Autism: the “invisible” disability

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Adeane Tindall’s 13-year-old son, Max, was diagnosed with autism at the age of four, and it has been an uphill struggle. She told The Guardian: “We know that Max’s disability isn’t visible, but that doesn’t make it any less real. In fact, it’s tackling the issue head-on that has enabled him to achieve so much”. […]

Mental Health: No one is immune

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Stephen Fry is a celebrity who has been extremely open about his struggles with mental health. As part of a series created by the Heads Together campaign, he has now appeared in a video speaking to his psychiatrist about his mental health break down. This week has also seen the Princes William and Harry open […]

SAVS Weekly Update – Week Ending 14th April 2017

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Highlight of the Week Southend Borough Council: In-Year Grants Re-Opened Deadline 22 June 2017 In-Year Grants were established in 2003/2004 to assist with pump-priming of new groups and emergency matters arising for existing groups.  In 2007/2008 this programme was extended to include special events that contribute to community well-being and promote community cohesion and social […]

BDVSA E-Bulletin – 11th April 2017

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The April Funding Bulletin is on our old BDVSA website. Click here to view. The new Community360 website should be operating from May Braintree District Volunteer Awards Event At a special event on 4 April at Causeway House in Braintree, six winners were celebrated with one of them also crowned the overall winner and guests voting […]

SAVS E-Bulletin – April 2017

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Welcome As always there is a lot going on in the world that either directly or indirectly affects the Voluntary and Community Sector (or Third Sector – the term I am starting to use more to describe us). In this issue I am highlighting some local news, national news and features which might be of […]

Being Disabled in Britain: A Journey Less Equal

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A new report published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission has demonstrated, once again, what many people with disabilities know from hard life experience. Being disabled in Britain reduces your life chances. Not because of any disability, but because of decreased opportunity to participate. Disabled people have far less prospects of obtaining employment than […]

Colchester Phoenix Amateur Swimming Club

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Since 1993 the Colchester Phoenix Amateur Swimming Club have been teaching disabled children how to swim. The charity run club’s motto is ‘Ability not Disability’ and meet at Colchester’s Leisure World on Saturday evenings. The club caters for swimmers of all levels from complete beginners to competing amateurs. One young member went on to become […]

Carrie Fisher: Mental Health Advocate

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“Because I grew up in a public family, I never really had a private life. And so if those issues are going to be public, I would rather them to be public the way I’ve experienced them rather than someone else assuming things about me. It’s freeing to do it. Shame is not something I […]