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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 »

A Bield Christmas Carol

A Milngavie day care  centre has embraced the Christmas spirit with an evening of carols, festive food and a visit from Santa. Bield’s Oakburn Park saw a fantastic 68 visitors join together to enjoy  choral singing, live music and  warming homemade mulled wine and mince pies. For the fourth year running, the staff and service users welcomed friends, family and ... 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 »

Reining in Christmas early at Glasgow Care Ho-Ho-Home

A Glasgow care home had Santa and his reindeer drop by this week to visit the residents and help kick start their Christmas celebrations. Bupa’s Darnley Court Care Home welcomed Dasher, Blitzen and friends to bring the festive spirit and all of the residents and over 100 local children were given the honour of switching on the lights to decorate ... Read More »

Blind photography by Tammy Ruggles

Growing up, Tammy Ruggles always wanted to be a photographer like her hero Ansel Adams, but her progressive blinding disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa, prevented her. She couldn’t read the settings on a camera, or see in a darkroom due to the night blindness that is associated with RP. But 2013 changed all of that, when she discovered how easy it was ... Read More »

Travel reviews and resources for wheelchair users from Wheelchair World

Do I search for accessibility? Wheelchair? Inclusive tourism? Or even the acceptable American term  ‘handicap’? Google is not a great way to search for information about wheelchair accessible holidays – the top results are held by large companies and then smaller pieces of information fight for space with myriad wheelchair sellers! 10 years ago there were hardly any resources for ... Read More »

Vibrance helping the next generation to gain valuable ‘real life’ work experience’

A leading social care charity is working with top organisations to offer young adults the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the social care sector. Ilford based charity, Vibrance, has been working closely with Skills for Care since 2006, and has recently got involved in the graduate scheme. Skills for Care provides practical tools and support to help adult ... Read More »

Baxter Foundation grant enables support to families of people with spinal cord injury

The Baxter International Foundation has awarded a grant of £50,200 to Back Up, a leading spinal cord injury charity. The grant will fund a new Outreach and Support Families Co-ordinator position, and sustain it, for the next two years. This is their first post which focuses on families, and will be part of a team which also offers support to spinal ... Read More »

Medicotech: Active and Passive exercise equipment for disabled people

Medicotech Ltd is the UK sole distributor of the Thera-Trainers Active/Passive Therapy Exercise Equipment, the BALANCE-Trainer and the E-go Gait Trainer, an innovative and well established range of German made products. The THERA-Trainers are developed, tested and approved for the treatment of neurological and neuro-muscular disabilities such as Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, paraplegia, Parkinson’s disease, brain injury and many muscle disorders. ... Read More »