Unity Theatre, Action Transport Theatre and DaDaFest look at an age-old fairy tale classic with new eyes this Christmas, from 30 November to 5 January at Unity Theatre. If you think you know Beauty and the Beast - think again! Friendship – not just love – is in the air, as our two central characters take the form of two unlikely friends who put their differences aside in this heart-warming festive production.
According to HSE, around 15.4 million working days are lost due to work related stress in 2017 with 595,000 British workers suffering from Mental Health issues such as depression and anxiety over the last 12 months with 239,000 new cases. Further research by the CIPD and SimplyHealth found presenteeism had more than tripled from 26 per cent in 2010 to 86 per cent in 2018 and was associated with rising stress levels. Following these recent statistics, Instant Offices shows what the early signs of suffering burnout and how to effectively avoid hitting rock bottom.
THE UK’s first personalised children’s book to include a wheelchair option has launched in the UK.
Where Next, Teddy? from Chapterful puts children at the heart of their own night-time adventure. Not only is the story personalised with the protagonist’s name featured throughout, the main character can be customised depending on the recipient’s features, including hair colour and whether they wear glasses.
It is also includes the option to sit the child in a wheelchair – the first for a British personalised children’s book.
Louis Porter of publishers Chapterful said: “We wanted to create a beautifully illustrated children’s book that puts the recipient right at the heart of the story.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is launching a month-long pilot communications programme to promote jobs in the adult social care sector. The pilot starts October 31st and is taking place in Gloucestershire and Tyne and Wear. This will test and identify the optimal marketing channels in different geographical locations to inform a national campaign in early 2019.
The Pembrokeshire Coast is famous for its winding Coast Path and picturesque sandy beaches, and with the help of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, several beaches can be accessed by specially designed beach wheelchairs.
Wheelchairs for use on sandy beaches are available to hire under the National Park Authority’s beach wheelchairs scheme at eight locations across Pembrokeshire for a small fee or no charge.
Are you a parent caring for a child with complex needs, or an older relative who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? Are you an individual with a long-term disability that means time spent managing your care records and appointments? Do you have to constantly repeat information to family, friends and professionals within your care circle? If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then MyLiferaft was designed for you.
A loo that claims to deliver the ultimate in intimate care can also deliver the ultimate in future-proofed and stylish bathroom design, through developments in flushing technology. The Asana is the latest multi-functional WC to be designed and engineered by Closomat, Britain’s brand leader in enabled toileting. It combines shower toilet assistive technology (integrated douching and drying) for able and disabled alike, with contemporary styling- which extends right through to the flush operating mechanisms.
DFN Charitable Foundation Begins Bold New Chapter: Organisation confirms CEO appointment.
The DFN Charitable Foundation, founded in 2014 by David Forbes-Nixon, has announced the appointment of a new CEO as it continues its life-changing work for those with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Kevin Horne, from Norwich, joins as CEO of the DFN Charitable Foundation (‘the Foundation’) and DFN Project Search after 21 years heading a multi-million pound business services enterprise, through which he actively developed employability initiatives to support those with learning disabilities.
Exemplar Health Care are set to host an informal evening of learning and networking aimed at Wigan based health professionals. Led by Exemplar Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Peter Marshall the event on Wednesday 7th November will see Dr Marshall share his insights into the link between severe mental illness and physical health inequalities.
Specialising in treating individuals living with severe mental ill-health, including people with treatment resistant schizophrenia, Dr Marshall works with them to develop new strategies to improve their lives.
The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover has come to a spectacular end with a sell out Closing Ceremony at Qudos Bank Arena officially bringing the fourth edition of the Games to a close.
Featuring ARIA award-winning band Birds of Tokyo, Grammy-nominated singer Aloe Blacc, Colin Hay and The Kingdom Choir, the Closing Ceremony capped off a week that saw more than 100,000 people flock to Sydney Olympic Park and Sydney Harbour to watch 500 competitors from 18 nations contest medals in 11 sports.
UCan2 contributor Jenni Meredith comments on the changes in regulation concerning cannabis oil, and talks about mental health issues and accessible loos...
