Caldecotte Xperience’s Wheelyboat provides accessible water-based activities

 Action4Youth's new Wheelyboat makes waves on Caldecotte Lake

Caldecotte Xperience in Milton Keynes has launched a wheelchair-accessible Wheelyboat: the first fully accessible power boat to operate at this outdoor activity centre, strengthening existing provisions for people with disabilities. 

Two charities, The Wheelyboat Trust and Action4Youth, workied together on the project, to provide young people with mobility impairments with the ability to participate fully in water-based activities at this centre.

Calvert Trust Kielder unveils new interior design at accessible holiday centre

Calvert Trust Kielder cushion

Wheelchair-accessible holiday accommodation centre Calvert Trust Kielder has joined forces with respected artist and interior designer Anne Curtis to revamp a suite. 

A former quarter-finalist on BBC 2’s The Great Interior Design Challenge, Anne has worked with the award-winning centre’s dedicated team to re-design The Gallery Corridor, consisting of five rooms each with a nature theme to highlight the local wildlife at Kielder Water and Forest Park. 

This is the first time Calvert Trust Kielder has partnered with an interior designer with all parties hoping to mirror the success of the centre's collaboration with architect and TV personality George Clarke  (Amazing Spaces) for its hugely popular ‘Sky Den’ accommodation.

Wheelchair star Ade Adepitan launches crowdsourcing campaign #mymobilityunlimited

#mymobilityunlimited ambassadors

Wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan and journalist and broadcaster Martyn Sibley announce a global crowdsourcing campaign to find solutions to the challenges faced by people with lower-limb paralysis. The crowdsourcing, entitled #mymobilityunlimited, will hopefully inspire innovators taking part in the Mobility Unlimited Challenge. 

How to stay chilled in a wheelchair

Nathan in wheelchair

An innovative wheelchair accessory is shaking up the mobility industry – Corien Staels’s cooling backrest cushion the wheelAIR.

The designer – who has received backing from entrepreneurs on TV Dragons’ Den and Paralympians – created the product after discovering that those with a spinal cord injury had to cool themselves in dramatic and unforgiving ways, having to strap ice packs to their bodies or spray themselves with water hoses post-exercise.

Specially-designed wheelchair helps triathlon challenge become family affair

Specially-designed wheelchair helps triathlon challenge become family affair

Last week saw a father and daughter duo race to success in the Manchester Half Marathon, thanks to a specially-designed wheelchair. 

Ottobock ambassadors Stephan Couture and his daughter Chloe are no strangers to the sporting circuit, having taken part in more than 25 competitions this year alone. 

Back in September, Stephan and Chloe became the first disabled team to take part in the Hever Castle Triathlon. They joined 6,000 other competitors at the iconic Kent castle for the final event of the year in the Castle Triathlon Series, the third largest triathlon event in the UK.

Mapping for Change Launches ‘Ramp It Up!’

‘Ramp It Up!’

Local businesses are invited to compete for the chance to win one of 10 wheelchair ramps to improve access to their premises. Who wins will be decided by the public.

The London-based social enterprise Mapping for Change is inviting communities from around the UK to help their towns and cities become more wheelchair friendly. They are calling on you to ‘Ramp it Up!’ and have launched an exciting competition to encourage your local business owners to get on board.

Caroline finds her feet


A woman who lives in a Hove residential service is keen to move from her wheelchair into her dancing shoes after an amazing six-month turnaround.

When Caroline moved into Cloverdale House in March she was wheelchair-bound and unable to stand at all, but after an amazing team effort from the support staff at Cloverdale, the involvement of some dedicated therapists, and a good deal of determination on Caroline’s part, she is now back on her feet and going from strength to strength.

Service Manager, Trevor Wilcox, said: “When Caroline moved in she was very reserved and anxious, and the history from her previous home was unclear as to why exactly Caroline was unable to walk. 

Accessible state of the art smart home solutions

Accessible state of the art smart home solutions

Ross Hovey’s mobile phone is his lifeline and in connecting LightwaveRF’s smart home solutions he has transformed his home and way of life.

A Liverpool football fan and banking professional, he has a rare neuromuscular disorder, spinal muscular atrophy - a genetic disease that causes muscle weakness and progressive loss of movement.  For 37 years old Ross, this means loss of strength in his arms and legs.

With support from his parents nearby, his specially designed wheelchair, team of dedicated carers and LightwaveRF smart home solutions, Ross lives independently in his home in Cambridge.

Ottobock Ambassador and wheelchair racer Sammi Kinghorn has been selected to represent GB in Rio

Ottobock Ambassador and wheelchair racer Sammi Kinghorn has been selected to represent GB in Rio

Commenting on the announcement of Ottobock ambassador Samantha (Sammi) Kinghorn being selected to be part of the track and field British Paralympic Wheelchair Racing team heading to Rio, Phil Yates, Managing Director at Ottobock, said:

“We are ecstatic that Sammi has been selected to represent GB in her discipline of Wheelchair Racing. She has again and again amazed us with her talent and tenacity. She is a true inspiration to other and we are privileged to have her as an ambassador.”

Clothes for sitting posture to change fashion for wheelchair users

Wheelchair users fed up with clothes designed for able-bodied people could soon benefit from a knitwear range which centres on a sitting posture.

Nottingham Trent University Masters student Sophie Neff created her own brand, Inclusive Knits, to address what she sees as gap in the market, particularly for men.

The 25-year-old – who’s studying MA Fashion Knitwear Design at the university’s School of Art & Design – created a range which is more practical and comfortable for people who have to sit for the majority of the day, but which are just as wearable when standing.

Only 2 months until the North’s largest independent living event….

DNEX, the North’s largest independent living event will take place on September 21st and 22nd 2016 at Newcastle Racecourse, opening at 10 A.M. daily. DNEX will be opened by acclaimed Metro Radio DJ and ‘Night Owls’ host Alan Robson.

With over 100 exhibitors showcasing services and products ranging from sensory toys to wheelchair covers, from aids for healthcare professionals to moving & handling equipment, from accessible holidays to digital aids and from driveway adaptations to convenience foods, DNEX is a must-attend event for disabled people, older adults, healthcare professionals, carers and anyone with an interest in disability.

Lagooni shower-toilet wheelchairs: customisation, flexibility and lots of freedom of movement

Lagooni shower-toilet wheelchairs:


Lagooni BV was established by Paul Kampshoff. An industrial designer with South African roots, Paul had been working as an industrial designer for his own company Vision XP for several years before he started Lagooni. At Vision XP he also developed products for functionally impaired people. He relies on his own experiences for his designs.