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London transport nightmare

London transport

London transport nightmare – New travel experiment reveals dire commutes for wheelchair users. London wheelchair users’ commutes take 49% longer than an able-bodied person’s on average

A shocking 71% of London tube stations NOT fully accessible

Disabled public transport users don’t feel that official apps or planners cater to their individual needs

People with mental health conditions waiting too long for workplace support

Woman suffering with bad mental health

Findings reveal people with mental health conditions waiting too long for workplace support

Some people with mental health conditions could be waiting for over a year for employers to put in place much needed workplace adjustments, new findings published today show. 

The findings come from The Great Big Workplace Adjustments Survey 2019, a comprehensive study of disability and long-term conditions conducted by Business Disability Forum and based on the views of over 1,200 employees and managers working with adjustments.

The new findings announced today relate specifically to the experiences of the 385 respondents with mental health conditions and/or workplace stress who took part in the study. 

The responses show the following:

International mental health expert praises work of Northumberland

innovative day services for mental health at the The Woodfuel Centre

A local charity has been praised for its innovative day services by a leading international authority on mental health on a recent visit to the UK.

Blyth Star Enterprises welcomed a visit from Norway-based senior clinical manager and published scholar, Arne Thomassen, to its headquarters in Blyth, Northumberland, where he was taken on a tour of the charity’s extensive services by chief executive, Gordon Moore.

‘How Do I?’ lifeskill learning videos

Woman holding a question mark for learning videos

Swiss Cottage School teacher, Tom Casson, co-founder of ‘How Do I?’ has developed a new app to allow people to live, learn and work more independently.
Tom explained, ‘How Do I?’ harnesses NFC technology to teach life and vocational skills through easy to access step-by-step videos.

Swiss Cottage School in the London Borough of Camden, meets the needs of children aged 2-19 with complex learning difficulties, emotional, behavioural and communication difficulties and those on the Autistic Spectrum Continuum. ‘How do I?’ is a social enterprise, majority owned by the Swiss Cottage School Charity.

Tom has been at the school for six years. Starting as a teaching assistant. He has now been teaching life skills for three years.

Banish Stress With Boost 

Boost Oxygen Flavours

Whether it’s those long commutes to work, difficult clients or just too much work, we all feel stressed at some point. But now Boost Oxygen is here to help.

Offering 95-98% pure, natural oxygen in a handy portable can, Boost Oxygen has a range of benefits that can help make your day to day life that bit easier. Any commute can be stressful, especially when trains and tubes don’t always run on time and the air quality, particularly on tubes, can be very poor. According to a study by the Office of National Statistics on commuting and wellbeing, each minute added to a commute affects anxiety, happiness and general wellbeing. You might not realise, but you could be starting each day on a negative note, which only fuels the stress throughout the day.

Power of attorney shouldn’t be a will’s poor relation

Euan Fleming on Power of Attorney Shouldn’t be a Will’s Poor Relation

CREATING a power of attorney should be as commonplace as a will and failure to do so causes needless distress and frustration for family members, according to a leading expert.

Euan Fleming, Partner, Head of Private Client Law at Gilson Gray, believes appointing a power of attorney is as important and, in some cases, potentially more important than setting up a will.

The unpredictable nature of health can leave many – often irrespective of age – unable to sort their affairs for themselves.

Family members with no power of attorney are left helpless and unable to step in, causing issues during what is already a distressing time.

Wish comes true for guitar-fan Richard after workshop visit

Wish comes true for guitar-fan Richard after workshop visit

Staff at a specialist nursing and care home in Tredegar decided to reach out to the owners of a local guitar workshop in order to create a very special experience for one of their residents.

The team at Maes-y-Dderwen wanted to create a memorable experience for Richard Carradice, 36, one of their residents who moved into the home about four years ago. Richard has a passion for guitars and spends every other Saturday travelling into Cardiff, where he likes to browse around his favourite music shop. His bedroom at the 24-bed residential and respite care facility has also recently had a design make-over, and now features stencils of his favourite guitars on the walls. 

CASE STUDY: Removing Barriers: Children in crisis can’t get specialist equipment quickly enough

Mum Nikki during the specialist equipment crisis

Some situations require specialist equipment in an emergency – when a child’s condition and associated behaviours put their lives at risk of serious injury or death.  Despite most local health and social care services having jointly commissioned integrated equipment stores to cater for the emergency needs of adults, no such public service exists to respond to the urgent, often life-threatening, needs of disabled or terminally ill children.  As a country we’re failing some of the most vulnerable in our society.

