Oxfam in trouble after ‘politically biased campaign’

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Oxfam, one of Britain’s leading aid charities, is facing an inquiry by the charity watchdog after it criticised the current government austerity measures. On Twitter, Oxfam posted an image of a faux film poster, with the heading “The Perfect Storm” and the words “Starring zero hour contracts, high prices, benefit cuts, unemployment, childcare costs”. The […]

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Malignant mesothelioma

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Global mesothelioma deaths reported to the World Health Organization between 1994 and 2008 Vanya Delgermaa a, Ken Takahashi a, Eun-Kee Park a, Giang Vinh Le a, Toshiyuki Hara a & Tom Sorahan b a. Department of Environmental Epidemiology, Institute of Industrial Ecological Sciences, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Iseigaoka 1-1, Yahatanishiku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka […]

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Think Local Act Personal – information

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Making it Real for Carers explores what each MiR theme means to carers. It can be used as a checklist to inform organisations’ business plans and frameworks. Making it Real for Young Carers has been coproduced by young carers. Using words and pictures they explain what is important to them. Resource Overview – Making it […]


News from Contact a Family

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New and updated literature includes ‘A Guide to Dealing with Bullying for Parents of Disabled Children’ also, if you are a parent carer of a young person preparing for adult life and the move from child to adult services, take a look at their guide  Preparing For Adult Life And Transition. and  – go to their […]

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News from The Council for Disabled Children

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The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice, which provides guidance to local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, early years providers, schools and colleges on carrying out their duties under part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014, has been laid before Parliament today. Parliament must approve the Code to enable it to come […]

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Maureen’s Gift !!!

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If you’re a charity, local residents’ group or voluntary organisation and could do with a cash boost, Maureen’s Gift may be able to help. Further Reading Maureen’s Gift poster Maureen’s gift word Application Maureen’s Gift FAQs Image Courtesy Of Maureen’s Gift

Heatwave Plan for England the latest advice!!!

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Heat can be harmful to your health – key messages In one hot spell in August 2003 in England, deaths in those aged 75 and over rose by 60%, with approximately 2000 total extra deaths than would normally be expected. Those with heart, respiratory and serious health problems are more at risk and the heat […]

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Stay safe with our top tips!!!

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Make sure your home is not a maze. Plan an escape route and keep it clear. Every second counts in an emergency. Fit a smoke alarm on each level of your home and test them regularly. Keep your escape route clear so there are no obstacles to slow you down. Prepare an escape route, make […]

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Pay By Phone to Park in Rochford!!

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Important information From 1 June, your phone parking provider will change from Metric Mobile to PayByPhone. Look out for the new phone number and location numbers appearing on PayByPhone What is PayByPhone? From 1st June, PayByPhone replaces Metric Mobile. as the new quick and secure way to pay for parking using your mobile phone. Instead […]

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Who we are and what we do? Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through our partner organizations. The Turn2us website brings together an easy to use Benefits Calculator and a Grants Search database giving access to over […]

Family with disabled Grandson tells David Cameron: ‘Visit our home and you’ll drop the Bedroom Tax’

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Paul Rutherford is grandfather to Warren Todd, a 14-year-old boy with a rare genetic disorder, Potocki-Shaffer syndrome. Paul believes that David Cameron must understand what his family goes through on a daily basis, as David and Samantha Cameron’s son, Ivan, also needed constant care as he had cerebral palsy and a severe form of epilepsy, […]

Web Accessibility: No more time to waste! If not now, when?

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Last week, the Transport, Telecommunication and Energy Council met and discussed the state of play of the Web Directive. Unfortunately, during the last two presidencies of the EU, there has been no further progress on the Proposal for a Directive on the Accessibility of Public Sector Bodies’ Websites in Council. European Disability Forum (EDF) wants to see […]

Free benefits guide

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Contact a Family has updated their benefits checklist for parents. The guide helps make sure parents of disabled children get the benefits, and other financial help they are entitled to. Contact a Family has also updated their guide to claiming Disability Living Allowance for children.

Apply for an Essex Community Foundation grant

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Essex Community Foundation (ECF) gives out grants to Essex-based voluntary and community organisations totally £1.5 million each year. They are urging more voluntary groups and charities to make applications for grants to strengthen their work and make more of an impact in Essex. Caroline Taylor, programmes director for ECF says: “Grants are available for most […]