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It’s Time for a Cuppa for Dementia UK

Time for a Cuppa sale for Dementia UK

Dementia UK, the only charity caring for people with dementia and their families through specialist dementia nurses, is launching its annual Time for a Cuppa week of tea parties. Time for a Cuppa takes place March 1st-March 8th and everyone around the UK is warmly invited to pop the kettle on, bake a cake, and raise money for more specialist dementia Admiral Nurses. 

Admiral Nurses work with families during the toughest times, giving them the practical tools and emotional support they need to face dementia. They work with the person with the diagnosis, but also the entire family, keeping people connected and together for as long as possible.

Survey confirms the importance of The Sound Doctor within any self-management programme

The Sound Doctor self-management programme

Online health educator The Sound Doctor has just completed its most recent patient survey with Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which confirms the importance of its service as part of any self-managed health programme focusing on long-term conditions. 

The Sound Doctor produces world class educational health films. Following a text campaign from some Wolverhampton Practices, thousands of patient had immediate access to the Sound Doctor library of films. Most popular conditions were diabetes, lifestyle, dementia, COPD and back pain.

Wolverhampton CCG developed questions which were sent out via email and text to 130 patients.

RDA Website gets 50th Anniversary Revamp

RDA Website gets 50th Anniversary Revamp

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has launched a new website to better reflect the organisation in its 50th anniversary year.

The new site, still at www.rda.org.uk, has a clear focus on attracting new participants, volunteers and donors. It’s bright and vibrant new look brings the site in line with the fresher style RDA has adopted recently. 

Visitors to the website can discover more about the impact of RDA’s life-changing activities, find their nearest group and meet some of the participants, coaches and horses who make it all happen. 

Challenging Stereotypes with Accessibility Mark 

Accessibility Mark Horse Riders

In 2019 RDA will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the success of the Accessibility Mark scheme is testament to the charity’s work in breaking down barriers and making riding a sport for all.

The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme to work with riding centres with the aim of opening up more opportunities for disabled people to participate in riding.

The theme for RDA’s 50thanniversary year is ‘challenging stereotypes’, which is exactly what Accessibility Mark centres strive to achieve on a daily basis. 

BFI presents a history of ‘Disabled Britain on Film’ from 1911 to the present day

BFI presents a history of ‘Disabled Britain on Film’

The BFI today launches ‘Disabled Britain on Film’, a rich and varied free online collection of over 170 films, plus 20 specially curated features available to rent on BFI Player. Dating from the earliest film East End Cripples Enjoy a Happy Days Outing in Epping Forest (1911) to the most recent title,The Mask (2017), this valuable resource explores the representation of disabled people on film over the last century from across the UK.  Giving a unique insight into the lives and everyday experiences of people often hidden from screen history, the collection of fiction and non-fiction films reveals the often shocking treatment of disabled people, whilst charting changing attitudes and improved legislation around access and inclusion. 

Cornerstone Healthcare Group boosts its executive management team

Cornerstone Healthcare Group staff stood outside

Specialist neurological and mental health care providers, Cornerstone Healthcare Group are pleased to announce the appointment of Jens Kleyenstuber to their Executive Management Team as Finance Director.

Jens has extensive experience in the care sector as Head of Commercial Finance for both Lifeways Group and the Cambian Group. This knowledge, gained in private equity, will help in delivering growth at both the strategic and financial level.

Jens said “I am delighted to be joining Cornerstone, who have an exciting five-year acquisition programme to grow the business. This is a fantastic opportunity to really make a difference in this specialist care sector that is so chronically under serviced.”

