A desire for a more active lifestyle and greater access to fitness facilities

Research reveals a desire for a more active lifestyle and greater access to fitness facilities amongst disabled people.

94% of people believe more should be done to provide disabled people with equal access to fitness and leisure facilities, according to findings released today from a poll commissioned by the organisers of Parallel London - the world’s first fully inclusive mass-participation run. The poll also found that:

Health professionals join together to tackle respiratory illness

Improving patient-clinician relationships and education are the keys to unlocking better respiratory care in the UK health service.

That’s the over-riding message from professionals from across the health, science and pharmaceutical sectors, who congregated in the shadow of Lumley Castle at Durham County Cricket Club in Chester-le-Street to talk about Respiratory Care.

Revolutionary new bra from Anita Comfort

The word revolutionary is much overused in press releases but this time it’s really deserved. Meggie is a revolutionary bra for people who find conventional bra closures difficult through limitations in the mobility of their hands and arms (e.g. sufferers with arthritis, gout or paralysis). Many women with limited mobility find that getting dressed in the morning is one of the most challenging parts of the day and this bra has been designed to make that journey a little easier.

15% of British Public have witnessed Disability Hate in the Last Year

15% of people have witnessed at least one hate crime or hate incident based on disability in the last year, according to research released today by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust on Holocaust Memorial Day (Wednesday 27 January 2016).

In total, over a quarter (27%) say they’ve witnessed a form of hate crime or hate incident in the last year, defined as acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are. More than two thirds (69%) of those who’ve witnessed abuse of this kind say they regret not challenging it.

The research focused on five centrally monitored characteristics; race or ethnicity, religion or beliefs; sexual orientation; disability; and transgender identity.

Samaritans go for a stroll with Clare Balding for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Ramblings’ show

Volunteers from Samaritans’ Colchester branch in Essex invited TV and radio host Clare Balding OBE to record an edition of Radio 4’s Ramblings programme on one of their regular walks through the countryside.
Samaritans’ emotional support is available for anyone who needs to talk, about anything, at any time, day or night. Volunteers in its 201 branches work in shifts, responding to calls, emails, texts and letters.
The Colchester branch set up their walking group in 2011. Carol Almond, branch director, said, “We’re thrilled Clare chose to make us part of her new Ramblings series. Our walking group is made up of current and former volunteers, as well as family and friends. It’s a wonderful addition to our role as volunteers supporting people going through a tough time.”


The Royal British Legion today launched The Veterans Medical Funds. Managed by the Legion, the two new funds (The Veterans Hearing Fund and The Veterans Mobility Fund) will support veterans with hearing loss or serious physical injury providing them with equipment and therapies to improve their wellbeing. Using income generated from the Libor fines, the funding – a total of £13 million over 5 years – will be made available via the Legion.

In line with the Armed Forces Covenant and the principle of ‘no disadvantage’, the funds aim to reduce disadvantage to veterans (both regular and reservist). This includes those who have acquired hearing loss during their Service or who have been medically discharged due to a Service-attributable serious physical injury.

National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) report shows that quality of care for hip fractures must be better

Many hip fracture patients are not receiving an acceptable level of care warns the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) in their “2015 Commissioner’s Report”. The report published today found that in some Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), less than 70% of hip fracture patients were receiving prompt surgical treatment.

The report also found that many patients were not receiving a Hip Fracture Programme (HFP), a model of care recommended by NICE. A large number of CCGs also need to improve the number of patients who were able to be mobilised out of bed the day after their surgery. NHFD found that in one in nine CCGs, this figure was less than 50%.

DSA changes bring uncertainty for disabled students

Responding to the government's plans to restructure the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) announced last week, national charity AbilityNet is concerned that disabled students face greater uncertainty about their ongoing studies.

Many disabled students rely on the DSA to level the playing field, yet the new plans, which will take effect in the 2016/17 academic year, put a question mark over the existing scheme.

Nigel Lewis, chief executive of AbilityNet said:

Vital sight loss services and support for vision impaired ex-Service personnel


Currently it is estimated that tens of thousands of blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women are battling sight loss without the specialist support available. That’s why Blind Veterans UK is asking for health and social care professionals to help those currently missing out on support by signposting them to the charity.

When someone loses their sight, specialist support and services can be vital in helping someone to overcome the challenges faced when adjusting to a life with sight loss, including loss of confidence and independence.

Families of people with learning disabilities thank care staff at awards ceremony

The contribution CMG staff members make to the lives of the people they support has been recognised at the learning disability care provider’s annual staff awards evening in London. There were hundreds of nominations across 15 categories, which all came from colleagues, the individuals CMG supports and their families.

Why is it so important that we have equality in the ambulance service?

We live in a society which is becoming increasingly ethnically diverse; and as our multiculturalism grows, so too does the risk of inequality for ethnic minorities accessing ambulance services.

The challenges thrown up by increasing ethnic diversity for both ambulance service providers and those who use them, stem from two main areas – language and communication, and limited cultural awareness.