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Go-Ahead sign up to RNIB’s Bus Charter

Go-Ahead has signed up to RNIB’s (Royal National Institute of Blind People) Bus Charter to ensure services are accessible for passengers with sight loss. The bus operator has pledged its support for the Bus Charter, which sets out 13 commitments to improve bus travel. RNIB has worked with Go-Ahead’s regional bus operators holding local Swap with Me events. During the ... Read More »

Unprecedented coalition of UK charities unite to tackle inequality for disabled children and their families

Research reveals 69% of families never receive support caring for their disabled children outside their close friends or family. The UK’s leading children’s charities will fight for better health and social care for disabled children, young people and their families under the newly-formed Disabled Children’s Partnership. The new coalition, which comprises of 28 charities, has formed as new research reveals ... Read More »

Blind veteran Simon Brown shortlisted in Sunday Express People’s Choice category at Soldiering On Awards 2017

An Iraq War veteran who was blinded in conflict has been shortlisted in the prestigious ‘People’s Choice’ category sponsored by the Sunday Express in the seventh annual Soldiering On Awards. Simon Brown, 38 and from Leeds, was nominated for the award by national military charity Blind Veterans UK, which has supported him since he lost his sight. The Soldiering On ... Read More »

Patron, Joanna Lumley opens new facilities at The Grange Centre

Absolutely Fabulous star, Joanna Lumley, opened the newly-refurbished building of The Grange Centre for People With Disabilities, Bookham, on Wednesday, 8 March 2017 Joanna Lumley is a patron of The Grange, which supports people with disabilities to live independent and fulfilling lives. Lumley unveiled plaques thanking charitable trusts and foundations and individuals who raised the £440,000 needed to make The ... Read More »

Step up for Stick ‘n’ Step on Wirral Coastal Walk

Fundraisers at local charity Stick ‘n’ Step are appealing for people to step up and step out on this year’s Wirral Coastal Walk to help them raise funds. The charity provides free conductive education to children with cerebral palsy, which encourages confidence, independence and mobility. Stick ‘n’ Step takes part in the famous walk every year and this year hopes ... Read More »

Barnstondale shows gratitude to valued supporters with celebration event

Honoured guests Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead and the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral, Councillor and Mrs Hackett, joined other valued friends, patrons and supporters last week (Friday 24 February) for a special event at Barnstondale Activity Centre, held in appreciation for their continued support. As part of the celebration, guests had the opportunity to tour the centre to ... Read More »

People with learning disabilities have their first horse-riding lessons at Aintree

A group of people with learning disabilities and autism have been given the opportunity to go horse-riding for the first time at the country’s most prestigious racecourse. This is the first in a series of events celebrating Aintree’s year-long partnership with Hft, a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities, and Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), whose horses provide ... Read More »

Scouts can now be prepared for camping

SCOUTS who are disabled can now ‘be prepared’ to enjoy going camping thanks to a donation from the intu Braehead Community Fund. The shopping and leisure destination has given £500 to the 98th Renfrewshire Corseford Scouts to help buy a mobile hoist, which would allow disabled young people attend Scout camps. The Corseford Scouts have 14 members, both boys and ... Read More »

Too Little, Too Late: Hft’s statement on the Spring Budget 2017

Hft is disappointed at plans unveiled in Philip Hammond’s “final” Spring Budget. Despite recent comments in the media suggesting that the Chancellor would offer a decisive solution to the ongoing social care funding crisis, we were frustrated to instead see more government procrastination on this important issue. In his Spring Budget, the Chancellor pledged an additional £2billion of funding for ... Read More »

“A good start for social care but long-term strategy still needed”, Sense respond

National disability charity, Sense, responds to Government investment in social care announced in Spring Budget Following today’s Spring Budget [8 March], national disability charity, Sense, has responded to the news that the Government plans to ease the current financial pressures facing social care by delivering £2billion over the next three years, alongside a new green paper focusing on the future of ... Read More »

Budget 2017: Reaction

by Rob May, director at YMCA Awards The Chancellor’s spring budget includes a glaring oversight according to Rob May, the director of the international qualifications awarding body, YMCA Awards. May explains: “The pledge to pump £500-million into the introduction of new so-called ‘T-Levels’ – technical qualifications, as an alternative to A-Levels for 16-19 year olds means that classroom-based vocational education ... Read More »

Mencap response to Budget 2017

Extra £2bn announced in the Budget for social care is not enough to meet needs of disabled people – Mencap response to Budget 2017 Chancellor fails to take final opportunity to reverse damaging cuts to disability benefits coming in in April Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond announced the Budget, offering £2bn towards social care over the next ... Read More »