After dedicating more than three decades to making a difference to the lives of those with autism and learning difficulties, Lesley Fisher, Registered Manager of Options Roxby House in North Lincolnshire - a specialist autism residential service rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - has won the Lifetime Achiever Award at the Autism Hero Awards 2018. The national event is run by The Anna Kennedy Online Charity to celebrate excellence in autism, and winners were announced at a glittering ceremony held on Saturday 13th October at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in Central London.
Options Autism is proud to be hosting its annual Inclusive Festival in Scunthorpe on Sunday 12 August, welcoming both families affected by autism as well as the wider local community to enjoy festival fun at this relaxed and safe open-air event. Organised by professionals from Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group – the national provider of care and education to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties – the festival aims to raise awareness of autism, to fundraise and help integrate members of the community.
Sensibility Festival, which will run from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 May, is co-produced by people with sensory impairments
The festival, which will be held across Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) and TouchBase Pears, aims to make arts more accessible for disabled people
A unique arts festival, co-produced by people with complex disabilities, and developed by the national disability charity, Sense, and Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), is set to take place in Birmingham from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 May.
The Sensibility Festival, which will be held across two venues: Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) and TouchBase Pears in Selly Oak, invites the public to explore, play and experiment in a setting that has been curated by local artists and participants with multi-sensory impairments.
A new national festival, called FestABLE, of specialist learning is bringing together professionals, parents and young people to tackle the big issues facing young people with disabilities and learning difficulties.
FestABLE will be held on June 2 at National Star College in Cheltenham. It will be the UK’s first national festival dedicated to specialist learning.
SEND reform, the Children and Families Act and whether services and systems count more than choice and aspirations are some of the headline themes.
Naidex is Europe's most exciting event dedicated to healthcare professionals. Taking place at the NEC Birmingham on the 25th and 26th April, this esteemed event provides cutting-edge exhibitors, world-class CPD accredited seminars, live demos, 1-2-1 advice and unparalleled networking opportunities, over two unforgettable days. And it’s absolutely free to attend!
Check out some of our must see speakers:
●Minister of State for Disabled People Work and Health
●Accessibility Lead at the BBC
●Executive Director of the National Care Forum
●Chair of the National Autistic Society
●Chair of the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition (CYPMHC)
●Stakeholder Communications Manager of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
KING POWER ANNOUNCED AS TITLE SPONSOR FOR LEICESTER’S INAUGURAL WHEELCHAIR RUGBY QUAD NATIONS TOURNAMENT
Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby is delighted to confirm that Leicester City Football Club Owners, Thai Duty-Free giant, King Power, has confirmed they will be the title sponsor of the first ever Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations tournament to be held in Leicester in March.
Berrisford Joins World Disability Billiards and Snooker Board
World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) is today delighted to announce that Simon Berrisford has been elected to the Board of Directors with immediate effect.
Simon joins the existing board of Nigel Mawer QPM (chairman), Clive Brown and Bob Hill, bringing his wealth of commercial experience and unquestionable enthusiasm for the role to the WDBS as we look to build upon the progress made during the past two years.
Jon Richardson and Josh Widdicombe among acts due to perform at next month’s comedy gig in aid of Sense. The event is organised by Stu and Tim Mather, who will also run the 2018 London Marathon for the charity
Two brothers from Widnes are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for the disability charity, Sense, by hosting a comedy gig next month in London, featuring top talent, including Jon Richardson, Josh Widdicombe and Chris McCausland.
Hip hop dance stars turn out to help Hillingdon Manor School raise money to send Autism with Attitude street dance group to European Championships
Boy Blue Entertainment, UMA, Definitive, IMD, Unity and all girl trio Code 3 are among the big names in hip hop who have signed up to appear at a benefit night at the Broadway Theatre in East London on January 20th 2018 to raise money to send street dance group Autism with Attitude, a group of 12 to 15 young people with autism, from Hillingdon Manor School, Uxbridge to the United Dance Organisations (UDO) European Championships in Kalkar in Germany in May 2018.
In true Vale tradition Aylesbury’s Stoke Mandeville Stadium is set to play host to the Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony, in the run up to the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games to be held in PyeongChang, South Korea.
On Friday 2 March 2018 the Stadium will be lit up to bring Paralympic sport to the fore in a day of sporting demonstrations, talks and events.
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.
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’.
St Margaret’s Hospice has extended its bereavement counselling services, more than doubling the number of individuals being supported following the death of a close family member.
Over the last three years the Hospice has grown its team from a single practitioner to three dedicated roles to be able to deliver this critical service.
St Margaret’s Clinical Director, Joy Milliken said: “Care of a family doesn’t stop when a loved one dies. We can offer ongoing professional support and counselling which can play a vital part in the bereavement process, helping someone come to terms with such a life changing event.”
Players from a powerchair football team have praised one of Scotland’s leading charities for helping to showcase the sport to new audiences.
The South Ayrshire Tigers thrilled a large audience by demonstrating their talents at Blackwood’s sporting-themed AGM, which aimed to encourage its customers to get more involved in sport and try new activities.
The team, which comprises members, Annmarie Robertson, Scott Robb, Scott Wood and captain James Doull, hope that their appearance will encourage others to take it up and to generally promote the sport to more people.
Bradford will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Easier Access event next week in City Park with the support of Sovereign Health Care.
The event will be held in City Park, Bradford on Tuesday, 3 October from 10.30am until 4pm. It will raise awareness of disability issues as well as celebrating the achievements of and positive contributions made by disabled people within the district.
Easier Access - People Can is an event for everyone : It aims to attract carers, voluntary and statutory organisations and their employees, local businesses and the general public.
Together Trust’s Bridge College has been given £50,000 of National Lottery funding by Sport England to encourage students to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each week.
Sport England’s new strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ puts tackling inactivity at the heart of what they do. As part of this initiative, Sport England is investing £5 million into projects in colleges that will support their inactive students into regular activity
Run by the leading North West charity, Together Trust, the college based in Openshaw, Manchester is non-residential specialist education college for students aged 16 to 25 years with disabilities, complex needs and autism.
Abacus Healthcare will be demonstrating its popular Gemini power assisted platform bath and offering the chance to win a new ‘Tiny the Turtle’ cuddly toy at Rise 4 Disability.
7th September: Rise 4 Disability, Stand C7, Kent Showground, Maidstone, ME14 3JF, 10am - 4pm, free admission.
This October, Breast Cancer Now is encouraging workplaces across the UK to dig out their pink glad rags for their flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 20 October.
Wear it pink, the UK’s biggest pink fundraiser which takes place during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, calls on employees to ditch their everyday uniforms and workwear and pull on some pink to raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research.
The fundraising event, back for its 16th year, encourages workers to wear pink on Friday 20 October and make a donation to the charity to help it achieve its aim that by 2050 nobody will die from the disease.