Disabled Living Newsletter – November 2017

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Children’s Christmas Card Competition

Attention all children! WIN a fabulous prize

To celebrate 120 years of providing services we are running a children’s Christmas Card Competition and would like you to design the front cover of Disabled Living’s e-Christmas card for 2017.

Many years ago when our charity, Disabled Living was formed the organisation sent thousands of Christmas hampers to disabled children together with a Christmas card. In our archives, we have found lovely, colourful cards from 1897 up to 1940 and thought it would be nice to recreate this part of our heritage.

The competition is open to children and young people who are 16 years and under. The person who designs the winning card will receive a hamper of child friendly goodies and their design will be our Christmas card for 2017.

What we need from you – A fabulous design which is A5 in size.

Together with

  • Your Name
  • Age
  • Contact details – email or telephone number
  • Parents Name & contact details.

The closing date to receive your design either by email or in the post is Tuesday 28th November 2017. By email send to: Natasha.bolger@disabledliving.co.uk

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

Kidz to Adultz North – Thursday 16th November 2017

EventCity, Manchester, M41 7TB – 9.30am – 4.30pm

This year in Hall 4!

One of the largest FREE UK events with 150+ Exhibitors supporting children & young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and the professionals who support them.

Free Entry – Free Parking – Free CPD Seminars – 150+ Exhibitors – Easy Access

Children Welcome – Lots of Competitions, Fun & Features!

Win £250 worth of vouchers!

Register online to be entered into the draw. The winner will be announced December 2017.

List of FREE CPD Seminars here

Certificates of Attendance will be available to collect on the day to boost CPD portfolios.

Visitors come and join in our 120th Celebrations!

During 2017 Disabled Living, the charity who organise the Kidz to Adultz exhibitions is extremely proud to be celebrating 120 years of providing services. This year the event will take place in the larger Hall 4 at EventCity, Manchester.  We have a number of exciting features and fun activities planned which will run alongside the exhibition and the

programme of free seminars:-

Come and visit the Donkeys’ Den  – at the back of the Exhibition Hall (our charity was originally formed to encourage children to be kind to donkeys).

Design a Christmas Card Competition – in our archives we have a large number of organisational Christmas cards dating back to1897. This year, as part of our 120th celebrations we have organised a Christmas Card Competition. The winning design will be Disabled Living’s official Christmas card for 2017 and there will be a nice prize too!  Join in the competition at Zone 3 at the back of the Exhibition Hall.

Cakes, cakes and more cakes! – You cannot have a celebration without cakes! Come along to our Disabled Living stand DL120 in the Centre of the exhibition hall for a cake and to find out more about our services.

Old Equipment and a Disability Car – Wow! How things have progressed! Visit the Car Zone to see an old Invacar and some older pieces of equipment.

Heritage Collection – come and have a look at our photographs and films – can you spot yourself? Take a look on the Disabled Living Stand DL120.

We want young people with disabilities to make a film – are you interested? Come along to the Disabled Living stand DL120 for more information.

The Disabled Living Innovation Hub – what equipment would you like for the future? Share your ideas, we are in Zone 1 at the back of the Exhibition Hall.

We do hope you will be able to join us in our 120th celebrations and look forward to seeing you at the event.

Register for your visitors’ FREE entry tickets from our NEW website ww.kidzexhibitions.co.uk Or simply contact Disabled Living:

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

Tickets are not compulsory, you can register on arrival.

New Courses this Year!  1st January 2018 – 31st March 2019!

In the Dock! (with an Expert Witness)

  • Health & Social Care Professionals – What is it like to be in court?
  • Recording & Report  Writing – Your Responsibilities!

Safeguarding Half Day Training  

Emergency First Aid at Work

Due to popular demand our Trusted Assessor course will run each month starting January 2018!

Take a look at our full range of courses & book your place NOW


For more information please contact: 0161 607 8200

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 and 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, ideally living in the North West of England and who are able to travel to Manchester for two days on 13th and 14th January 2018 to make the film. 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

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

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

8th November – Tendercare Ltd

A representative will be demonstrating their Kinetic Balance Harnessing range.

22nd November – Aktiv Wheelchairs

A representative will be demonstrating Wheelchairs from their range.

29th November – R82

A representative will be demonstrating a range of  products.

