CMG Celebrates “Outstanding” Chetwynd Road

Chetwynd Road

--- CMG becomes the only major learning disability provider in England to achieve four CQC ‘Outstanding’ ratings ---

Care Management Group (CMG) is celebrating after Chetwynd Road in Portsmouth has become the fourth service to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). 


The new rating makes CMG the only major learning disability provider in England to have achieved this prestigious milestone. 


Reunion with family friends brings joy to Rachel

Rachel Fuller

For Kent woman Rachel Fuller, life has just taken a turn for the better since she’s been reunited with long-standing family friends.


Rachel (29), who has learning difficulties and complex health needs, lives at a residential home in Strood run by Regard, the fourth largest private specialist care-provider in the UK.


Andy Jupp, who manages Kingsdown House, said: “Rachel is so happy that we’ve managed to support her to re-establish contact with her friends.


“It took some detective work by us to track the couple down. They were a big part of Rachel’s early life and it means a lot to her that they have started meeting up again.


World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) will stage its first event in Wales this summer in Cwmbran

World Disability Billiards and Snooker, WDBS, first event, Wales, Summer 2017, Cwmbran

The WDBS Welsh Open will be held at Redz Snooker Club from 30 June – 2 July 2017 and for the first time will be open to players from ALL eight disability classification groups and will be played using a Six Red format.
As at previous events, the weekend will begin with a Friday open day, at which players with all disabilities are encouraged to attend and try snooker, with free practice and coaching from accredited WPBSA World Snooker coaches available. Prize money will be available at the event subject to sponsorship.

Manchester man runs the London Marathon for Parkinson’s UK

Manchester man runs the London Marathon for Parkinson’s UK

Dom Keogh, 21, from Manchester raised over £2,000 for Parkinson’s UK, when he ran the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 23 April.
Dom completed the 26.2 mile challenge in 4 hours and 31 minutes, in the month that Parkinson’s UK has launched its new fundraising campaign We Won’t Wait, highlighting the urgent need for new and better treatments for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.
Dom was running for his step-dad who is living with Parkinson’s and in memory of his great uncle who had Parkinson’s..
Dom joined a 235-strong team of runners of all abilities who chose to support the charity.

Fearless sisters fly across the Clyde to raise £700 for charity

Fearless sisters fly across the Clyde to raise £700 for charity

A daring staff member from a Glasgow care home and her sister have ziplined across the River Clyde in a brave bid to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease.

Geared up in harnesses and helmets, Heather Graham, from Bupa’s Wyndford Locks Care Home, and sister Nicola, were raised 150ft in the air, to the top of Glasgow’s Finneston Crane then glided over the Scottish river.

The Graham sisters were inspired to take on the zipline to fundraise for MND Scotland that supports those living with Motor Neurone Disease - a cause particularly close to their hearts as their father has the condition.


Remotely Accessible to Carers; The Simple Smartphone for Elderly & Disabled

Remotely Accessible to Carers; The Simple Smartphone for Elderly & Disabled

The New amplicomms M9500 is the first Smartphone that turns into a remotely controlled device so Care Givers can support operation of the Phone or help in an emergency

  • Unique HELP Function for Relatives to remotely operate the phone
  • Care Giver Function – remote Call In for status check, Find My Phone operation etc.
  • SOS Button For Emergencies with Google Map GPS location of caller
  • Press & Hold Operation to avoid accidental touch dialing
  • Hearing Aid Compatible with Amplified Ringer (90dB) and Calls (40dB)

Specially designed to help older or disabled users connect to the wired world, the new amplicomms M9500 offers all the benefits of a Smartphone with some exceptional features. 


Automatic cars: Buy new or convert your manual when switching?


Automatic cars can be a real lifesaver for people with disabilities or injuries, allowing them to enjoy the freedom a vehicle provides, without the need to continuously depress the clutch pedal when changing gear. This can be a particularly important feature if your condition has left you with a weakened leg, but you still need to operate a car regularly.

Disabled athletes offered fundraising support to secure specialist sports equipment

Hollie Arnold

Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is calling on disabled athletes who need specialist sports equipment to contact them for fundraising support.

The charity can part fund equipment for disabled children and young people who are actively competing in sport.

And the charity says that it would welcome applications, for a range of sports equipment, from interested athletes.

Having the time of his life

Martin shopping

A man who has spent most of his life adult life living in care services and hospitals across the country is now leading an independent life in the community in rural Lincolnshire. 


Martin, who has a number of physical and mental health needs, is now being supported to live in his own self-contained one-bedroom bungalow on the outskirts of Holbeach.


The 36-year-old enjoys helping staff at Willoughby Lodge – run by care provider Regard – around the house and garden, baking and meeting up with friends.


Shell Partners with fuelService to Make Refuelling Simple and Easy for the UK’s Disabled Drivers

Fuel service

Shell has joined forces with not for profit organisation fuelService to help drivers with disabilities receive assistance at the majority of its service stations. That’s because filling-up the car is one of the biggest challenges for the UK’s disabled drivers. 


“Disabled drivers have always struggled to get their cars refuelled,” said Niall El-Assaad, fuelService’sfounder. “In the past the options were to use an infrared transmitter, but few service stations supported it, and at those that did, it hardly ever worked. The other option is to beep your horn, flash your lights and wave your blue badge about – which is potentially embarrassing and offers no guarantee of service.”

