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Into the Frame – new wheelchair fencing book promotes sport 

Wheelchair fencing competitor Jonathan David Collins

We caught up with author of a new book, Into the Frame, to chat about his love for wheelchair fencing. Jonathan David Collins spoke to our editor and is keen to promote the sport as it helps boost physical and mental health and wellbeing – yet few people know it even exists.

Jonathan said: “I was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and I have been in a wheelchair since I was 18 months old.

“I used to do a bit of swimming but due to an operation I had, it was advised I gave it up.

“A friend of mine who was a wheelchair fencer fenced at a club near me, so I went to the club and became hooked on it when I started to learn.”

Wigwam® Holidays Unveils Accessible Cabin

Wigwam® Holidays Unveils Accessible Cabin

Wigwam® Holidays, one of the UK’s leading glamping accommodation providers, has unveiled its latest innovation: a brand new accessible cabin!

The company, which has its headquarters in Edinburgh, launched the Running Water Deluxe Accessible Wigwam® Cabin at its Annual Conference in November.

The conference was the ideal opportunity to reveal this latest innovation to new and existing Wigwam® Site owners and the event was attended by Olympic ski jumper Michael Eddie Edwards, also known as ‘Eddie the Eagle’, who was one of several guest speakers.

A number of sites are set to take delivery of the cabin ready for the 2019 season. 

Business Disability Forum welcomes greater investment in GP services, but highlights need for disability technology gap to be addressed

Business Disability Forum Mental Health Folders

Responding to the recent publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, Business Disability Forum has welcomed the additional funding announced for GP and mental health services, highlighting the vital role that many GPs play in helping disabled people remain in employment.

Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum said:

“The role that GPs and others in primary care play in supporting millions of disabled people and people with long-term conditions to stay in work often goes unnoticed. Yet for many people they make working possible, by helping them with the ongoing management of their conditions.

Smart homes to help older and disabled people get digital skills and tackle loneliness in rural areas

Smart homes to help older and disabled people get digital skills and tackle loneliness in rural areas

A number of smart homes with digitally savvy older people demonstrating tech in their own homes are being created as part of an innovative scheme to boost the nation’s digital skills.

The homes, to be created in rural West Essex by a partnership led by Uttlesford Council for Voluntary Service, will see home owners become trained ‘digital boomers’ to help others improve their digital skills. They will receive a digital assessment, before having their homes ‘kitted out’ in tech.

UK first for Heathrow and OmniServ with new Multimobby people movers

OmniServ new Multimobby people movers

New electric vehicles carry up to seven passengers through terminals quickly, efficiently and safely, improving their journey through the airport. OmniServ, the UK’s leading airline and airport assistance services provider, and Heathrow are introducing new multi-passenger electric vehicles – the Multimobby – which can carry up to seven people plus an operator through the airport’s terminal buildings quickly, efficiently and safely in a move that will significantly enhance the assistance services provided to passengers with mobility issues or other disabilities.

Mental Health funding squeeze has lengthened waiting times, say NHS finance leads

Mental Health head sketch

Eight out of ten NHS trust finance directors say that funding pressures have led to longer waiting times for people who need mental health treatment, according to The King’s Fund’s latest quarterly monitoring report.

New analysis for the report also shows that despite NHS England meeting its commitment to increase its investment in mental health, nearly a quarter of mental health trusts recorded a reduction in income between 2016/17 and 2017/18. An analysis of mental health trusts’ financial accounts carried out for the report found that, while mental health trusts as a whole reported an overall increase in funding, 21 per cent recorded a reduction in income last year, up from 13 per cent between 2016/17 and 2017/18.

Business Disability Forum highlights need for disability technology gap to be addressed

Business Disability Forum's CEO Diane Lightfoot

Responding to the recent publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, Business Disability Forum has welcomed the additional funding announced for GP and mental health services, while highlighting the ongoing technology gap found when accessing healthcare services.

Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum said: “The role that GPs and others in primary care play in supporting millions of disabled people and people with long-term conditions to stay in work often goes unnoticed. Yet for many people they make working possible, by helping them with the ongoing management of their conditions.

Disability sport heroes recognised at Active Essex Sports Awards 2018

Winners at Active Essex Sports Awards 2018

Disability sport heroes were crowned at an inspirational Active Essex Sports Awards 2018 which celebrated sporting achievements from grassroots to professional level.

