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Poor sleep linked to 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. 

Using a Wheelchair and the Importance of Mental Health

Using a Wheelchair and the Importance of Mental Health

According to research conducted by the UK government (2014), there are 11 million disabled people living in the UK. It is thought that 1.9% use a wheelchair in their daily lives (Perry, 2015). This statistic highlights the rarity of requiring the use of a wheelchair. Falling into this unique category of individuals often dictates someone's life script. Whether one is born to use a wheelchair or, if the use of one is required through a twist of fate, living life on four wheels is definitely different.

Graphene can hear your brain whisper

Graphene can hear your brain whisper

A newly developed graphene-based implant can record electrical activity in the brain at extremely low frequencies and over large areas, unlocking the wealth of information found below 0.1 Hz. This technology, which will be showcased in the Graphene Pavilion at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 25-28 February 2019, was developed by Graphene Flagship partners at the Barcelona Microelectronics Institute (IMB-CNM, CSIC), the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), and ICFO.

Changing places on the English Riviera

Changing places on the English Riviera

The English Riviera is now one of the most accessible tourist destinations in the country - with the opening of state-of-the-art toilet facilities.

Torbay Council has refurbished the Festival Apollo toilet block on Paignton seafront to become a dedicated disabled toilet facility, featuring the first Changing Places in an open space in the area.

The Changing Places goes ‘above and beyond’ being equipped to ‘best practice’ guidelines under British Standards: it features a Closomat Palma Vita shower (wash & dry) toilet in place of a conventional WC, and height adjustable washbasin in addition to the necessary equipment of height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, privacy screen and ceiling track hoist. The facility is accessed via a code.

Path to Success for para-athletes

Path to Success for para-athletes

Disability sports charity Path to Success is gearing up for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics by planning its annual gala dinner.

Following its successful wheelchair basketball challenge, which raised £20,000, the charity has continued to offer financial support to women who aspire to represent Great Britain at the Paralympics across four major disability sports: para- badminton, para powerlifting, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball.

The charity sponsors 12 female para-athletes who are seeking to realise their dream of winning Gold for Team GB. It has pledged £100K to the campaign over three years, which will cover the cost of coaching, training, travel, equipment and specialised sports wheelchairs for the sponsored athletes.

OmniServ partners with Colostomy UK and Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People

OmniServ partners with Colostomy UK and Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People

Airport services provider establishes two UK charity partnerships for 2019 as part of its continued efforts to improve the passenger experience for all

OmniServ, the UK’s leading airline and airport assistance services provider, has pledged to support two UK charities - Colostomy UK and Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) - throughout 2019, as part of its continued commitment to making air travel accessible for everyone.

Naidex - 26th & 27th March at Birmingham's NEC

Naidex - 26th & 27th March at Birmingham's NEC

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be partnering with Naidex, Europe’s largest event for the disability and independent living sector! 

Celebrating its 45th anniversary, the show will take place on the 26th & 27th March at Birmingham’s NEC, and we’d love for you to join us at the show by grabbing your FREE ticket here!

Get ready to see the latest in assistive technology, mobility products, accessible traveling, living aids and more!

You’ll also get the opportunity to hear over 250 seminars covering a wide variety of topics such as employability, mental health, fashion and rehabilitation amongst others.

Friendship found in Eccleshall 

Friendship found in Eccleshall 

An award-winning Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) project to tackle loneliness and isolation has been extended to a rural Staffordshire village with help from a local councillor.

Inspired by the success of the Marston Court Friendship Group in Stafford, part of a programme of events staged as part of the pioneering BeConnected project, regular meetings are now planned in Eccleshall.

The first was held in the village's community centre and more than a dozen local residents were joined by Cllr Jeremy Pert who has supported the initiative with a £250 donation from a Local Community Fund.

Leading North East dementia support specialist appoints new training coordinator

Stuart McBean from Dementia Matters

A leading provider of specialist care for people living with dementia in the North East has appointed a new dedicated training coordinator to its growing team.

Stuart McBean from Walker, Newcastle, has joined Dementia Matters to help develop and enhance the not-for-profit organisation’s internal training programmes for both new recruits and existing members of staff.