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Since setting up five years ago, we have amassed 240,000 readers – and half DO NOT read any local paper, evening, morning or weekly. Only the Manchester News (356,000,Thurs-Fri editions) and Liverpool Echo (250,000) record better readership figures. David Murray, who runs the Murray Consultancy, that specialises in newspaper reader research, said: “All Together NOW! is a real gem. Unlike lots of newspapers who are losing readers hand over fist, All Together NOW! is bucking the trend – and in grand style. “In the 10 years we have been conducting surveys nothing has come anywhere near to the standards being set by this new newspaper. The results are hugely impressive by anyone’s standard. “Our data shows that All Together NOW! is being eagerly read right across the region by people with – and without – disabilities. There is something in it for everyone.” The survey shows that in the past year the paper has attracted an increased 20% readership, due to the increased availability of the publication in mainstream outlets such as garden centres, visitor attractions and hospitals. Ninety per cent of those surveyed could not fault the title, half said the paper is now firmly part of their reading habits – and more than half (54%) said they were not disabled. Informative, unique and stylish are how most readers describe the publication. All Together NOW! editor and

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Advertising agencies “Every day we get calls, letters and emails from readers saying just how much they like and really value the paper. “Unlike lots of free papers that are posted into homes, our readers are going out of their way to pick up their copies. “If we can find the resources to print and circulate more papers we think All

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Together NOW! could well become the best read title in the region. “We are now looking to team up with advertising agencies and media buyers to give their clients a new and innovative way to spread their messages to a new and fast growing market.” The only negative in the survey was that not enough copies are in circulation. In the North West there are 2.2m people who are affected by disability – one-third of the population. David Murray said: “All Together NOW! has significant scope to increase its circulation.”

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Sign up for a free cuppa at cafe CUSTOMERS at a Leeds cafe were rewarded with free tea and coffee – providing they ordered using British Sign Language. The novel idea came during Learn to Sign Week and saw customers at Caffe Nero in Leeds given basic BSL lessons from coHearentVision, the working name for Yorkshire’s leading charity for deaf and blind people. Jessica Hendy, one of the customers who took part, said: “I’ve always wanted to learn sign language, so the quick lessons provided by coHearentVision were a great way of getting people involved and an interesting taster of what is to be

expected on a beginners course. I would definitely like to learn more and getting my coffee for free was a great reward!” Rob Young, the charity’s chief executive, said: “We rely heavily on donations and support from both individuals and businesses, so we’re very grateful to Caffe Nero and the public’s efforts in helping us to raise awareness of Learn to Sign Week and the importance of BSL as the first language of so many people.” n coHearentVision: Tel. 0113 243 8328.

Ginola’s charity goal . . . GOOD VISION: David Ginola at the launch of the Vision Sports Legacy Fund

Soccer star hails ‘true talent’ EX-PREMIER League soccer star David Ginola has a new goal – getting more blind children into sport. David and his wife Coraline led a host of Olympic and Paralympic stars to launch the Vision Sports Legacy Fund on World Sight Day. Patron of the Fund, which enables blind and visually impaired and young adults to access sport throughout the UK, David said: “Sport is an amazing vehicle for confidence and character building in children. “In my time working with Vision

peers and excel in their chosen sport. “I’m really looking forward to helping to rear many more stars of the future,” added Ginola, who played for Newcastle, Tottenham and France. He was joined at the launch by supporters of the charity including Mike Brace CBE, who has represented Great Britain at three World Championships, six Paralympic games and two European championships; and five times Paralympic gold medal winner Noel Thatcher MBE. n www.visioncharity.co.uk

I have met some truly talented blind and partially sighted children who are shining examples of how with the right support and facilities they can integrate more fully with their

Deaf teens make TV drama YOUNG deaf teenagers – all with cochlear implants – took part in a film-making day run by Hollyoaks actor Colin Wells. Colin, whose daughter Rachael has a cochlear implant, plays Johnno Dean in the long-running TV drama, and owns Interaction Films which runs workshops for schools, colleges, universities and the community. Using state of the art equipment the teenagers spent the day

creating their own drama, which involved camera work, learning professional scripts, acting, directing and sound engineering. The Ear Foundation, which staged the event, is a national charity helping deaf people make the best use of technology. A spokesperson said: “Deaf children are not always exposed to opportunities which enable them to stretch their communication and language skills.”

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PEOPLE who arrange their own care and feel they are being treated unfairly now have the right to complain to an independent Ombudsman. Local Government Ombudsman Tony Redmond said: “Until now, the only form of redress for people in privately funded care was through the care provider’s own complaints procedure or going to court. “Now, if service users, a member of their family or others affected by the service have suffered an injustice, we may be able to help. “In most cases we will only consider a complaint once the care provider has had a fair opportunity to put the situation right.”

Dignity The types of complaints the LGO is expecting to deal with cover a variety of services such as needs assessments, poor care quality and fees from care homes, personal care at home and supported living services. Care Services Minister, Paul Burstow, said: “Everyone should be guaranteed good quality care and dignity however their care is funded. “For the first time ever, people who fund their own social care now have access to independent consideration of their complaints just like people whose care is funded by local councils. “It will offer an independent route for those who have concerns to take action.” n For more information about the service contact the LGO Advice Team on 0300 061 0614 or visit www.lgo.org.uk/adultsocial-care

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Cumbria calendar girls THREE Cumbrian women who live with multiple sclerosis stripped off in some of the Lake District’s most beautiful and remote locations for a new fundraising calendar. Carrie Burbush, Catherine Howe and Jenny Calvert bared all for the camera in the mountains, lakes and forests around their Keswick homes. Award-winning photographer Steve Yates took the classy black and white images at remote locations including Honister Pass, Rannerdale Knot and Rydal Wood – as well as a group shot at Coledale Beck for the December picture of the 2011 MS Society calendar. Keswick Lions paid for the calendar to be printed. n The £10 calendars is

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NE moment you can be ALL SMILES: on top of the world, the Tom Dowling next flat on your back. with Lucy In our last edition I was boasting Meacock of my wheelchair exploits (and (Granada TV) new-found confidence) on the and special high Alpine ridges that surround guest Denise the Matterhorn and Zermatt. Fergus at the Well, just a few weeks later I 02 awards came crashing back down to earth . . . on a main street in London. I was freewheeling along High Holborn when all of a sudden I came a cropper and ended up in a humiliating heap. I had been taking in all the colourful sights the capital had to A BIG thanks for all the fantastic messages offer - and then made a regarding my Lifetime Achievement award for disastrous error . . . by taking my journalism at this year’s O2 North West Media eyes off the pavement in front of Awards. me. Getting the award was a real honour, but it’s I just didn’t spot the grid that really all down to the people who have supported had sunk just an inch or two me over the years - and especially all of the below the level of the otherwise sponsors of All Together NOW! level paving flags. Of course, I needn’t have gone all the way to London to fall out of especially during the months ahead . . . my chair. From all of us here at All Together NOW! As we all know, we’ve got plenty of serious have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New pavement problems in towns and cities right Year! See you in February. across the North West. Tom Dowling, editor So with all the impending spending cuts let’s hope things don’t get much worse –

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Epilepsy storyline gets top marks for Corrie CORONATION Street’s storyline about David Platt being diagnosed with epilepsy has been welcomed by a leading charity for young people with epilepsy. David Ford, chief executive of The National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy, said: “A high profile soap storyline which helps increase awareness of epilepsy is a great step forward in boosting understanding and helping to tackle stigma. “We are pressing the Government, education authorities and local health trusts for much better support for the 60,000 under 18s with epilepsy across the UK through our Champions for Childhood Epilepsy campaign.” As well as a cutting edge epilepsy diagnostic service on its Surrey campus, the charity’s special school and further education college caters for children and young people aged five to 25 with complex epilepsy and other conditions such as autism. n The NCYPE helpline: 01342 831342 (Mon-Fri 9am-1pm).

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Children’s worries . . . HALF of children with diabetes need to talk to someone about the emotional impact of their condition, according to a new study. Some children are even bullied and discriminated against because of their diabetes, says national charity Diabetes UK. Comments from children who took part in the charity’s research study included: n “My friends refused to go into town with me because they were worried about me fainting. I made no fuss, but I was very upset.” (Naomi, 12) n “When I was younger it was very hard because not many children invited me to play at their houses because their parents didn’t know how to look after my diabetes.” (Jake, 10) n “When I do my injections sometimes this girl moans at me and says ‘Why do you have to do that? It’s disgusting’. But I have to do it because it’s essential” (Alice, 15) Douglas Smallwood, chief executive of Diabetes UK, says: “It is unacceptable that some children are made to feel different and isolated. There is a lot of misunderstanding and ignorance that can lead to bullying or discrimination.”

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HEELCHAIR USER Darren Heaton has completed a 10-day scooter trek — despite a spinal injury and a heart condition. And now he is planning to travel the length of The Great Wall of China. The 42-year-old raised thousands of pounds for several charities including The Grenadier Guards Colonel’s Fund, SSAFA, St. Dunstans and The Poppy Appeal. A year’s preparation went into the 239-mile marathon from his home town of Glossop to

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Wellington Barracks in London, where he was greeted by members of the Grenadier Guards and a military band. “The challenge was a little daunting,” said Darren, whose son is a serving Grenadier Guard. “ We are pretty shattered but the sense of achievement is fantastic. We have met so many

amazing and generous people on the way.” Darren was supported by TV presenter Penny Mallory, Sir Nigel Gifford and motorcycle stunt star Eddie Kidd and completed his epic journey along with partner Jackie and friends who walked most of the route. He added: “After a short rest, I begin plans for the Wheels on the Wall 2012 challenge in which I will attempt to travel the length of The Great Wall of China.” Darren made the trek with a Breeze 4 scooter and NuDrive system loaned by mobility scooter specialist, TGA Electric.

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OR the first time in Britain, blind children are being given the chance to be teamed up with a guide dog. A series of ‘Kids Camps’ are to take place next year to give them a taste of the kind of freedom that guide dogs can provide. The inaugural camp, held at Loughborough and organised by Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, RNIB and Action for Blind People, involved six young blind people who were shown how to groom and care for their dog – and how to navigate a route around the centre with their guide dog’s help. One of the children, 12-year-old Lucy Williams, 12, said: “Having a guide dog would mean that I’d be able to go out on my own, or with friends, and be able to go shopping and stuff. It would help me be more independent and to have more of a social life. “I normally just go with my mum because I can’t really go out on my own. If I go out on my own, which is very rarely, one of my friends guides me.” The camps’ scheme has been set up following the decision by Guide Dogs to remove its lower age limit of 16 for people who can apply for a dog. n Guide Dogs, tel 0845 3727 499. www.guidedogs.org.uk

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COMPUTER games like the Nintendo Wii Remote, could be used to help people with aphasia – a language impairment, commonly caused by a stroke, Researchers are aiming to develop an affordable, way to help people who are no longer able to talk or write, to learn how to ‘gesture’ independently at home. Gestures that can be readily interpreted by others are often encouraged in aphasia treatment, but can be difficult to learn, because people have additional stroke-related disabilities, such as one-sided paralysis. Jane Marshall, professor of aphasiology at City University London, said: “Computerbased treatments have been shown to improve verbal language skills in previous studies, but this is the first time that gestures will be addressed.