Double Olympic gymnastics champion Max Whitlock was on hand to help recognise individuals and organisations that have made outstanding contributions to sport and physical activity in Greater Essex over the past 12 months.

Contributors and sponsors sought for charity app that aims to make public places more accessible

Contributors and sponsors sought for charity app that aims to make public places more accessible

Planning a visit to a shop, cultural attraction or any public place can be a challenge if you have special requirements such as a disability, young children or elderly relatives. A new disabled-run charity, See Around Britain, aims to take away the uncertainty with its vastly detailed, GPS-equipped website and free app, both of which offer essential accessibility information and photographs for hundreds of thousands of sites in the UK and Europe, from popular locations to lesser-known destinations. It also includes all types of travel: railway and Eurostar, buses and taxis, stations and airports: in short it is a 21st-Century Domesday survey of transport and places.

Mindfulness training could enhance weight loss programs in national efforts to tackle obesity

Man practising mindfulness

Mindfulness training may improve the effectiveness of intensive weight management programs, suggesting that it could be an excellent strategy for healthcare providers in preventing and managing obesity.

Researchers from the University of Warwick and the Warwickshire Institute for the Study of Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust have published their findings in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Individuals who participated in mindfulness training as part of an intensive weight management program lost more weight in six months than other program participants who did not attend mindfulness courses.

Global Business Leaders & Businesses Throw Support Behind Disability Inclusion Revolution

Global Business Leaders & Businesses Throw Support Behind Disability Inclusion Revolution

High profile global business leaders and companies have today committed to take accountability for disability inclusion in business, by supporting #valuable - a worldwide call to action for business to recognise the value and worth of the one billion disabled people globally. 

Founder of #valuable, Caroline Casey, commented:

“Disability inclusion is an issue that has been pushed to the sidelines of business for far too long. Momentum is now building and we have reached a tipping point. We’re delighted that the World Economic Forum have announced that the need to bolster inclusion of those living with a disability will be a main message at Davos in 2019.” 

Call for memorabilia and stories about disability sport

Cartwright Hall, where the memorabilia and stories about Paralympics and disability sport will be shared

In partnership with Bradford Council, an exhibition is coming to the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in Bradford this month which will feature memorabilia and stories surrounding the Paralympics and disability sport.

From modest beginnings in the late 1940s at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann encouraged wounded veterans to play sport as an aid to rehabilitation from spinal injury received from the battlefront. This led to local competitions, the Stoke Mandeville Games and in turn the birth of the Paralympic movement. Today, the Paralympic Games attracts national and international public support and interest.

 SpecialEffect receive early Christmas present from web specialists

 SpecialEffect receive early Christmas present from web specialists

Code Wizards who specialise in enterprise and solution architecture for their clients are delighted to have been able to donate their services to SpecialEffect, the charity that helps children and adults with disabilities integrate with their friends to play computer games.

Following a meet up at a recent UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE) conference, the trade body for companies working in the video games and esports arena, Code Wizards met with SpecialEffect and found they could help them with an integration that they required on their website.

They expressed that they needed Twitch integration on their website to help push GameBlast, which is their event for raising awareness and funds by industry veterans and insiders stream their game play.

50 Faces to Celebrate 50 Years of RDA

50 Faces to Celebrate 50 Years of RDA

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Riding for the Disabled Association - RDA - is launching a ‘50 Faces’ campaign to highlight the fantastic achievements of its members, volunteers and supporters.

The focus of the campaign is on challenging preconceptions about disability, volunteering and equestrian sport, through the inspiring stories of people within RDA. 

These stories will then form an interactive collage of images, audio content and films, which will be used as a focal point for the RDA website and across social media platforms throughout its 50th anniversary year in 2019.

Charity Distributes 5,000 Items of Winter Clothing to Homeless and Vulnerable People

Charity Distributes 5,000 Items of Winter Clothing to Homeless and Vulnerable People

Charity Distributes 5,000 Items of Winter Clothing to Homeless and Vulnerable People in Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester

Human Appeal, a UK Muslim-faith based charity, have announced that they have distributed 5,252 items of winter clothing to homeless and vulnerable people across Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow as part of their Wrap Up 2018 campaign. Human Appeal have asked members of the public across the three cities to donate unwanted coats for vulnerable people, such as rough sleepers and people living in shelters, and have collected a record breaking total. This is the third year that Human Appeal has run Wrap Up Manchester and the second year it has run Wrap Up Glasgow and Wrap Up Birmingham.