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Disabled Living Newsletter

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Charity number: 224742

November 2018

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Tips for staying safe this Bonfire Night...........................................................................................................4 Changing Places facilities in the UK...............................................................................................................6 New Just Can't Wait Card for the general public............................................................................................7 Get creative with TripleC at this year's Kidz to Adultz North event!.............................................................10 The launch of our new Kidz to Adultz Magazine..........................................................................................12 Christmas gift ideas for children and young people.....................................................................................14 Tips for the elderly during the winter season...............................................................................................18 Put children and young people at the heart of government spending..........................................................20


Staying Safe on Bonfire Night

Bonfire night is a great night for all the family. But it is important to always take care, especially as children are more likely to get hurt by fireworks than adults. There are many simple steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of your family getting hurt. According to a study over 550 children under 16 are taken to A&E in the 4 weeks surrounding bonfire night and more boys are injured than girls, especially between the ages of 12 to 15.

Steps you can take Babies and children can wriggle and reach out, you should avoid holding a baby or child if you have a sparkler in your hand. Avoid giving children under 5 a sparkler to hold, as they don’t really understand why they might be dangerous. Make sure you give children gloves to wear if they are going to be holding a sparkler, sparklers can reach up to temperatures of 2000 degrees . Be sure to have a bucket of water handy, and teach children never to wave them near anyone else or run with them.


Tips for holding your own event Take a torch rather than a naked flame to read the firework instructions Make sure to light your firework at arms length, light it with a firework lighter or taper Store other fireworks in a metal box until they are ready to be used Never throw fireworks on a bonfire, even if they’ve been used Children will need guidance and supervision, create a barrier such as a rope for the children to stand behind Avoid drinking alcohol until the fireworks are over, this will help avoid any silly mistakes Some fireworks can take a long time to get started, so once its lit don’t go back to it At least 18 metres (60 ft) is the safest place for a bonfire away from any building

Reminders in an emergency Remember – Stop, drop and roll if your clothing catches fire If anyone is burnt – cool immediately with cold water and keep the burn running under water for at least 10 minutes Unless the burn is very small – go to hospital or get medical attention Don’t touch or pull any clothing that might be stuck to a burn Get advice from the A&E departments, your local doctor or call the NHS for advice on 111 Always get medical advice for any burns larger than a postage stamp Most of all – make sure you enjoy yourself!

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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:

Join the Disabled Living Supplier Directory for only £100 + VAT per year. You can have up to 250 words to showcase your company in up to 5 different categories as appropriate for your company.


Changing Places Facilities in the UK

The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign in 2006 on behalf of the over 1/4 of a million people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, as well as older people. To use the toilet in safety and comfort, many people need to be able to access a Changing Places, which have more space and the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist. Do you have any questions? Send an email to: changingplaces@musculardystrophy or visit for more information. 6


Do you have a medical condition and 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: Registered Charity No: 224742

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.

Big Lottery Fund

Grow Wild Community Projects 2019

Eligibility (Digital Fund Strand 2) • Your organisation must have been incorporated after the year 2000 • You must currently operate a product or service that is functional and being used by the type of people and communities you plan to serve in future

Eligibility UK registered charities and to groups affiliated to registered charities. Registered charities in areas where Leeds Building Society branches are located are eligible to apply. Applicants do not need to have a Leeds Building Society account or mortgage to apply for funding.

Type of grants Digital Fund Strand 2 offers grants of up to £500,000 for newer organisations that have already launched promising services that use digital to achieve scale or impact. Grants are expected to last from 1 to 4 years.

Types of grants Grow Wild is awarding grants of £2,000 or £4,000 to groups across the UK to deliver projects in their community focused on UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi. Grow Wild will fund all sorts of things from creative events, art work to establishing wild flower areas.

Click here for more information.

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Nesta Eligibility Nesta are calling all cultural and creative organisations, not-for-profit or commercial, to come up with a digital idea that addresses a social challenge and produces a social benefit. Your idea can be local or global, as long as it has a real world benefit. Think hands-on results at street level, not clever comms campaigns. Types of grants Nesta have launched Amplified, offering funding and support to develop digital ideas that improve the lives of others. Click here for more information.


Disabled Living Equipz Team 0161 607 8200


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

Blue Spark Foundation

Eligibility Individuals can apply. The funding is intended to help children and young people reach their full potential by supporting projects Types of grant The funding is for relatively small-scale projects which might not happen at all or would only happen on a lesser scale without the support of BlueSpark. Click here for more information.


Eligibility Children and young people with a physical disability Types of grant Manual wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs, buggies, trikes and also some sports wheelchairs. If you are applying for a piece of recreational equipment e.g. trikes or sports chairs we will only fund up to a maximum of £2500. If the equipment cost is over £2500 the remainder will need to be funded via other sources. Click here for more information.

