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DISS Park Radio Working towards full-time air-time! Local Community Radio station, Park Radio is now working hard towards going on-air full-time in 2016, after being awarded a 5-year full time FM licence to broadcast to Diss, Eye and Harleston and surrounding area earlier this year. Currently, the team is in discussion with Diss Town Council about basing its studios and offices on the first floor of the Diss Youth & Community Centre in Shelfanger Road, where it is also planned to site the main transmitter. Planning consent is being sought for this and relay transmitters to ensure good reception in Harleston and Eye. Ofcom, the radio regulator, has yet to confirm the frequencies to be used. Work is also continuing to raise the necessary funds to

set up the station, including transmission and studio equipment, says Park Radio director, Chris Moyse. “There’s a lot involved in getting the radio station prepared and ready to go on a fulltime basis, compared to our previous short test broadcasts and we are looking at returning to the airwaves in the spring or early summer of next year”. In addition, official contact points have been agreed at the Harleston Information Plus offices and also at the Eye Volunteers Centre where listeners will be invited to pop in and engage with the station.

transmissions, which were warmly received, will be a not-for-profit operation, largely run by volunteers, and will broadcast to a potential listenership of 50,000 in South Norfolk and Mid Suffolk.

monthly mobile Quiz Nights, at a different venue each time continues to grow in popularity, with record attendances recently at Diss Golf Club, The Bank in Eye and Pulham Crown to mention just a few.

Park Radio also continues to be highly visible across the area and has attended a growing amount of local fetes, carnivals and Christmas Lights switchon events in Diss, Harleston and Eye. In addition, their

“Needless to say, our team of 30 are very excited after a significant wait to finally provide a quality local radio service, which will be a real first for our area and we are looking to be live by summer 2016”, says Chris Moyse.

The station, a familiar sound over the last few years at Christmas time when they undertook their 28 day test

Suffolk Libraries Best Christmas present in the world competition Two lucky children met children’s author Michael Morpurgo at St Edmundsbury Cathedral recently and presented him with their winning entries to Suffolk Libraries ‘Best Christmas Present in the World’ competition. Suffolk Libraries received over two hundred entries from around the county, but it was Thomas Pickersgill (from Bradfield St George near Bury) and Rebecca Cooke (from Walpole near Halesworth) who most impressed the judges with letters showing off their amazing imaginations. The competition asked children to write to Michael Morpurgo telling him what their best Christmas present would be. (photos attached).

and to go on a fantastic journey, whilst Rebecca wanted to be able to jump in and out of her favourite story books to meet the characters and have adventures. The children and their families presented their winning letters to the author after watching him perform his festive short story ‘Best

Christmas Present in the World’ alongside ‘Born Free’ actress Virginia McKenna. The former Children’s Laureate and author of Warhorse also wielded a conductor’s baton to direct the audience in a mass singalong of Good King Wenceslas. Both Thomas and Rebecca are regular visitors to their local

Suffolk Libraries branches, and Rebecca is an active member of the Young Writer’s group at Halesworth Library which is run by professional author Annaliese Matheron. Mr Morpurgo recommended that both children continue with their creative writing as they both showed amazing talent.

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DISS Diss Museum Commemorating the Manning Family In 2011 Diss Museum commemorated the Manning family in a festival called Friends in High Places. One of the sons, Thomas, was the first European to meet the Dalai Lama. The museum arranged for his great-greatnephew Robert to meet the current Dalai Lama. Now a hoard of new material on Thomas Manning has been found and acquired by the Royal Asiatic Society at a cost of £98,000. Diss Museum manager Basil Abbott was invited to go to London and inspect the collection. Knowing that Manning had seen Thomas Paine, the subject of a previous museum festival,

Mr. Abbott wanted to find any reference to this in letters. Sure enough, he found a mention of the occasion in 1802. Writing to his father from Paris, Manning said, “The only Great Man I have seen in private, at least that I consider as at all great, is Tom Paine! Him I consider as by no means occupying so high a situation in the Temple of Fame as he deserves and will, I think, attain.

and I could scarcely distinguish his face. His manner and appearance is that of a Gentleman of the old school, which I did not expect. As he only called on Holcroft I was not introduced to him.” The host was playwright

Thomas Holcroft who, like Paine, would probably have been hanged for sedition if he had stayed in England. The archive fills 16 folders and includes a sketch Thomas Manning made of the boy Dalai Lama in 1811, with the pencil still tucked in the notebook.