Models with disabilities needed for photo shoots

Models with disabilities

A modeling and acting company are looking for children and adults with learning or physical disabilities to take part in a professional photo shoot.

Social care professional, Laura Johnson and performing arts teacher, Zoe Proctor, recently established Zebedee Management as they wanted to see better representation of people with disabilities within fashion, media and the arts. They are holding a series of photo shoots around London and Manchester.

Laura said “Zebedee want to see more people with disabilities on television, in magazines, online and in films. We believe that people with many unique characteristics should have the same opportunities as ‘mainstream’ artists and we are working with people within the media and fashion industries to make

Dedicated website helps individuals and families navigate the world of Technology Enabled Care Services

A new website has been launched offering practical advice and support to people coping with disabilities and long-term health conditions who wish to remain living independently in their own homes.

Called, the website signposts individuals and families to information and personal real-life case studies on various Technology Enabled Care Services (TECs) which enable users to maintain their independence, support themselves in their own homes and to manage their own health conditions.

Tynetec, a brand of Legrand Assisted Living & Healthcare, is the company behind the platform which has also received endorsement from renowned TV Doctor Hilary Jones.

Pavement and Heavy Duty Mobility Scooters Becoming More Popular with Younger People

Mobility Scooters

It once might have been that mobility scooters were considered to be the reserve of the elderly. In recent years, that’s all changing.

Now, mobility scooters are often picked as the transport option of choice for younger people with mobility difficulties, many of which are in their 50s, 40s, 30s and even 20s.

What’s making mobility scooters popular with younger people?

An increasing number of younger people are choosing to invest in mobility scooters instead of wheelchairs. New technologies mean that scooters can last longer on one battery charge than they might have done previously, and they’re also more fashionable and more practical.

Sensory Guru announces exciting launches at Naidex 2017

Sensory Guru announces exciting launches at Naidex 2017

Showcasing Mobile Magic Carpet with integrated App Store and Magic Mirror prototype

Specialists in the design and installation of sensory environments, gesture controlled software and inclusive learning technology, Sensory Guru has announced the Naidex debut of its new mobile version of Magic Carpet, an app-based interactive projection system that stimulates and engages people of all ages and is accessible through multiple access methods.

Sensory Guru is also showcasing the Magic Carpet app store, which contains thousands of new apps for the product.

Disabled Access Day’ Event Draws the Crowds at Wellow Trekking Centre

‘Disabled Access Day’ Event Draws the Crowds at Wellow Trekking Centre

Wellow Trekking Centre, based in Bath, welcomed around a hundred visitors to their Disabled Access Day event to show how horse riding is accessible to disabled participants. 

Accessibility Mark joined forces with Disabled Access Day, which aimed to encourage more disabled people to visit new places and take up new activities.

New research identifies valuable role technology can play in determining most appropriate care for those with learning disabilities


New independent research by the University of Birmingham has confirmed the valuable role that activity monitoring technology can play in determining the most appropriate care for those with learning disabilities.

The research, which involved nine local authorities and 33 care providers in England, tested the use of Just Checking activity monitoring equipment to summarise how a person naturally behaves in their home, combined with advice about person-centred care planning.   

Just Checking uses small wireless sensors placed around an individual’s home to build an objective picture of their daily living routine, without the use of cameras or microphones. It supports the principle of safeguarding against deprivation of liberty and complies with the Mental Capacity Act.

Independence day for Jon and Sharon thanks to Highdowns

Jon Barnes

Two friends from Cornwall are celebrating leaving residential care to live in the community.

Jon Barnes and Sharon Murley both left Highdowns near Camborne – where they have lived for nine years and 10 years respectively – to move to a village near Redruth.

The pair now live at Meadow View, a new supported living service run by care provider Regard, and are already active members of the local community.

Jon, 32, and Sharon, 38, who both have Asperger’s, were supported to take their first steps towards independence by the care team at Highdowns.

Initially, the friends lived in the main house at Highdowns, which is also run by Regard, before eventually moving into self-contained cottages in the grounds of the 10 acre farm.

Self-image boost confidence of Redhill woman

Heather Breen

Carers are supporting a young woman who is battling severe anxiety to access her local community.

Heather Breen, 26, who has a learning disability and is on the autistic spectrum, moved to Latymer House care service in Redhill last April.

Said Latymer manager Martin McGibbon said: “When Heather came to us she was very anxious about leaving the house and experiencing new things.

“I am delighted to say 10 months on she is really beginning to find her feet and now takes part in two sessions a week at Bletchingley Activity Centre.”

Due to her disabilities Heather finds any changes of routine can result in her experiencing feelings of extreme anxiety.

CMG Leads The Way With Initiative To Drive Up Quality Of Care

Service users in the New Forest, doing a collective pledge to request more clubs for deaf people in the area.

Care Management Group is leading the way in driving up high quality care, with service users and staff members making individual pledges to achieve desired goals, as part of their commitment to the Driving Up Quality (DUQ) initiative. 

The DUQ Code was first launched in 2013, with the support of the government and leading organisations such as Care Management Group (CMG) a leading provider of care for people with learning disabilities. Following the exposure of the abuse at Winterbourne View in 2011, the DUQ was initiated to ensure that care providers are delivering the very best standards of care for people with learning disabilities. Central to this is enabling individuals to lead a meaningful life, which requires focused and personalised support.