three-tiered pathway model from residential through to supported living provides individuals with a ‘Transition Care Pathway’ on site, enabling a step-down to more independent living and reduced support over time.
TGA Mobility, an established supplier of quality mobility products, will be demonstrating its latest ergonomic StrongBack wheelchairs, WHILL powerchair and wheelchair powerpacks at the OT Show 2017 (stand C46, 22-23 November, NEC).
On the 11th of November 2017 Croyde’s “almost famous” Deckchair Cinema will be hosting a special screening of the award winning film ‘My Feral Heart’, with all proceeds from the screening going to Calvert Trust Exmoor.
‘My Feral Heart’ has won multiple awards, including ‘Best Actor’ (for Steve Brandon) at the National Film Awards, and ‘Best Feature Film’ and ‘Best Original Screenplay’ at the IARA Awards. It’s a poignant and inspiring story, beautifully told by director Jane Gull and producer James Rumsey, and staring BIFA nominee Steve Brandon as ‘Luke’.
Scotland’s Wheelchair Rugby League captain has urged people with disabilities to realise the positive impact sport can have on their lives.
Graeme Stewart told a special sporting themed AGM of specialist housing and care provider Blackwood how sport helped him overcome challenges associated with his injury.
Graeme, from Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, was just 16 years of age, and two days away from joining the RAF, when a tragic accident left him paralysed in the legs.
The 50-year-old is now not only the proud captain of his country at rugby league, he has also beencox of a rowing team, regularly plays basketball and has climbed Ben Nevis.
AJM Healthcare has opened a brand new integrated wheelchair service for NHS patients in Milton Keynes.
The new service will deliver a safe, effective, responsive and integrated service to meet the needs of Service Users, their families and carers and available to residents registered with a GP within the Milton Keynes CCG area.
Patients referred to the service receive a full holistic assessment by occupational therapists and rehabilitation engineers through close working with health and social care professionals where required. Specialist services such as postural seating solutions are available for complex cases. Urgent care pathways and flexible and proactive services for those children and adults with rapidly deteriorating conditions
Two Accessibility Mark accredited riding centres have received recognition at the Rural Business Awards (RBAs) 2017.
Divoky Riding School based in Somerset was judged the winner in the Best Rural Sporting Business category, with Radway Riding School based in Warwickshire crowned runner-up.
Pat Bishop from Divoky Riding School was presented with the prestigious award at a glittering awards ceremony held at Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey that was compered by Jules Hudson of BBC Escape to the Country fame.
The only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing the success of rural businesses, the awards are now in their third year and are run in partnership with the Country Land and Business Association and Amazon.
The Mobility Roadshow, which has been providing opportunities for disabled and older people to find out about driving and other mobility options since 1983, is to close.
The decision has been taken by the Board of the Charity, Mobility Choice, which has run the event since 1998, in the light of falling exhibitor numbers over recent years. In particular, the growth of the Motability One Big Day and other events, which many of the Mobility Roadshow exhibitors can attend free of charge, has had a significant impact on the viability of the Mobility Roadshow.