Disabled Living Newsletter – July 2017

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Disabled Living is Celebrating!

Disabled Living has been awarded  £58,400  from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project From Donkeys to Innovators that celebrates its rich and unique 120 year history.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on the charity’s history from its establishment as an organisation teaching children to be kind to animals into its current day role working with disabled people to provide innovative advice and information.

From Donkeys to Innovators celebrates the lives of the people involved with Disabled Living sharing their stories and contribution to the charity’s past. It also provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about Manchester’s social history as the charity has links with the city’s economic, cultural and health heritage, involving diverse community organisations and institutions.

Importantly, the voices of disabled people will be recognised, preserved and celebrated, documenting an important part of disability heritage.

Having nearly lost all of its archive in a fire in recent years, one key element of the project will be to ensure that the charity’s stories are preserved for the future by digitising all materials. This will also mean that the rich and vibrant stories can be viewed and shared with the general public.

Young disabled people will be involved in making their own film reflecting on being disabled in the past compared to their own experiences today. They will use Disabled Living’s archives to gain an understanding of how disabled people lived years ago.

For further information contact: Debra Evans, Chief Executive

Debra.evans@disabledliving.co.uk. Take a look at our heritage on our website.

Afternoon Tea!

The team at Disabled Living ‘kicked off’ the 120 year celebrations with a 1940’s themed Afternoon Tea Dance for people with dementia, their carers and relatives.

The event coincided with Health Information Week and we were delighted to have colleagues from the Alzheimer’s Society to ensure our guests had up to date knowledge on the range of services available to support people with dementia.

We welcomed representatives from Slater and Gordon Lawyers who came along to provide people with advice about wills, trusts and mental capacity issues.

Our guests also had the chance to experience our multi-sensory rooms to get a feel for the vibrant and relaxed atmosphere that they have to offer.

Young Film Makers we want to hear from you!

We would like to talk to young people (14-25 years) who have a disability or additional needs who would like to be involved in making a film by interviewing older disabled people about their experiences when they were children. We are looking for six young people who live, ideally in the North West of England who could travel to Manchester in late July early August for filming. This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For further information contact Debra Evans 0161 607 8200 or email; debra.evans@disabledliving.co.uk

Bladder and Bowel UK is working in partnership with Bullen Healthcare to offer a Home delivery service

Bladder and Bowel UK is a service of Disabled Living and provides support for adults, children and young people with bladder and bowel problems


We are working in partnership with Bullen Healthcare to offer people a home delivery service for stoma, urology and wound care appliances. Bullen Healthcare can also provide medication prescriptions for customers using their home care delivery service.

The Bullen Healthcare team take care of everything including dealing with the GP and keeping you informed throughout.

In addition, customers will receive Complimentary items.

Available free with every order

  • Wet wipes
  • Dry wipes
  • Scentees
  • Sealaway disposable bags
  • Bed pads
  • Hand sanitiser

Available on request or with your first order:

  • Radar key
  • Mattress protector
  • Mirror

Freephone: 0800 0315411 Email: bbuk@bullens.com

FREE Children’s Incontinence Products –  Washable Underwear

Bladder and Bowel UK, a service of Disabled Living, has been given a large number of new washable pants with a built in pad for boys and girls. The pants which are in the original packaging were donated by Attends Lifestyles.

Sizes available:

  • 3-4 years
  • 5-6 years
  • 7-8years
  • 9-10 years
  • 11-12 years

We can send you up to 6 pairs of pants free of charge, you just have to send us a large SAE with affixed postage stamps to the value of £3.50.

For further information please contact Bladder and Bowel UK

Tel:0161 607 8219  Email: bladderandboweluk@disabledliving.co.uk

Trainers & Assessors 5 Day

Are you responsible for training others safe moving and handling in your role?

Are you responsible for carrying out risk assessments and handling plans?

Do you need to plan training courses and deliver your training to a variety of different people?

The 5 Day Trainers and Assessors course will give you the knowledge and confidence to perform your role as manual handling trainer and assessor.

Target Group: Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and others who have responsibility for carrying out manual handling risk assessments and training.

