Get festival ready with ‘Festival Spirit’

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Summer is just around the corner and many flock to festivals each year. Festival Spirit exists to help people with life-limiting illness or disability to enjoy their festival experience. Festival Spirit started in 2010 with their first festival being ‘Womad.’ The charity hopes to use festivals as a way of changing people’s lives positively. Music […]

Book Review: ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman

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‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ is the debut novel by Gail Honeyman. The Costa Book Awards winner for 2017, it has also made number one on the Sunday Times’ Bestseller List. A world-wide success (and selected for the actor Reese Witherspoon’s book club) praise for Honeyman’s work includes: “Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is […]

Walking Football sessions taking place in Witham

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Witham Leisure centre is now hosting weekly Walking Football sessions, taking place each Friday, 1-2pm and 6-7pm. Walking Football is a sociable and slow-paced version of the game, where no running is allowed! The sessions are for over 50’s only and are run by a fully qualified FA coach. If you’re interested, sessions are priced […]

Accessible ten-pin bowling experience in Hockley

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Those based near Hockley may be interested to hear about CJ’s Bowling, a family run alley who are offering a welcoming and accessible bowling experience. Located on Eldon Way, the alley has ramp access, an accessible toilet and plenty of free parking immediately outside. CJ’s have 12 lanes, and should you not be able to […]

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up – Triumph over Adversity

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I have long admired the work of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist who has become a cultural icon. She became an extension of her art herself, in the way she emphasised her physical features and also in her dress, favouring Mexican national costume to assert her political beliefs. Growing up in post-revolutionary Mexico in the […]

Prostate cancer support groups based in Essex

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The news that both Stephen Fry and Bill Turnbull have prostate cancer has provided a reminder, if any were needed, that the disease is still a major issue for men all around the world. In fact in the UK alone, 40,000 men are diagnosed with the disease each year and there are over 330,000 that […]

Disability in the Acting Profession

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How Do You Feel About Disability in Your Front Room? I was recently chatting with a friend about a documentary I had been watching. I knew the subject matter was something that really interested her, so was surprised that she had not engaged with it at all. When I asked why, her response really saddened […]

What Is Depression and How Can We Help?

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  Some people don’t believe depression is a real medical illness, saying it’s “all in your head.” And in a way, they’re correct. Depression is all in the head because it’s caused by changes in the brain’s chemistry. It’s a serious illness and should be treated with care. To dismiss depression as a fictional illness […]

Window Blind Automation

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Sometimes just being able to open the blinds and let the light in can change the atmosphere of the room. Being able to control light and heat is a basic need that has remarkable results in changing the feeling within a room. If a person cannot reach or operate window blinds, having a simple solution […]

Itinerary for an Accessible Golden Triangle Experience

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Travel Counsellors are independent travel specialists who run their own businesses. This gives them the flexibility to create bespoke holidays according to the individual clients’ needs. As they are independent, Travel Counsellors are not tied into specific products and have the ability of working on your holiday in your time frame. What makes them special is that they are […]

Live longer safely in your own home

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We are living longer than ever before, but still old age brings problems with it. Now technology can help the elderly stay safely at home for longer, therefore keeping their independence.   With lifestyle monitoring from Sensara, it’s possible for the elderly to live longer, safely at home, such as 88 year old Poeke Hillen. […]

Explore Britain by Rail For Less

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With a Disabled Persons Railcard, you and a friend, can save an average of £125 a year for just £20. National Rail, working together in partnership with the train companies, offer a Disabled Persons Railcard to help you save a third off Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak and Advance fares. Everybody should be able […]

The UK chancellor thinks that disability hampers productivity – but employers can solve that

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When chancellor Philip Hammond suggested that Britain’s falling productivity is linked to rising rates of disability in the workforce, says Nasser Siabi, he misunderstands how disability works – and misses the opportunity to get the best out of every employee   There was an outcry in the charity sector when Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, […]