Get festival ready with ‘Festival Spirit’

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Summer is just around the corner and many flock to festivals each year. Festival Spirit exists to help people with life-limiting illness or disability to enjoy their festival experience. Festival Spirit started in 2010 with their first festival being ‘Womad.’ The charity hopes to use festivals as a way of changing people’s lives positively. Music […]

Access to Work: What You Need to Know

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“In regulation with The Equality Act (2010), equal opportunities must be given to all employees. This is to provide all people with the same chances in the recruitment stages. This can be achieved through; fair interviews, a safe working environment and good access to working premises.” in the UK there are 13.3 million people with […]

Book Review: ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman

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‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ is the debut novel by Gail Honeyman. The Costa Book Awards winner for 2017, it has also made number one on the Sunday Times’ Bestseller List. A world-wide success (and selected for the actor Reese Witherspoon’s book club) praise for Honeyman’s work includes: “Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is […]

Southend Hospital to host cancer ‘one-stop shop’

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Southend Hospital has been chosen as a host centre for a new cancer ‘one-stop shop’ that aims to provide earlier diagnosis for patients. Southend is one of ten sites that have chosen to trial these ‘one stop shops’, where patients who are presenting vague symptoms such as weight loss or fatigue can be referred by […]

Walking Football sessions taking place in Witham

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Witham Leisure centre is now hosting weekly Walking Football sessions, taking place each Friday, 1-2pm and 6-7pm. Walking Football is a sociable and slow-paced version of the game, where no running is allowed! The sessions are for over 50’s only and are run by a fully qualified FA coach. If you’re interested, sessions are priced […]

Accessible ten-pin bowling experience in Hockley

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Those based near Hockley may be interested to hear about CJ’s Bowling, a family run alley who are offering a welcoming and accessible bowling experience. Located on Eldon Way, the alley has ramp access, an accessible toilet and plenty of free parking immediately outside. CJ’s have 12 lanes, and should you not be able to […]

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up – Triumph over Adversity

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I have long admired the work of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist who has become a cultural icon. She became an extension of her art herself, in the way she emphasised her physical features and also in her dress, favouring Mexican national costume to assert her political beliefs. Growing up in post-revolutionary Mexico in the […]

Prostate cancer support groups based in Essex

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The news that both Stephen Fry and Bill Turnbull have prostate cancer has provided a reminder, if any were needed, that the disease is still a major issue for men all around the world. In fact in the UK alone, 40,000 men are diagnosed with the disease each year and there are over 330,000 that […]

Had Your Disability Payments Cut? What You Can Do

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Disability payments have been cut for many thousands of people across the UK. Under the new system, which people are slowly being transferred to, a new assessment is necessary, and this is done by a private company. This has caused numerous people, who have serious disabilities to have their payments cut or stopped completely. One […]

Autism: A Difference in the Senses

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According to The National Autistic Society, many people on the autistic spectrum find it hard to process sensory information. A difference can affect any of the senses in terms of over or under-sensitivity. This can then lead to a change in behaviour in that person. Firstly, it is key to be aware of the environment […]

Dementia: New Study Confirms The Power of Music

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There is emerging and convincing evidence that listening to and playing music can help patients suffering from dementia. Surveys show that even if they no longer speak or respond, dementia sufferers are often able to communicate and engage through music, tapping into forgotten memories and emotions. The most recent study, published in January, was carried […]

Disability in the Acting Profession

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How Do You Feel About Disability in Your Front Room? I was recently chatting with a friend about a documentary I had been watching. I knew the subject matter was something that really interested her, so was surprised that she had not engaged with it at all. When I asked why, her response really saddened […]