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The Brain Race Kicks Off Global Contest To Defeat Brain Tumours

The Brain Race Kicks Off Global Contest To Defeat Brain Tumours

Bethesda, MD - The Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI), a global nonprofit that accelerates research commercialization, today launched THE BRAIN RACE, an open innovation contest to advance high-impact inventions and solutions to defeat brain tumors. With support from The Brain Tumour Charity and Resonance Philanthropies, THE BRAIN RACE will launch 15+ startups to commercialize promising drugs, devices, diagnostics, and digital health solutions to improve outcomes and survivorship for people with brain tumors. THE BRAIN RACE will also crowdsource ideas with the potential to improve quality of life for brain tumor survivors.

Independent Assessors of Care Quality

Independent Assessors of Care Quality

RDB Star Rating, an independently accredited ‘quality’ assessment company, is pleased to announce that the participating Lancashire care homes have once again achieved fantastic results for 2019. In the latest round of independent assessments they have all been awarded either 4 or 5 stars, which denotes good or excellent standards of care.

Susan Barr, registered manager at Bushell House, who participated in the scheme, said: “We really can’t thank RDB enough! This process assists us to constantly improve our service and is great for staff morale. We appreciate the independent view of the assessor and the affirmation of what we are doing well and pointers to help us in areas where we can improve.”

Making exercise more inclusive

Making exercise more inclusive with Tony

Nottingham City Council has launched a new campaign aimed at increasing the number of people with disabilities taking part in sport and leisure exercise and activities.

The council aims for Nottingham to become the fastest growing city for disability sports participation, and the new It’s for me campaign will raise awareness of leisure activities available to people with a disability or long-standing health conditions.

Mental health charity woodfuel centre receives five-figure support to develop vocational training programme

Training programme

A North East-based not-for-profit has received a £10,000 grant from the Reece Foundation to help towards further development of a vocational training programme.

Blyth Star Enterprises, which provides living support, rehabilitation and day services for people living with mental health issues and or learning disabilities, has received the funding to put towards the expansion of its popular training programme at its Woodfuel Centre in South East Northumberland.

Hft responds to lack of social care funding in the Spring Statement 

Hft responds to lack of social care funding in the Spring Statement 

“The government can no longer provide short-term solutions to long-term problems”: Hft responds to lack of social care funding in the Spring Statement             

Hft, a national charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, has expressed concern over the lack of funding proposals for social care in the Spring Statement.

Poor Sleep Affecting Obesity & Depression

Poor Sleep Affecting Obesity & Depression

People with medical conditions such as obesity and depression are more likely to suffer from poor sleep, according to The Sleep Council's Great British Bedtime Report*.

Of all the 5,000 people surveyed, 29% said they slept poorly most nights. But that figure shoots up to 45% for people who are obese and 53% for people with depression.

The conditions also have an impact on how much sleep an individual gets. On average, 41% of people survive on less than six hours a night, but for depression that jumps to 56%, and obesity 51%.

Graham rises to the challenge

Graham who rose to the challenge

Graham who rose to the challenge is a Manchester man with learning difficulties who says he longs to exchange letters with his children has vowed to achieve that goal by learning to read and write. 

And with support from his care workers and the staff at Abraham Moss Community School, Graham Oddie is making great progress on the one-year course he started last September. 

The 64-year-old who lives at Homeleigh, a supported living service in the Manchester suburb of Crumpsall run by the Regard Group, said that although the course is challenging and seems to get harder as he progresses, he is “...up to the challenge no matter how long it takes.” 

OXSIGHT’s smart glasses for visually impaired shortlisted for National Technology Awards

OXSIGHT’s smart glasses for visually impaired

OXSIGHT’s range of cutting-edge smart glasses which enhance the remaining vision of blind and visually impaired people have been shortlisted for the Technology for Good award at the National Technology Awards. The National Technology Awards celebrate the pioneers of new technology and excellence in the UK’s technology industry. The Technology for Good award is a new award for 2019, and celebrates organisations which are using technology to improve people’s lives.  

OXSIGHT’s smart glasses help people with peripheral vision loss, also known as ‘tunnel vision’, by using augmented reality and image interpretation technology to enhance their remaining vision. Peripheral vision loss can be caused by a number of sight conditions, including glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosa.

Learning disability charity reflects on outstanding women

Learning disability charity reflects on outstanding women

Hft, a national charity that supports adults with learning disabilities is reflecting on the achievements of the women who run, support and use its services.

International Women’s Day takes part annually on 8 March and celebrates the achievements and progress of women like Abby, Judy and Sally all over the world. This year’s theme calls for a more gender-balanced world. 

Poor nutrition hampers traumatic brain injury recovery

Poor nutrition hampers traumatic brain injury recovery

Poor nutrition can hamper Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) recovery, yet its role is still viewed as insignificant compared to physical rehabilitation techniques. According to Chroma, the UK’s leading national provider of arts therapy services, nutrition needs to be considered an integral part of the rehabilitation process.

Fatigue, gut health, weight management and tissue viability can all be adversely affected by inadequate nutrition, and as a result Chroma has started to work with Specialist Nutrition Rehabilitation dietitian, Sheri Taylor to ensure nutrition is fundamental in the recovery treatment plan.

Sporting superstars deliver the ultimate Pep Talk to athletes ahead of the Special Olympics

Special Olympics racer

Some of the most iconic managers, coaches and athletes in the world – including Pep Guardiola and Gareth Southgate – have come together to deliver the ultimate team talk ahead of the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. The cast of sporting superstars shine a light on intellectual disability and highlight even those we now deem to be invincible have had to overcome their own challenges.

Path to Success Raise over £10,000 for London Titans WCB

Path to Success Raise over £10,000 for London Titans WCB

London Titans Wheelchair Basketball Club have been presented with a five figure cheque by a leading disability charity to fund their forthcoming European exploits.

Ahead of their most recent match against the Owls, the capital’s premier Wheelchair Basketball team received over £10,500 in a charitable donation from Path to Success, the leading UK disability charity.

The funds were raised at Path to Success’s charity Wheelchair Basketball tournament at the Copper Box Arena in September. Businesses made a donation to enter teams into the tournament, before competing for the title of Corporate Wheelchair Basketball Champion 2018. 

Disabled young people are invited to apply now for an annual IT competition

Disabled young people are invited to apply now for an annual IT competition

Could you be the next Tim Berners-Lee or Steve Jobs? Disabled young people are invited to apply now for an annual IT competition designed to test ability, creativity and skill.

The UK IT Challenge is an annual competition for disabled young people hosted by Shaw Trust, a charity helping to transform the lives of young people and adults across the UK and internationally, and supported by BT.

Taking place from Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 July at BT’s Adastral Park, Ipswich, 50 disabled young people aged between 13-24 years old from across the UK will come together to compete on a number of different IT challenges designed to test ability, creativity and skill.

Helping People Focus On Living After A Loss

People from Regard dealing with living after loss

Staff at a residential service for people with enduring mental health problems in Frindsbury, near Strood in Kent, have been praised by their manager and the families of people who live there for the bereavement support they provided when one of their house-mates passed on. 

Seventy-three-year-old Raymond Coote, who died in hospital following a severe stroke, had lived at Orchard View for three years, and was a very popular individual.  

Service manager John Henderson said: “Raymond’s funeral was held on 21 December with many of the people we support at Orchard View in attendance, and they were clearly affected by their loss.