Does Valentine’s Day Exclude the Disabled?

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Disability organisation Scope hosts an active online community. It was Community Sex and Relationship expert Gill who, this February, introduced the topic of Valentine’s Day. Responses, feelings and anecdotal experience were shared by many. Gill pointed out that disabled members of our communities are rarely featured in popular media content regarding romantic and sexual relations. […]

Young Disabled Mother Refused Access to Bus

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It has only been a few weeks since the Supreme Court ruled that FirstGroup bus drivers must do more to ensure the wheelchair areas of their vehicles are available and free from obstruction, but accessibility is still an issue for many disabled passengers. Nicki Price, 37, from Springfield, near Chelmsford, has cerebral palsy and uses […]

Liberal Democrat Leader Visits The Wave Project

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Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron learned about surf therapy and the work of the Wave Project in treating mental health issues at first hand recently, when he visited Perranporth, in Cornwall, and spoke to charity staff. Charity CEO Joe Taylor said, “It was an honour to meet Tim Farron and tell him about the work […]

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 […]