It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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Everyone says how the Christmas season starts earlier each year. For 2017 we seem to have gone straight from the Summer Bank Holiday into the festive buying frenzy, bypassing Autumn completely! Poor Autumn, her glorious displays of colour knocked off the shelf by some plastic glitter balls…(sigh). All those television commercials encouraging us to spend, […]

Disabled Woman’s Having Sex & Wants You To Know

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It took a long, awkward conversation with her family for Emily Yates to get her head around sex. Emily is a travel writer, presenter, businesswoman, and wheelchair user from Glasgow. “If you’re disabled it’s very likely that many of the adults in your life might never consider you as a sexual being, so all the […]

Blood and Platelet Doning

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Dancing Giraffe has always supported and encouraged Blood and Platelet Doning. We interviewed the Chief Executive, Susan Pattrick during National Blood Week (19th – 25th June) to find out what she has been doing to support the service. Blood Groups There are four main types of blood groups. These are O, A, B and AB […]

Charity Aims to Help People With Learning Difficulties Through Sport

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A charity has highlighted the reduced life expectancy of people with learning difficulties and called for action through sport to help improve their health and fitness. Special Olympics Great Britain organises year-round sport for people with learning, or intellectual, disabilities. The charity believes that encouraging them to engage in sport can not only help to […]

Care Workers: A Living Wage?

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For many elderly and disabled people, care workers provide the essential help that enables them to live independently in their homes. Yet there is increasing evidence that care workers are losing out financially as a funding crisis threatens to engulf social care. The care sector is a growing industry. Care workers help people with their […]

Diabetes: A Growing Problem Worldwide

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415 million adults were living with diabetes in 2015. This horrifying statistic illustrates the extent to which the disease has become a growing problem worldwide. With the projection that this figure is expected to increase to around 642 million, or 1 in 10 adults, by 2040, there has never been a more significant time to […]

Tug of War Continues Over Cancer Scanner

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The long running tug of war between NHS Trusts in South Essex over a £2.5 million cancer scanner has taken a new twist, it was revealed last week. The life-saving PET-CT scanner, which uses dye to locate cancers, has been standing idle for two years following a dispute between Southend and Basildon hospitals as to […]

Funding for Sensory Rooms and Equipment

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As part of their support programme, the Lord Taverners have teamed up with Experia-innovations to provide special needs schools and organisations catering for children with disabilities in the UK with sensory equipment. Children with sensory impairments and autism have found that regular access to a sensory room or sensory equipment can have significant improvements on […]

New Dementia Day Centre

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To meet the demand for our specialist services, we will soon be opening a Silver Birch Dementia Day Centre at: St Lukes Church, St Lukes Road, Southend on Sea Open Mondays to Fridays 9.30am to 3.30pm There will be a full day of stimulating cognitive activities, singing, music, reminiscence, quizzes, outings, outdoor space including an […]