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Mr Williams – The perfect horse for disabled riders

Mr Williams – The perfect horse

A mechanical horse called ‘Mr Williams’ is helping disabled riders at a Cumbria riding school to gain confidence in the saddle.

Mr Williams has been part of the equine team at Happy Hooves Riding Centre since 2014, when owner Alison Noble purchased him realising he was a valuable asset for their equine therapy courses, and he was the only mechanical horse in the area at the time.

As an Accessibility Mark accredited centre, Happy Hooves also saw the benefit that Mr Williams, could bring to their disabled clients.

100 days until the Paralympic Heritage Flame events

100 days until the Paralympic Heritage Flame events

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 to demonstrate why it is the considered choice for care cots at Kidz-to-Adultz-up-North

Theraposture to demonstrate why it is the considered choice for care cots at Kidz-to-Adultz-up-North

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.

 

Be a volunteer helper!

The joy of Woodlarks is that everyone involved is a volunteer. The disabled people who come here have all sorts of disabilities. They rely on volunteer helpers to enable them to join in all that Woodlarks has to offer. 

 

 As one camper said, ‘A new experience every day.’

 

The summer half term week, and every week through July and August, urgently needs active helpers to engage for a week.

 

As soon as bookings open in January, camp leaders are flooded with applications from disabled people who want to attend their week.  Sadly, they have to put many on a waiting list until they can be sure that they have enough helpers.

 

Falcon Mews, Robin’s View and L’uccello Café launches in Birmingham!

Falcon Mews, Robin’s View and L’uccello Café launches in Birmingham!

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.

 

St Margaret's Hospice extends bereavement support service

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.”
 

Ayrshire Powerchair Football Team Show Their Skills

Ayrshire Powerchair Football Team Show Their Skills

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.
 

‘Life-saving surfing’ helps military heroes overcome trauma and injury

Military heroes who competed in a world-first adaptive surf championship in North Wales say that surfing has helped them to overcome trauma, mental ill-health and serious physical injuries.
 
Sixteen surfers, all either serving military or veterans who have battled physical or mental injury, competed for the top spots in the Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship last Saturday (23rd September 2017). The free-to-attend one-day tournament took place at inland surf lagoon Surf Snowdonia, seven miles from the sea at Conwy.
 
Winner of the open category, Yianni Karakousis, served as a Captain in the Royal Engineers. He suffered horrific injuries in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan in April 2013.
 

Bridge College Receives National Lottery Funding From Sport England To Help Get Students Active

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.

 

Breakfast meeting to celebrate supported housing at Scunthorpe

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Creative Support North Lincolnshire joins national campaign day to celebrate supported housing.

Creative Support is highlighting the contribution supported housing makes to North Lincolnshire as part of today's Starts at Home day.

Starts at Home, now in its second year and run by the National Housing Federation, celebrates how this housing helps hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people regain their independence and confidence.

Yorkshire Paralympic hero to take on 969-mile cycle across Britain for disability charity

Yorkshire Paralympic hero to take on 969-mile cycle across Britain for disability charity

-          Hebden Bridge’s Steve Bate MBE will attempt the feat on a ‘fat bike’, the first time this has ever been done
 
-          The 39-year-old, who only has 6% of his vision remaining, will lead a group of ten cyclists who are raising money for national disability charity Sense

 

Maintain your independence with Spring Chicken Ltd

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We all value our independence, without it we can feel defeated, depressed and at a loss.

It is therefore imperative that people living with disabilities have as much encouragement and aid to help maintain a healthy independent lifestyle whether that is something as simple as opening packaging, putting socks on or travelling and engaging in social activities whilst creating a sense of independence.We offer gadgets that allow an individual living with a disability to keep their independence doing day-to-day tasks inside and outside their home.

Bathrooms for the less able

bathrooms - move

Modern fittings make designing stylish and accessible bathrooms easier than ever before.

Providing bathrooms that are accessible and appealing to both able and less able is a design challenge.  Less able does not just mean those who are registered disabled where specific facilities such as bath hoists may be needed but the many who suffer less serious problems that can make life difficult. Although it is true to say that accessible bathrooms can be ugly, this does not have to be the case. Choosing the right, well designed fittings can make life easy for less able users without spoiling the visual appeal of the room or limiting its use.

Blind teenager given the opportunity to learn to drive

Blind teenager given the opportunity to learn to drive

UWE student, blind for 12 years, takes driving lessons with Young Driver at Cribbs Causeway
 
Like many 19-year olds, Abdul-Azeez Balogun likes being behind the wheel of a car.
 
But, surprisingly, Abdul is completely blind in both eyes.
 
His dream of controlling a car is being realised thanks to Young Driver, which has been teaching Abdul at its Cribbs Causeway venue in Bristol.
 
Young Driver offers driving lessons to anyone aged 10 and over – including those with disabilities, which may mean they will never be able to legally drive on the roads. Because Young Driver lessons take place on private property, normal restrictions do not apply.
 

Pocket Nook maintain ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating, providing ‘a warm, caring environment that is a home in its truest sense’

Together Trust residential children’s home Pocket Nook has been awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted following a recent inspection. The Bolton home, accredited by the National Autistic Society, provides residential care for up to five young people who have emotional and/or behavioural difficulties, a physical disability or a learning disability.

Pocket Nook is run by the Together Trust, a leading North West charity which along with specialist education, helps support people with disabilities, learning difficulties and complex health needs through fostering, community and residential care and autism support.

What is the Process of Rehabilitation & Recovery for a Traumatic Brain Injury?

What is the Process of Rehabilitation & Recovery for a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The process of recovery from a traumatic brain injury varies from person to person depending on the exact nature of the injury and the specific needs of the affected individual. The ultimate outcome and how long rehabilitation will take can be hard to predict at the outset, but by following the right steps, significant improvement can often be achieved.

 

In this article we will address some of the most common questions asked by people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and their loved ones about the rehabilitation and recovery process.

 

How long does it take to recover from a traumatic brain injury?

 

World Continence Week

World Continence Week

This year's World Continence Week is June 19-25. The theme, Incontinence: No laughing matter, tackles a common response by people to laugh off incontinence, accepting it as an inevitable part of childbirth or ageing, not a health issue requiring specialist treatment. 

 

With a staggering 14 million people a year in the UK suffering from bladder and bowel conditions, spread the word, reduce the stigma, know that you are not alone and know that there are things you can do to improve the condition.

 

Bladder and bowel control problems can be treated, better managed and even cured.