Friends of the Elderly Eligibility If you live in England or Wales, are of state retirement age and are living on a low income, get in touch as our grants could help. Types of grant Home essentials Digital connection Financial support Click here for more information. Disabled Living Equipz Team 0161 607 8200



Get Creative with TripleC at This Year’s Kidz to Adultz North Event!

Continuing to support children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs. Disabled Living has an enviable reputation of organising the very prestigious Kidz to Adultz event since 2001 and now hold five of the largest FREE UK exhibitions totally dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their parents, carers and all the professionals who support and work with them. With 165+ exhibitors, this free event promises to be a ‘one stop shop’ offering visitors the opportunity to view the most up to date equipment and products including assistive technology. In addition, visitors will have access to information on services, benefits and support organisations including information on alternative funding streams for equipment, respite and much more. Carmel Hourigan, senior manager with the support of The Kidz Team at Disabled Living,

has overseen the development of the show now in its eighteenth year! A full programme of free CPD seminars will take place alongside the exhibition. At this year’s show there is also a particular focus on the process to follow when booking a flight abroad, adopting practical approaches to improve sleep patterns, challenging behaviour and supporting families in the home and more.

We are absolutely delighted to have TripleC joining us at this year’s event. TripleC will be hosting a series of fun, practical workshops using the creative arts, dance and drama to encourage the use of the imagination and self-advocacy. Visitors are encouraged to participate and we are sure their workshops will be fun, exciting and enjoyable for all. Carmel Hourigan, Senior Manager, The Kidz Team, Disabled Living


For professionals, CPD certificates of attendance will be available to collect on the day.

the equipment and products, join in the fun and features and participate in the activities taking place throughout the day.

The Kidz to Adultz Exhibition reflects the real issues that 800,000+ under-25s with disabilities and their carers are experiencing in day-to-day life in the UK, which is why these events have grown consistently yearon-year.

Kidz to Adultz North will be held at EventCity Manchester on Thursday 8th November 2018 9.30am -4.30pm FREE ENTRY / FREE PARKING

Children are welcome to come along, try out

For more information contact Joanne Mulligan via email: or by telephone: 0161 607 8200.

Bringing up a child with a disability can be a challenging and sometimes an overwhelming experience, whether it is knowing how to handle a particular condition or finding the money for a piece of equipment to improve their quality of life – which is particularly pertinent in an age where technology is advancing so much. A lot of our visitors do come back year-afteryear and often bring new faces along with them which has helped seen the show grow steadily every year. Carmel Hourigan, Senior Manager, The Kidz Team, Disabled Living

To view this article on our website, please visit the Kidz Exhibitions blog link below.

Have you read our Kidz to Adultz North Showguide? The Showguide for Kidz to Adultz North is now available to download from our website. Having the guide in advance can really help you plan and get the most out of your day: check out our exhibitors list, CPD Accredited Seminars Timetable, Funding Point, TripleC workshops, Fun and features, prize draws, competitions and much more! Click here to read the Showguide. 11

The Launch of Our New Kidz to Adultz Magazine We are delighted to let you know that the brand new Kidz to Adultz magazine launches at the Kidz to Adultz North show on Thursday 8th November. The first issue includes: Archie's new found freedom Book launch success University dream realised World Cup adventure Margaux gets a step up from Remap PLUS... THE CHANCE TO WIN A FANTASTIC SLEDGE!

If you are intending to visit the show, then you will be able to pick up a copy of the magazine, which is packed with interesting and useful articles. If you cannot make the show, then you will be able to read the magazine online shortly. Just keep an eye out on our website for it after Monday 12th November. We think the first issue of the magazine looks great with some excellent content. We are planning the second issue already and so if you have something that you think we should be carrying in that, please let us know.

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Universal Children's Day 2018

Tuesday 20th November 2018


Keep up to date with personal stories about children and young people on our blog

Christmas Gift Ideas for Children and Young People

Visit Kidz to Adultz North on Thursday 8th November! Find gift inspiration for children and young people this Christmas on pages 15-17

Christmas Gift Ideas for Children and Young People

Theraplay Ltd Stand C16

Pods Play Stand F4

Sense Toys Stand F2

Explore Your Senses Stand D25

Sensory In Play Stand C28 Disabled Living Equipz Team 0161 607 8200 Email:


Christmas Gift Ideas for Children and Young People

QEF/Meru Stand E5B

SpokeGuards Stand B17

BundleBean Stand A26

Delichon Limited Stand B1

Special Kids Company Stand A27 Disabled Living Equipz Team 0161 607 8200 Email: 16

Christmas Gift Ideas for Children and Young People

Mountain Trike Company Ltd Stand F3

Seenin Ltd Stand A10

Disabled Living's Online Shop Stand DL1

Smartbox AT Stand

Firefly by Leckey Stand B18 Disabled Living Equipz Team 0161 607 8200 Email:


Tips for the Elderly During the Winter Season

It’s a good idea to keep a warm blanket or throw handy to cover you feet and shoulders in the house or even walking around. Fleece is particularly effective at keeping you warm.