‘Exciting’ “We hope our work will help a wider range of people to regain communication skills.” Dr Sharlin Ahmed, at The Stroke Association, said: “Communication difficulties are the most frustrating disability that stroke survivors face. “This very exciting project could go a long way towards helping break down some of the barriers of communication that people with aphasia have to tackle. “150,000 people have a stroke in the UK every year and the use of new technology could help them regain their lives.” The research is being carried out by a team at City University London, in collaboration with The Stroke Association. n www.stroke.org.uk

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Pensioners facing ‘a recipe for unfairness’ BRITAIN’S biggest pensioner organisation described the Spending Review as a recipe for unfairness in retirement. Dot Gibson, general secretary of the National Pensioners Convention, said: “All the evidence shows that the richer you are, the longer you live – so making people work longer is a direct attack on the poorest in our society. “Plans to reduce the increases in the state pension by using the lower Consumer Price Index rather than the Retail Price Index will, over time, increase the number of pensioners living in poverty, whilst the money committed to care funding won’t be anywhere near enough to meet the growing demand. “The contribution older people already make to the economy every year in unpaid caring, voluntary work and child minding is well over £30bn, yet none of this is recognised. “If pensioners have to work longer they will simply be unable to help others. So much for the Big Society.” “The older generation was around at the beginning of the welfare state and they know that it is not meant for poor people; it should be for everyone to prevent them from becoming poor. “But the government is seeking to privatize responsibility and blame individuals for the structural failures of our economy. It’s time we stopped pointing the finger at the so-called undeserving poor and started taxing the undeserving rich.”

No DLA benefit u-turn THE Minister for Disabled People has ignored a call to reconsider plans to cut a mobility-based benefit from disabled people in residential care. The call, from a leading disabled activist, came after Maria Miller spoke about her government’s welfare reforms at a conference organised by disability charity Disability Alliance. Sue Bott, director of the National Centre for Independent Living, said the proposal to remove the mobility component of disabled living allowance from most disabled people in residential care was “very misinformed and penny-pinching”, and risked adding to their isolation. But Ms Miller replied: “The reason why we have put the reform in place around DLA is because we believe there is a way we can make the money work better for us there.” She said that council care packages should already include funding for disabled people’s mobility needs. “At the moment, there is a duplication of benefits.” She also said there are no plans to start means-testing DLA.

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HARITIES across the country have slammed the coalition Government’s Spending Review announcement which, they say, will have a huge effect on disabled people’s lives. Guy Parckar, acting director of policy and campaigns at the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, said: “Some of the spending decisions announced will have a massive impact on disabled people. “One announcement that has gone largely unnoticed is a proposal to stop people in residential care receiving the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance. “This is a fundamentally unfair change that would have a hugely detrimental impact on thousands of disabled people, leaving many effectively trapped in their homes, WARNINGS: unable to afford to go out. “Many people in residential care Tough times already have their income capped at ahead, says £20 a week once their care has been says RADAR paid for and rely on this benefit to be boss Liz Sayce more independent. This change will hit one of the most families affected by vulnerable groups in autism with the right society and we urge support at the right time. the Government to “The increase in social reconsider.” care funding is The National welcome, but it must be Autistic Society remembered that older warned of the fall out people are not the only the proposals will vulnerable group in cause for the society that need protecting.” thousands of families affected by autism who Liz Sayce, chief executive of the Royal Association already fight huge battles to get the support they so for Disability Rights, said: “Action on social care desperately need. budgets, disabled facilities grants and educational Mark Lever, chief executive of the NAS, said: “The personal budgets are to be welcomed. Chancellor has set in motion a devastating chain “But we remain deeply concerned about what reaction for individuals and families affected by might emerge from the detail of both ESA autism – some of the most vulnerable in our society. (Employment and Support Allowance) changes and “Many say their lives are already ‘hanging in the estimates made about savings accrued from welfare balance’. reform. Crisis point “Disabled people must not be pushed further into “The domino effect of cuts across school transport, poverty by these proposals or be fruitlessly respite care, crucial benefits and other vital services assessed countless times, wasting tax payers could push whole families to crisis point at profound money in the process. expense to those local authorities left picking up the “As all these measures get fleshed out, we will be pieces. keeping a keen eye on the detail at both national “Now more than ever, government must and local level and we will be challenging spending acknowledge the long term cost benefits of providing reviews that we consider unfair to disabled people.”

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‘Blind job seekers deserve better’ EMILY Brothers, president of the National Federation of the Blind, challenged the Spending Review proposals, saying: “Reforms will clearly deepen inequality and simply reconstruct poverty amongst blind people. “I am appalled that the package of measures cynically attacks working age blind people wishing to find a job to do, whilst they experience a series of obstacles to progress.” “The Government likes small scale projects to showcase returns to work for blind people, but fails to make a strategic intervention to protect disabled people from public sector redundancies. “The Chancellor makes no reference to the Access to Work fund, surely requiring a boost in funds to help disabled people keep their jobs.”

Students’ fear CHANGES to Disability Living Allowance rules could force many students in residential care to give up their studies and prevent thousands more from entering education, says the National Union of Students. The mobility component of the DLA currently allows thousands of disabled people living in residential care the independence to get to places of education when distance or timetabling issues might otherwise prevent it. However, under plans in the Comprehensive Spending Review, this component will be abolished (see No benefit u-turn, this page bottom left). Rupy Kaur, NUS Disabled Students’ Officer, said: “This move will mean that thousands of people who want to improve their chances of finding meaningful work will be prevented from doing so.”

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HE winners and runners-up in the six categories of the 2010 Morgan Foundation Entrepreneur Awards were presented with prizes totalling £110,000 in a glittering ceremony at Carden Park Hotel, Chester. They also received a package of professional services, including free banking advice from the main sponsor Barclays. Businessman Steve Morgan, founder of the Morgan Foundation, said: “This is the fourth year of the awards and each time they have got bigger and better; 2010 is no exception. “We had more entries than ever before and the finalists were of the highest quality. Inspirational, ambitious, passionate and sheer bloody-minded are just a few of the words the judges used to describe them. “Judging was very difficult and in many cases it was the smallest of margins separating the winners and runners-up.” John Powell, corporate director, Northern Region, Barclays Corporate, said: “Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of our economy. Be they big or small, they generate new ideas, new opportunities and new employment. “These awards are unique. Not

Debbie — a fighter with real style

INSPIRATIONAL: DEBBIE STONE

The Against All Odds category was the emotional climax of the evening, with a prize of £10,000 awarded to the person or organisation that had overcome the biggest obstacles on their path to success. All the finalists were outstanding, but the judges were bowled over by the pragmatic business skills coupled with the vitality and zest for life shown by the winner, Debbie Stone, of Blow Hair and Beauty, Widnes, Cheshire. At 16, Debbie was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and thought that she wasn’t going to make it past 20. Despite frequent stays in hospital

only are there substantial cash prizes, there are categories aimed specifically at entrepreneurial charities and organisations that make a social or economic contribution to the region; a sector generally overlooked in the recognition stakes.” The £20,000 first prize in the Best New Business category went to Leaf Tea Shop & Bar in Liverpool, owned by Natalie Haywood. Leaf aims to bring tea drinking into the 21st century. Kris McDonald, who established Keyhole Productions, Liverpool, won the title of Best Young Entrepreneur and £10,000 for his

Debbie got a degree and worked in the NHS. However, following the birth of her daughter, ill-health resulted in her losing her job. But in 2006 she opened two card and gift shops and a hair and beauty salon - and a new one has just opened for business. Frequently having to trade from a hospital bed isn’t easy but can be done, as she has shown. For Debbie, just getting to 32 is an achievement (average life expectancy is 38). But her choice was simple – give up or fight . . .

multimedia business that works with people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Best Entrepreneurial Charity or Social Enterprise first prize of £12,500 was scooped by Elixir Foundations CIC. Based in Bootle, Merseyside, the company combines social and environmental objectives to create opportunities for vulnerable adults. Winner of the Best Entrepreneurial Charity or Social Enterprise in Liverpool category, sponsored Liverpool Vision and with a prize of £10,000, was The Reader Organisation, a charity promoting reading to improve

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personal mental wellbeing. Beneficiaries include people suffering deprivation, children in care, young people not in formal education, people with physical or mental health problems, and older people. Wolverhampton-based Access to Business won the top prize of £12,500 in the Best Business Providing Social and/or Economic Contribution category. The ‘not for profit’ company supports people into employment, self employment and training, with a specialism in supporting those with health problems and/or disability.

Best New Business SPD CAD Services, Liverpool (joint runner-up, £5,000) Training Strategies Ltd, Liverpool (joint runner-up, £5,000) Highly Commended: The Chocolate Cellar, Liverpool Tender Management Consultancy Ltd, Liverpool Best Young Entrepreneur James Clarke - True Reflections, Conwy (joint runner-up, £2,500) Amelia Nutting - Shuga Budz, Wolverhampton (joint runner-up, £2,500) Highly Commended: Thomas Darlow - Bright Headway, Liverpool Donna Redgrave - RMDMemory Matters, Liverpool Best Entrepreneurial Charity or Social Enterprise The Dee-Tex Project Saltney, Flintshire (joint runner-up, £5,000) Ykids - Claire Morgans, Bootle, Merseyside (joint runner-up, £5,000) Highly Commended: Fruit to Suit -Wallasey, Wirral Gwledd Conwy Feast Conwy Best Entrepreneurial Charity or Social Enterprise in Liverpool (sponsored by Liverpool Vision) Highly Commended were: Ariel Trust Chrysalis Domestic Violence Services 20 Stories High Best Business Providing a Social or Economic Contribution to the Region C & S Care Company Wolverhampton (joint runnerup, £5,000) The Contact Company Birkenhead, Wirral (joint runner-up, £5,000) Highly Commended: Expert Language Solutions, Southport, Merseyside 20 Stories High - Liverpool Against All Odds Highly Commended Ben Donnelly -Elixir Foundations, Bootle, Merseyside Brian McManus -The DeeTex Project, Saltney, Flintshire Jan Williams - Northwest Laser & Aesthetics Clinic Limited, Frodsham, Cheshire Jo Wood - Rape & Sexual Abuse (RASA) Centre, Birkenhead, Wirral

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ERSEYTRAVEL wants to hear your views about how they can continue to improve services for everyone. The transport authority for Merseyside is calling on interested groups and individuals to get involved now in deciding the priorities for its draft Single Equality Scheme. The Scheme sets in stone how Merseytravel promotes equality of opportunity – regardless of age, race, gender, transgender, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief – in the delivery of its services, employment of staff and awarding of contracts. Neil Scales, chief executive and director general of Merseytravel, said: “We have a strong history of demonstrating equality and diversity which is reflected in our mission: To

Equality: Travel chiefs want YOUR opinions promote an integrated transport system to improve quality of life on Merseyside. “We value views on the possible priorities that we will focus on during the term of our first Single Equality Scheme. “It would be unrealistic of me to promise that we can meet everyone’s requirements, but I would ask people to take the time to let us know their thoughts.” The consultation document covers suggestions for priority areas and outcomes relating to public transport and tourist activities across the five districts of Merseyside. It will help Merseytravel to offer

products and services that are accessible to all members of the community, and cover all protected characteristics as introduced by the Equality Act 2010. The Scheme will include a detailed action plan, setting out specifically what actions will be taken to build equality and diversity into all of Merseytravel’s activities, directly influenced by the results of this engagement, so your views really do count. n For further details visit the Merseytravel website: www.merseytravel.gov.uk, click on “Publications” and then scroll down to “Merseytravel’s Single Equality Scheme”. Or contact: Paula Coppell, Merseytravel Equality and Diversity Officer, tel: 0151 330 1291.e-mail: paula.coppel@merseytravel.gov.uk

Merseytravel is making sure that Public Transport on Merseyside is easy for everyone to use. We care about the accessibility of our buildings, vehicles and information. All of our staff are trained to be courteous and considerate, particularly when our customers have special requirements. Whether it be automatic door-openers in our head office, availability of textphones for main points of contact, or producing timetables in large print, we want to make public transport easier for everyone to use.

