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Disabled Living Newsletter

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December 2018


Charity number: 224742

Look... It's Out! The brand new Kidz to Adultz magazine launched at the Kidz to Adultz North show last month. Let your colleagues and the parents you support know about Disabled Living’s 48 page magazine which is packed with interesting articles including: • How Remap has provided a solution for a little girl • An innovative book launch • How crowdfunding support can help • A World Cup adventure • How one student’s USA dream has come true • A focus on finances • A look at therapeutic positioning

We would like to hear from you • If you have an article we can publish to support children and young adults with disabilities or additional needs • You are a company who would like to advertise a product You can take a look at the new magazine via our Kidz Exhibitions website www.kidzexhibitions.co.uk For more information about the Kidz to Adultz Magazine please contact magazine@disabledliving.co.uk Web: www.kidzexhibitions.co.uk Tel: 0161 607 8200 Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk

Explore Our Key Features

Creating apps for travellers with disability: apply for contracts...................................................................4 Christmas gift ideas for the family...............................................................................................................8 We want to hear your suggestions for the name change of Disabled Living.............................................11 Read about this year's Kidz to Adultz North..............................................................................................12 A workshop for healthcare professionals 'In the Dock with an Expert Witness'........................................14 Read Disabled Living's new Training Diary...............................................................................................15 What have Disabled Living achieved over the last 12 months..................................................................17 Christmas Jumper Day 2018.....................................................................................................................20 Shop online and get free professional advice............................................................................................22

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? Win a Sledge Worth ÂŁ299! The Cerebra Sledge was developed by Sarah, who had to sit inside while the other children in the village went off playing in the snow. She needed a fully supportive seat on a sledge that would not draw negative attention and would not get stuck in the snow. Designed to last many winters it has a low centre of gravity and is fitted with straps for safety, armrests and a corded lead to pull it around or back up the hill. For the chance of winning just email martyb@gordonellis.co.uk with your name, contact number, address and details of who you would like to win the sledge for. Entries close on Friday 21st December at 5.00pm Read the Kidz to Adultz Magazine for more information here.

Manufactured by Gordon Ellis & Co for Cerebra

Creating Apps for Travellers with Disability: Apply for Contracts

The South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) has £150,000 to support up to 5 projects that look at developing a mobile app to help travellers with a disability to meet the challenges of using public transport. Up to £300,000 could be available in a second phase to prototype the 2 best ideas and test them in the field. The competition is funded by Scottish Enterprise’s Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund under the SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) programme. SEStran is a regional transport partnership between City of Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire, East Lothian, Falkirk, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders and West Lothian. Its area has a range of transport modes and issues, including urban congestion, rural transport, ferries and planes. It already offers a Thistle Assistance Card and app to help older people and those with disabilities to get around. Understanding the challenges of travel Projects should identify and understand the challenges faced by travellers with a disability and how it affects the way they travel, to develop a mobile app that helps to overcome these issues. 4

The app must: benefit people with several disabilities, for example, sight impairment, hearing impairment, mobility issues and dementia incorporate journey planning and wayfinding features allow designated groups, such as family, emergency services and transport providers, to track the user in case of difficulty allow the user to ask third parties for help include multi-modal transport options have an adaptable user interface, dependent on what the disability is have the potential to be expanded at a later date to benefit people with disabilities not included in the initial launch

Competition information the competition opens on Monday 12 November 2018, and the deadline for registration is at midday on 2 January 2019 organisations of any size can apply we expect costs to range in size up to ÂŁ30,000 and projects to last up to 6 months projects will be 100% funded a briefing event will be held in Edinburgh on 26 November 2018 Source www.gov.uk/government/news/creating-apps-for-travellers-with-disability-apply-for-contracts

Did you know? Disabled Living have a range of accessible travel articles which can be found on our blog via www.disabledliving.co.uk/blog If you would like to submit an article to us please send an email to: info@disabledliving.co.uk

Care and Support Jargon Buster

There is a lot of jargon in health and social care and TLAP is committed to busting it. Our Care and Support Jargon Buster is an A-Z directory of Plain English definitions of the most commonly used words and phrases in health, social care and housing. Winner of the Plain English Campaign Award 2013, it has remained, year on year, our most popular product. You can add the jargon buster to your website, email us jargon not already included and join the Plain English campaign. www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk/Browse/Informationandadvice/CareandSupport JargonBuster/#Capacity 5

