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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 »

It’s Officially Access Day 2017 – We want to hear from you!

#AccessDay 2017 is officially underway, starting today until 12 March.  Disabled Access Day is a day for all to celebrate good access and create opportunities for people to try something new. The day highlights the fantastic access that already exists in places, such as touch tours, relaxed performances, sensory experiences, level access and of course a warm welcome! Many businesses, companies ... Read More »

Spring Budget 2017: Another Budget, Another Cut

As the Chancellor Phillip Hammond prepared to announce his budget, people with disabilities up and down the country nervously awaited the bad news they have sadly become oh so used to. For many, it seemed that the hopes that their rights would be protected were slim – and they weren’t wrong. Hammond claimed he was prepared to do whatever it ... Read More »

How accessible is the Internet for people with disabilities?

When you create a website, you’ll inevitably put hours of thought into how it’s laid out, what content appears on the site and how many different pages you have within the site. One consideration which many websites overlook, though, is their accessibility for people with disabilities. All the snazzy visuals in the world are no good to a blind or ... 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 »

Raising Awareness Of Changing Places Toilets This Disabled Access Day

By Laura Rutherford Mother. Blogger. Campaigner 10-12 March 2017 marks Disabled Access Day in the UK and whilst it’s a great opportunity to shout about all the great accessible places that we know and love, it also gives us a platform to highlight all of the problems the disabled community face because of inaccessibility. The Cambridge Dictionary defines inclusion “as the idea ... Read More »