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HIS is a story of sun, sand and sex – plant sex, of course. It starts with my vision for a herbaceous border and finishes with a radically different display. When we moved into our ‘new’ house on the Wirral coast, we ripped out a row of scruffy Leyland cypresses, leaving an impoverished strip of sandy soil which begged to be converted into a flower border. It was overlooked from the house, faced south for the sun, and was protected by a wall – ideal, or so I thought. The idea was to enrich the soil with tons of manure and plant perennials in similar colour groups for all-year display . . . candelabra primulas, blends of delphiniums, golden achillea with heleniums, Christmas rose and many more. The backdrop to this idyll was to be a wall-trained tapestry of summer-flowering climbers, such as Clematis tangutica with its yellow bells, and the front would be edged with purple pulmonarias and catmint overhanging the path. Since then I’ve learned the art of the possible. Enriching the soil might require some hired muscle but is not complicated. Creating a border of favoured perennials demands the ability to enjoy the successes and move on from the failures. Or learn from my mistakes. Achillea and delphiniums needed richer, moister soil than any amount of manure and fertilisers could create while primulas, pulmonarias, catmint and Christmas roses refused to thrive in free-draining sand. Sex reared its head the next

summer when I accepted nature’s help in filling the gaps with promiscuously self-sown wild flowers such as foxgloves, spiky purple toadflax and feverfew daisies. However, I have managed to establish some pleasant effects for most of the year. Bergenia purpureus, also known as elephant’s ears or pigsqueak, thrives on adversity and opens pale purple flowers reliably every December. While Christmas roses failed, other hellebores, notably the Lenten rose, Helleborus orientalis, with graceful green bells combined well with Euphorbia characias.

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This greenery is relieved by groups of bulbs, first of a pale yellow daffodil called St Patrick’s Day, which occasionally lives up to its name by blooming in time for March 17, then by a glorious lilyflowered tulip, Fly Away, rich red with golden edges to the petals, from Suttons Seeds. Before the euphorbias have faded Solomon’s seal picks up the green theme with emerald-tipped white droplets suspended from arching stems. At the bone-dry border edge, I allow anything that will grow there – white London pride, blue campanulas, mauve geraniums, a superb spreading thyme, Bressingham Pink, which in fact

covers itself in purple summer flowers, and a daisy which you can be sure is very much prettier than its name, Erigeron karvinskianus. Late summer and autumn brings the hot colours of red-bronze helenium Moerheim Beauty, maroon foliage and yellow flowers of an unusual loosestrife, Lysimachia ciliata Firecracker, long-lasting crimson heads of sedum Autumn Joy, purple Michaelmas daisies, and the fiery petals of a hardy late chrysanthemum. The deep red nasturtium Empress of India is allowed to tumble through other plants and bloom when it pleases.

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Ultimate guide to the garden THE RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers is a sumptuous guide to planning your dream garden which has sold nearly 3m copies worldwide since its first publication in 1987. Now the fifth edition is out – updated by the Royal Horticultural Society’s experts and redesigned for quicker reference and easier plant identification. The encyclopedia, published by Dorling Kindersley with Christopher Brickell as editor-in-chief, costs £35, but we have FIVE copies of this superb volume for All Together NOW! readers to win. Featuring over 8,000 plants and thousands of photographs, this is the ideal book for identifying and selecting plants and for planning a garden scheme. At the heart of the book is the illustrated

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plant catalogue which is divided into 10 sections covering everything from trees to bedding plants, and rock plants to bulbs. Each variety is photographed and a new “how to” section tells you all you need to know on cultivation, pruning and care. The encyclopedia is available from all good bookshops and online at www.dk.com To enter our competition, answer this question: How many plants feature in the new RHS encyclopedia? Send your entry with your name and address on a postcard or sealed envelope, stating where you picked up your copy of All Together NOW! to: RHS Competition, All Together NOW! The Bradbury Centre, Youens Way, Liverpool L14 2EP, to arrive by Friday January 22, or enter online at www.alltogethernow.org.uk

FLOWERS: For an early bouquet of sweet peas sow some now under glass in Rootrainers or deep pots. Snip off the dead flower heads of winter pansies regularly to encourage more blooms. Pinch out the tips of long shoots on wallflower plants to help them grow bushy. SHRUBS AND TREES: In a mild spell feed trees and shrubs with several handfuls of blood, fish and bone meal scattered round the base as a slow-release source of nutrients. PATIOS: Move patio pots into the sunniest position and raise them on bricks or pot feet so they do not stand in puddles after winter rains. Keep a sheet of horticultural fleece or an old blanket nearby so it can be used to cover containers quickly if severe frost threatens. PONDS: If water is iced over, allow gases to escape by filling a saucepan with boiling water and standing it on the ice to melt a hole. Never use a hammer. VEGETABLES: Earth up leeks to encourage blanching. Support tall crops like brussels sprouts against winter gales. FRUIT: Finish planting fruit trees, bushes and canes. Before buying, check the size the variety can be expected to reach after, say, five years. If it will not fit in the space, choose something smaller. HERBS: Pot up parsley and chives, and grow them on an indoor windowsill. Also pot up roots of mint in 22cm (9in) pots and keep them under glass to provide early shoots when they will be most appreciated early next spring. HOUSEPLANTS: Keep houseplants on the dry side if they flowered earlier in the year but feed and water regularly those that are flowering or are still coming into bloom. WILDLIFE: Attract an interesting range of birds throughout winter by providing fresh water regularly and different foods such as thistle seed for finches, nuts for bluetits and coal-tits, and crumbs, apple cores and currants for robins and blackbirds.

Disabled and need advice on gardening? Contact national charity THRIVE. Tel. 0118 988 5688. www.thrive.org.uk or www.carryongardening.org.uk

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Thanks . . . A BIG thanks is going out to all those who gave £50 to sponsor a seat at Port Sunlight’s Gladstone Theatre. It’s taken four years to achieve but £20,000 has been raised and all 430 seats now have a small plaque with the donor’s name. There are also plans for a permanent record of sponsors on general display in the foyer. Alan Shone, chairman of the Gladstone Theatre Trust, said: “The theatre is managed by local volunteers who are responsible for fund raising and keeping the venue open for the benefit of the community. “The money has enabled us to complete improvements for the benefit of both performers and audiences. The latest has been the laying of a new floor surface on the stage.” www.gladstonetheatre.org.uk

Oh no it isn’t Nov 26-Jan 22: Sleeping Beauty, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool. A Rock ‘N’ Roll Panto. BSL: Sat 15 Jan at 2pm, Audio Described: Wed 19 Jan at 1.30pm & 7.30pm, Captioned: Sat 22 Jan at 2pm. Nov 29-Dec 4: Lark Rise to Candleford (‘Heartwarming’ Play), Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton Nov 29-Dec18: Rawhide Comedy Club (International Stand Up), Royal Court, Liverpool. Nov 30-Dec 4: Glyndebourne Don Giovanni, Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. Black comedy opera, sung in Italian. Dec 1-Jan 15: David Copperfield, Octagon Theatre, Bolton. Dickensian adaption. Dec 1-Dec 2: Christmas Charity Concert (Male Choir), The Brindley, Runcorn. Dec 1: That’ll Be The Day Christmas Show (Christmas Musical), Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. Rock ‘n’ Roll production. Dec 1: Glyndebourne – Cenerentola, Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. Italian opera based on Cinderella. Dec 2-Jan 15: No Wise Men, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool. Audio Describe & Captioning available. Dec 3-Jan 15: We Will Rock You, Palace Theatre, Manchester. Smash hit Queen musical. Dec 3-Jan 2: Aladdin, Grand TAKE ME HOME! Theatre, Blackpool. Pantomime.

Dec 3: Giselle (Ballet), The Brindley, Runcorn. Dec 3-Jan 9: Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, Theatre Royal, St Helens Dec 3-Jan 8: A Christmas Carol, The Lowry, Manchester. A festive Dickensian classic. Dec 3-Jan 2: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Opera House, Manchester. Panto starring Tina O’Brian and Andy Devine. Dec 4: Voices of the Valley Male Choir, Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. Male Choir. Dec 5: Victorian Values, The Lowry, Manchester. A ‘curiously sexy’ comedy. Dec 7-Jan 2: Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Charter Theatre, Preston. Dec 8-Jan 1: Peter Pan, The Lowry, Manchester. A music version of a classic story. Dec 8-Dec 18: Cinderella, St Helens Citadel. Dec 9-Jan 9: Robinson Crusoe, Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. Panto. Dec 9: Ken Dodd, Theatre Royal, St Helens. Dec 9-Jan 2: Aladdin, Southport Theatre. Panto. Dec 10-Dec 12: Cinderella, Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight. Dec 10-Jan 8: Peter Pan, Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl. Dec 11-Jan 2: Cinderella, Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. Dec 11-Jan 30: Aladdin, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. Dec 11-Jan 2: Cinderella, Venue

Cymru, Llandudno. Panto. Dec 12-Jan 9: Aladdin, The Brindley, Runcorn. Dec 12: Turn of the Century, The Lowry, Manchester. Dan Antopolski performing live comedy. Dec 12: Only Men Aloud, Palace Theatre, Manchester. Christmas themed performance. Male choir. Dec 13: The Saw Doctors, Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Live concert. Dec 17-Dec 18: Cinderella, Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight Dec 18: The Nose, Octagon Theatre, Bolton. Family comedy Dec 20: Christmas Concert with Carols, Grand Theatre, Blackpool. Dec 20: The Searchers (60s Pop Group), Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight. Dec 22: Holly at Christmas, Guild Hall, Preston. Buddy Holly tribute. Dec 27-Jan 3: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, The Lowry, Manchester. A festive musical for all the family. Dec 29: The Houghton Weavers Christmas Show, Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight. Jan 6-9: Jack and the Beanstalk, Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. Jan 8: The Nutcracker, Grand Theatre, Blackpool. Fantasy ballet. Jan 9: Swan Lake, Grand Theatre, Blackpool. Romantic ballet. Jan 11: Thin Lizzy, Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Classic rock. Jan 11: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Guild Hall, Preston. Jan 12-13: Annie Meets Danny “La”, Floral Pavilion, New Brighton.

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. . .oh yes it is! Jan 12: The Johnny Cash Story, The Lowry, Manchester. Tribute show. Jan 12: Paul Carrack, The Lowry, Manchester. Live music. Jan 14-15: The Richard Thompson Band, The Lowry, Manchester. Live music Jan 15: Fireman Sam Live, Grand Theatre, Blackpool. Children’s show. Jan 16: Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, The Lowry, Manchester. Tribute band Jan 17-22: Monty Python’s Spamalot, Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Comedy musical Jan 18-Jan 22: Les Miserables School Edition , The Brindley, Runcorn Jan 19-22: Cinderella, The Lowry, Manchester. Performed by the Birmingham Royal Ballet Jan 20: Tom Wrigglesworth’s Nightmare Dreamwedding, The Lowry, Manchester. Award-winning comedy. Jan 20: Eyes Front, Octagon Theatre, Bolton. Featuring Isla St Clair Jan 20-22: Alice in Wonderland, Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. Jan 21-Feb 26: Calender Girls, Palace Theatre, Manchester. Comedy drama. Jan 21: Abba Magic, Octagon Theatre, Bolton. Abba tribute band. Jan 21: The One-To-One Show, The Lowry, Manchester. Starring Gyles Brandreth Jan 22: Mean Fiddler Presents... Bleakhill & Guests (Alternative Rock), St Helens Citadel. Alternative rock. Jan 24: Sally Morgan, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. Psychic Jan 25: European Union Chamber Orchestra, Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Classical live music.

Jan 25: Ani DiFranco, The Lowry, Manchester. Live music. Jan 26-Jan 29: April in Paris, Charter Theatre, Preston. Comedy. Jan 26: The Circus of Horrors, Venue Cymru, Llandudno. ‘Bizarre & beautiful’ circus performance . Jan 26: Brendan Cole Live & Unjudged, Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl.Dance. Jan 26: Sally Morgan, Palace Theatre, Manchester. Live psychic performance. Jan 27: Elvis Live in Concert, Palace Theatre, Manchester. Starring Lee ‘Memphis’ King. Tribute. Jan 29: Tonight’s Gonna Be A Good Night, Palace Theatre, Manchester. Dance, drama and music by youngsters from 4-20. Jan 27: Sally Morgan, Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl. Psychic. Jan 27: Brendan Cole Live and Unjudged (Dance and Entertainment), Floral Pavilion, New Brighton Jan 27: Variety Show, The Brindley, Runcorn. Claire House fundraiser. Jan 27: Beyond the Barricade, Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Songs from the west end. Jan 28: Max Boyce and special guests, Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Live music. Jan 28: Darkside, The Brindley, Runcorn. Pink Floyd Tribute. Jan 29: John Bishop: Sunshine, Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Live stand-up comedy. Jan 29: The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular, Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. Jan 30: They Should Get Out More,

The Lowry, Manchester. Starring comedians Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis Jan 30: Russel Kane, The Lowry, Manchester. Live comedy Jan 31: Milton Jones: Lion Whisperer, The Lowry, Manchester. Live performance. Feb 1: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Guild Hall, Preston. Feb 1-5: Mathew Bourne’s Cinderella, Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. A 1940s version of Cinderella. Feb 2-Feb 3: The Saturdays, Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl. Pop. Feb 2: Shakespeare4Kidz A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. Feb 3-Feb 13: The Ciggie Run, Theatre Royal, St Helens. Comedy Feb 3-Mar 5: Romeo & Juliet, Octagon Theatre, Bolton. Shakespearian love story. Feb 3: The Christians, The Lowry, Manchester. Live music Feb 4: Fairport Convention, Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Live music. Feb 5: Happy Faces, Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Family music Feb 5: Battle of the Bands, Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Live music (16 and over). Feb 5: Zoe Lyons Cloudbusting, The Brindley, Runcorn. Live stand-up comedy. Feb 5: The Magic of Motown, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. Feb 5: Back For Good, Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. Take That tribute Feb 6: Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra, Venue Cymru, Llandudno.

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BIG welcome to our third ScreenTEST, the column in which we take a look back at some classic pieces of cinema. This issue is concerned with the original film in George Lucas’s epic space-opera, Star Wars. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope was released in 1977, after many years of planning, changing and editing. Lucas had said he wanted to redefine the sci-fi genre, and he certainly succeeded. The compelling characters and plot made for a thoroughly enjoyable two hours. This film receives a well deserved nine out of ten. As always, here are a few questions about the film to get your memory rolling. 1) Who directed the film? 2) Who plays Luke

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DaDaFest just gets better and better THIS year’s DaDaFest – the world’s largest disability and Deaf arts festival – attracted talent from across the world. Highlights of the annual festival included Beyond Sight, an exhibition of photography by visually-impaired people from India, and a performance and workshop by Krip Hop Nation, an international collective of disabled hip hop artists. This was the second time DaDaFest has had an international flavour. Ruth Gould, the festival’s creative director, said its growing success and reputation meant that other countries – such as South Africa, India and Sri Lanka – were now interested in importing the DaDaFest concept. There are plans, too, for part of the 2012 festival to take place in the two August weeks between the London Olympics and Paralympics. Discussions are also taking place over DaDaFest artists appearing in Rio around the time of the 2016 Paralympics. n Contact: DaDa, tel 0151 707 1733 www.dadafest2010.co.uk

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TWO key members of Warrington Disability Partnership were singled out by judges at the Wire FM Awards. Brun Corbishley, pictured left, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work over the past 30 years in the voluntary and community sectors, and Rachael Johnston, right, was presented with the Heart of Gold Award for her efforts in raising awareness around disability and eating disorders. Jayne Horton, WDP’s chief officer, said: “Brun and Rachael dedicate their lives to supporting disabled people, their families and carers.”

A NEW website allows lovers of the great outdoors with mobility or visual problems to decide in advance if a countryside route is suitable for them. The Fieldfare Trust’s ‘Phototrails’ site has images and path descriptions – taking in surface, width, gradients, barriers and amenities such as seats, disabled parking, and toilets. The Fieldfare Trust has included more than 60 sites across the UK – and will regularly be adding new ones. Andy Johnson, director of the Fieldfare Trust, said: “We hope Phototrails will help people of all abilities to make their own choices about where to go to explore and enjoy the countryside. Good access to the countryside needs to be matched by great information about that access!” n www.phototrails.org

ACCESS to railway stations in Wales is “unacceptable”, with more than half of the 221 stations not fully accessible, according to a new eport. The report by the Welsh assembly’s equality of opportunity committee said there were “significant shortcomings” in access, with a third of stations having no wheelchair access to platforms and 89% of stations having no wheelchair-accessible toilets. But the report fails to recommend a full upgrading of all stations, because it says the cost would be prohibitively expensive, and instead recommends a process of prioritisation. The report also warns there has been a failure by industry and government to reach a consensus on what level of accessibility to aim for.

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OUNG artists from The Ella Performance group put on a great show at the Northwest Positive Action Awards’ presentation night – and were then called up on stage again to collect a prize! They were among 15 award winners at the star spangled event, organised by Warrington Disability Partnership, at the Stobart Stadium, Widnes. Dave Thompson, chair of WDP, said: “Thanks to the continuing support of the Northwest Development Agency we have developed an award scheme that during the past seven years has enabled us to acknowledge the work of nearly 100 businesses and individuals that are making a real difference right here in the North West. “They include small businesses that have made changes to their services to accommodate the needs of disabled customers, large nationally recognised employers who are delivering fantastic support to disabled employees, individuals who have dedicated their lives to enabling disabled people to become more independent, a team of volunteers that have preserved a heritage site and made it accessible for all – and local organisations that are managed by disabled people and carers promoting empowerment.” Steven Broomhead, NWDA chief executive, said: “People with a disability make a valuable economic contribution to our region and it is vital that we recognise this and create an environment that allows them to fulfil their potential. These awards are recognition of those who are making a real difference in our region.” n Nominations for the 2011 awards can be made online at: www.positiveactionawards.org.uk or via Warrington Disability Partnership: Tel 01925 240064 TAKE ME HOME!

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Travel troubles tackled The ski to success DISABLED holidaymakers are to get a better deal thanks to a new training course for people working in the travel industry. Accessible Travel Made Easy, set up by ABTA and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, provides a step-by-step online guide, covering the whole customer journey. Mark Tanzer, ABTA chief executive, said: “This training will really help the industry to understand a wide range of disabilities and how simple changes to behaviours and procedures can give all our customers access to a positive travelling experience.” n www.accessibletravelmadeeasy.com

MANCHESTER’S indoor snow centre, Chill Factore, won the Tourism for All prize at the Northwest Tourism Awards. Chill Factore’s chief executive, Stephen Evans said: “It is a particular honour to be recognised for the efforts our instructors go to in order to ensure those with disabilities enjoy a first-class ski experience.” The specially trained instructors provide adaptive skiing for individuals and groups of any age with any disability, including physical, sensory and learning difficulties. A full range of adaptive ski equipment is also available. n Chill Factore: Tel 0161 749 2222. www.chillfactore.com

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activities and themes. There’s a really good mix of breaks from opera to driving and walking in Austria to sun in Tunisia. “A Vitalise Holiday really is a holiday with a difference and we’ve received glowing reviews from visually impaired and sighted holidaymakers alike about the range of amazing destinations and activities on offer. “So if you would like to try something new, enjoy meeting people and have a sense of

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humour then we’d love to hear from you.” The charity is also offering “gentle introductions” for first-time sighted holidaymakers on special training days in London and the Lake District. Sessions cost £25 and participants receive a £25 discount voucher off their first holiday. Special activities ‘taster’ weekends in the Lake District for those who want to try their hand at walking, tandem cycling and canoeing before committing to longer holidays are also being arranged. n Readers wanting to know more can call 0845 330 0149 or email viholidays@vitalise.org.uk The Vitalise brochure can be viewed online at www.vitalise.org.uk/holidays

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ISCOUNTED holidays are being offered to those who can accompany groups of blind people on UK and overseas’ adventures. National charity Vitalise want to hear from sighted people who can help visually impaired holidaymakers take part in all kinds of exciting activities including skiing, tandem cycling, touring car driving, bushcraft and trekking, as well as ballroom dancing, music appreciation, historic city breaks and holistic therapy. Overseas destinations include Nepal, Borneo, China and Tunisia, Iceland, Istanbul, Bulgaria, Lapland and the Baltic. Vitalise Holidays manager Clare Stephens said: “I’m really excited about our programme for spring 2011, with such a wide selection of

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Holiday Breaks in the Lakes near Keswick Self catering apartments for 2-6 people. Specially designed with the wheelchair in mind. No steps. Beautiful views in a superb location. Friendly owners in residence. Open all year.

