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Newsletter April 2017 Disabled Living has a Trustee in a High Place! Last week I was delighted be invited to the ceremony for the Installation of Kui Man Gerry Yeung OBE, DL as The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester. Gerry, has been Disabled Living’s President for the last 10 years and has brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our Management Board. Gerry was born in China and came to Manchester as a teenager with his family. He completed his education in the UK and joined the family business, Yang Sing Restaurant at its inception. The success of the restaurant and its great popularity gave him an opportunity to become part of the community of Manchester. Gerry has been actively involved in the commercial, educational, charitable and cultural life of the city of Manchester for many years and was President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Gerry’s networks are vast and over the years he has introduced me to a wide range of influential people to assist me to develop services and support the long term strategic vision I have for Disabled Living. Gerry, very kindly hosts Disabled Living’s Annual General meetings at the Yang Sing, Cathay in the Trafford Centre, Manchester and I am sure those of you who have attended our AGM, will agree the food is of the finest quality – a little like Gerry!

Photo: Debra Evans, Chief Executive with Gerry Yeung OBE.

Listening to Young Disabled Children! Would you like guidance on listening to young disabled children? The National Children's Bureau and the Council for Disabled Children have published an updated leaflet on good listening practice. Find out more and download the leaflet (PDF) here:

Disabled Living Supplier Directory To compliment the launch of the new Disabled Living websites, we have also redesigned the Disabled Living Supplier Directory. The Directory provides information about companies and organisations that provide equipment, products and services to support disabled children, adults and older people. Access to the supplier directory is via the Disabled Living Website. This month we welcome the following companies to the Supplier Directory

You can visit our supplier directory via our website: For more information contact Disabled Living: Tel: 0161 607 8200 Email:

Are you looking for a Career change? Job Opportunity Adult Continence Nurse

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic nurse to join the team at Bladder and Bowel UK (formerly PromoCon) based at our office in Worsley, Manchester. We are currently recruiting for the position for an Adult Continence Nurse and would like to hear from nurses, who have experience of caring for people with bladder and bowel problems. If you are looking for a new opportunity to work for a charity as part of a national team. We would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact for further details Karen Irwin – Manager/Specialist Nurse Tel: 0161 607 8200

10 years of Kidz to Adultz South – a milestone to celebrate! Have you visited or exhibited at our Kidz to Adultz South event, particularly in the early years? Maybe you’re one of our regular visitors or exhibitors? We would love to hear from you about your experiences and how you have benefited from attending these events! Do you have any photos you would like to share? Please do get in touch with personal experiences via email to

Kidz to Adultz South Thursday 8th June 9.30AM – 4.30PM Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading, RG1 8EQ One of the largest FREE UK events supporting children & young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and the professionals who support them.

• FREE Entry • FREE Parking • FREE CPD & Topical Seminars • Easy Access • 120+ Exhibitors • Children Welcome

Register for your visitors’ FREE entry tickets from our NEW website Or simply contact Disabled Living: Email: or Tel: 0161 607 8200 Tickets are not compulsory you can register on arrival.

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Training at Disabled Living Single Handed Care Feeling the pressure to perform at work? You are invited to take part in a ‘Less Talk More Action’ Workshop on Friday 28th April 2017. The workshop is Single Handed Care The workshop is aimed at professionals who wish to introduce single handed care and enable workers to promote independence, reduce carers in the package if possible. •Learn about the issues, pros and cons •Can it really save money?

It’s not rocket science, by increasing confidence in using different techniques and a change of attitude, could be all it takes to revolutionise your workplace and budget. Scenarios will include practical hands on use of equipment. Work with each other and the experts to assess and problem solve, find solutions to be able to achieve and manage single handed care.

Moving and Handling Advanced Techniques for Therapists “Less Talk More Action” Workshop Tuesday 6th June 2017 9.30am-4pm


Are the considerations when working with vulnerable people You need to recap on safe principles, positive risk taking To use equipment to improve the functional outcomes of your clients

Scenarios will include practical hands on use of equipment. Work with each other and the experts to assess and problem solve challenging moving and handling situations. Presenter: Penny Townsend MCSP HCPC NBE Adv Member

Cost: £95+VAT ( lunch & refreshments provided.) Venue: Redbank House, St Chads Street, Cheetham , Manchester M8 8QA

For further information on our courses please contact phone: 0161 607 8200 or visit our website.

Participants needed for a short online questionnaire on adaptive equipment/ devices Participants (male or female) over the age of 18, who use or have used adaptive equipment in the past, are required for a short online questionnaire on equipment use. Equipment such as a raised toilet seat, commode, bath board, chair raisers and more. Participants will be asked where they received their equipment from, whether they still use it, and if they use anything else instead of the equipment to help them. The research aims to find out whether there is a preferred way of receiving equipment, to best suit its users and increase successful use of equipment. The study is part of an MSc Occupational Therapy dissertation.

Link to questionnaire: If you’re interested in taking part, please complete before: 06.05.2017 Thank you If you have any further questions on the study, please contact:

Product Demonstrations at the Disabled Living Centre Everybody is welcome to attend our FREE Wednesday afternoon demonstration days 2-3pm. Attending our product demonstrations will help you improve your equipment knowledge and boost your CPD. Places are limited please advise if you are interested in attending 20th April – Lunch & Learn Plus size challenges with Prism 26th April – Handicare A representative will be demonstrating the Eva Drive Hoist.

3rd May – Easylink UK/ Medpage A representative will be demonstrating Assistive Technology to aid independent living.

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

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

Do you have difficulties transporting children safely in vehicles? Would you like to help develop an innovative device to help carers transport children safely in vehicles, trains and planes? Klip-2-lift needs you! The Klip-2-Lift is a new type of moving and handling device to assist people with limited mobility and consists of a trendy waistcoat that can be worn throughout the day, allowing attachment to a hoist when needed for transfers more conveniently than traditional slings. Jo Webb, an occupational therapy lecturer from The University of Salford has developed the Klip-2-lift together with Barbara Ackley, previously from Disabled Living “Style Centre”. They are developing the device to assist with transfers in and out of a swimming pool for hydrotherapy and to allow easier and safer transport in any vehicles for individuals who need extra support or may have challenging behaviours when being transported. WE NEED YOUR EXPERTISE and would like to invite you to attend a group discussion at the University of Salford to demonstrate the Klip-2-Lift and “be creative” in sharing your experiences to design an innovative Klip-2-Swim garment and Klip-2-Travel safety harness. The group will meet at: The University of Salford Tuesday 23rd and Thursday 25th May 2017 at 1.00 til 3.00, you will receive reimbursement for your travel and will also receive Love to Shop vouchers for your time and experience.

If you would like to attend, please contact Jo Webb on 0161 295 0701 or and together we can develop something exciting and innovative to improve travel safety for everyone who needs assistance. Looking forward to hearing from you!

For more information on Disabled Living’s services please visit Or get in touch with the team: 0161 607 8200 Burrows House, 10 Priestley Road, Wardley Industrial Estate, Worsley, Manchester, M28 2LY

Disabled Living Newsletter April 2017