For the past five years Newlife has been running the UK’s first and only Emergency Loan service, delivering specialist equipment to disabled children in crisis within 72 hours of request.

Urgent Action Needed To End Equipment Crisis

Malachi on sofa during equipment crisis

A disabled children’s charity will publish a damning report today exposing major and unlawful failings surrounding the provision of specialist equipment to some of the UK’s most vulnerable children.  

Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children is urgently calling on the government to help those children whose lives are at risk because they don’t have the specialist equipment they need. 

In its report, Equipment Crisis for Disabled Children, launched today at the House of Commons, the charity highlights why children are being deprived of specialist equipment like walking frames, specialist car seats and beds, and has published a practical four-point-plan to fix it.  

A Kitchen Fairytale - Iida van der Byl-Knoefel

A Kitchen Fairytale - Iida van der Byl-Knoefel

Iida van der Byl-Knoefel was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis at the age of 33. She was told that it was a chronic disease and that she would need to be on medication for the rest of her life; however, she was able to reverse the symptoms of the condition with a plant-based diet through the Paddison Program for Rheumatoid Arthritis and has been drug and pain free since August 2015. 
Iida collected the recipes that helped her heal from the condition and the result is the cookbook 'A Kitchen Fairytale'. She inspires others to cook more plant-based through her social media channels, with a worldwide following. 

Making Headway by improving brain injury awareness

Prince Harry with Dominic Hurley, a brain injury survivor and Headway ambassador

Brain injury charity Headway support people in the community following head traumas. Here, we speak to Headway’s James Coxon about the charity’s ID cards which can help aid communication between the brain injury survivor and people they meet in everyday life… 

 

Could you tell us a little about the Headway charity and its work? 

Headway, the brain injury association, supports people affected by acquired brain injury through a wide range of services including rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration, community outreach and respite care. 

Universal credit and disability – are you prepared?

Man at computer trying to fathom Universal Credit

Universal Credit will be rolled out across England and Wales next year, moving claimants’ existing benefits to a single monthly payment which must be applied for online.

Charities and organisations have expressed concern that the most vulnerable of people will be left out of pocket if more support is not given – so where does this leave disabled claimants?

The National Audit Office carried out a report on Universal credit, which was published in July, and said there was no practical alternative to continuing with Universal Credit as proceedings had already begun. It studied some areas included in a pilot scheme. 

How to spot the signs of mental health disorders

Mental Health Issues

Tragically, suicide has been established as the leading cause of death among young people between 15 and 24 years of age, as a result, mental health is now becoming a massive focus across higher education facilities.

Education professionals are having to adapt their working methods to not only provide the best care and education possible in the classroom, but the best standard of care for their students whilst they are outside of the classroom too.

Duty of care to students is becoming a larger demand on the time and resources of schools and universities and this is a good thing!

In the last year, the number of students reporting mental health problems has risen by an astonishing 390%.

What would the repercussions of the Mental Incapacity Amendment Bill be?

DoLS process

On Tuesday 3rd July, The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill was presented to the House of Lords as an alternative and possible replacement of the current system which is known as DoLS process.

The proposed amendment follows criticism of the current system by the Law commission review in 2017 where it was deemed as being too complex and bureaucratic. DoLS have been difficult for care staff, service users and their families to navigate due to the complexities of the process, which is needed at a time when people are at their most vulnerable to ensure that they stay at the heart of decision-making.

Following the review, the government has developed a new system, known as ‘Liberty Protection Safeguards’ which will become legally binding through acceptance of the bill.

Brighton disability pride role for Arden house volunteers

Arden House Disability Pride event

Members of Arden House, asupported living service in Brighton, have volunteered their help to make sure celebration-goers stay hydrated at this weekend’s Disability Pride event.

Staff members and four people who live at Arden House in Preston Park, which supports people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs, will be greeting visitors and running a watering station at the event at Hove Lawns on July 14.

The celebrations will include live music, acts, performances, and speeches from disabled people; work from disabled artists; and stalls from local support organisations.

Chris Woolgar, manager of Arden House, said: