Disabled Living’s May Newsletter 2017

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Disabled Living Supplier Directory

To compliment the launch of the new Disabled Living websites, we have also 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

  • Trulife
  • Bryburn Developments
  • TR Equipment
  • Orkid Ideas – Tom Tag
  • C&S Seating
  • HKD Solutions
  • NH Specialist Equipment Ltd
  • City Asset Management PLC

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

Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk

Highlighting Recent Publications

Progress towards real equality for disabled people over the past twenty years is insufficient and ‘littered with missed opportunities and failures’.

That’s according to the Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission following the publication of Being disabled in Britain: A journey less equal, the most comprehensive analysis ever on how the rights of disabled people are protected in Great Britain.

The sixth edition of Disability Facts and Figures, published by The Papworth Trust, highlights some of the principle challenges facing disabled people, most notably in the areas of employment, social care and housing. For the first time ever, the report explored the way in which disabled people are treated in the criminal justice system and their participation in the democratic process.

This Cerebra Problem-Solving Toolkit aims to support disabled people and carers, as well as their families and advisers, who are encountering difficulties with the statutory agencies in relation to the provision of health, social care and education support services.

UK law provides powerful rights to such support services, but this alone is insufficient. The law can be complicated and difficult to understand. Even when you know what your rights are, it can be daunting, exhausting and sometimes intimidating to challenge public officials.

Running Shoes are Ready!

Matt Woodiwiss from the Royal Bank of Scotland is running the Manchester 10k!

Matt said “I am running the Manchester 10k again on Sunday May 28th and this year I have chosen to raise funds for the Disabled Living Charity. I became involved with the charity by helping out at their “Kidz to Adultz” events. These are exhibitions which are totally dedicated to children with disabilities and additional needs, their parents and their carers.

I found these events to be a very humbling and rewarding experience and one can only admire the strength and resilience shown by the children and their families in the face of quite often severe adversity.

As ever, any donation is gratefully received and very much appreciated”

Go for it Matt!

Come and visit Disabled Living in the Celebratory Marquee (main entrance to Kidz to Adultz South) for your chance to win one of many fabulous prizes!

This year Disabled Living (organiser’s of Kidz to Adultz Events) is extremely proud to be holding a double celebration – 10 years of Kidz to Adultz South and 120 years of providing services to people of all ages with disabilities and additional needs!

Come and visit Disabled Living in the Celebratory Marquee to find out more about the many free services we offer and for information on any aspect of the event plus a chance to win one of the many fabulous prizes on offer!

  • 10 prizes of £50 vouchers of your choice!
  • Family ticket to Windsor Castle with souvenir
  • Tickets to Godstone Fame
  • Tickets to Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens
  • A family ticket to visit Westminster Abbey
  • Family ticket to Bristol Science Centre
  • Tickets to visit Shepreth Wildlife park
  • Complimentary voucher for the Pleasure Beach at Great Yarmouth …….. and many, many more.

Also in the Celebratory Marquee:-

  • Bladder and Bowel UK (part of Disabled Living) – providing impartial information and advice on products relating to all toileting needs
  • View a range of accessible vehicles – including Lewis Reed WAV Ltd, Brotherwood and TBC Conversions

For more information on the event including the full list of exhibitors and to register for your visitors FREE entry tickets visit our website

Training at Disabled Living

Moving and Handling Advanced Techniques for Therapists 

Less Talk More Action” Workshop Tuesday 6th June 2017 9.30am-4pm


WHAT: Are the considerations when working with vulnerable people

WHY: You need to recap on safe principles, positive risk taking

HOW: To use equipment to improve the functional outcomes of your clients


Scenarios will include practical hands on use of equipment. Work with each other and  the experts to assess and problem solve challenging moving and handling situations.

Presenter: Penny Townsend MCSP HCPC NBE Adv Member

Cost: £95+VAT ( lunch & refreshments provided.)

Venue: Redbank House, St Chads Street, Cheetham , Manchester M8 8QA

Moving & Handling Children

This course explores the Moving & Handling of children in community and hospital settings. There is a practical problem solving approach, using equipment and techniques tailored for those working with children, or for those assessing their Moving & Handling needs.

The course aims to enable delegates to handle children in ways which maximise the skills of the child and maintain the safety of the handler.
Delegates will be able to use relevant law and guidance when Risk Assessing the Manual Handling needs of children. Delegates will be able to identify a range of practical recommendations when assessing the Manual Handling needs of a child. Delegates will be able to perform practical methods used to help children move, with and without equipment.

Dates – 13th June, 19th July, 11th October 2017

For further information on our courses please contact training@disabledliving.co.uk  phone: 0161 607 8200 or visit our website.

Our Latest Workshop: Single Handed Care

I would like to say a big THANKYOU to everyone who Attended our Single Handed Care Workshop last Friday 28th April. The day was facilitated by Deborah Harrison who gave us an insightful presentation on the impacts of Single Handed Care and the dilemmas faced by those implementing it.

Following the presentation we were all separated into Groups and we went in to the exhibitors room with workbooks we had been provided with. Each company had a scenario/problem written to discuss with us and show us how their equipment could be used by people implementing Single Handed Care. It was not at all a hard sell by the companies , more of them showing us their knowledge of their products in a useful and engaging way. They all know their products very well and I know some tricks of the trade were learned.

There was some great feedback both flattering and constructive from the delegates and exhibitors alike. Such as:

“The 20 minute per exhibitor format was very good for getting all the delegates involved. Even those therapists who said they know our products gained fresh insight. Wished we could have had longer ” – David Lomas, Ergolet

“The delivery of the training was excellent. I enjoyed the background but also enjoyed the fact it was hands on. Saw some great products and was able to try them out. I have learned something about how to prepare a business case to support single Handed care plus learned how important it is to keep hard figures on the cases we are dealing with.” – Alison K, Delegate 

For more information on our courses please visit our website or call 0161 607 8200.

C&S Seating Advert

C & S Seating are proud to be the national supplier of 24 hour postural management and control products for over 25 years. We assemble and supply 9 different sizes of T-Rolls and Log Rolls (ranging from paediatric to adult), Alternative Positioning Supports and Leg/Knee SupportsAsk our friendly sales team about our inflatable T-Rolls that are designed for short term use and ideal for holidays and aqua therapy aid.  It is recommended you seek professional advice to select the correct product depending on your needs.

Contact us on 01424 853331 or www.cands-seating.co.uk to request a brochure and pricelist, to speak to an advisor or place an order.

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.

10th May – Accora, A representative will be demonstrating the Floor Bed 1 Plus and Floor Bed 2.

17th May – AATGB, A representative will be demonstrating products from their range.

Lunch and Learn Tuesday 23rd May, This lunch and learn will be provided by The Care Team.

24th May – Safe and Sound Products, A representative will be demonstrating equipment for people with Visual and Hearing Impairments.

31st May – ProMove UK, May Product of the Month A representative will be demonstrating slings for use without hoist equipment.

Your Experience Matters

As a parent of a child with complex needs, you have the skills and experience that could make you an outstanding Foster Carer. If you are looking for a career that really values your unique experience and gives you the flexibility to work from home T:0845 6038354 E:info@nextstepfostering.org Find out more about this rewarding and well paid career.

British Healthcare Trades Association: ‘Better health, better care, better value’

Celebrating 100 years in Healthcare 1917-2017

The BHTA logo has always been something important to look out for if you want to be sure that the company you are dealing with is setting

and maintaining the right standards. Every BHTA member agrees to abide by a Code of Practice, part of the Consumer Codes Approval

Scheme, which is overseen by the Charter Trading Standards Institute (CTSI). The BHTA Code can be downloaded from our website. The BHTA code is the only one in the industry. Only BHTA member companies can display the two logos together and it means that you can be confident of enjoying high levels of care, courtesy and professionalism. To find out which companies can offer you that

guaranteed level of confidence, go our website and use the ‘Public – Find A Member’ search facility.

British Healthcare Trades Association · Suite 4.6 · 4th Floor · The Loom · 14 Gowers Walk · London · E1 8PY

T 020 7702 2141 · E bhta@bhta.com www.bhta.com

Disabled Living’s May Product of the Month – ProMove UK Ltd

A flexible alternative for moving and handling

The ProMove sling provides a safe and comfortable means of moving and handling disabled individuals. Ideal for holidays and days out, allowing access to many more new experiences in places where a hoist cannot be used.

20% off your first order, please email

sales@promove.uk.com and quote DLIVNEWS17 to claim.


Tel: 01970 820  893 Facebook: facebook.com/promoveproducts

Twitter: @a2bwithdignity    www.promove.uk.com

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