Author: posabilitymagazine

Bench Donation in Bonnyrigg Has Tenants Sitting Pretty

TENANTS at a retirement housing development are to enjoy their garden space even more thanks to the donation of a wooden park bench from a local businessman. Shirley Queen, Retirement Housing Manager at Bield’s Moorfoot Court in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, was looking for fundraising suggestions from the local community in order to raise money to replace the development’s old outdoor benches. Upon hearing Shirley’s request, Gary Whittle of Pet Helpers in Bonnyrigg got in touch and said he would like to help by donating a brand new bench. Shirley said: “I really wasn’t expecting someone to respond to my request...

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BES Rehab raises £100,000 to make activity products more accessible 

BES Rehab Ltd, a Bristol based Healthcare company, has raised £100,000 for the purpose of reaching directly the families of those affected by dementia and learning difficulties in the UK. The funds were raised through a crowdfunding campaign via, to expand BES’ newly acquired division, Activities to Share – a company which sells activity products to the NHS and Care Homes. There are 1.5 million individuals affected by learning difficulties, and one million by dementia in the UK alone. The aim of the campaign is to extend Activities to Share’s scope to reach affected families directly, while encouraging...

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Family fund – helping disabled children

Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants to families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Last year, they provided 88,119 grants and services worth over £33 million to families across the UK. They aim to give all families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people the same opportunities as others by providing grants for essential items such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, clothing and computers. It can be a struggle financially, emotionally and physically for these families, Family Fund grants help to ease some of the additional pressures that...

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Heritage adopts latest developments to optimise accessibility

  One of the North East’s leading heritage sites is now as accessible as possible with the opening of new toilet facilities. Sunderland City Council is in the middle of a major regeneration programme to revitalise its seafront. Central to improvements at Marine Walk, at Roker seafront, is a new, purpose-built toilet block, which incorporates the ultimate facilities for disabled visitors. With equipment supplied by Britain’s no. 1 provider of helpful toileting solutions for disabled people, Closomat, the new toilets meet the needs of as many people as possible. The conventional (Document M) wheelchair-accessible toilet features a Closomat Palma...

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Prestigious award presented to disability employment specialist

A Surrey Choices employee has received the highest honour from the supported employment sector after being awarded the national 2017 Practitioner of the Year Award. Carolyn Tucker supports people with a wide range of disabilities by helping them to find employment opportunities with local employers. The support specialist works for the EmployAbility Service at Surrey Choices with adults who may have traditionally found it difficult to secure employment. EmployAbility is a dedicated service that helps to find work placements, training, volunteer opportunities and paid work with employers. Carolyn, who has continued to work beyond the age of retirement, shows...

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