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PARTY at the Bond Hotel Blackpool, where the great fun atmosphere is a very popular choice for many of our guests. The hotel has 65 bedrooms, most of which are wheelchair-accessible, and all the extra facilities that you might require during your stay. With great food, and nightly entertainment, this hotel offers the perfect Blackpool holiday!

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RELAX in our sophisticated new hotel in St Annes. Recently refurbished to the highest possible standard, this stylish 26-room hotel overlooks the sea, and offers a choice of luxurious wheelchair-accessible accommodation - from single rooms up to 3-room suites. The new Bond Hotel, St Annes is the ideal venue for those looking for the chance to unwind in style. ENJOY our de-luxe holiday homes at scenic Marton Mere. If you would prefer a self-catering break, these superbly appointed holiday homes could be just the thing. They sleep up to six, have central heating and all mod cons, are fully accessible, and overlook the beautiful lake and wildlife area at this popular resort.

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LUXURY travel wherever you choose to stay, you will have access to Bond Accessible Coaches Ltd who will pick you up and take you home at very reasonable prices So come and explore a whole world of special holidays for very special guests. Whether it's a week with the stars of “Coronation Street or Emmerdale”, a break on a nature reserve, or a luxury room with a great sea view, we can provide it - and at a great price too!

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(text). www.motability.co.uk n National Association of Bikers with a Disability, Tel. 0870 759 0603. www.nabd.org.uk n Disabled Motorcyclists Association, Tel. 0161 214 8314, 07947 138303. www.thedma.org.uk

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More city parking spaces GOOD NEWS is on the way for disabled motorists visiting Liverpool. Eighty-five new city centre Blue Badge parking spaces including 18 spaces in three separate bays in Bold Street - are being proposed by Liverpool Corporate Access Forum. The proposed locations, which will be in use next spring, include: Brook Street, 32; Park Lane, 8 (3 bays); Highfield Street, 2; Marybone, 6; Skelhorn Street, 2 (2 bays); Crown Street, 7 (2 bays); Prescot Street, 4; Epworth Street, 2; Vernon Street, 2; Renshaw Street, 4; Bold Street, 18 (3 bays); Newington (Renshaw Street end), 1; Newington (Bold Street end), 2; Old Haymarket, 3; Moorfields, 9 (3 bays); Brunswick Street, 1; Water Street, 12 (2 bays).

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OR MONTHS now the news has been filled with announcements of reforms to the welfare state, focusing on one issue, making work pay. So where does this leave those of us with disabilities or caring responsibilities? For many disabled people and carers, work is simply not possible, and for many more who would like to do some work, part time, the inflexibility of the benefits system, lack of access, lack of appropriate care packages, vital equipment and the attitude of employers present seemingly insurmountable barriers. The new Universal Credit is designed to address this lack of flexibility but does not offer any solutions to the other obstacles. At a time when cuts are being applied to all areas of public spending, social care will be further rationed and expensive support packages even more of a fight to achieve. This contradiction has been highlighted by the recent case of Jane Cordell. A high flying diplomat praised for her work

championing disability rights in Poland and with an excellent work record, Ms Cordell, who is profoundly deaf, was offered the post of deputy ambassador to Kazakhstan. However the offer was then withdrawn by the Foreign Office on the grounds that the cost of the lip readers she needed was ‘simply unreasonable’. Despite concerns from the Equality and Human Rights Commission that such a ruling would make it impossible for disabled people to progress as far in their careers as those who do not need adaptations, an employment tribunal has ruled that the Foreign Office was right to withdraw Ms Cordell’s posting on the grounds of cost. To me, as a disabled person, this seems a bizarre contradiction. One part of government is vehement in its attempts to push disabled people to work, whilst another part of that same government is sending the clear message that no matter how skilled the candidate they can be refused jobs on the grounds of cost.

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A Garfield B Chester C Sylvester D Bagpuss QUESTION 3 – for 3 points: What is a cygnet? A A ring with a seal B The initials of a name C A young swan D A small cigar QUESTION 4 – for 4 points: By what name is the game of noughts and crosses known in the USA? A Checkers B Tic-tac-toe C Hash D OXO QUESTION 5 – for 5 points: Which of the following is called pennyroyal? A An 18th century window tax B A spiced boiled sweet C A type of herb D An early children’s comic QUESTION 6 – for 6 points: What is the capital city of Jamaica? A B C D

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Word Wizard No 1 is correct. A pattle is spade. Dialling Codes 1. platinum; tungsten; zirconium; iodine; mercury; iron; chlorine; uranium; gold; hydrogen; sulphur; aluminium. 2. dormouse; squirrel; porcupine; hamster; muskrat; vole; guinea pig; chinchilla; shrew; water rat; coypu; beaver. 3. prawn crackers; spare ribs; chicken chow mein; pancake rolls; special fried rice; sweet and sour pork. 4. paddle steamer; hydrofoil; icebreaker; riverboat; cruise liner; punt; aircraft carrier; catamaran; freighter.

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Programmes for better prospects... Will I get help finding work?

Dad’s ‘gift’ for students EDUCATION . . . TRAINING . . . JOBS . .

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Thinking about...

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Let Liverpool Community College equip you with the skills employers want If you are unemployed, recently made redundant or ready to start work we can improve your chances of success in the current job market Let us prepare you for work with relevant training and help match your skills to current vacancies in security, hospitality, business administration, care, retail, and many more. We also provide training in how to set up your own business For further information contact:

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Mr Leech fought for two and a half years for a change in the rules after his daughter Melissa was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma aged 20. Now a change in benefit law means students who suspend their course due to serious illness or disability will be eligible to claim Employment Support Allowance (ESA). Mr Leech started his campaign when he found that his daughter – forced to take time out from her studies at Aston University – was not entitled to claim income support (now ESA) because she was able to access a student loan, which was deemed income. Melissa died in 2008, but Ian continued to battle for a change to the law on behalf of other students with serious illnesses. Mr Leech says: “It was five months before Melissa finally received any sort of benefit. People told her to give up her course, or use her student loan, but why should students have to use a loan, which is meant to fund education, to support them while they recover from a lifethreatening illness? “Mel was treated in Nottingham, 35 miles from home, which meant our petrol bills soared to £100 a week. Were it not for CLIC Sargent, Macmillan and other

charities supporting us with grants to meet the extra costs, we would have been in danger of financial ruin.” Dara de Burca, Director of Services at CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity, said: “This change to benefit law will make a real difference to the lives of students with cancer and other illnesses, and Mr Leech should be really proud of what he has achieved on behalf of his daughter Mel. “Money may seem unimportant when a child is diagnosed with cancer, but the

extra costs that arise can be significant. “Our research shows that around eight out of 10 families that we support need help claiming benefits, and as many as nine out of 10 need financial help. “That’s why CLIC Sargent provides financial help, as well as emotional, practical and medical support, to help reduce the impact cancer has on the lives of children, young people and their families.” n CLIC Sargent: Tel. 020 8752 2812. www.clicsargent.org.uk


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N EXCITING new course for anyone interested in developing their cooking skills to restaurant standard is about to be open at Liverpool Community College. And running it will be the Claire Lara, the college’s TV star lecturer and this year’s winner of the highly regarded BBC cookery programme, Masterchef: The Professionals. The Michelin Star trained chef will pass on skills she has learned over the years in the Leisure Cooking & Dinner Party Fine Dining course.

Claire, 30, who teaches a variety of catering courses to students at the Duke Street campus, became the competition’s first female winner. As well as teaching, Claire has many years of industry experience and has worked for some of Liverpool’s top restaurants. She also worked with judge chef, Michel Roux Jnr’s father Albert in a Michelin-starred restaurant in France. “I am proud of what I have achieved. It’s great to highlight that teachers really do have the skills,

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HE NATIONAL employment charity St Loye’s Foundation has opened a new office in Warrington, bringing its unique services to the North West. With more than 70 years experience, St Loye’s helps people with disabilities or long term health issues find and sustain work. The new Warrington office offers a wide variety of training courses that provide the vocational skills needed to gain lasting employment. These include IT and web design, health and social care, health and safety, security and a variety of construction skills. Regional manager

TOP COOK: Learn Claire’s secrets ability and flair to educate the next generation of chefs. “I hope my success will be an inspiration to my students and give them the drive and determination to go and achieve their own success.” Claire, who is due to give birth in the next few weeks, found out she was pregnant after filming for the show ended. n Claire’s seven-week evening course costs £290. Full details from www.liv-coll.ac.uk or by calling the course information line on 0151 252 3000.

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Suzanne Geoghegan said: “The charity has been hugely successful in the south west of England and Wales, so now we look forward to replicating that success here in the North West. “With our wide range of courses there is something for everyone.” Head of programmes at St Loye’s, Jack Harland, said: “This is a great moment for St Loye’s as we move into a new area. “We are delighted with the variety of our training opportunities and look forward to improving the job prospects of many people in the North West.” One person whose life has

changed for the better after coming to St Loye’s is Stephen Lay. After suffering a neck injury Stephen experienced long term unemployment but after taking several driving related courses, he has now found work with a vehicle breakdown rescue service. Stephen said: “Apart from providing the necessary technical training, they also helped me to overcome the emotional and confidence barriers that so easily build up in a situation like mine. It is the best thing that has happened to me.” n Contact Suzanne Geoghegan, tel 01925 413421.

A MAN who cannot read or write is now working for a Michelin-starred chef. John Mitchell, 51, was born with learning disabilities and has had to work harder than most to achieve his dreams. His journey to independent living started when he took part in an initiative to help people with learning disabilities acquire skills needed in day-to-day life. The Move On programme was created by staff at Rowlands Lodge, a supported housing scheme in Chester for people with learning disabilities run by Muir Group Housing Association, where John was living. Now the hard work has paid off. John beat 400 candidates – including university graduates – to the job of kitchen porter at Chester’s newest hotel ABode. Landing the job could be his first step on the way to fulfilling his ambition of one day managing his own restaurant. And who better to learn the ropes from than Stuart Collins, the executive chef at ABode Chester, home to Michael Caines restaurant and being able to take

NICE WORK: John Mitchell inspiration from Michael Caines – a Michelin starred chef – who is the Food and Beverage Director at ABode hotels. “I work alongside Michael if the chef’s on holiday,” said John. “I would like to work my way up the ladder and become a chef’s assistant, and eventually I would love to have my own place with my name above the door. John, who now lives independently in a Chester flat, added: “I love my job and I have made lots of new friends.”


