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 […]

Did Charles Dickens Suffer From PTSD?

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We think of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as being a modern concept, but this most disabling condition is not new. A recently discovered letter reveals that the famous nineteenth century novelist Charles Dickens could well have been a sufferer, following a train crash that took place on the afternoon of 9th June, 1865. The […]

Seven Unexpected Reasons for Giving Blood

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We all know we can literally save lives by donating blood. But what are the other benefits? 1. Rule Out Nasty Viruses Upon giving blood, your donation is tested for some nasty viruses such as cytomegalovirus, West Nile virus, T-cruzi, malaria, human T-lymphotropic virus, hepatitis E, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, syphilis, and HIV. If any […]

New Magazine For Disabled Youth – Crypto

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MA students on the magazine journalism course at City, University of London, are embarking on a new magazine called Crypto. It’s a lifestyle magazine which speaks to disabled people. Dominika Kubinyova, spokesperson for the group, says: “We are cool, artsy and different than other magazines for the disabled… Most of the people who responded to […]

Why (Some) Carers Eat Cake…

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Everyone is aware of the limitations and cost of social care provision. For those of us who have had to navigate the care system, the lack of person-centred care is all too evident. It isn’t the lack of social care that is the reason why so many of us are putting ambition, careers and family […]

SAVS Newsletter Issue 2 2017/18

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Here is a summary of the latest SAVS Newsletter. To view the whole letter, please click here. Recognised for ten years in community safety accreditation scheme SAVS’ Turning Tides project has been recognised for being involved with the community Safety Accreditation Scheme for 10 Years. The scheme provides low end policing powers to accredited organisations […]

Community360 Newslink – 13th October 2017

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Colchester Housing Intervention Project Volunteering Opportunities The Colchester Housing Intervention project offers support and guidance to families who are at risk of eviction or having difficulty sustaining their tenancy. Their volunteers offer advocacy, transport to appointments, mentoring , help with moving house, practical tasks such as house clearance or garden clearance, support during day trips/planned […]

Diversity at London Fashion Week 2017

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Disabled models walk on the catwalk for the Teatum Jones show. The Autumn/Winter show was named ‘The Body | Part One’. The show is the brainchild of designers Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones. Models of the likes of 28-year-old Jack Eyers were in the catwalk. Eyers is a British para-athlete who became the first ever […]

SAVS Weekly Update – 29th September

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Here is a round-up of the latest weekly update from SAVS. Transforming Care Partnership Newsletter The first newsletter for the Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) Transforming Care Partnership can be seen here. Restorative Justice and Mediation Service This is a scheme offering the opportunity for victims of crime and anti-social behaviour the chance to communicate […]

Chelmsford CVS E-Update #245

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Here is a round-up of the latest Chelmsford CVS E-Update. £1.75 million of funding announced to tackle mental health As part of the Comic Relief ‘Thriving not just surviving’ initiative, funding is now available to target vulnerable and disadvantaged young men, aged between 11-20, who are experiencing mental health problems. Approximately 1 in 10 children and […]

SAVS E-Bulletin – September 2017

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Here is a round-up of this month’s SAVS E-Bulletin. The Herbert Protocol The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme now being introduced into the region by a partnership of agencies including Essex Police, The Alzheimer’s Society and Essex Search and Rescue. The scheme encourages carers to complete a form compiled of useful information which can […]

Making Music Accessible – ALF Drum Studios

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Andy Lawrence Franklin of ALF Drum Studios in Braintree is embarking on an exciting initiative for teaching people with disabilities how to play drums. The idea came from seeing fellow drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard, who lost his left arm in a car crash in ’85 when the band were at their peak. His […]