Dyslexic children's author publishes second fantasy novel at 26

Dyslexic children's author publishes second fantasy novel at 26

The Forgotten Palace: An Adventure in Presadia By Luke Aylen

Lion Hudson | 23rd March 2019 | Paperback original | £7.99

Deep in the heart of Presadia’s Great Forest lie many secrets, including the ancient ruins of a once-magnificent palace. A chance encounter with a bedraggled stranger and the discovery of broken shards of a magical mirror lead Antimony, an unusually tall dwarf, on a journey to restore the palace. Amazingly, he soon finds himself in charge of a growing community who are determined to help him. Can Antimony juggle the responsibilities that have suddenly been thrust upon him while also confronting shocking truths about his own complicated past?

Into the Frame – new wheelchair fencing book promotes sport 

Wheelchair fencing competitor Jonathan David Collins

We caught up with author of a new book, Into the Frame, to chat about his love for wheelchair fencing. Jonathan David Collins spoke to our editor and is keen to promote the sport as it helps boost physical and mental health and wellbeing – yet few people know it even exists.

Jonathan said: “I was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and I have been in a wheelchair since I was 18 months old.

“I used to do a bit of swimming but due to an operation I had, it was advised I gave it up.

“A friend of mine who was a wheelchair fencer fenced at a club near me, so I went to the club and became hooked on it when I started to learn.”

Charity makes unique film available to help disabled air travellers

Charity makes unique film available to help disabled air travellers

UK charity Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) is addressing issues faced by wheelchair users when travelling by air, through the launch of a unique film ‘Your Guide to Flying with a Disability’. 

Now people thinking about flying with their powered wheelchair can see exactly what’s involved when taking a flight as the film shows every stage of the journey, from the preparation required, through check-in, security, boarding, in-flight and landing, as well as the assistance available. 

Wigwam® Holidays Unveils Accessible Cabin

Wigwam® Holidays Unveils Accessible Cabin

Wigwam® Holidays, one of the UK’s leading glamping accommodation providers, has unveiled its latest innovation: a brand new accessible cabin!

The company, which has its headquarters in Edinburgh, launched the Running Water Deluxe Accessible Wigwam® Cabin at its Annual Conference in November.

The conference was the ideal opportunity to reveal this latest innovation to new and existing Wigwam® Site owners and the event was attended by Olympic ski jumper Michael Eddie Edwards, also known as ‘Eddie the Eagle’, who was one of several guest speakers.

A number of sites are set to take delivery of the cabin ready for the 2019 season. 

Business Disability Forum welcomes greater investment in GP services, but highlights need for disability technology gap to be addressed

Business Disability Forum Mental Health Folders

Responding to the recent publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, Business Disability Forum has welcomed the additional funding announced for GP and mental health services, highlighting the vital role that many GPs play in helping disabled people remain in employment.

Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum said:

“The role that GPs and others in primary care play in supporting millions of disabled people and people with long-term conditions to stay in work often goes unnoticed. Yet for many people they make working possible, by helping them with the ongoing management of their conditions.

Smart homes to help older and disabled people get digital skills and tackle loneliness in rural areas

Smart homes to help older and disabled people get digital skills and tackle loneliness in rural areas

A number of smart homes with digitally savvy older people demonstrating tech in their own homes are being created as part of an innovative scheme to boost the nation’s digital skills.

The homes, to be created in rural West Essex by a partnership led by Uttlesford Council for Voluntary Service, will see home owners become trained ‘digital boomers’ to help others improve their digital skills. They will receive a digital assessment, before having their homes ‘kitted out’ in tech.

UK first for Heathrow and OmniServ with new Multimobby people movers

OmniServ new Multimobby people movers

New electric vehicles carry up to seven passengers through terminals quickly, efficiently and safely, improving their journey through the airport. OmniServ, the UK’s leading airline and airport assistance services provider, and Heathrow are introducing new multi-passenger electric vehicles – the Multimobby – which can carry up to seven people plus an operator through the airport’s terminal buildings quickly, efficiently and safely in a move that will significantly enhance the assistance services provided to passengers with mobility issues or other disabilities.

