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It’ll be homely this Christmas at Glasgow High School

Kind-hearted pupils from a Glasgow high school treated local care home residents to a home-cooked festive feast, to help prevent loneliness among the elderly this Christmas. St Andrew’s Roman Catholic Secondary School invited 10 residents from Bupa’s Eastbank Care Home to socialise with other elderly members of the community over a spread of hearty, traditional dishes, specially prepared by its ... 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 »

Bield Wish you a Merry Christmas

A Biggar Care and Housing development has celebrated Christmas and community spirit with their biggest ever get together – raising £300 in the process. Bield’s Langvout Court hosted more than 50 guests from their sheltered housing, care home and day care services as they combined their festivities for the first time. Hannah Wade, Assistant Manager at Langvout Court, said: “In ... Read More »

The Perfect Travel Wheelchair for the Festive Season

Despite improvements in transport accessibility for people with reduced mobility and elderly people, travelling can still be a challenge. The bulk of traditionally designed mobility aids make planning a trip away from home just that little bit more difficult. This is especially true during winter months when the days are short, the weather is cold, and the hustle and bustle ... 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 »

Bield Tenants Get Into The Christmas Spirit

Tenants at a Linlithgow very sheltered housing development  welcomed family and friends as they created the ultimate early Christmas present – raising a whopping £800. Their Christmas fair and ‘bauble swap’ events raised the total for their social funds to ensure the festive season at the development is as enjoyable as possible. Rena Kirton-Vaughan, Manager at Brae Court, said: “We’re ... Read More »

Want to try wheelchair sports? Why not get involved in WheelPower’s next PrimarySport Camp

WheelPower – British Wheelchair Sport will be hosting a Primary Sports Camp at Stoke Mandeville Stadium on Saturday 25 February 2017. The Primary Sports Camp is open to children with physical or mild sensory impairments between the ages of five and eleven years old. We shall also welcome entry forms from those children who would not traditionally fit within ‘disability sport ... 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 »

How adaptions to my home changed my life

by Anthony William, The Geordie Traveller When I was a teenager my mum decided to quit her job as an auxiliary nurse and put herself through University on her own personal quest to become an Occupational Therapist. At around the same time as she embarked on this journey, she also decided it was high time our family home was adapted to ... Read More »

Residents take the (spiced) biscuit at Dundee care home

Residents at a care home in Dundee had some early festive fun this week by competing against each other to build traditional gingerbread houses. Bupa’s Balcarres Care Home, in Broughty Ferry, took part in National Gingerbread House Day, which saw its residents battle it out in teams of four to create their best baked construction. Sugary treats were the theme ... Read More »

Channel 4 to advertise all its jobs on specialist site promoting disabled talent

Channel 4 has yesterday announced that it will advertise all of its future vacancies on a specialist job site run by and for disabled people, Evenbreak. Channel 4 hopes the initiative will attract even more applications from disabled people in a bid to further diversify its workforce and help disabled people break into the media industry. The broadcaster’s commitment in ... Read More »