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Aspire announces GLL and LCiL as first partners to lead InstructAbility

GLL, the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise which has pioneered new ways of delivering and investing in community sport, leisure and cultural services, is the first leisure operator to lead the InstructAbility scheme at a local level. The project, delivered in partnership with YMCA Training and funded by Sport England, enables disabled people to become fitness professionals. The London-based ... Read More »

Social inclusion: It’s everyone’s responsbility

By Rob Laffan Imagine you could only communicate within a space no bigger than your living room. Imagine what that isolation would feel like and the frustration you would experience due to the limitation of not being able to reach out and connect with the world around you. Unfortunately, this is the exact condition many children and adults who are ... Read More »

Typhoo and EFDS tea-m up in 2017 to support disabled athletes

Typhoo and the national charity the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) have teamed up again in 2017 to provide disabled athletes with more sporting opportunities to compete across England. It will be the third year that Typhoo will add an extra ‘OO’ to the National Junior Athletics Championships and nine regional qualifiers, aiming to increase the number of disabled ... Read More »

Residents’ prayers answered at Dundee Care Home

Residents at a care home in Dundee no longer need to worry about missing Sunday service, after dedicated staff created their own church in the home’s garden. Bupa’s Balcarres Care Home, in Broughty Ferry, built an innovative ‘dementia village’ in its grounds in 2015, which includes a putting green, bus stop café, post office, grocers and thrift shop. Now, the ... Read More »

A much needed innovation for wheelchair industry – the WheelAir®

Glasgow based start-up, Staels Design, are launching their cooling wheelchair cushion, the WheelAir®, this summer – but to get there, they first need to raise £30,000 through crowdfunding. Staels Design was founded just over a year ago by Corien Staels, a recent MSc graduate at the University of Glasgow, who first became aware of the cooling problems experienced by wheelchair ... Read More »

Inclusive dance company receives backing from The Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund

Around 10.7 million people watch the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing There are 11.2 million disabled people in the UK (that’s 1 in 5 of us) Wheelchair Latin and Ballroom dance is recognised by the International Paralympic Committee and disabled and non-disabled couples compete together around the world. Why in a city of 8.7 million people, isn’t there a single place ... Read More »

Adrenaline junkie takes to the skies to raise money for children’s hospice

A daredevil staff member from Surrey Choices took to the skies recently when she participated in a charity skydive at Skydive London, raising over £600 for local children’s hospice, Shooting Star Chase.  Adrenaline loving Nicky Harding, Employment and Communities Manager at the social care provider, was inspired to raise money for the charity following her experience with families who have ... Read More »

Naidex 2017 success for Prysm Group

On the 28-30 March 2017, Naidex returned to the NEC Birmingham for its most successful, well received and forward-thinking edition to date – firmly re-establishing itself as the leading event for the disability and independent living sectors. Since taking over the show in late 2016, the Prysm Group, have poured all of their energy into reaffirming Naidex as an event ... Read More »

Visionary device scoops £20,000 award

An innovative device which will improve the quality of life of thousands of people with double vision has received £20,000 after winning a top award. The Beacon Centre and the University of Wolverhampton joined forces to offer the 2017 Beacon Visionary+ Challenge Award. The winner of the award has been announced as the Lens Slip Occluder, which was developed by ... Read More »

Blind Veterans UK announce highest figures for beneficiary recruitment

A record number of 940 new ex-Service men and women with sight loss in the UK are set to receive support from national charity Blind Veterans UK, according to new figures. Since 1915, Blind Veterans UK has supported more than 35,000 veterans to overcome the challenges of sight loss. In the 2016/17 financial year, more veterans than ever before accessed ... Read More »

Edinburgh Children’s Charity Announces Best Year Ever

An Edinburgh charity which supports children and young people in hospital is reporting its most successful year to date – both in terms of fundraising and the amounts it has handed out in grants. The Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF), which supports the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) in the capital, has announced it smashed its target for donations ... Read More »

Event advocate appointed Mobility Roadshow Ambassador 2017

Seth Thuita from Wellingborough, an Interior Architect with disabilities, is delighted to have been appointed as an official Ambassador for the 2017 Mobility Roadshow, taking place this year at NAEC Stoneleigh, 1-3 June. Seth, who has a permanent Polio Paralysis condition, is an enthusiastic advocate of this annual consumer event and has been a regular visitor since 2007. As a ... Read More »