Make sure you are prepared in case of a power cut. Try making an emergency kit that will include contacts, along with non-perishable foods, water as well as medication.

When using a cane you should make sure that the edges are not smooth – they will need a rubber tip to help you walk.


Make sure you have had a flu jab. Your flu jab will be free if you are 65 years or over, you receive carer’s allowance, or are a carer of someone whose welfare will be at risk if you fall ill. Remember it takes up to ten days for the vaccine to take effect so the sooner the better.

If you use a gas fireplace, gas heater or lanterns this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Ensure your safety by checking the batteries on your carbon monoxide detector and buying an updated one if you need to.

Always check local weather forecasts or warnings before heading out so that you can be prepared.

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Advocacy Skills for Families

Have you ever come out of a meeting and felt you haven’t been heard?

8th November 10am – 3pm, Darlington 22nd November 10am – 3pm, London This one-day training is for families who want to work with services and practitioners to get better outcomes for their loved ones and to support their friends in an informal capacity. We will look at:

About the day

• The role of an informal advocate • How meetings work – the hidden stuff! • Working in partnership • Presenting your ideas • Negotiation skills • Action planning and prioritising • Staying strong

Learning Disability England with its members’ support can offer this training free for family members of people with Learning Disabilities. It will be co facilitated by a family member and LDE team member. We will provide tea, coffee and a sandwich lunch.

Sorry on this occasion we cannot offer help with travel or support costs but if there is demand we will look for funding to be able to do that in the future. To book a place or find out more You can book a place or ask any questions please do email us on or phone on 0300 201 0455. Web: Tel: 0300 201 0455 Email:


Put Children and Young People at the Heart of Government Spending

As you may remember, the Disabled Children’s Partnership published research this summer that showed there was a £1.5 billion funding gap for health and social care services. I am sure you will have also seen an increasing number of stories in the press about the impact of cuts and financial constraints on support for children and families. These cuts should not be happening.

You can also show your support on social media by sharing the petition once you've signed up and help spread the word by using #ChildrenAtTheHeart

As a parent, I’ve seen first-hand how children and young people are affected by inadequate funding of vital services and support. I am not alone. – Jessica Tomlinson

For this reason, we are proud to be part of a growing group of organisations calling for the Government to urgently put children at the heart of its spending decisions.

Thank you for your continuing kind support.

So please, in just a few seconds you can help make a very real difference to children and young people all over the country.

Stephen Kingdom Campaign Manager, Disabled Children's Partnership

Click here to sign the petition


Disabled Living's Services

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Disabled Living is a charity which provides impartial information and advice about products, equipment (assistive technology) and services for disabled children, adults, older people, carers and the professionals who support them. We have a range of services which you can access via our helpline, through the website or at our Kidz to Adultz Exhibitions. Equipz The team comprise occupational therapists, trusted assessors, moving and handling specialists, physiotherapists, nurses, continence specialists who together with knowledgeable information co-ordinators offer practical solutions to what may seem like unmanageable problems. The staff, respond to enquiries throughout the UK, primarily via our helpline and website, with some people opting to make an appointment to visit the Disabled Living Centre based in Manchester for a free equipment assessment. Helpline: 0161 607 8200 Bladder and Bowel UK The team provide information and advice for children, young people and adults with Bladder and Bowel problems. We provide a confidential helpline managed by a team of specialist nurses and knowledgeable information staff. In addition, the website offers a wide range of downloadable free resources. Helpline: 0161 607 8219 Kidz to Adultz Exhibitions Disabled Living organise the largest FREE UK exhibitions totally dedicated to disabled children, young adults, their families, carers and the professionals who support them. With over 100 exhibitors at each event, offering a ’One Stop Shop’ for equipment products and services to enhance the quality of life. We deliver 5 events throughout the UK in: Farnborough, Bristol, Coventry, Manchester and Edinburgh. Training Disabled Living provides a comprehensive training programme for professionals and carers. Most of our courses are accredited by Open Awards and others provide CPD opportunities. Our training courses can be ‘tailor made’ to suit your organisations requirements and can be delivered throughout the UK for more detailed information on the courses we provide please visit the Disabled Living website.

0161 607 8200

Get in Touch with Us

For more information please visit:

Disabled Living Head Office - Disabled Living, Burrows House, 10 Priestley Road, Wardley Industrial Estate, Worsley, Manchester M28 2LY Tel: 0161 607 8200 Email: Website:

Redbank House Redbank House, 4 St Chads Street, Cheetham, Manchester M8 8QA Tel: 0161 214 5959 Email: Website:

Disabled Living November Newsletter  

This month's edition features: tips for staying safe on Bonfire Night, Christmas gift ideas for children and young people, new BBUK Just Can...

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This month's edition features: tips for staying safe on Bonfire Night, Christmas gift ideas for children and young people, new BBUK Just Can...