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Key in your questions! A SYSTEM to help patients understand their surgery and aftercare has won a national award. The programme was developed to help head and neck cancer patients get the most from their clinic visits. It won the ‘Best use of IT in-patient and citizen involvement in healthcare’ category for Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at the E-Health Insider awards. A touch screen tablet with questions is given to patients prior to their consultation. Volunteers help patients fill out the ‘patient concerns inventory’, getting them to think practically about the information and support they need during their consultation from the nurses, doctors and other support services. Professor Simon Rogers, a consultant surgeon at the Trust, said: “Head and neck cancer treatment is often very complex so having some thinking time and using prompts to get information helps us give a better service.” Professor Simon Rogers

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Welcome to the world, Harrison WYTHENSHAWE hospital has welcomed its 250th water baby into the world. Harrison Atherton weighed in at 9lb, and was born in one of the hospital’s new birthing pools, part of a multi-million pound refurbishment and expansion of services for women and children. The pools are large and comfortable while the rooms include ensuite facilities, a wide-screen TV, kitchenette, ambient lighting and plenty of room to walk around in. Just hours after having Harrison, Naomi was discharged and ready to go home. Suzi Brown, the midwife who cared for Naomi and helped to deliver Harrison,

said: “The pools allow women to have an intervention-free natural birth where they receive one-to-one care and can go home within hours. “Naomi did really well today and Harrison is just beautiful. I’m really glad that both of them enjoyed the experience and are doing so well.” The hospital’s women’s and maternity centre is currently undergoing a £20 million upgrade and expansion. The three-year multi-million pound scheme, which started last year, will provide a new women’s ward, a new midwife-led unit, a larger and totally refurbished neonatal unit and delivery suite, plus more birthing pools and improvements to the antenatal area.

Don’t miss E XPERTS at an acclaimed breast cancer treatment unit have warned women could be putting themselves in danger by ignoring invitations for routine screenings. A 10-minute screening is the best way of detecting cancer early so that treatment can be at its most effective yet many women fail to attend them, says consultant radiologist Dr Rani Thind of the renowned Burney Breast Unit at St Helens Hospital. Invitations are sent by local breast care services to women aged between 50 and 70, living in St Helens, Knowsley and Halton, every three years. The Burney unit detects and treats over 200 cases of breast cancer a year. Dr Thind said: “Routine breast screening really does save lives. It is highly effective in detecting a cancer early, often when it is quite small, and it can mean that treatment to remove the cancer is less severe and more successful. “The screening is done by performing a mammogram which is an x-ray of the breasts. It is a simple and quite painless process, which takes 10 minutes. These x-rays are examined by our team of experts and results sent to the patients, within just two weeks. “Women who receive an invitation to attend a routine screening should not pass up the opportunity. It could save your life.” Nearly 46,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK – equivalent to one person every 11 minutes.


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SPLASHING OUT: Everton FC hero Mikel Arteta and volunteers at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

LEFT: Dr Rani Thind, consultant radiologist and lead for breast screening, views x-rays taken using the state-ofthe-art mammograms at the Burney Breast Unit

RIGHT: staff from the Burney Breast Unit, the Lilac Centre and the Macmillan Cancer Support Information Centre at St Helens Hospital took part in the national ‘Wear it Pink Day’ to raise money for breast cancer research

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New trials could mean even better outlook RESEARCHERS are preparing to launch a £1.6m trial of new imaging technology to see if it might be better at screening breast cancer. Around 7,000 women in Manchester, Aberdeen, Glasgow, London and Guildford will be invited to take part in the three-year study which will test a technique called digital breast tomosynthesis or DBT.

REMIERSHIP footballer Mikel Arteta turned painter and decorator for the day to help a top children’s hospital. The Everton midfield star took part in a day of volunteering at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, in Liverpool. Arteta and members of staff from Alder Hey joined helpers from ACC Liverpool, home to the Echo Arena and BT Conference Centre, in painting the hospital’s Oasis restaurant a nice shade of – well, blue obviously! “There are so many volunteers down here working and they are doing a great job,” said Mikel. “I had fun. It is a great hospital.” Denise Barrett-Baxendale, chief executive of Everton in the Community, the charity arm of the football club, said: “Support from businesses like ACC Liverpool is vital to our success and we were delighted to have Mikel and so many enthusiastic helping hands.” Louise Shepherd, Alder Hey chief executive, added: “It was fantastic to see so many volunteers all helping us to make our restaurant service better for our patients and families. “I would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers, along with our own staff, who have helped to create such a brilliant new area for our patients and families to enjoy. The difference they have made in such a short space of time is testament to all their efforts – and it was great to see Mikel Arteta getting stuck in too!” It wasn’t just Alder Hey that benefited from the ACC Liverpool day of volunteering. More staff were deployed to other Everton in the Community programmes, from helping at the Whitechapel Centre for homeless people through to attending the paddocks at Beechley Stables in Calderstones Park.

Currently, screening X-rays take 2D images of the breast but the new technique will allow clinicians to see a 3D image. Professor Fiona Gilbert, leading the study at the University of Aberdeen, said: “Standard mammography takes 2D images – one view from above and one from the side of the breast. But

overlapping tissue can make it difficult to see cancers or sometimes makes normal tissue appear to be abnormal. “If you can see the breast in 3D this will hopefully make cancers more visible. And if you have a better view of the breast, it might also reduce the number of women recalled for further tests due to false alarms.”

hear from readers about your experiences of NHS services. n They also want any ideas or suggestions that could improve treatment and care for others. n Please send your comments to: Communications Team, FREEPOST, NHS North West, 3 Piccadilly Place, Central Manchester, M1 3BN.

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Look after yourself this winter

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Natasha backs breastfeeding campaign CELEBRITY mum Natasha Hamilton is urging businesses to help make breastfeeding more accessible by signing up to Liverpool’s Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme. The initiative, which has been developed by Liverpool Primary Care Trust and Liverpool City Council, asks shops, cafes and restaurants to ensure that breastfeeding is accepted in all public areas, and breastfeeding mothers are not asked to stop or leave. Businesses who sign up are given a sticker to display in their window. Mum-of-three Natasha, whose little boy Alfie was born in June, said: “As a mum who has breastfed, I know how intimidating and selfconscious it can be to breastfeed in public places, especially if you’re doing it for the first time.”

‘So many barriers’ The singer-songwriter, who will be starring in the West End production of Blood Brothers in the New Year, added: “All mums know that you cannot predict or choose when your baby will become hungry, and sometimes it’s necessary to feed your child in public. “I really welcome this scheme because there are often so many barriers to getting out of the house when you have a new baby, but this removes one of them.” The Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme is part of a wider Breast Milk, It’s Amazing campaign that is bidding to improve breastfeeding figures across Merseyside. n www.amazingbreastmilk.nhs.uk

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EARNING some simple ways to look after yourself at home could save you a trip to the GP – or even a stay in hospital. It’s thought that if more people took steps to treat themselves when they fell ill it would be possible to reduce GP visits by 40%, accident and emergency visits by up to 50% and potentially half the amount of time spent in hospital. With winter on our doorsteps and the growing pressure on health services, Liverpool Primary Care Trust (PCT) is encouraging people with everyday minor illnesses to treat themselves at home. Dr Rob Barnett, secretary of the Local Medical Committee said: “If you have a long-term condition, like asthma, MS or a heart condition, please check with your GP to see if you’re eligible for the seasonal flu jab, and if you are prescribed repeat medication we advise you to make sure that you’re well stocked as it can be easy to run out during the winter and Christmas period. “The majority of patients will recover from illnesses like vomiting, diarrhoea, heavy colds, coughs and other winter viruses within a week, by ensuring they get plenty of bed rest and drinking lots of fluids. Symptoms can be eased with over-the-counter medicines, under the direction of your pharmacist.

Key places to get help PHARMACIES – for advice on common winter illnesses, and the best medicines to treat them. To find your nearest pharmacy log on to www.nhs.uk or text pharmacy to 64746. NHS Direct – for absolutely any health questions, around the clock, and to find local services – 0845 46 47. NHS Choices – to check symptoms, get answers to common health questions, enquire about non-urgent health matters and find local services – www.nhs.uk “If we can encourage more people to treat themselves for common complaints, at home with the help of their pharmacist, NHS Direct and the NHS Choices website this will go some way to easing the pressures on our care services. However, if you have a longterm condition we know that common illnesses can complicate existing symptoms and it’s important to seek help from your GP if you’re concerned.” Bruce Prentice has been a

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community pharmacist for over 25 years. He now works with the local NHS to support pharmacists and help them deliver services to Liverpool patients. “We see ourselves as part of the NHS team. Local pharmacists can do so much more these days than just give out prescriptions. We are highly-qualified, with in-depth knowledge about prescription and over-the-counter medicines. We also have the time and expertise to help

patients on a range of issues, including health checks for blood pressure and diabetes. We offer free medicine check ups and help patients stop smoking, as well as new services such as chlamydia testing and treatment.” “Most pharmacies have a confidential consulting room, which is readily available for anyone who requires more privacy or feels uncomfortable discussing their needs in front of other patients. All consultations are completely free and a pharmacist will only recommend medicines that will ease your symptoms.” “Also, patients who do not pay for their prescriptions could save themselves a trip to their GP by using the Care at the Chemist scheme. “We see a great deal of patients across Merseyside who make an appointment with their doctor when they need over the counter remedies for coughs, colds and flu – by registering for Care at the Chemist they could get these remedies direct from their local pharmacy for free. “Anyone registered with a Liverpool GP can register for the scheme – and if you are exempt from prescription charges, you may be eligible to receive an over-thecounter medicine free of charge where treatment is required. Just ask your local pharmacist.”

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Bone treatment boon

Warning: Eat greens!

NEW work by scientists is expected to lead to advances in the treatment and management of osteoporosis – or brittle bone disease. A method for identifying which bones have a high risk of fracture, and for monitoring the effectiveness of new bone-strengthening drugs and techniques, has been developed at the University of Cambridge. The method, developed by Dr Graham Treece of the Department of Engineering and Dr Ken Poole of the Department of Medicine, uses CT imaging to accurately measure the thickness of the cortical bone – the hard outer layer of compact bone which surrounds the spongy trabecular bone. The thickness of cortical bone is a key indicator of the risk of fracture.

YOUNG adults who smoke, drink and eat low levels of fruit and vegetables are at higher risk of contracting cancers of the mouth, oesophagus and larynx. Research has revealed these factors remain the major triggers of the diseases which kill over 100,000 people across Europe and 10,000 in the UK alone, each year. Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Aberdeen, Gary Macfarlane who led the study said: “Cancers of the upper aero-digestive tract are on the increase throughout the world and to date the increases have been greatest in young adults under the age of 50. “We have witnessed a doubling of oral cancer rates in 40-49 year old men in the UK over the last 20 years.”

