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Local disability organisations secure £10,000 to hold Wirral’s Inclusion Festival -‘One Wirral’

Three local disability organisations, Wirral Mencap, Options for Supported Living and Wirral Evolutions have jointly secured £10,000 from the National Lottery to hold an inclusive community festival in Birkenhead Park this summer. ‘One Wirral’ will be a festival for the whole community, celebrating the diversity of Wirral and all the peninsula has to offer.   It will bring together community groups ... Read More »

Action on Hearing Loss former chair receives an OBE in the New Year Honours

Stephen Hill, former Chair of Trustees at Action on Hearing Loss, was awarded an OBE for services to people with hearing problems and charity in the New Year Honours list announced today. Over his eight years on the Board, including the past three as Chair, Stephen oversaw a period of rapid growth at Action on Hearing Loss, including expansion of ... Read More »

Charity co-founder recognised with a national honour

The co-founder of a charity which offers support and advice to families regarding Special Educational Needs (SEN) has been recognised with a national honour. Marion Strudwick, of Hampton, has been given a British Citizen Award for her services to education. The British Citizen Awards (BCAs) were launched in January 2015, to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to ... Read More »

Turn an ear to hear – a simple head turn to improve understanding of speech in noisy environments

Listeners in a noisy situation benefit from facing slightly away from the person they are listening to, turning one ear towards the speech, concludes a study by Cardiff University, funded by UK charity Action on Hearing Loss (RNID). This listening tactic was found to be especially beneficial for cochlear implant users who typically struggle in noisy social settings such as ... Read More »

Mencap responds to announcement by DWP’s ‘war on inaccessibility’

Today (21 December) the Department of Work and Pensions has announced plans to recruit disability champions in to key sectors of businesses, such as retail, hospitality and sport, to improve accessibility for disabled people in the UK. Accessibility is a huge issue for people with a learning disability who can struggle to understand information when out in public. Despite rulings ... Read More »

Hft Smarthouse showcasing personalised technology solutions opens at Aintree

A house showcasing a range of assistive technology that can be used to support vulnerable adults to increase their independence has opened its doors in Liverpool. The mobile, purpose built Smarthouse, created by the Hft, the national learning disabilities charity, is on display at Aintree Racecourse as part of the newly launched Peter O’Sullevan Community Hub which will be the ... Read More »

Deaf researcher improving the lives of Deaf people living with dementia

The first Deaf sign language user in the world to interview Deaf people living with dementia about their care and support experiences and needs has graduated with a PhD from The University of Manchester. Dr. Emma Ferguson-Coleman has been working on the ‘Deaf with Dementia’ project, funded by the Alzheimer’s Society, since 2010. Her PhD involved interviewing Deaf people with dementia ... Read More »

It’ll be lonely for carers this Christmas, finds new study by charity Revitalise

On eve of Festive Season national disability charity finds carers feel exhausted, sleep-deprived and lonely. With many of us looking forward to enjoying the festivities this holiday season, a new study by national disability charity Revitalise has worryingly revealed that many carers have far less reason to be jolly this Christmas. The charity’s research found that 4 out of 10 ... Read More »

New statistics reveal nation’s level of inactivity and overindulgence over Christmas

BHF encourages Brits to kick-start healthy New Year by taking on a trek  Brits will spend a combined total of nearly 10 billion hours sat down over the festive period. A third of Brits (33%) do absolutely no exercise over the Christmas period, with a further third (33%) doing less than an hour a week. Over the Christmas period, Brits ... Read More »

Leading disability charity responds to social care precept announcement

Responding to reports in the media that the government intends to allow local councils to raise council tax by 6% over two years, Leonard Cheshire Disability CEO Neil Heslop, said: “We are pleased that the government has acknowledged the severe strain that social care is under. Giving local councils more flexibility to raise revenue locally is a step in the ... Read More »

Birmingham blind charity takes expertise to the Middle East

A CHARITY that helps people cope with sight loss and disability is exporting its expertise to the Middle East after being invited to become involved in a leading European Union-funded project. After initially being invited to teach vision rehabilitation at the German Jordanian University in Amman, Jordan, Andrew Miller, optometry lead at charity Focus Birmingham’s Low Vision Centre, has been ... Read More »

Olympic and Paralympic stars of tomorrow join Hannah Cockroft at National Talent Camp

A host of young elite athletes, coaches and officials will find out how to reach their potential in the sporting field when they join World and Paralympic Champion Hannah Cockroft at the Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp this week. England’s most promising sporting young people will be put through their paces in a series of intense workshops, masterclasses and ... Read More »