Get Yourself Active Newsletter July 2018

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Here is a round up of the Get Yourself Active newsletter for July 2018. Get Yourself Active reacts to Sport England statement on why sport for disabled people matters Sue Bott CBE, Deputy CEO of Disability Rights UK, has reacted to a recent statement from Sport England. The statement can be found on the Get […]

Colchester Borough News July 2018

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Universal Credit has arrived On 4 July, full Universal Credit was introduced in Colchester. This means, from that date, any residents of working age who are either claiming new benefits or making changes to their existing benefits are likely to move over to Universal Credit. If you think you may be affected by this, you […]

Holidays with a Disability – My Experience

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The Bay of Naples from our Hotel by CC Cachia It has been a long winter for everyone this year. For some of us, it has seemed even longer. If, like me, you live with a lung condition, you will have been advised to stay indoors throughout the colder days. Then, when the sun finally […]

Access to Work: What You Need to Know

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“In regulation with The Equality Act (2010), equal opportunities must be given to all employees. This is to provide all people with the same chances in the recruitment stages. This can be achieved through; fair interviews, a safe working environment and good access to working premises.” in the UK there are 13.3 million people with […]

Southend Hospital to host cancer ‘one-stop shop’

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Southend Hospital has been chosen as a host centre for a new cancer ‘one-stop shop’ that aims to provide earlier diagnosis for patients. Southend is one of ten sites that have chosen to trial these ‘one stop shops’, where patients who are presenting vague symptoms such as weight loss or fatigue can be referred by […]

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 […]

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 […]

Autism: A Difference in the Senses

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According to The National Autistic Society, many people on the autistic spectrum find it hard to process sensory information. A difference can affect any of the senses in terms of over or under-sensitivity. This can then lead to a change in behaviour in that person. Firstly, it is key to be aware of the environment […]

Dementia: New Study Confirms The Power of Music

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There is emerging and convincing evidence that listening to and playing music can help patients suffering from dementia. Surveys show that even if they no longer speak or respond, dementia sufferers are often able to communicate and engage through music, tapping into forgotten memories and emotions. The most recent study, published in January, was carried […]

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 […]

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, […]

Changing Places: Why Disabled People Loos Out

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Toilets have been in the news – and not in a good way. Disability campaigners have been highlighting the horrendous issues faced by severely disabled people who need to visit the loo in places such as supermarkets, restaurants, and shopping centres, and are prevented from doing so because there are no “changing places” toilets. A […]

The 2030 Agenda: “Leaving No one Behind”

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On September 25th, 2015, some countries adopted a set of goals. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. The Sustainable Development Goals The Sustainable Development Goals or SDG’s set out by the United Nations looks at 17 different goals to ‘transform the world’. The principle of “Leaving No one […]