Do All Systems Go?
Systems are necessary. Everything we do has some sort of structure. It’s the rigidity built into systems that gets me going. Surely flexibility is optimal? So why are we faced daily with the inflexibility of systems imposed, it would seem, just to make us think more mechanically? Is this what Andy Warhol meant when he famously said he wanted to be a machine? But that was back in the mid ‘70s— an analogue era with no computer algorithms to curtail his creative flow.
A new supported living service run by Eden Futures in North Lincolnshire has welcomed its first resident this week.
*Kelly moved into one of the eight specialist apartments that have been designed to provide a supported living service for people who require an alternative to residential care provision and with a learning disability or mental health need.
The new service in Scunthorpe is a re-development of two existing bungalows into enhanced, specialist supported living apartments that each includes their own front door, a bedroom, a bathroom/wet room and an open plan lounge/kitchen/diner. Each person has their own private garden, and the facility has assistive technology built in to the infrastructure to aid independent living.
Jackie Pool, Director of Memory Care at Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare, is set to publish an innovative new book inspired by her 40 years of work tackling dementia.
As a leading Occupational Therapist specialising in dementia, Jackie has long made the case for ‘rementia’ – the possibility of reversing the symptoms of the condition and restoring lost functions. Having started her journey as an occupational therapy assistant in the 1980s, Jackie has devoted her career to dementia care and researching how individuals can be supported to maintain their current abilities for longer.
Cardiff’s Kelly Prosser – described by colleagues as ‘conscientious’, ‘energetic’ and someone who ‘leads by example’ – was a winner at the inaugural Welsh Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards. Kelly, who manages four supported living services in the city for the Regard Group, was honoured with The Registered Manager Award at the gala event in the city, which celebrates ‘excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities’.
Kelly was described by the judges as a manager and leader who ‘instils confidence and a sense of family for those whom she supports’.
She said: “It came as a complete surprise. I couldn’t believe it when I heard my name called out. To be recognised and appreciated for what I do by the people I work with is very touching.
A service user who has been supported by Eden Futures for 8 years is thoroughly enjoying working at Inclusion North as an Expert by Experience.
Gary has extensive knowledge of learning disabilities and a wealth of experience in health and social care. His position at Inclusion North involves taking part in Care and Treatment Reviews requested by the NHS.
Working across Yorkshire and the North East, Gary ensures that people with a learning disability and/or autism who may have a mental health condition, have behavior that challenges, who are in hospital or at risk of going in to hospital are safe, receiving good care and treatment and have a plan for how they can be supported to live good lives in the community.
A restaurant in Manchester has become a hit with parents of children with autism and other conditions after adapting its menu, and staff plan to make the eating experience even more enjoyable for families.
The San Rocco Italian restaurant in Ashton-under-Lyne is now working towards being recognised by the National Autistic Society by becoming recognised as “Autism Friendly”.
It hit headlines earlier this year when its pictoral menu, designed for non-verbal autistic children, allowed families to come and choose food without guessing when their children wanted.
UCan2 has been named in the Top 10 Disability Magazines by Feedspot – the global content reader.
The article lists the best disability magazines on the web, using search and social metrics to find the most updated and widely-followed websites.
A Feedspot spokesperson said, "This is the most comprehensive list of best Disability Magazines on the internet and I’m honoured to have UCan2 as part of this! I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world."
Ask twice, people urged, as new research shows over three quarters of people in the North West would say they are ‘fine’ even if struggling with a mental health problem
New research released by the mental health anti-stigma campaign, Time to Change, reveals that when asked, 81% of people in the North West would tell friends and family we are ‘fine’, even if struggling with a mental health problem.
When asked why, responses suggest we doubt whether people really want to hear the honest answer.
The top concerns in the North West were:
Just because people ask how you are, doesn’t mean they really want to know (54%)
A new care facility which will help adults with mental health and learning difficulties will be opening at Nuneaton early in 2019.
Cedar Lodge is being built by award winning provider Camino Healthcare, which already operates two well established units in the West Midlands which offer a similar service.