Pancreas hope

New artificial organ could help so many with diabetes

BREAKTHROUGH: Professor Joan Taylor with her new device that could revolutionise people’s lives

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N ARTIFICIAL organ, developed in the UK, could revolutionise the treatment of diabetes. Professor Joan Taylor claims her device could put an end to daily injections diabetics have to endure to regulate their glucose levels, and reduce complications like blindness and kidney failure. Glucose levels are normally controlled by the hormone insulin, released by the pancreas when required. People who have diabetes either do not produce insulin, do not produce enough insulin or the insulin they do produce does not work properly. The new artificial pancreas is made of a metal casing containing a supply of insulin kept in place by a gel barrier. When the body’s glucose levels drop, the gel barrier starts to liquefy and lets insulin out. The insulin feeds into the veins around the gut then into the vein to the liver, mimicking the normal process for a person with a healthy pancreas. As the insulin lowers the glucose level in the body, the gel reacts by hardening again and stopping the supply. This means the right amount of insulin is released automatically when the body needs it, putting an end to daily injections and guesswork often involved for diabetics when trying to control blood glucose levels, said Prof Taylor, of Leicester’s De Montfort University. The artificial pancreas, which is currently undergoing pre-clinical trials, would be implanted between the lowest rib and the hip and topped up with insulin every few weeks.

What Diabetes UK say about it VICTORIA King, head of research at leading health charity, Diabetes UK said: “Some people with diabetes already use an insulin pump, which removes the need for a daily series of injections, but they still have to test their blood glucose levels frequently

and work out the amount of insulin to take. “This new device, once developed and tested, could take things a stage further and, although clearly at an early stage, could potentially prove to be an exciting development in improving diabetes management for some

Prof Taylor said: “I realised that I could use a certain protein to make a gel that would react with glucose. “When exposed to the body fluid around the internal organs, the gel reacts according to the amount of glucose present. “High levels cause the gel to soften and release insulin into the blood stream, once the glucose levels return to normal the nature of the gel causes it to re-solidify, perfectly controlling the insulin dose. “The device will not only remove the need

people. However it will be some time before this will be available. “Effective diabetes control is crucial in preventing the life-changing complications associated with the condition such as blindness, cardiovascular disease, amputation and kidney failure.”

to to manually inject insulin, but will also ensure that perfect doses are administered each and every time. “By controlling blood glucose so effectively, we should be able to help reduce related health problems.” If successful, the device would be a simple and cheap solution to the problem facing all diabetics, she said. Clinical trials are expected to start within the next few years. If trials prove positive the device could be available in five to 10 years.

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S ONE year closes and another begins it’s always good to step back and reflect on what has occurred, learn from it and move forward having benefited from the experience. If one thing is certain, it is that we can’t change the past; but we can influence the future – and that’s what we are trying to do with our mental health and learning disability services. After many years of planning, with contributions from service users, carers, staff and our partners in mental health care on Merseyside, we recently received the news that approval for two of our flagship inpatient projects has been given by all three primary care trusts in Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley. One in six people currently has a mental health problem and while most are supported and live in the community, some of those in most distress need in-patient care. These new units will replace old and unfit buildings in Liverpool and Aintree. New facilities at Edge Lane and Walton are close to the communities they serve and these units will add to the vibrant development of Liverpool. Research shows emphatically that staff work far more effectively and people recover more quickly in attractive and therapeutic environments, something which our older buildings are unable to provide.

Bigger picture This will be a great start to the year. Construction gets under way in 2011 and the units due to open by 2013. While this is good news, it is just one part of a bigger picture. We have developed a five-year plan to maintain and improve mental health care services during difficult economic times ahead. Inevitably this will mean change such as moving sites and people, doing things in different ways, and changing community services too, but the focus must be always to improve the patient experience. And on that note I leave you with the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in TAKE ME HOME! the world.”

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20,000 ways to help you remain independent DID YOU know there are over 20,000 products on the market designed to assist disabled and older people? If you need equipment to help you stay independent how do you make the right choice? Disabled Living Centres provide independent information and advice and the opportunity to see and try a

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vast range of products with the aid of expert advisors From beds to bath aids, showers to stair lifts, local Disabled Living Centres provide equipment info helplines. So for information on equipment and how to get it contact your local Disabled Living Centre. Many

products can be provided free on loan through local Community Equipment Services. All Together Now! has teamed up with Liverpool Disabled Living Centre to help readers of all ages and abilities stay independent. If you have a question contact the team on 0151 296 7742. Minicom: 0151 296 7748.

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OOKING for a Christmas gift for someone with hearing problems? You might find just the right thing in the new free catalogue of products from RNID, the UK charity taking action on hearing loss. Bigger and better than ever, the new ‘Solutions’ catalogue features over 300 items and 30 brand new products including the range of Sennheiser wireless listeners that help amplify the sound of TV, radio and hi-fis. There’s also a stylish new hearing protection range that offers a selection of earplugs, filters and ear defenders. n For a copy of the Solutions catalogue contact RNID Products: Tel. 01733 361199, textphone 01733 238020 or email support@rnid.org.uk You can also order online at www.rnid.org.uk/hearingsolutions

M Lifehouse is a new approach to providing services for disabled and older people in Liverpool.

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Wheelchair Service 0151 296 7765 Fax:0151 0151296 296 7764 Wheelchair Service Tel: 7765 Assessment for and provision of wheelchairs for people who live in Liverpool. Disabled Living Centre 0151 296 7742 Fax: 0151 296 7743 7748 Disabled Living Centre Tel: 0151 296 7742 Minicom: 0151 296 7744 Moving and Handling Team 0151 296 7750 Fax: 0151 296 7749 Independent information, assessment and advice on choosing daily living equipment and how to get it.

Communication Aids 0151 296 7408 Fax: 0151 296 7764 Moving and Handling Team Tel: 0151 296 7750 Practical advice for disabled people and their carers on moving and handling people. Adaptations Team 0151 296 7757 Fax: 0151 296 7758 Communication Aids Falls Team

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AKING sure you drink enough can be a problem – especially if you are unable to use your arms and hands properly . . . and especially if you go into hospital. Dehydration can often lead to urinary tract infections and constipation. The Hydrant, invented after a stay in hospital by Mark Moran, director of Hydrant for Health Ltd, could be the answer! Simply clip it onto a bed, chair or wheelchair – and you can drink fluids through the attached tube without needing help. The Hydrant was recently awarded Silver Medal in the Nursing Times Product Awards for Dignity and Daily Living. “It’s simply brilliant and brilliantly simple,” says Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who is Patron of the company. We have FIVE Hydrants to

We’ve FIVE Hydrants to give away give away! For your chance of winning this great product just answer this question: Who invented The Hydrant system? Send your entries on the back of a postcard to: Hydrant Competition, All Together NOW! Youens Way, Liverpool L69 3EB. Please tell us where you picked up your copy of the paper – and what you think of it. You can also enter online at www.alltogethernow.org.uk Closing date: Friday January 22. n Hydrate for Health Ltd: Tel. 07813 013779

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TRY a simple inexpensive walking stick strap. These can be used with all sticks. They have an elasticated loop that stretches over the stick and a strap that stays around your wrist.

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Beat the bogus caller

Avoid unwanted visitors this Christmas!

• LOCK Home or away – keep all doors LOCKED • STOP Is anyone EXPECTED? Is the back door LOCKED? • CHAIN Put the CHAIN ON before opening the door • CHECK Ask for caller’s ID card Check it by PHONING 0845 746 2200 Or ask for your PASSWORD

United Utilities is calling on all customers to protect themselves from doorstep criminals this Christmas. Statistics show that around 20 bogus caller crimes are committed every day in the UK, but this might only be 10% of the total that actually take place as victims often feel too embarrassed to report it to the police. Bogus callers often claim that there is an emergency and that they need to check the water supply; they will use this as an opportunity to trick themselves into customers’ homes claiming to be from United Utilities or ‘the water board’. Once inside, they will distract the homeowner while they or an accomplice helps themselves to money and valuables. Genuine United Utilities’ employees always carry an ID card and are happy to show this to you. They will never put pressure on you to get into your home and are happy for you to phone United Utilities

to check their identity. And genuine employees won’t refer to ‘the water board’ as this hasn’t existed for more than 30 years! Bogus callers can be very persuasive, but our advice is to never feel under pressure to let someone into your home. To help you, we operate a ‘password protection’ scheme. Joining the United Utilities password scheme is easy. It takes just one call to 0845 746 1100. We simply need your details and your choice of password. Then, whenever someone claiming to be from United Utilities calls at your home, you can ask them for your password. Only a genuine visitor from United Utilities will know what it is. It’s a simple deterrent that really does work and will give you the confidence to turn people away. Most gas, electricity and telephone companies will operate a similar scheme – see a recent bill for further details and contact numbers.

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Phone firms blasted! PHONE companies are failing to tell prospective customers about the services they provide for disabled people, according to the communications watchdog. Ofcom described the performance of the eight companies -– BT, Orange, O2, TalkTalk, T-Mobile, Virgin Media, Vodafone and 3 – as “fairly poor”, and warned that it could impose heavy fines if they fail to improve. By law, phone companies have to provide a range of services to disabled customers, such as free directory enquiries for those who cannot use a printed version, bills and contracts in accessible formats, access to a text relay service, and priority repairs for customers who depend on a landline because of a health condition or impairment. They must also take reasonable steps to ensure these services are widely publicised. Ofcom plans a further survey, and warned of possible enforcement action if companies fail to improve, which could mean a fine of up to 10 per cent of their turnover.

WINNER of our fantastic autumn gardening competition is Mrs Kapa, who lives in Caldicot Way, Poultonle-Fylde. Mrs Kapa wins a super set of tools, worth £285, from Bulldog’s Premier range. She writes: “I picked up my copy of All Together NOW! at Booths, Lytham. It’s a much needed publication for the WHOLE community.” CHESTER Adult PHAB Social Club hopes its new site, www.chester.phabclub.org, will encourage more local people to get involved in the club’s wide range of events and activities. Contact, tel 01244 678809. WIRRAL’S newly formed Epilepsy Social and Support Group meet at the Bebington Civic Centre every second Wednesday of the month (7pm - 9pm). Contact Dave, tel 07546 747256.

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Jack Hunter-Spivey, pictured with Karen Tonge, chair of Halton Table Tennis Club

NEW school sports competition – involving disabled children – will be trialled across Greater Manchester and eight other regions across England in 2011. The “Olympic and Paralympicstyle” competition will see schools compete against each other in local leagues, with winning athletes and teams qualifying for area finals next summer. The pilots will be used to finalise plans for the first nationwide competition in 2012, which will end with national finals in London’s Olympic Park. Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for culture, Olympics, media and sport, said the competition would spark a

revolution in school sport, and leave a lasting legacy from London 2012. The government has promised a Paralympic element at every level of the competition for young disabled people. A spokeswoman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said: “We are currently in discussions with a wide range of disability partners as we develop the School Olympics and Paralympics to ensure that there is a genuine competitive pathway for young disabled people.” The other areas where the competition will take place are: the Black Country, London, Cornwall, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire and Tyne and Wear.