Grants for Individuals Disabled Living has access via the Directory of Social Change to over 1,500 charities who provide grants to children and adults. The grants may range from £10 food vouchers to larger contributions including grants for domestic items such as washing machines, wheelchairs and housing adaptations. Via the Equipz helpline we may be able to assist you or your clients to access funds which may be available from: General Charities Occupational Charities Charities by Beneficiary Illness and Disability Charities Livery Companies, Orders and Membership Organisations Armed Forces Charities

Arts Council England

Fidelio Charitable Trust

Eligibility This programme supports projects focused on the following artforms and disciplines: Music; Theatre; Dance; Visual arts; Literature; Combined arts; Museum practice; Libraries (arts-focused projects only).

Eligibility The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support, particularly those who are at an early stage in their careers.

Types of grant Grants are between £1,000 - £100,000

Types of grant Grants up to £5,000 are available

Click here for more information.

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Guide Dogs - Access Technology

Eligibility Applications will be considered from or on behalf of children and young persons aged 18 and under who are registered (or eligible to be registered) as Blind or partially sighted. Types of grant Grant applications will be considered for technology or sensory items, which are in support of the charity’s vision and where no source of statutory funding will pay for the item required. Click here for more information.


Disabled Living Equipz Team 0161 607 8200

Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk

Grants for Organisations Disabled Living has knowledge of a wide range of charities who provide grants to organisations. Each month we will highlight new funding opportunities.

Enterprise Development Programme

Virgin Money Foundation

Eligibility This programme is open to organisations that:

Eligibility Through the Heart of the Community Fund the Foundation support projects:

Are charities or social enterprises Are based and work in England Have a desire to generate income through enterprise Can demonstrate clear social impact Work in either the homelessness or youth services sector

Run by smaller local registered charities. That means annual running costs of less than £500,000 Working in the parts of the city that need money the most With strong local roots Benefiting the wider community

Types of grants Nesta have launched Amplified, offering funding and support to develop digital ideas that improve the lives of others.

Types of grants Three grants of £1,000 – with awards of £500 and £250 for two runners-up.

Click here for more information.

Click here for more information.

Wooden Spoon Eligibility Not for profit organisations in the UK or Ireland Types of grants There is neither a minimum nor maximum grant level, it is unlikely projects of a physical nature under £5,000 in value will have sufficient substance and scale to qualify under the projected life span criteria. Click here to view more information.

Disabled Living Equipz Team 0161 607 8200

Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk


Christmas Gift Ideas for the Family

Gift ideas for the family to help them remain independent and continue to do the things they love to do!

Gardening tools

Card Holder

Swivelling Car Seat

Fireside Chair


Wade Dignity Cup

www.disabledliving.co.uk/online-shop Disabled Living Equipz Team 0161 607 8200 Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Family

The Equipz team will answer any queries you may have about the suitability of equipment for your relatives. Here are a few suggestions for practical gifts.

Lap Tray

Bath Lift


Big Button Phone

Shopping Trolley with Seat

www.disabledliving.co.uk/online-shop Disabled Living Equipz Team 0161 607 8200 Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk


Sign Up for Disabled Living's Newsletters Disabled Living produces a number of enewsletters which will provide you with up to date information about training courses, new equipment, CPD opportunities and much more. All of our newsletters are available to view and download via disabledliving.co.uk

Click here to subscribe You can also sign up by sending us an email: info@disabledliving.co.uk

Is Disabled Living Due for a Name Change?

The name Disabled Living implies we only support people with a disability, which is not the case. We also support older people, those with long-term health conditions, people with bladder and bowel problems and just about anybody who can benefit from having a practical solution to an unmanageable problem. We also signpost to other organisations. Therefore, many people do not contact us who could benefit from our services because they do not consider themselves ‘disabled’ Some people think we run a care home or day centre for people with disabilities Some of our services were established after the name changed to Disabled Living back in 1992 and are not directly linked to people who have a disability, such as our Bladder and Bowel UK service and training courses Some people think the name should be more positive

Throughout Disabled Living’s 120 year history we have had five name changes to reflect how the services have developed or to disassociated with a name that was not politically correct. Therefore, another name change will only associate with progression!

