Connect to Nature with Dementia Adventure

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Dementia Adventure is an award-winning social enterprise that specialises in connecting people living with dementia to nature and providing a sense of adventure in their lives. This community interest organisation also offers training to care settings and professional bodies about how to get groups of their residents or service users out into nature as regularly […]

80 and Preparing For What’s Next!

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Government appointed voice for older people, Baroness Joan Bakewell, this year reaches 80. In respect of her prestigious career as a journalist and programme presenter, BBC 4 has selected a pair of programmes from its abundant archives of her prodigious work to mark the occasion. Speaking frankly about her previous work, Baroness Bakewell admitted that […]

Early Birds Support Group

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Has your baby spent time on the Neonatal Unit? If so, then we have the right group for you. The Early Birds Support Group is a free group which runs in affiliation with Bliss, for babies born too soon, too small or too sick. Meet other families You will have the opportunity to meet other […]

New Special Care Babies Group

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The Rayleigh Megacentre are encouraging parents and their babies to come along to its new Special Care Babies Group. The support group is aimed at babies or toddlers who have received or are in need of special care, including premature babies and those with additional needs. The group is also for parents who have lost […]

Loneliness Epidemic Looms Large

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In response to a government conducted study to measure the ‘happiness’ of the nation published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), campaign groups are rallying to draw public attention to the loneliness epidemic that waits for the generation of baby boomers approaching retirement, if the existing trends continue. The last census revealed that in […]

Disability Rights Get the PIP

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The campaign group Disability Rights UK are expressing extreme concern about the staged introduction of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) that is now replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA). The government’s own figures state that 55% of DLA claimants will have no award or a reduced award, once the full introduction of PIP is completed. This will […]

New accessible facilities in Southend and across Essex

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Work has been completed in Southend-on-Sea to make the beach accessible for everyone, thanks to county funding. Essex County Council, in conjunction with CWD Strategy Group, has awarded funding to various projects across the county to improve accessibility at public places, such as leisure facilities and play areas. The work carried out at Shoebury Common, […]

‘She began to smile at us’: an experience of bearing a child with profound and multiple disabilities

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After an emergency caesarean brought her child into the world, the new mother gazed at the baby with different sized eyes and a ‘wonky’ face, placed in her arms. Tumbling into love she decided it was the ‘nicest and best possible face’. The paediatrician pronounced Saira’s baby “A1 – perfect”, but as she tried to […]

The Month Britain Changes: Radical Reform of Welfare and Cuts

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This April Fool in British Easter politics marks significant changes in welfare and public service funding, seeing the death of compassionate entitlement and a resurrection of old Victorian moralities, steeped in discriminatory notions of the ‘deserving poor’. A severe sleight of cuts and alterations in access to justice, health and tax relief is augured, engineering […]

Support for Young Carers

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Are you aged between 5 and 18 and caring for a relative or do you know a young carer? Premier Children’s Services, based in Hadleigh in South East Essex, provide support and care services to children and young people with disabilities and their families across the county of Essex, including Southend. Premier’s Young Carers Service […]