Author: posabilitymagazine

Jessica Cox: Pilot born without arms proves the sky’s the limit

Jessica Cox was born without arms as a result of a rare birth defect. That has not stopped her from living her life to the fullest. In fact, Ms Cox has experienced and achieved more than most people do in a lifetime. She can drive a car, fly a plane and play piano – all with her feet. In 2012 she married Patrick, her former Taekwondo instructor (she has two black belts). They live in Tucson in the US state of Arizona. Ms Cox, 30, travels around the world as a motivational speaker, using her own life as an...

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Calvert Trust Exmoor becomes England’s only five star activity accomodation

Calvert Trust Exmoor runs an accessible 60 bed residential activity centre, catering for people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities of all ages and levels of ability, together with their families & friends. Activities on offer include canoeing, carriage driving, wheelchair abseiling, accessible cycling and archery. Over 3,500 guests took a break with Calvert Trust Exmoor last year. Becky Endacott, Contract Services Coordinator at Quality in Tourism, confirmed yesterday that Calvert Trust Exmoor are the only organisation in England to have reached the five star standard for activity accommodation. Tony Potter, Chief Executive of Calvert Trust Exmoor; “We are...

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Volunteering in the care industry helps both the volunteer and the person they care for

Many of the charities and organisations which provide help to elderly and vulnerable people rely on support from individuals in order to carry out their work. Although some charities receive government funding, many rely solely on financial donations from supporters and volunteers who give up their time to help care for people. In many instances, the person being cared for relies heavily on the support of the organisation in order to carry out daily activities, retain their independence or access vital community resources. It is clear, therefore, that volunteers provide significant support to the people they care for and...

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Oscar Pistorius denies murder of Reeva Steenkamp in ‘strongest terms’

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has denied murdering his girlfriend in the “strongest terms” and offered his “deepest sympathies” to her family. As the South African athlete appeared in court on Friday to face a murder charge, his family and management company issued a statement that said: “Firstly, and most importantly, all our thoughts today must be with the family and friends of Reeva Steenkamp. “Oscar Pistorius has appeared in court here in Pretoria this morning formally charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. The alleged murder is disputed in the strongest terms.” The statement added: “Oscar Pistorius has made history...

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More than one in 10 providing unpaid care

The number of unpaid carers in England and Wales has reached 5.8 million – a rise of 600,000 since 2001, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said.  Figures from 2011 show that the largest increase was in unpaid carers working for 50 or more hours a week. Wales had a higher percentage of people providing unpaid care compared with any English region. In England, the highest percentages of unpaid carers were in the North West, North East and West Midlands. The ONS study into unpaid care in England and Wales, 2011 found that more than 12% of the population...

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