We would like to hear what you think and if you have any thoughts on a new name. Please contact Disabled Living’s Chief Executive, Debra Evans debra.evans@disabledliving.co.uk


Kidz to Adultz North 2018

What a fantastic event and pleased to report our busiest to date! We were delighted to welcome 4,075 visitors, healthcare professionals, parents, carers and over 500 children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs through the doors at EventCity Manchester on Thursday, 8th November. The event was a hive of activity from the moment the doors opened at 9.30am until the end of what was an exceptionally pleasing day for the Team at Disabled Living. With over 170 exhibitors showcasing a wide range of the most up to date equipment, products and included a large number of service and support organisations, our visitors were able to find information and advice on:accessible vehicles, transport, assistive technology including telecare and mobility products, bathing and continence issues, wheelchairs and seating to information on education, benefits, sensory and much, much more... 1088 delegates were able to boost their CPD and knowledge by attending one or more of the free seminars running alongside the event. Topics included specialist seating, practical strategies for supporting better sleep, effective communication for families of children with complex needs, flying with a disability, toilet training for children with additional needs and postural diets. Visitors were able to interact with the very popular TripleC in the Activity Area and were 12


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particularly pleased to meet Cherylee Houston (Izzy Armstrong from Coronation Street) one of its founder members. TripleC ran a series of fun, practical workshops throughout the day. Their aim is to build confidence through creativity for disabled people of all ages within Greater Manchester. TripleC enables individuals to explore their identity through theatre, workshops, film and improvisation.

"We use theatre to encourage self-discovery and build confidence, enabling people to pursue who they want to be."


What Our Visitors Said about Kidz to Adultz North 2018 First time visiting. It was most humbling to see the event and discover the most amazing appliances that are available for both disabled children and adults. A Morris – Prestwich

We were so pleased to see how successful the event was. You put in so much hard work to set it up. It was an eye opener to me to see all that is available to help the children and adults have a comfortable and enriched life. A Taylor – Manchester

I wanted to congratulate you and all at Disabled Living for the magnificent exhibition. The exhibits were amazing, I never realised the extent of all the different ranges of products and equipment available. M Snyder – Manchester

“We thoroughly enjoyed Kidz to Adultz North! We saw a couple of familiar faces on the stands and tried out products we hadn’t had chance to use before. Father Christmas and his Elf were the stars of the show though. Their care and involvement with the children and their families was heartwarming” - S Gill – Facebook review

Next Event – Kidz to Adultz Middle – Thursday 21st March 2019. Don’t forget to register for your visitors FREE entry tickets online HERE for your chance to win £200 voucher! Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk

Tel: 0161 607 8200

Web: kidzexhibitions.co.uk/kidz-middle



In the Dock with an Expert Witness A Workshop for Healthcare Professionals

Your competency is under question Your record keeping is being scrutinised Healthcare professionals - this includes you! There are different scenarios which could end up with someone being summonsed as a witness. Whether it is a coroner's court or a civil negligence case this workshop will help you to understand what will be required and how to improve your practice so that a court appearance will be less intimidating. Using real life scenarios, expert witnesses and solicitors will lead you through the process and highlight areas you can improve and share good practice in. On this interactive day you will work on a project which culminates in you appearing in the dock in front of a Judge and Jury. Find out how to protect yourself in your reporting and recording at work, what your responsibilities are and how to be confident in your work and not be afraid of being taken to court. Please visit our website to book your place and for more information. If you require more information please email: training@disabledliving.co.uk.

Date: Wednesday 13th February 2019 Venue: Manchester Cost: ÂŁ35 + VAT - includes light lunch and refreshments (introductory offer) For more information please visit www.disabledliving.co.uk under 'Our Workshops' in the Training section


Disabled Living Training Diary 2019-2020

Disabled Living’s 2019-2020 Training Diary has been released, take a look at all our upcoming events and courses online via: issuu.com/disabledliving/docs/training_diary_2019 -2020_final?e=0 Don't miss out and book now to register your place on one of our training courses in 2019!

Tel: 0161 607 8200

Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk

Web: www.disabledliving.co.uk

Thank You to Elite Dynamics for Donating £290 We are delighted to announce that Jamaine Campbell, one of Disabled Living's Trustees, and his team at Elite Dynamics have donated £290 to the Disabled Living services from their recent Customer Day Raffle. Web: www.elitedynamics.co.uk Facebook: @EliteDynamicsUK Twitter: @EliteDynamicsUK LinkedIn: @elite-dynamics-uk-ltd


Do you need to access the toilet urgently?