I only saw him for about 10 minutes at Mr. Holcroft’s and consequently had no opportunity of hearing his conversation, which I understand from Mr. H is impregnated with the same masculine sense that so essentially distinguishes his writings. It was towards evening

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DISS Jackamans Solicitors How much is that Banksy by my window? Bristol-born artist Banksy could at any time pop up in your neighbour-hood, under cover and unannounced, and spray paint your property creating one of his original works.

Banksy could therefore claim copyright for the work on your wall but could not claim ownership of the material on which he had sprayed it, the bricks of the wall.

At a value of around half a million pounds it could out-value your home!

In a recent High Court case, the tenant of a Commercial Building which he ran as an amusement arcade, woke up one day to discover a Banksy on its wall.

Because of the high value of Banksy’s sought–after graffiti it was inevitable that the legal issues regarding the art and its ownership would need to be clarified. First of all, the law relating to copyright under the 1988 Act is engaged. If the necessary amount of skill and judgment is used to create the work of art, then the artist owns the right to control the way the work is used for 70 years.

He took the unusual step of removing the exterior part of the wall on which the mural was painted, and sent the removed section to the USA for sale at auction without telling his landlord.

The determined tenant put up a spirited, and imaginative defence to the claim saying the Banksy, as graffiti, had damaged the building which he - as a tenant - was obliged to repair, and his chosen method was to chip it off, rather than painting over or cleaning it off.

If Banksy had chosen to get involved in the case who knows what the outcome would have been!

The court accepted that the Banksy graffiti had “damaged” the structure of the building, but the extreme repair choice was excessive, and that as every part of the property belonged to the landlord, so did the Banksy.

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DISS East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH)

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Make a New Years’ Resolution to support your local children’s hospice East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is calling upon the people of Norfolk to make an extra special New Years’ resolution for 2015 - to support local lifethreatened children and young people. EACH provides care for children and young people with lifethreatening conditions and supports their families across East Anglia. For both families accessing care, and those who have been bereaved, EACH is a lifeline at an unimaginably difficult time. There are many ways in which you can make New Years’ resolutions which not only benefit

you as an individual, but these local families. Getting healthy is always top of the list, and there’s plenty of ways to do it and raise vital funds. You could get sponsored to go on a diet, give up smoking or drinking alcohol and donate the money you save to the charity too. As well as abstaining, you could get active by taking part in a challenge to improve your fitness, register for a 10km run near to you and raise money for your efforts. If you fancy a tougher challenge here are some suggestions - visit our website for lots more!

• Team EACH Skydive at Beccles Airfield, 24th April • Lands End to John O’Groats cycle ride, 10th May • RideLondon, 30th July

• Visit our website and click on donate – • Send a cheque to - East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), Suite 5, The Old Dairy, Elm Farm Business Park, Norwich Common, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0SW

If you fancy something a little less active then why not have a collection pot at home and collect your loose change in aid of EACH or have a clear out and hold a car boot sale. Not all resolutions need to have a fundraising element however – you could pledge to donate your time as a volunteer, learn a new skill or help raise awareness of the cause.

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ATTLEBOROUGH Kerry Butcher Accountancy Services There is lots going on in the world of tax and finance at the moment It’s hard to believe that January is looming already. The Christmas lights will soon be packed away if they haven’t already been switched off and put back in their boxes and we will all be trying desperately to think of something cheerful to look forward to, knowing that it is a long haul until Easter with nothing much to look forward to before then. Did you know that the most popular day to book a holiday is usually 25 January? I reckon this is because finally we are getting paid again after the spending in the January sales and we all would love to see the sun – even if it is only online or in a brochure for now, we can dream. But how are you going to pay for this lovely holiday that you have booked? Can you even afford the deposit let alone the balance – it always seems that day when the balance of your payment is due comes around a lot quicker than the holiday itself. Can you even afford the deposit? Now if you are an employed and receive a nice regular wage every month or week, you are probably sitting there wondering what on earth I am wittering about. If you are self employed then you have probably gone very pale and feel ever so slightly sick because of course 31 January is PAY YOUR TAX DAY! Not only that but it is also the final day to file your self assessment tax return and avoid a £100 penalty – so make sure that your tax affairs are up to date. Now if you are kind enough to read these editorials on a regular basis you will know that I spend a lot of my time talking about self assessment and tax returns – but this time something different: I was very surprised to find just how many people don’t know that they can claim tax relief on 10 | January 2016

mileage from HMRC. If you use your car for business and you are employed, no doubt you claim expenses which your employer pays you at the rate that has been agreed.

place so don’t get caught out. Why not consider changing to a nice convenient payroll provider who can look after your payroll each week or month for surprisingly little cost!

Now for a lot of people this is the standard 45p per mile for the first 10,000 miles and 25p thereafter. But quite a lot of employers don’t pay this amount, they pay less, some as little as 14p per mile. If you are in this category, did you know that you can claim the tax relief on the difference between the mileage rate you receive and the HMRC recommended rate from HMRC.

Finally if you were busy over the Christmas period and business was booming, don’t forget to check your turnover value. Remember that you must always check that you are not exceeding the VAT registration threshold and this is calculated on a rolling basis. Don’t get caught out and forget to check this value – chances are if you had a really busy December then this could well have bumped your turnover right up. Don’t panic if you are nearing or have exceeded the VAT threshold, if this is a one off

To claim this you need to complete a Form P87 or ask a friendly accountancy firm to do this for you. You might be surprised just how much you can get back. It may be worth trying to backdate this if you qualify. For more details why not call us or email.

and is unlikely to happen in the future – you can apply to HMRC for an exception or it may be that being VAT registered is the right thing for you. Why not come and chat to us – we can discuss your business and help you to decide what is best for you. We can also help with the VAT registration process and claiming VAT back on prior registration purchases so don’t miss out on a boost to start you off. Finally whatever you are doing this January, I hope it is a healthy, happy and exciting new year for you. I hope that you can make 2016 a year to remember for all the right reasons! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

If you have made some New Year Resolutions, perhaps one of them might be to get your business payroll sorted out once and for all. Real time information or RTI has been around for quite some time now and is old hat – but there are still some employers out there who are receiving fines on a regular basis because they haven’t quite got to grips with the system and are late filing their returns each month. Remember HMRC have advised that you must submit a return each time you pay one or more employees and you must give details of their earnings and their deductions. This report must be filed on or before the date that you pay your employees. Lots of small businesses are still getting caught out and although the charging of penalties on late RTI submissions was delayed, these are now in

ATTLEBOROUGH Lord Baker Community Fund Local Charities Receive Boost from Lord Baker’s Community Fund Lord Russell Baker of Little Moulton and the Lord Baker Community Fund managed by the Norfolk Community Foundation, is pleased to announce that East Anglia Children’s Hospice (EACH), Star Throwers Cancer Care and Support, Chapel Road School for Severely Disabled Children and the Norfolk Community Foundation will each receive £2,735.20 totalling £10,940.80 as a pre-Christmas boost for the amazing services that these charities provide to local Norfolk Communities. Anna Douglas, the Development and Marketing Manager at the Norfolk Community Foundation said, “Norfolk Community Foundation has enjoyed working with Lord Baker this year as he has built his fund through his fundraising campaigns. The Fund sees a number of local charities benefit from a significant donation from a series of events with a difference including the ‘Darts Masters’ and the ‘Grand Norfolk Charity auction’.

raising significant funds and awareness for the supported charities. Tickets are on sale now at £22 and can be purchased on-line at: https://ncdm-2016.eventbrite. Lord Baker said, “I am delighted to be able to support these amazing charities and provide a good level of funding that will enable these charities to continue delivering the outstanding services they provide to young children, and people of all ages suffering from Cancer. I am also, as Patron of NARS, delighted to announce that the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service will be supported within the Lord Baker Community Fund in 2016. NARS provide a critical care fast response service in Norfolk with voluntary critical care paramedics and doctors, and quite simply save lives”. Lord Baker added, “Chapel Road School for severely disabled

Chapel Green School, and when I was invited along to visit the school and meet the children in May this year, it occurred to me that the different levels of abilities, both physical and mental, need play areas to suite, So I aim to raise enough funding over the next couple of years to build the outside play and recreation area’s to suit the differing ability needs”. Karin Heap who is the Head Teacher at Chapel Road School said, “We are hoping to move into our new School in Old Buckenham by spring 2017.

