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Newsletter June 2017 Are you receiving our information? As email security gets tighter, especially firewalls in statutory sector services, we are finding it is becoming increasingly difficult to share Disabled Living’s information with you. There are many clients and professionals who really benefit from the FREE services Disabled Living offers. These services may be from Kidz Exhibitions, Bladder and Bowel UK, Redbank House, Training or Equipz. To ensure you receive our updates please add the @disabledliving.co.uk domain to your safelist / whitelist to avoid us going into your spam folder. If you are unable to do this please speak to your IT department or provide us with an alternative email address. For any more information please do get in touch or visit our website: Tel: 0161 607 8200 Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk www.disabledliving.co.uk

Safety for Wheelchair Users on Trains Rica is working with Integrated Transport Planning Ltd (ITP) on a project for the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) looking at wheelchair user safety on train platforms. RSSB has appointed ITP to undertake research to explore the attitudes and views of wheelchair users in relation to the unexpected movement of wheelchairs on rail station platforms. The research will be used to develop guidance for passengers, rail staff and managers on the measures to prevent unexpected movement in the future. Wheelchair users are asked to give their views and experiences. Rica will be conducting follow-up phone interviews with some respondents.

Closing date: 18 June 2017. Take the survey here: http://bit.ly/ITPsurvey For more information please visit www.rica.org.uk

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

For more information contact Disabled Living: Tel: 0161 607 8200 Email: info@disabledliving.co.uk

Memory & Rummage Boxes for People with Dementia! Do you have any items from ‘bygone days’ you would be willing to donate? As part of the wider project to celebrate Disabled Living providing services for 120 years, the team are in the process of putting together a number of memory and rummage boxes for use by people with dementia. We are seeking memorabilia from the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s and looking to arrange the resources Around specific themes: Hobbies, Leisure & Pastimes The kitchen Shopping School Days Work The War Years If you have anything you would be willing to donate, please email: Natasha.Bolger@disabledliving.co.uk or phone on 0161 214 5959

Training at Disabled Living Moving and Handling Children Does your role involve moving and handling children? Do you need specialist moving and handling training in your role with training? Do you need to handle children more effectively to maximise their skills and independence?

This training is for all those working with and having a responsibility to handle children in their work roles, carers, teachers, teaching assistants and health care professionals. Cost: ÂŁ95 plus vat. Venue: Disabled Living, Burrows House, 10 Priestley Road, Worsley M28 2LY Contact us to book your place - training@disabledliving.co.uk

Moving and Handling 5 Day Train the Trainer Are you responsible for training other safe moving & handling in your role? Are you responsible for carrying out risk assessments and handling plans? Do you need to plan training courses and deliver your training to a variety of different people? The trainers and assessors course will give your the knowledge and confidence to perform your role as manual handling trainers and assessors.


Elizabeth Hallows Chartered Physiotherapist MCSP LPC (Back Care Management).


ÂŁ650 plus VAT - includes light lunch and refreshments, Open Awards registration and extensive handouts.


27th June, 4th, 11th, 18th, 24th July 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th September & 3rd October

For more information please get in touch - training@disabledliving.co.uk

Makaton® Foundation Workshop Recommended for:

People who need to use Makaton signing and/ or symbols at home or in their work.


This provides a practical introductory workshop for people who need to use Makaton in everyday situations. Signing instruction is given for Core Vocabulary Stages 1-4 and Additional. Makaton symbols are included and examples of their use are given. Methods for implementing and using Makaton are discussed and developed.

Duration: Dates: Venue: Course fee:

2 day course (9.30am to 4pm) 17th – 18th July 2017 Redbank House, Manchester, M8 8QA £150.00 (including VAT) All courses provided by Eg (Training) Ltd are taught by a Licensed Makaton Regional Tutor. Official Makaton manuals and certificates are included in the fee. Lunch is also included. For further information or to book please contact: info@eg-training.co.uk

Inclusion North are Looking for New Members for their Advisory Council ! Inclusion North are looking for volunteers to be part of their Advisory Council. They would like to hear from people who enjoy getting involved and who can share their ideas about the work Inclusion North does. If you live or work in the North East or Yorkshire and Humber areas they would like to hear from you. Inclusion North, are looking for the following people to join their Advisory Council: •4 self advocates •1 family carer •Someone who works in Health •Someone who is involved in staff training •Someone who supports a Partnership Board Contact Karen Parry to find out more Email: Karen@inclusionnorth.org or give her a ring Tel: 07375034291

NEW Disabled Living Blogs! Disabled Living has increased its blogging activity across our websites!