6th December – Parnell Products

A representative will be demonstrating their bed rail range.

OTAC Edinburgh – Wednesday 13th December

Supporting Children with Challenging Behaviour

What is it all about

What catches us out?

Positive Risk Taking & Clinical Reasoning

Difficult Scenarios/ Issues

25th January 2018 – £95+VAT

  • Case studies used to discuss issues
  • Improve your understanding
  • Practical tips and tricks to aid safer handling of patients
  • Work with experts to problem solve and find solutions to

            care for, enable, rehabilitate and live well.

To book your place, contact Training on 0161 608 8209 or email training@disabledliving.co.uk or book online at www.disabledliving.co.uk

Venue: Redbank House, Cheetham, M8 8QA Time: 9.30am – 4pm

Disabled and older people – join the RicaWatch consumer panel with a friend to enter a Christmas prize draw!

When you and your friend join you’ll both be entered in the Christmas draw with 2 chances to win shopping vouchers:

First prize is £100, Second prize is £50 and Third prize is £25.

You need to answer question 22 on the registration form (Where did you hear about the RicaWatch panel?), tick the box ‘Friend or family member’ and enter your friend’s name.

The prize draw will take place at the beginning of December and the winners will be notified before Christmas. The Christmas prize draw closes Friday 1 December 2017 at 5pm.

Enter by one of 3 ways:

Bladder and Bowel UK National Annual Symposium

Thursday, 8 March 2018 at the USN Bolton Arena, Arena Approach, Horwich, BL6 6LB

There are 3 concurrent education streams

Running throughout the day:

  • Paediatric, Adult Bladder
  • General and Adult Bowel

Cost: £20 payable by cheque to Disabled Living, BACs or by credit/debit card via the telephone before the event

There is no need to pre book sessions, you can decide your preference on the day. For a booking form and programme please contact us on Tel: 0161 607 8219 or email bladderandboweluk@disabledliving.co.uk

A booking form and payment must be received prior to the event.

You will also have the opportunity to hear the winner of the 2018 Bowel Care Award

We are now taking bookings from delegates and companies so get in touch if you would like to come along.

Promove – The flexible alternative to Manual Handling

Disabled Living Launches Online Shop!

In Partnership with Complete Care Shop

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Complete Care Shop to provide you with a comprehensive on line shopping facility for equipment and products to make life easier.

Complete Care Shop has over 250,000 in stock items at competitive prices offering you choice from a wide range of manufacturers including mobility aids, daily living products, continence supplies together with telecare and telehealth equipment. In addition, Complete Care Shop has a reputation for excellent customer service which made the decision to enter into this partnership an easy decision to make!

The main advantage of purchasing via the Disabled Living website, is the opportunity for you or your clients to speak to Occupational Therapists or Continence Specialists for free impartial help and advice, ensuring unnecessary purchases are not made.

Disabled Living receives a commission from product sales to support our free helpline services. Visit our website www.disabledliving.co.uk

IBS Research 

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) – Research Project Wythenshawe Hospital

Could this be for you?

  • Do you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
  • Would you be interested in taking part in a Research Study?
  • Males and Females age18+ welcome.

All volunteers will be compensated for their time

Please telephone the Neurogastroenterology Unit at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester on 0161 291 4188 / 4190 for further information on this research study.

MERU – Products that help to make life more accessible

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


Sealaway disposable bags

Bed pads

Hand sanitiser

Available on request or with your first order:

Radar key

Mattress protector


Freephone: 0800 0315411 Email: bbuk@bullens.com

Disabled Living Blogs

We’ve had range of blogs throughout October. A big focus has been on Sensory Processing Awareness Month where we received a guest blog about the importance of raising awareness. We received a lot of traffic on a blog post prior to this about our recommended sensory suppliers. It was fantastic to hear that one of the suppliers listed received a new customer following the post being shared on social media. Another popular read was Bladder and Bowel UK’s blog dedicated to Autism Hour to raise awareness of the challenges that children and young people face with public toilets.

We are still receiving Kidz to Adultz North 2017 pre-event blogs. These include Yorkshire Care Equipment and The Move Programme. We’re really looking forward to hearing about our exhibitors’ experiences after the event.

Tom Tag – Versatile Picture Schedule

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