equipment such as swings and roundabouts with wheelchair access. Lord Baker is hoping to raise enough funding over the next year or two through the events he organises to build the outside play area’s”. For further information about the Lord Baker events for 2016 please visit the Lord Baker of Little Moulton web site - http://

Although funding for the building has been secured, this does not include specialist outdoor learning resources needed outside the classrooms. We need to raise additional funding to set up exciting and innovative outdoor learning spaces across the school grounds. Our plans include special equipment for children with multi-sensory impairment such as sensory play equipment and

We would like to thank Lord Baker for his contribution, and look forward to working with him in 2016 when he plans to launch a community fund as part of his charitable giving to support local community projects.” The Lord Baker Community Fund will continue to grow in 2016 with some amazing events being planned.The Norwich Charity Darts Masters at Norwich City Football Club on Saturday 25th June has already been organised. The Darts Legends in attendance will be Eric Bristow, Keith Deller (2015 Champion), Bobby George and our very own Steve Beaton from North Walsham. This stands to be another amazing evening and hopefully

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ATTLEBOROUGH Attleborough Town Council Jeremy Burton is elected Deputy Mayor of Attleborough Town Council Attleborough Town Council is pleased to confirm that Cllr Jeremy Burton was elected Deputy Mayor of Attleborough Town Council on 7 December 2015 and will serve in this position for the remainder of this municipal year. Cllr Burton took up the role following Cllr Tony Perkins recent appointment to Town Mayor as he was the previous Deputy and thus left a vacancy. All members of the Council warmly welcomed Cllr Burton to his new post and the Mayor stated “I was pleased that Cllr Burton was elected Vice Chairman. He has good experience from his previous role as Mayor. I am looking forward

to working with Jeremy to take the town forward. It’s a very important time for Attleborough and I’m sure we can make good progress.” Jeremy Burton was previously a member of the Attleborough Town Council from 2003 and became Deputy Mayor in 2005 and Town Mayor in 2006. With his finance background Jeremy have great experience with budgeting, spend and funding.

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ATTLEBOROUGH Almary Green State Pensions: a review of the basics There have been many changes to state pension rules and regulations over the past few years: Almary Green’s Alison Rudd takes a moment to review some of the basic facts and figures. State pension ages are in the process of changing and there is a transition period underway to bring women’s state pension age into line with men at age 65 and then to gradually increase the state pension age for both to 68. What this means in practice is that if you are in your fifties or sixties at the moment, your state pension age will depend on your date of birth. The easiest way to find out your own specific state pension age is to go to the Government website at

calculate-state-pension/y and enter your date of birth into the online form. The amount of state pension that you will receive will depend on your National Insurance Contribution (NIC) history and any additional entitlements you have accumulated. This can be a complex calculation, but again the Government aims to be helpful and you can obtain a state pension statement by contacting them either online, by telephone or by filling in and posting form BR19. The new state pension will come into effect from 6 April 2016. However, any entitlements built up under the old rules – such as state second pension entitlement – will be protected.

When the rules change on 6 April 2016, each individual’s NI record to that date will be assessed and you will be assigned a “starting amount” onto which any entitlements after 6 April 2016 will be added. If you’ve already accumulated a starting amount that is higher than the new State Pension amount, then your entitlement will be frozen at that point. Existing pensioners will see no change to the way that their pension is calculated and anyone who reaches their state pension age before 6 April 2016 will receive a pension calculated under the old rules. There has been much debate about whether the changes will make future pensioners better or worse off than existing pensioners. The change in the state pension age for women will certainly have a bearing on pension planning, but it is the removal of the ability to accumulate benefits under the additional state pension (previously called SERPS or the state second pension) that may have the greatest impact. Employees will no longer have the ability to accrue additional pension benefits through state pension entitlements and may need to look to increase their private pension arrangements to provide for a higher level of income in retirement.