Bladder and Bowel UK (BBUK) have launched a new Just Can't Wait Card Recognised and supported by many retail and service organisations, giving you access to toilets not normally available to the general public. FREE pocket sized plastic card BBUK confidential helpline Available from BBUK - a charitable service Get your card from: bladderandboweluk@disabledliving.co.uk www.bbuk.org.uk Registered Charity No: 224742

RP Fighting Blindness Rebrands to Retina UK We are proud and excited to share the news that today we rebranded to Retina UK. You can find our new website at www.RetinaUK.org.uk The Chief Executive, Tina Houlihan, said: “While we have a new name, logo and brand, our aims remain unchanged. We simply want to do more of what we do best, which is funding and stimulating ground-breaking medical research and providing high quality support for those affected by inherited sight loss conditions. “We believe our new Retina UK name and brand will enable our charity to grow and thrive as we will be more relevant, recognisable and accessible to the people who matter most – those affected by inherited sight loss.” Registered Charity 1153851 www.retinauk.org.uk

What Have Disabled Living Achieved Over The Last 12 months? The team at Disabled Living are delighted to share with you through our Annual Report our achievements. This year we showcase the amazing projects and events we have delivered through the ‘Donkeys to Innovators’ project where we celebrated Disabled Living providing services for 120 years. Our team offer a wide range services, some you will know very well and others which I am sure will be beneficial – take a look!

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A Guide to Alcoholism and Dementia By Oliver Clark Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is entirely preventable. It’s believed around 7% of people over the age of 60 exhibit signs of WernickeKorsakoff syndrome due to alcohol abuse. Many of these people may believe they are beginning to experience Alzheimer’s disease.

Oliver Clark outlines the long-term effects of alcohol on the brain in his guide which you can be accessed in the link below. www.rehab-recovery.co.uk/articles/link-between-alcoholism-dementia.html

Individual Employer Funding

If you employ your own care and support staff (through a personal budget from health or social care or using your own money), you can apply for funding to train you and your staff. If you work with individual employers please share this ‘Money for training’ leaflet with them – you can email Skills for Care to request printed copies on marketing@skillsforcare.org.uk.



Assistant Dysphagia Practitioner Training Recommended for: People who work with or care for children or adults with dysphagia (eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties). People involved in feeding adults or children who are on modified fluid or diets. People responsible for preparing modified food or drinks, following a speech and language therapy assessment. Content: Following the course, delegates will: Have an understanding of how normal swallowing works. Be able to describe the signs and symptoms of dysphagia. Have a range of strategies that will reduce the risk of aspiration or choking, which apply to anyone, diagnosed dysphagia or not. Know how to identify which groups of people are more at risk from suffering dysphagia. Understand the new IDDSI Descriptors for food and drink used in dysphagia management. Be able to prepare food and drinks accurately, according to dysphagia management plans from Speech and Language Therapists. Be able to offer appropriate food and drinks to patients with confidence. These outcomes meet the standards set by the CQC and the National Patient Safety Agency and supports the core competencies outlined in the InterProfessionals Dysphagia Framework (2006). This course has been updated to reflect the changes in National Descriptors by the implementation of IDDSI. Dates/ Times: Tuesday 15th January 2019 (Manchester). 10.30-13.30 Monday 28th January 2019 (Appleby Magna) 10.30-13.30 Venues: Unit 5a Jubilee Business Park, Snarestone Road, Appleby Magna, Derbyshire DE12 7AJ Redbank House, St Chads Street, Manchester, M8 8QA Course fee: ÂŁ84 per delegate. (including VAT)

All courses provided by Eg (Training) Ltd are taught by a Dysphagia Trained and Qualified Speech and Language Therapist.


Christmas Jumper Day Friday 14th December 2018

Help to raise money for Save the Children


The Disabled Living will be closed from 4.30pm on Friday 21st December and will reopen on Wednesday 2nd January 2019 at 9.00am.

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Disabled Living December Newsletter 2018  

December's edition features Christmas gift ideas for the family, information on how you could win a sledge worth £299 and much more.

Disabled Living December Newsletter 2018  

December's edition features Christmas gift ideas for the family, information on how you could win a sledge worth £299 and much more.