Micro-provider adds adapted holiday let to its services

Local micro-provider Supporting Hands has added a fully disabled and wheelchair adapted static caravan holiday let to its services. The caravan is located at Brean in Somerset and is brand new. It is a 12′ wide 6 berth holiday home which has been designed and built for disabled wheelchair users and benefits from a direct access to a large ramped veranda, fenced garden, double glazing, central heating and fridge freezer. ::more information...

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation Care Home Enquiry

Director of Care Services, John Kennedy at the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust has carried out an inquiry to discover how to address issues in UK care homes for older people. The final report calls for change to ‘inject humanity’ back into care homes, with personal relationships put at the heart of how they are run and regulated.  The inquiry argues human relationships and caring needs to be central to the system and the sector – replacing the impersonal and insecure culture that currently shrouds the whole care environment.   Read the report Source:The Kings Fund Health  Management and Policy Alert...

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Care Act and Advocacy a new Guide for Commissioners from SCIE

Under the Care Act, local authorities will have to provide independent advocacy when someone has ‘substantial difficulty’ being involved in the process of care, and does not have an appropriate individual to support them. ​SCIE has published a new guide – Care Act 2014: Commissioning independent advocacy. The guide is based on good practice in commissioning and sets out principles that local authorities should follow, and also provides a checklist to help assess their current practice. ​ ​Care Act: Commissioning independent advocacy ​ SCIE’s Care Act support Source: SCIE e-bulletin 29 October...

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A day to remember event (29 Nov) 2014 to help disabled children access sport @David Lloyd Leisure

A Day to Remember was formed as an initiative toward helping youth with a physical and/or mental disability, to gain further access and opportunities of sports participation. The brand was named and developed by two sports enthusiasts that have combined both their motivation to enhance sports opportunity for youth, along with an added incentive to their own personal sports challenges. A Day to Remember has now gained credibility and growth within the local community as an access-to-sport project for children with mental and/or physical disabilities. Their event is being held on Saturday 29th November at David Lloyd Leisure, Dudley, DY5 3YP. This is an event that is completely free of charge for all children to attend, and take part in an array of fun sporting activities. The sporting activities will be chosen at the discretion of the coaches available to us on the day (all of whom will be certified first aiders, CRB-checked and qualified in the sport they are to deliver), however here is a list of the potential activities available to the attending children: Football Hockey Cricket Lacrosse (short stick) Hoop basketball Mini tennis Parachute games Giant jenga/ giant snakes and ladders/ giant connect 4 Dance (freestyle/cheerleading/street) Dodgeball The event will run from 10:00am-15:00pm, with a break taking place from 12:00-13:00pm where lunch will be provided for all children, as well as a prize-distributing raffle ceremony. It promises to be a terrific day of sport, at no expense to those taking part. Please use the contact details shown above if you wish to be involved or find out more regarding our event. It would be our pleasure to host children from your organisation and there are no quantities or conditions that we cannot cater for....

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The Big Question – Have your say on the Council’s Budget

People across Dudley borough are being asked to have their say on the council’s budget as the authority looks to save £57 million over the next three years. Over 2500 people have had their say already. Over the last two years, through its Big Question budget consultations, the council has attracted 7,000 responses offering views on how the authority should prioritise services with limited budgets. And this year’s Big Question is asking residents to select the top five services they most value. The responses will then be used by council bosses as they look to find savings by changing the way services are run or by stopping the delivery of services where there is no other option. People can take part by visiting www.dudley.gov.uk or by using #dudleybudget on twitter. People can also pick up hard copy versions of the consultation from borough libraries and Dudley Council Plus in Castle Street, Dudley. The consultation runs for 12 weeks from Monday November 3 through to Sunday January 25 2015. To go straight to the consultation online visit...

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