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The Chancellor announced in his November 2015 Autumn Statement that the full New State Pension rate at its launch in April 2016 will be £155.65 per week. The basic state pension from 6 April 2016 will be set at £119.30 per week. However, the Chancellor did promise to retain the “triple lock” on state pensions for the rest of the Government’s current term 14 | January 2015

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ATTLEBOROUGH Amazon Gym A New Year a New You? Well the festivities are over, we’ve probably all eaten more than we should and made resolutions we intend to keep, 2016 could be the start of a new you! It’s hard getting back into a normal routine and especially hard to get back into a good workout routine, but here at Amazon Gym were equipped to help you every step of the way. As well as membership to the gym, you get access to our highly trained staff, who are available for 1-2-1 personal training and nutrition advice. We also have a wide variety of classes to try so that you can really find a good balance with your weekly workouts. We’ve recently added some new classes to our timetable which may entice you to try something different, here’s a little look at just some of them:

HIIT & Abs – HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is one of the most effective ways to get rid of unwanted body fat while conditioning the muscles. It requires maximum effort from you to get the maximum results. This really is one of those classes that will get you results when you push yourself. The class will end with an abdominal session to make sure you can feel that midsection burn. Sculpt – An instructor led full body resistance class using advanced training techniques such as giant sets, supersets etc, We will utilise the barbells and dumbbells to make sure you get the maximum from the class. 20-20-20 – Working every area of fitness and every area of the body. This class consists of 20 mins cardio, 20 mins resistance and 20 mins abdominals to ensure that no stone goes

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ELDERLY Prepare for Colder Weather Tips to stay safe this winter • Keep an eye on weather forecasts, particularly severe weather warnings from the Met Office. • Stock up on store cupboard basics such as soup, tinned fish and long life milk in case you can’t get out of your home for a couple of days. • Nominate a flu friend or neighbour who can collect essentials such as prescriptions on your behalf. • Keep a list of useful and emergency contacts by your phone and add local organisations and charities who support older people. • Know where your stopcock and gas meter are located. • Make sure your pipes are adequately lagged and your roof properly insulated. • Keep torches, a battery-

powered radio and spare batteries where they’re easy to find in the dark in case of power cuts. • Ensure that only Gas Safe registered engineers work on your gas appliances. Illegal gas fitters can put your life at risk. Always check the engineers’ Gas Safe Register ID card. • Make sure gas appliances have a regular service and a gas safety check every 12 months. • Look our for any warning signs that your gas appliances aren’t working correctly eg lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room. • Know the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning - headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse

and loss of consciousness. Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm. • Don’t take any risks in snow or icy conditions. If you have to go out, make sure you wear shoes with a good grip. • Have your flu jab – book your appointment now if you haven’t already done so. • Try to eat a balanced diet and eat small portions at regular intervals throughout the day. • Drink plenty of fluids. • If you can, get up and move around. If your mobility is more limited, do some chair exercises to help you stay warm and active. Good hand hygiene can prevent the spread of viruses. • If eligible, join the Priority Service Register of your energy distributor to ensure you receive support during prolonged power outages. • Have a hot drink regularly and if you find moving about difficult, have a flask handy. • Have your heating system checked every year and consider

installing thermostatic valves on radiators in the rooms you use the most. • Ask about any benefits, grants and discounts you might be entitled to such as pension credits, winter fuel payments and insulation. • Wear warm clothes in layers. • Make sure you know how to contact your neighbours by phone – it’s easy to lose touch in the winter when people aren’t out and about as much. • Sign up to a Royal Voluntary Service Good Neighbours or Befriending service to receive regular contact. • Continue to go to your social activities with friends or at the local community centre. If you can’t get out for any reason, call them to let them know and ask to keep in touch by phone.SGN • If you can, get a mobile phone (as it does not rely on your electricity supply) and keep it charged.

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ELDERLY The Hearing Care Centre Treating hearing loss can help keep your New Year’s Resolutions Every New Year brings with it a sense of renewal. For many, this renewal may include New Year’s resolutions pledging that the next year will prove better than the last. The challenge is not making these resolutions, but making sure they do not melt away with the snow as winter turns to spring. Some common resolutions might include reducing stress levels, staying in touch more regularly with family and friends, and being more socially involved. For those who struggle with hearing loss, keeping these and other perennial resolutions may prove challenging. Here are a few examples of how treating your hearing loss in the New Year can help you achieve your resolutions and improve your life.

addressing your hearing concerns may be a step in the right direction. Being able to communicate with family and friends without worrying about what was said by a loved one over the phone, on Skype, or face-to-face is of the utmost importance. Not only does it put your mind at ease, it makes conversations with loved ones that much easier. Branching out Hearing loss may hinder you from branching out and meeting new people. If you are nervous to extend your social circle because of your hearing loss, addressing the issue in the New Year could be the push you need to make new friends and experience new adventures in the coming year.