Mental Health funding squeeze has lengthened waiting times, say NHS finance leads

Mental Health head sketch

Eight out of ten NHS trust finance directors say that funding pressures have led to longer waiting times for people who need mental health treatment, according to The King’s Fund’s latest quarterly monitoring report.

New analysis for the report also shows that despite NHS England meeting its commitment to increase its investment in mental health, nearly a quarter of mental health trusts recorded a reduction in income between 2016/17 and 2017/18. An analysis of mental health trusts’ financial accounts carried out for the report found that, while mental health trusts as a whole reported an overall increase in funding, 21 per cent recorded a reduction in income last year, up from 13 per cent between 2016/17 and 2017/18.

Business Disability Forum highlights need for disability technology gap to be addressed

Business Disability Forum's CEO Diane Lightfoot

Responding to the recent publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, Business Disability Forum has welcomed the additional funding announced for GP and mental health services, while highlighting the ongoing technology gap found when accessing healthcare services.

Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum said: “The role that GPs and others in primary care play in supporting millions of disabled people and people with long-term conditions to stay in work often goes unnoticed. Yet for many people they make working possible, by helping them with the ongoing management of their conditions.

Disability sport heroes recognised at Active Essex Sports Awards 2018

Winners at Active Essex Sports Awards 2018

Disability sport heroes were crowned at an inspirational Active Essex Sports Awards 2018 which celebrated sporting achievements from grassroots to professional level.

Double Olympic gymnastics champion Max Whitlock was on hand to help recognise individuals and organisations that have made outstanding contributions to sport and physical activity in Greater Essex over the past 12 months.

Contributors and sponsors sought for charity app that aims to make public places more accessible

Contributors and sponsors sought for charity app that aims to make public places more accessible

Planning a visit to a shop, cultural attraction or any public place can be a challenge if you have special requirements such as a disability, young children or elderly relatives. A new disabled-run charity, See Around Britain, aims to take away the uncertainty with its vastly detailed, GPS-equipped website and free app, both of which offer essential accessibility information and photographs for hundreds of thousands of sites in the UK and Europe, from popular locations to lesser-known destinations. It also includes all types of travel: railway and Eurostar, buses and taxis, stations and airports: in short it is a 21st-Century Domesday survey of transport and places.

Mindfulness training could enhance weight loss programs in national efforts to tackle obesity

Man practising mindfulness

Mindfulness training may improve the effectiveness of intensive weight management programs, suggesting that it could be an excellent strategy for healthcare providers in preventing and managing obesity.

Researchers from the University of Warwick and the Warwickshire Institute for the Study of Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust have published their findings in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Individuals who participated in mindfulness training as part of an intensive weight management program lost more weight in six months than other program participants who did not attend mindfulness courses.

Global Business Leaders & Businesses Throw Support Behind Disability Inclusion Revolution

Global Business Leaders & Businesses Throw Support Behind Disability Inclusion Revolution

High profile global business leaders and companies have today committed to take accountability for disability inclusion in business, by supporting #valuable - a worldwide call to action for business to recognise the value and worth of the one billion disabled people globally. 

Founder of #valuable, Caroline Casey, commented:

“Disability inclusion is an issue that has been pushed to the sidelines of business for far too long. Momentum is now building and we have reached a tipping point. We’re delighted that the World Economic Forum have announced that the need to bolster inclusion of those living with a disability will be a main message at Davos in 2019.” 

Call for memorabilia and stories about disability sport

Cartwright Hall, where the memorabilia and stories about Paralympics and disability sport will be shared

In partnership with Bradford Council, an exhibition is coming to the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in Bradford this month which will feature memorabilia and stories surrounding the Paralympics and disability sport.

From modest beginnings in the late 1940s at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann encouraged wounded veterans to play sport as an aid to rehabilitation from spinal injury received from the battlefront. This led to local competitions, the Stoke Mandeville Games and in turn the birth of the Paralympic movement. Today, the Paralympic Games attracts national and international public support and interest.