Presenter: Elizabeth Hallows Chartered Physiotherapist MCSP LPC (Back Care Management)

Venue: Disabled Living, Burrows House, 10 Priestley Road, Worsley M28 2LY

Cost: £650 + VAT (lunch & refreshments provided)

If you require more information please email training@disabledliving.co.uk

A1 Risk solutions in association with disabled living Level 4 Award (Accredited by RoSPA Qualifications) – Single Handed Care, Advanced Manual Handling

3 days, £475 plus vat October 16th, 17th, 18th

Aims: Acquire knowledge and skills to implement training and strategy to reduce double handed care packages.


  • To evaluate, assess and justify the circumstances for when Single Handed Care can be advantageous by taking a person centred approach
  • Establish the strategy that will be successful within their own individual organisation
  • Become skilled at countering challenges and how to collaborate with different stakeholders ensuring successful implementation.

To book your place contact Disabled Living’s training team on 0161-607-8209 or email training@disabledliving.co.uk

Kidz to Adultz Scotland – Thursday 14th September 2017

Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB 9.30am – 4.30pm

One of the largest FREE UK events with 80+ Exhibitors supporting children & young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and the professionals who support them.

Plus 10 FREE CPD Seminars running throughout the day – topics include:-

  • Home safety in relation to Autism. Jeanie Macfarlane, Senior Autism Advisor, Scottish Autism
  • New Social Security Agency for Scotland. Jeane Freeman OBE MSP, Minister for Social Security, Scotland
  • Accessing Public Services – a problem solving approach. David Williams, Training Officer, Cerebra
  • Autism and Transitions: Getting it right to achieve positive outcomes. Lynsey Stewart, Strategic partner of the Scottish Strategy For Autism.
  • The Sleep Scotland model: a cognitive behavioural approach to sleep problems. Jane Ansell, CEO of Sleep Scotland and Teens+
  • Managing continence in schools. Davina Richardson, Bladder and Bowel UK, Disabled Living
  • The Benefits of Counselling. Talk Time Edinburgh
  • Legal Matters, Moving & Handling and more…

Win £250 worth of vouchers!  Register online & attend an event in 2017 to be entered into the draw.  The winner will be announced on our website December 2017.

Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk or Tel: 0161 607 8200 www.kidzexhibitions.co.uk

Tickets are not compulsory you can register on arrival. FREE Parking! 

Sponsored by Slater and Gordon – Organised by Disabled Living

How This Year’s Bluedot  Festival Inspired and Entertained 

“So, it’s that time of year again – festival season. Sun, rain, mud, huge crowds – what could be more exciting …”

Take a look at Disabled Livings latest blog  – Chris shares his experience as a wheelchair user at the Bluedot Festival.

Disabled Living Supplier Directory

To compliment the launch of the Disabled Living websites, we have redesigned the Disabled Living Supplier Directory. The Directory provides information about companies and organisations that provide equipment, products and services to support disabled children, adults and older people.

Access to the supplier directory is via the Disabled Living Website.

This month we welcome the following companies to the Supplier Directory

  • Beaucare Medical
  • Renew Inserts
  • Bariquins
  • Yorkshire Care Equipment
  • Hugga
  • M3AT

For more information contact Disabled Living: Tel: 0161 607 8200

Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk

Product Demonstrations at the Disabled Living Centre

Everybody is welcome to attend our FREE Wednesday afternoon demonstration days 2-3pm.  Attending our product demonstrations will help you improve your equipment knowledge and boost your CPD.

Places are limited please advise if you are interested in attending

19th July – KingKraft

Demonstrating their sensory equipment.

LUNCH & LEARN – 25th July

Single Handed Care with Handicare

26th July – Felgains

Demonstrating the Vendlet V5S Turning System

2nd August – Tendercare Ltd

Demonstrating their range of Kinetic Balance


9th August – Smirthwaite Ltd

Demonstrating a range of Paediatric Equipment.

Product of the Month – Chunc One

Chunc Wheelchairs is committed to providing world class seating and mobility solutions.

Our range of attendant controlled products are designed in close collaboration with health care professionals, parents and carers. This continuing partnership enables our design team to create unique products that effectively provide for an extensive variety of needs experienced by disabled people and those involved in their care.

#OneChair4Life      Tel: 01432 377 512    www.chunc.com

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