Have you always wanted to volunteer with an organisation or join a club but have been too self-conscious about your hearing loss? Don’t let apprehension and worry keep you from meeting new people and enjoying all the sights and sounds that the world has to offer. Starting a new hobby Starting a new hobby, whether by yourself or in a group setting, can be both challenging and entertaining. If you would like to learn how to play a new instrument and want to better hear the notes, or if you are taking a class at your local college and want to be able to contribute to the discussion without feeling nervous, having the confidence to address your hearing issues can lead to new talents and friends. Taking action If any of the above scenarios

resonate with you, your hearing loss could be a barrier to accomplishing your resolutions. It may be time to add another resolution to the list: book a hearing assessment. Seeking help, advice and ultimately treating your hearing loss will benefit not only your physical health but your mental and social health as well. Placing priority on your hearing health will not only help you to achieve your New Year’s resolutions, but will give you a renewed confidence in your hearing and social life. Invest in your hearing. Invest in yourself. Karen Finch is the Managing Director and lead audiologist at The Hearing Care Centre. The multi-award winning, family-run company has 20 centres across Suffolk and Norfolk. For more information please call 0800 096 2637 or visit www.

Reducing stress Staying stress free in the New Year may seem like an insurmountable task, but we can all do a few things to make sure stress doesn’t dominate our lives. Hearing-related stress can present itself in everyday situations with the potential to significantly increase your overall stress level. If you have become nervous to speak up when clarifying what was said in a conversation, or avoid loud places for fear of being cut from the conversation, it may be time to address your hearing issues. Finding a solution could help you reduce some of your daily stress. Staying in touch with family and friends Staying connected with family and friends is difficult whether loved ones are spread across the country or live just around the corner. If keeping in touch with the important people in your life tops your list of resolutions, 22 | January 2016

ELDERLY South Norfolk Mobility Wishing you a Happy New Year and looking forward to welcoming you A very happy New Year to you all! We hope that you have enjoyed Christmas and the festivities. As we start 2016, we would like to tell you a little about what we do here at South Norfolk Mobility Centre. We are here to help you with your mobility and independence. We stock items from daily living aids such as raised toilet seats and grabrails, to wheelchairs, walkers, scooters and bathlifts.

raise the legs, and recline you. We have an extensive range of all sizes of scooters and have the technical knowledge and experience to be able to offer you a first class and prompt back up service, here at our Snetterton showroom. We make sure that the product you are interested in, is the right one for you and your needs. Please come and visit - we look forward to seeing you.

We welcome you and your family to come and visit our large showroom, where you can try our range of products. We have 14 rise and recliner chairs, all of which help you to sit and stand as well as support and

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ELDERLY Able Community Care The Alternative to Moving into a Care Home Getting older sometimes means that a person needs to be cared for twenty four hours a day. Such care can be provided in a care home or in a person’s own home. Given the choice, many people would prefer to stay in their own home and Able Community Care has enabled thousands of people to exercise this choice. Our experience has shown that having a regular rota of experienced carers in your own home is often a much happier alternative than moving into a care home. Able Community Care has been providing an alternative choice to moving into a care home since 1980 by providing Live-in Carer Schemes throughout the UK. Our live-in care staff have enabled thousands of disabled and older

people to remain happily within their own home. The role of our live-in carers is to provide domestic, personal and social care tailored to each individual’s needs and wishes. One of our clients is Kate. Kate was born in 1919 and in 2006 as a result of arthritis and too common falls, Kate and her family had to make a decision as to how Kate wished to be cared for. Her own wish was to remain living in her own bungalow, to keep up her social activities and to maintain her hobbies. Kate and her family decided to try a Live-in Carer Scheme and since 2006 a continuous, regular, rotational system of liked live-in care workers have supported Kate, now aged 95, and who

