The Scheme that Gets Disabled People into the Workplace

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Almost 40 people in Enniskillen (Northern Ireland) with varying disabilities have secured and retained paid employment in the last eighteen months, due to a support scheme run by the Government. Workable NI supports people with a range of disabilities, helping them to find employment across every work sector. Locally the service is provided from Fermanagh […]

BBC To Hold Season of Films on Mental Health

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In order to raise awareness, the BBC are going to host a season of films around mental health this spring across TV, radio and online. Programming will include a BBC One Documentary on stress and a two-parter on runners affected by mental health issues preparing for the London Marathon.  There will also be a Horizon […]

Disabled Man Wins Supreme Court Case

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Wheelchair user Doug Paulley, from Wetherby, West Yorkshire, has won a case in the Supreme Court after a dispute with a woman on a FirstGroup bus. The dispute happened in 2012, when the young mother refused to move her pram from the vehicle’s wheelchair area. Despite there being a clear sign designating the area was […]

Safe Places project aims to increase independence

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Safe Places Organisation CIC deliver a SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) education and information service  to support vulnerable people and increase independence. Safe Places use assistive technology as part of their service, and have introduced SEND education materials and information about the Safe Places scheme as part of the ‘life skills’ curriculum in some […]

Molly The Dog Gets Special Medal

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Molly the cocker spaniel, who is an assistance dog, has been awarded a special medal from the PDSA for her devotion to her owner, Lucy Watts, 23. Lucy, who suffers from a condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, is often in chronic pain and sometimes bed-bound, but Molly, who is 3 years old, helps her to cope […]

Royals Campaign to Destigmatise Mental Illness

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Last week the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince Harry, spoke publicly about their passion for mental health awareness. Last year they launched the Heads Together campaign, which encourages people to speak out about their mental illness and not feel ashamed of it. The campaign has received backing from mental health charities and […]

New clubhouse opened at Canvey Island FC

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Former England winger Peter Taylor returned to Canvey Island FC, the club where it all started for him, to open their new clubhouse on Wednesday. Taylor, who also played for Southend, Crystal Palace and Spurs was clearly proud to be asked to open the new clubhouse. Speaking to the club’s website, he said, “This new […]

Mental Health Professionals Speak Out After PM’s Speech

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Last week the Prime Minister gave a speech outlining the Government’s new policies on mental health in the UK. Many mental health professionals were quick to comment, prompting The Guardian newspaper to print a series of open letters from members of the public, mental health charities and psychiatric experts. Retired consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, […]

Disabled Actor Speaks Out About Harrowing Train Journey

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Disabled actor, Samantha Renke, who you may recognise from the current Maltesers advertising campaign, has spoken out about a harrowing train journey that made her fear for her health. Renke, who has brittle bone disease and has to use a wheelchair, boarded the London bound Virgin Train in Preston on 27th December. The train was very […]

DWP Pays £500m to Private Firms Despite Huge Cuts in Welfare Spending

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) paid over £500m to the private firms Atos and Capita to carry out it’s Personal Independence Payment (PIP) tests between 2013 and 2016. These figures have upset campaigners who were already outraged by the Conservative government’s proposed £4.4bn cuts to disability benefits. The PIP system replaced the Disability […]

New Quiz Show Looking For Contestants

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BBC Entertainment North are looking for fun and lively contestants for a new quiz show. The quiz is both a test of general knowledge as well as strategy and tactics. Six players start but teams will quickly become divided. One player from each team becomes the leader and then has control over which of their five […]