What effect has the internet had on disability?

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There are more than 10 million people in the UK with a long term illness, impairment or disability according to the Office of Disability Issues (ODI). Although medical treatment and pre-birth screening have reduced this number over the last fifty years, many of the problems faced by this population have not changed. People with disabilities […]

Unlocking Local Capacity

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The Unlocking Local Capacity report sets out findings from new research about what councils can do to unlock the capacity in their communities. The practical experiences quoted are those of managers from 30 councils. They were interviewed especially for this research from up and down the country. Unlocking Local Capacity gives a snapshot of where […]

Maldon and Tiptree FC agree to have facilities for disabled spectators publicised on our website

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Dancing Giraffe are delighted to announce that Maldon and Tiptree FC are the latest club to agree to have their facilities for disabled spectators publicised on our website. Currently playing in Ryman League North Division one and under the management of former Ipswich midfielder Kevin Horlock, “the Jammers” are aiming to improve on their seventh […]

Local Bus Network Review Consultation August 2016

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Consultation – Thursday 04 August 2016 to Wednesday 28 September 2016 In 2015 Essex County Council (ECC) began a thorough review of its financial support for those local bus services that it pays for across the County. This consultation is the start of the second part of the review and looks at 70 services across […]

Award to be won

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DEADLINE EXTENDED to win £2000 with the 2016 Disability Entrepreneur Award   Do you have an inspirational business story? It could win you £2000 cash and dedicated business growth support from a team of experts.   If you run a business or have a great business idea and have physical or mental health challenges, this […]

Guide to Alcoholism and Depression

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Rehab 4 Alcoholism is an advisory and referral service for people with alcohol addiction. They have produced an article about the link between depression and alcoholism. According to recent research you are more likely to have an addiction to alcohol if you have depression and more likely to have depression if you have alcohol addiction, […]

Harlow Town kick off new season at home to Kingstonian

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Following their record breaking campaign last season, Harlow Town commence their long awaited return to the Ryman Premier League on Saturday with a home clash against Kingstonian. Finishing 7th last season, Kingstonian will provide tough opposition for the Hawks, who recently discovered midfielder Ryan Melaugh will be out for two months due to a dislocated […]

Supporting the Communication Needs of People with a Learning Disability

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Inclusive Communication Essex (ICE) is all about helping people with learning difficulties to understand and be understood. The service supports the communication needs of people with a learning disability and is supported by Essex County Council. Services ICE provide communication equipment that can be borrowed from any Essex library for free. This includes signing videos […]

Queens Award for Voluntary Service

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The Queens Award for Voluntary Service – Closing Date 16th Sept What is the Queens Award for Voluntary Service? It is the highest accolade that is given to local volunteer groups in recognition of all the hard work that they participate in. The award covers the whole of the UK. It recognises the outstanding work […]

£10,000 Grant for Heart Healthy Projects

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A £10,000 Grant for Heart Healthy Projects has become available in the Anglia Region. Funding of up to £10,000 is now available from Heart Research UK and Subway for communities in the Anglia region for projects that promote heart healthy initiatives. How to Apply The application period began on 08 July 2016 and closes on […]

School isn’t always a safe place for students with disabilities

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The United Nations have been asked to investigate dozens of incidents where children with disabilities were allegedly assaulted, locked in dark rooms, and restrained in Australian schools. There is no research into how widespread the problem is, but cases point to a wider concern that students are experiencing harm in schools, and that teachers are […]

Football season returns this weekend

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League football returns for many of Essex’s clubs this weekend with both Colchester and Dagenham in particular looking to bounce back from disappointing campaigns last season. Colchester face a tricky start to the season with the long trip to Hartlepool on Saturday quickly followed by a League cup fixture away to Championship Brighton on Tuesday […]