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Jack’s the lad for ‘Big Society’ TABLE tennis player Jack HunterSpivey has been inspiring staff and pupils at schools across Runcorn and Widnes. Now he’s been honoured at a national event to promote the role of the Prime Minister’s ‘Big Society’. Jack, 15 was presented with Young

Achievers’ Award of the Year, organised by the Royal Society of Public Health. Halton council’s executive board member for children and families, Cllr John Swain, said: “Jack shows that sport is something almost anyone can be involved in and he is an inspiration

to people of all ages.” A pupil at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic College, Widnes, Jack’s recently won the Sainsburys UK School Games Wheelchair Table Tennis event for the second year, and he is now attending elite Paralympic squad sessions.

Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association RGK Super League Dec 4: Aces v Essex Outlaws Stoke Mandeville Sports Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury Dec 4: RGK TCAT Rhinos v Sheffield Steelers - Telford College of Arts and Technology, Telford. Dec 4: Tameside Owls v Capital City RF - West Hill Sports Centre, Stalybridge, Cheshire. Dec 19: Sheffield Steelers v Aces Sports Hall, Spinal Injuries Unit Northern General Hospital, Sheffield. Jan 8: RGK TCAT Rhinos v Knights - Telford College of Arts and Technology, Telford. Jan 9: Tameside Owls v Essex Outlaws - West Hill Sports Centre, Stalybridge, Cheshire. Jan 9: Aces v Knights- Stoke Mandeville Sports Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury Jan 15: Aces v Tameside Owls Stoke Mandeville Sports Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury Jan 15: Knights v Sheffield Steelers - Antrim Leisure Centre, Antrim. Jan 15:RGK TCAT Rhinos v Capital City RF - Telford College of Arts and Technology, Telford. Jan 29: Tameside Owls v RGK TCAT Rhinos - West Hill Sports Centre, Stalybridge, Cheshire. Jan 30: Essex Outlaws v Sheffield

Steelers - Riverside Ice Leisure Centre, Victoria Road, Chelmsford. Jan 30: Capital City RF v Aces

First Division North Dec 4: RGK TCAT Rhinos 2 v Sheffield Steelers 2 - Telford College of Arts and Technology, Telford. Dec 4: RGK TCAT Rhinos 2 v Sheffield Steelers 3 - Telford College of Arts and Technology, Telford. Dec 5: Lothian Phoenix 1 v Celtic Warriors - Bathgate Academy, Edinburgh Road, Bathgate. Dec 18: Celtic Warriors v Lothian Phoenix 1 - Darland Sports Centre, Chester Road, Wrexham. Dec 19: Tameside Owls 2 v Lothian Phoenix 1 - West Hill Sports Centre, Stalybridge, Cheshire. Jan 8: Celtic Warriors v Sheffield Steelers 2 - Darland Sports Centre, Chester Road, Wrexham. Jan 8: Jaguars 1 v RGK TCAT Rhinos 2 - Magnus Sports Centre, Earp Avenue, Newark. Jan 9: Tameside Owls 2 v Sheffield Steelers 2 - West Hill Sports Centre, Stalybridge, Cheshire. Jan 15: Celtic Warriors v Tameside Owls 2- Darland Sports Centre, Chester Road, Wrexham. Jan 15: Jaguars 1 v Lothian Phoenix 1- Magnus Sports Centre, Earp Avenue, Newark.

Jan 16: RGK TCAT Rhinos 2 v Lothian Phoenix 1 - Telford College of Arts and Technology, Telford. Jan 29: Celtic Warriors v Jaguars 1Darland Sports Centre, Chester Road, Wrexham. Jan 29: Tameside Owls 2 v RGK TCAT Rhinos 2 - West Hill Sports Centre, Stalybridge, Cheshire. Jan 30: Lothian Phoenix 1 v Newcastle Eagles 1 - Bathgate Academy, Edinburgh Road, Bathgate.

Division 2 North Dec 5: Bolton Bulls v Liverpool Greenbank 1 - Smithills Sports Centre, Bolton. Dec 5: Leicester Cobras 1 v West of Scotland - Leicester Leys Leisure Centre, Beaumont Way, Leicester. Dec 5: Leeds Spiders v Manchester Mavericks 1 - Morley Leisure Centre, Queensway, Leeds. Dec 12: Derby Wheelblazers v West of Scotland Jan 8: Manchester Mavericks 1 v Furness Falcons - YMCA, Liverpool Road, Manchester. Jan 9: Bolton Bulls v Derby Wheelblazers - Smithills Sports Centre, Bolton. Jan 9: Leicester Cobras 1 v Liverpool Greenbank 1 - Leicester Leys Leisure Centre, Beaumont Way, Leicester. Jan 16: Leeds Spiders v Bolton Bulls

ON THE BALL: GB captain Dave Tweed

GREAT Britain’s amputee footballers took seventh place at the Amputee World Cup in Crespo, Argentina. The squad, which had a bad preparation for the competition, found themselves in the trickier side of the draw. Once through the group stage they faced the top three teams – Argentina, Brazil and eventual winners, Uzbekistan. But they beat the Ukraine, 2-0, in the 7th/8th play off.

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- Morley Leisure Centre, Queensway, Leeds. Jan 16: West of Scotland v Furness Falcons - West Dunbartonshire Council, Play Drome, Clydebank. Jan 16: Derby Wheelblazers v Liverpool Greenbank 1- Derby College, Derby. Jan 29: Liverpool Greenbank 1 v Bolton Bulls - Greenbank Project, Greenbank Lane, Liverpool. Jan 29: Furness Falcons v Derby Wheelblazers - Hoops Basketball Centre, Barrow-in-Furness. Jan 30: West of Scotland v Manchester Mavericks 1 - West Dunbartonshire Council, Play Drome, Clydebank. Jan 30: Leicester Cobras 1 v Leeds Spiders - Leicester Leys Leisure Centre, Beaumont Way, Leicester.

Third Division North: Dec 4: Newcastle Eagles 2 v Vikings 2009 - Percy Hedley School, West Lane, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Dec 5: RGK TCAT Rhinos 3 v Sheffield Steelers 4 - Telford College of Arts and Technology, Telford. Dec 5: Lothian Phoenix 2 v Vikings 2009 - Bathgate Academy, Edinburgh Road, Bathgate. Dec 11: Vikings 2009 v Sheffield Steelers 4 - Lansbury Bridge School, St. Helens.

Dec 19: Sheffield Steelers 4 v Cardinals - Sports Hall, Spinal Injuries Unit, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Jan 8: Jaguars 2 v RGK TCAT Rhinos 3 - Magnus Sports Centre, Earp Avenue, Newark. Jan 9: Stoke Spitfires v Newcastle Eagles 2 - Dimensions Leisure Complex, Scotia Road, Stoke-onTrent. Jan 9: Vikings 2009 v Lothian Phoenix 2 - Lansbury Bridge School, St. Helens. Jan 15: Jaguars 2 v Lothian Phoenix 2- Magnus Sports Centre, Earp Avenue, Newark Jan 16: RGK TCAT Rhinos 3 v Lothian Phoenix 2 - Telford College of Arts and Technology, Telford. Jan 16: Vikings 2009 v Stoke Spitfires - Lansbury Bridge School, St. Helens. Jan 30: Stoke Spitfires v Vikings 2009 - Dimensions Leisure Complex, Scotia Road, Stoke-on-Trent. Jan 30: Lothian Phoenix 2 v Newcastle Eagles 2 -Bathgate Academy, Edinburgh Road, Bathgate.

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Academy boccia players get NW call up CHESHIRE Academy boccia players Tracey Jones and Adam Bloor have been included in Disability Sports England North West team for the national championships in Sheffield. Both qualified following strong finishing positions at the recent regional championships at the Greenbank Academy in Liverpool. Tracey and Adam competed against 80 other players to win qualification in the Learning Disability category. Adam said: “The competition was really tough with some great players. I had to fight for every single point however the hard work and effort has paid off.” Tracey said: “I had a real battle on my hands and I was over the moon when I heard I had got through to the national finals.” Cheshire Academy, tel 01270 255355. email: cheshireacadem@aol.com

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Rugby in chairs! FLYING THE FLAG: The GB wheelchair rugby squad in Canada

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REAT Britain’s wheelchair rugby team are now in sixth place in the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation World Rankings after a very encouraging performance at the World Wheelchair Rugby Championships in Vancouver, Canada. Steve Palmer, captain, said: “It would have been terrific to medal in Vancouver, but we are definitely on track for the 2012 Paralympics. “Our defeats were all by narrow margins, so we’re certainly nipping at the heels of the countries that have previously dominated the sport.” Chief executive David Pond said: “The team had some immensely difficult matches to play, but even against the world leaders, the USA,

WHEELCHAIR rugby is for male and female players who have no or very limited use in all limbs. It is played indoors on a hardwood basketball court between two teams of four players. Combining some elements of basketball, handball, and ice hockey, the sport was created in Manitoba, Canada in1977 by a group of disabled athletes. Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby is hosting a special Powerplay event at Liverpool’s Greenbank Sport Academy on Friday December 10. To find out more email: info@gbwr.org.uk www.gbwr.org.uk

they acquitted themselves well. “The championships also gave them a clear taste of what the competition will be for 2012, which remains our ultimate goal. “It is clear that coach Tom O’Connor’s strategy is starting to pay dividends.” The world championships featured teams from 12 countries - Great

Britain, Canada, New Zealand, USA, Australia, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, Finland and Argentina. The GB team: Jonathan Coggan, Bulbul Hussain, Steve Palmer, Jason Roberts, Andrew Barrow, Alan Ash, Troye Collins, Justin Frishberg, Ross Morrison, Mandip Sehmi and David Anthony.

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TENNIS star Peter Norfolk won his third NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in Amsterdam – and is set to finish 2010 as the year-end world No 1 quad singles player for the sixth time in eight seasons. Norfolk defeated American David Wagner 6-3, 7-6(4) in the final to secure his third NEC Masters crown since 2006. Tennis Foundation national programme coach Stuart Wilkinson said: “Peter battled hard after a less than ideal preparation for this event, but stayed mentally tough to remain unbeaten. It was a really great effort and much deserved.” Meanwhile, Lucy Shuker took sixth place in the women’s singles for the second time in three years. After recording a first-time victory against world No 4 Jiske Griffioen, of the Netherlands, Shuker narrowly missed out on a place in the semi-finals and took on Belgium’s Annick Sevenans in the fifth and six place play-off. The contest was an exact repeat of the fifth and sixth place play-off in 2008 and the result proved to be the same as Sevenans prevailed in three close sets, 7-5, 2-6, 4-6. Elsewhere, Kevin Simpson retained his men’s singles title at the Beit Halochem wheelchair tennis tournament in Israel, giving the Scot his third ITF Futures titles since September. After a first round bye, top seed Simpson won all three of his matches against Israeli opposition in straight sets, clinching the title with a narrow 7-6(3), 6-4 victory over second seed Asaaf Stokol to maintain his ranking on the fringes of the world’s top 40.

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