CQC to involve community in its inspection changes

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the regulator for health and social care in England, has announced some changes to the way services are inspected. In the past, CQC has done surprise visits and not involved the community – that has now changed and they would like the voluntary and community sector to be part of […]

Applicants Invited for Essex County FA Inclusion Advisory Group

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Could you play your part in ensuring local grassroots football fully embraces all its diverse disability, ethnicity, faith and GLBT communities? Essex County FA Inclusion Officer, Mark Healy, is currently recruiting members for a brand new voluntary Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG). English football’s ‘Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan’ addresses rare issues and incidents of discrimination […]

European Conference calls for the full implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities

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Opening the conference, the Greek Deputy Minister of Labour, Social Security and Welfare, V. Kegkeroglou. EDF Board meeting gathered together representatives from EDF member organisations around Europe. The first of the two days of the meeting opened with a European conference focusing on the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities and structural funds. […]

Schools Illegally Excluding Children with Autism

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A charity has recently found that thousands of children with autism are being illegally excluded from schools across England. Ambitious about Autism carried out a survey of 500 families and found that four in ten autistic children had been informally excluded from school temporarily. They found that children with autism were asked by schools to […]

Sue Marsh on The Big Benefits Row: Live

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Sue Marsh, a journalist and disability campaigner who suffers from Crohn’s disease, recently wrote about her experience of being asked on the Channel 5 show, ‘The Big Benefits Row: Live’. Mrs Marsh was initially asked to be on the panel of the show, which would debate and discuss welfare changes. However, leading up to the […]

Essex Probation Manager Recruitment Opportunity

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Manager – Offender Management Full and Part Time opportunities Pay Band 5, Starting salary £35,024 per annum (pro rata for part time) Countywide  Are you interested in working as a Manager in Offender Management? We are seeking to select a number of appointable candidates for the role of  Manager – Offender Management, for LDU’s across […]

Southend Short Breaks promote new resources and services

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Short Breaks for Disabled Children, based in Southend-on-Sea, would like to draw attention to the range of new and existing resources and support services currently on offer to disabled people. New (free) guide to help young people with learning disabilities to manage their feelings better The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (FPLD) has produced […]

A historic opportunity for people in institutional care: EU Funds must be used to develop community-based alternatives in 2014-2020

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The European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-Based care (EEG) have recently released a statement welcoming new EU legislation which protects the rights of those living in institutional care. The new regulations for the EU Cohesion Policy investment, adopted last December by the European Council and European Parliament include references to support […]

Woodside Community Shop Opening March 2014

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Access Anyone @ Woodside, the fully accessible day centre for young adults based in Leigh-on-Sea, have the opportunity to introduce a community shop and café, at Belfairs’ shopping parade, within one minute of their day centre. The day centre, which seeks to promote life skills, equality and inclusion, intends to offer schools and colleges the opportunity to send students […]