continues to live happily in her own home. Kate wrote the following comments with reference to the care she received in 2014 on our Customer Satisfaction Form: • “The live-in care workers carry out the tasks that are important to me.” • “I feel comfortable about contacting my Care Manager” (whom she has met). • “I am happy with the service I am receiving.” • “The responsiveness to ‘out of hours’ contact is satisfying and responsive.” Live-in Carers are special people. Whilst living for weekly or fortnightly periods in a client’s home they provide domestic support, personal care and offer companionship. Each of our clients has an individual ‘job description’ and it is the objective of our Care Managers to provide our clients with a regular rota of liked live-in carer workers and also to find for our care workers, clients for whom they have the skills to care for. One of our live-in care workers is Lorna who has been with us since 2011. Before joining Able Community Care, Lorna was a care worker for her County Council where she gained experience and care certification including attaining NVQ Level 3 in Social Care. Lorna is one of Kate’s two regular live-in carers and is a driver and non-smoker. In addition to providing professionally managed live-in care at home on a long term basis, Able Community Care can also provide the following care packages: • Respite care for family carers who need a well-earned break. • A Carer to accompany a person who wants to go on holiday or to visit relatives.

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• Long term care to a person who wishes to share the care. For example, Able can provide one or two weeks of care, then the family the next period etc. on a flexible, rotational basis. • A “Home From Hospital” care package offering convalescent live-in care at home. Able Community Care currently provides Live-in, Carer Schemes in over 50 counties and our clients range in age from early twenties to over one hundred years of age. Some of our clients have been with us since the 1990’s and their care packages have been continuous. As a result we have a reputation for reliability. A large number of our care workers have been with us for over ten years and some for over fifteen years. Able Community Care’s website provides comprehensive information, including many moving and heartfelt client comments. There is also an option to sign up for our free email Newsflash, written by the MD. Angela Gifford each week, to keep up to date with the latest care information and news which may affect you or your family. Angela Gifford formed Able Community Care in 1980 and as Managing Director she continues to benefit this successful company with her long experience of the care sector. Angela is highly regarded as an expert in the field of home care and also consults at an international level on many aspects of care provision. If you have any questions about our Live-in Care Schemes please contact us on 01603 764567 or email to For a Free Information Pack, please don’t hesitate to contact Able Community Care on 01603 764567 or email ablemg@aol. com. Alternatively you can visit our website for more information at

ELDERLY Kingsley Healthcare Care Homes A pioneering WINGS Program to change the face of care and dementia Inspiring Research According to The Alzheimer’s Society there will be 850,000 in 2015 in the UK which is set to rise to 1 million in 2025. There are 40,000 younger people with dementia in the UK with two thirds of people with dementia being women. It is now more than ever, that the focus to find a cure for the disease is becoming the number one priority. Dementia has now officially overtaken cancer as the UK’s biggest killer. Scientists have had some break trough’s and have many theories for the cause of Alzheimer’s and dementia but there are still not enough case studies that provide enough solid evidence to be a cure for the disability.

Dementia Care A person diagnosed with dementia may find themselves feeling vulnerable and confused. This is very common and absolutely natural to feel all types of emotion in order to come to terms with the disability. Although there is no cure at the moment for dementia there are however ways to slow the process down and allow for that person to live a very fulfilling life for many years after diagnosis. It’s important to see dementia as a disability that people have to adapt their lifestyles around rather than an illness. It is not necessarily the dementia that kills but the other health complications that increasingly arise over the years

with dementia. There are now many ways to help enable people with dementia by educating the community and people on dementia care. Already there are now dementia cafes, easy to use equipment and training, clubs and classes to attend to help stimulate positive feelings and emotions. The WINGS Program Kingsley Healthcare has teamed up with Stirling University in the aim to work together in creating a WINGS program which will set a president for those who care for others and provide the quality standards for carers in all of their homes. WINGS stands for Welcoming, Individual, Nurturing, Guidance and Sensitivity. This program is being put together by Kingsley Healthcare to help carers have a better understanding and support in providing the high standards needed for the resident to have the best experience possible

during their care. This program will be implemented in all Kingsley Healthcare homes. Kingsley Healthcare Kingsley Healthcare is a private care home provider across the UK with the mission to provide the best care by changing the face of the industry with a pioneering WINGS Program. The company was established in 1999 by Daya Thayan and his wife Sumi who purchased their first home in Suffolk and turned the home around to the thriving home it is today. Over the years, the company has grown to 24 homes, including four Learning Disability homes and is now a nationally recognised award winning care home provider with plans of expansion within the next 5 years. To find out more about Kingsley Healthcare and the WINGS Program or to find your nearest home please visit

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