From meeting the team to top tips for Travelling, there will be an interesting read suited to you! We highlight a variety of topics on our blogs from supporting awareness days, sharing information about health and wellbeing, updates about disability related matters, showcasing new products to random news and facts that you might not find anywhere else! You can find our blogs via the websites: Disabled Living Bladder and Bowel UK Kidz to Adultz Redbank House

Stop Motion Animation! Laken Cott (Disabled Living’s Business Development Coordinator) recently attended a stop motion animation workshop provided by NHS Research & Development North West. She asked Ginny Koppenhol (the workshop’s facilitator) to explain more about how professionals can use this creative medium in their work. (view Laken’s animation here)

Everyone knows and loves Morph, Wallace and Gromit and if you’re a little older like me, Bagpuss. Stop motion animation has a certain nostalgic charm about it. But whilst working as an Occupational Therapist in a young peoples mental health unit, I discovered how powerful it could be as a communication tool. Whilst working in the NHS I got the chance to attend a two-day animation course, learning how to use this medium therapeutically and as a way to engage the young people I worked with. All the young people enjoyed this creative activity. They found it easy and quick to learn, yet it held unlimited creative possibilities. I started to see the potential for taking it to a wider audience, including to health professionals. Soon after this, the idea for my business was born and I set about developing it. About a year later I left my NHS career behind to take stop motion animation ‘on the road’ and it’s been a wonderful adventure so far! I have worked with children living in care, school pupils, local businesses and youth clubs (to name but a few). I particularly enjoy working with those in health and social care settings as I understand all too well how creativity can be stifled in these busy working environments and important information is often presented in uninspiring or complex ways. Stop motion animation gives staff members in these teams, the opportunity to think afresh about their key messages and use an innovative communication tool to inspire and Engage their audience. It’s visual and therefore more Accessible to many, including those with learning needs or for whom English isn’t their first language. It can also be an ideal team building activity. However, stop motion animation is perfect for giving sensitive information as visual metaphors can be used to convey difficult subjects. There are also many different techniques that can be used (it’s not all about plasticine) and so even if you don’t consider yourself ‘artistic’ there will be a type of animation you’ll enjoy, I promise. The overwhelming sense I get from workshops is that the participants have fun and leave feeling inspired and because staff in health and social care work so tirelessly for their clients, for me this is one of the greatest rewards. Ginny Koppenhol (Zoom Creations)

Disabled Holiday Information D.H.I. is an awareness led Charity almost entirely staffed by volunteers who either have a disability themselves or care for someone who does. They provide free information on fully accessible leisure time pursuits through our website. D.H.I circulate a newsletter which contains information about the latest additions to their UK wide accommodation, trails and attractions searches and other news.

In the latest issue you can find information about: • ‘All new Activity’ if you fancy doing something wet and wild this summer. • New Featured Accommodations • Calendar of Events – A list of events waiting to be added to the website • Fancy a ‘Wheelie’ good walk? – Four new trails for you to try out this summer. And much more... To view or sign up to this newsletter please visit the D.H.I website.

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 7th June – Simple Stuff Works A representative will be demonstrating therapeutic positioning equipment for all ages. 21st June – Enable Aid A representative will be demonstrating the Rotunda patient transfer aid. 28th June – Liberator A representative will be demonstrating a range of products. 5th July – Easy Rise A representative will be demonstrating a specialist powered wheelchair.

Kidz to Adultz South Thursday 8th June Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading, RG1 8EQ One of the largest, FREE UK exhibitions dedicated to children and 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 Seminars 100+ Exhibitors

Children Welcome

This year Disabled Living (organiser’s of Kidz to Adultz Events) is extremely proud to be holding a double celebration – 10 years of Kidz to Adultz South and 120 years of providing services to people of all ages with disabilities and additional needs! Come and visit Disabled Living in the Celebratory Marquee to find out more about the many free services we offer and for information on any aspect of the event plus a chance to win one of the many fabulous prizes on offer!

10 prizes of £50 vouchers of your choice! Family ticket to Windsor Castle with souvenir Tickets to Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens A family ticket to visit Westminster Abbey Family ticket to Bristol Science Centre Complimentary voucher for the Pleasure Beach at Great Yarmouth........ and many, many more.

Also in the Celebratory Marquee:Bladder and Bowel UK (part of Disabled Living) – providing impartial information and advice on products relating to all toileting needs View a range of accessible vehicles – including Lewis Reed WAV Ltd, Brotherwood and TBC Conversions For more information on the event including the full list of exhibitors and to register for your visitors FREE entry tickets visit our website

Profile for Disabled Living

Disabled Living Newsletter June 2017  

Learn about safety for wheelchair users on trains. Rica is working with Integrated Transport Planning Ltd.

Disabled Living Newsletter June 2017  

Learn about safety for wheelchair users on trains. Rica is working with Integrated Transport Planning Ltd.

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