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Archive: January - 2016

"I was so relieved to have someone listen"

"I was so relieved to have someone listen"

Posted On: 19/12/16

When Alison was desperately searching for information to help organise her mum’s care, it was the compassion of a Carers UK volunteer that made all the difference.

My mum had faced many challenges in her life: breast cancer, bowel cancer, diabetes, two strokes, the loss of my dad and many more illnesses. When the diagnosis came that confirmed her vascular dementia, I made the decision instantly that she would move in with me so I could be there for her every step of the way.

Seeing mum...

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Categories: Together for Change

Don: "We had to think about the future"

Don: "We had to think about the future"

Posted On: 11/12/16

Carers UK Vice President, Don Brereton, and his wife Mary cared for their son Sam, who has Down’s syndrome, at home his whole life. As time went on, they began to consider the future and who would look after Sam when they couldn't.

It’s not easy to let Sam go because we feel like nobody can look after him like we can. But it got to the point where we had to think about supporting him to have more independence and trusting others to care for him.

Sam has a fun, good natured and...

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Categories: Together for Change

Don: "We had to think about the future"

Don: "We had to think about the future"

Posted On: 11/12/16

Carers UK Vice President, Don Brereton, and his wife Mary cared for their son Sam, who has Down’s syndrome, at home his whole life. As time went on, they began to consider the future and who would look after Sam when they couldn't.

It’s not easy to let Sam go because we feel like nobody can look after him like we can. But it got to the point where we had to think about supporting him to have more independence and trusting others to care for him.

Sam has a fun, good natured and...

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Categories: Together for Change

myVoice bullying chat with Mencap Monday 5 December

myVoice bullying chat with Mencap Monday 5 December

Posted On: 04/12/16

myVoice ask the expert: let's talk about Bullying with Mencap on Monday 5 Decemeber 7:30-8:30pm 


    Every month myVoice will be hosting an online chat on a subject chosen by young people with autism aged 16-25. Each event will feature a leading expert in the field who we’ve invited to answer your questions in a safe and friendly environment.


    This month's myVoice chat will be on bullying. Mencap will be answering your questions and offering advice on how to deal with bullying.
    James...

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Categories: Smile a Minute

YMCA responds to Government announcement to abolish upfront letting agent fees

YMCA responds to Government announcement to abolish upfront letting agent fees

Posted On: 28/11/16

YMCA responds to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond MP’s pledge in today’s Autumn Statement to abolish upfront letting agent fees .

Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of YMCA England, the national council of YMCAs in England and Wales, said: “YMCA supports today’s Government pledge to abolish upfront letting agent fees for tenants, however, believes it is just the first step in trying to tackle the issues of affordability and security of the private rented sector. The lethal...

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Categories: Giving for Futures

Deaf children and balance

Deaf children and balance

Posted On: 21/11/16

Balance disorders can occur in children but may not be as easy to detect as they are in adults. This is mainly due to the fact that young children are not as able as adults or older children to describe the symptoms they are feeling, and may also be unable to understand the concepts of vertigo or imbalance.

There can be several causes to balance disorders and sometimes the balance disorder isn’t associated with a hearing loss. Some of the causes of balance disorders can be due to glue ear...

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Categories: Giving for Futures

Use your Power For Good this Anti-Bullying week

Use your Power For Good this Anti-Bullying week

Posted On: 14/11/16

Monday 14th November 2016


14-18 November is Anti-Bullying Week, and Contact A Family - For Families With Disabled Children are joining the Anti-Bullying Alliance in supporting parents, children and teachers to put an end to bullying.

Anti-Bullying Week shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages all children, teachers and parents to take action against bullying throughout the year.

This year the theme is Power For Good. Here are our resources to help you and your child use your Power For Good...

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Categories: Together for Change

There is no reason to stop doing what you love

There is no reason to stop doing what you love

Posted On: 06/11/16

Matthew Innocent, from Essex, was diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy at the age of 34. Here he shares his story:

"When I was 30, I went skiing and got frostbite in my hands. After losing all feeling in them for three months, feeling eventually came back, but my hands were significantly weaker. Over the next four years, they became weaker, I experienced chest pains and struggled to swallow. Finally, when my symptoms became more pronounced and started affecting my day-to-day life, I...

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Categories: Friends at Work

There is no reason to stop doing what you love

There is no reason to stop doing what you love

Posted On: 06/11/16

Matthew Innocent, from Essex, was diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy at the age of 34. Here he shares his story:

"When I was 30, I went skiing and got frostbite in my hands. After losing all feeling in them for three months, feeling eventually came back, but my hands were significantly weaker. Over the next four years, they became weaker, I experienced chest pains and struggled to swallow. Finally, when my symptoms became more pronounced and started affecting my day-to-day life, I...

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Categories: Friends at Work

Tom's story - Cerebral palsy

Tom's story - Cerebral palsy

Posted On: 31/10/16

“Tom is really funny and very brave and wants to be involved in everything that’s going on. He is a happy, determined little boy,” says his mum Maria.

But sadly, Tom has quadriplegic cerebral palsy: both his arms, both his legs and his torso are affected, and he is severely physically disabled.

Tom was diagnosed before his first birthday and discovering that their baby son would face a lifetime of disability was heartbreaking for Maria and husband Terry. But, Maria says: “As time goes...

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Categories: Friends at Work

Here I Am: Vijay

Here I Am: Vijay

Posted On: 23/10/16

I got involved with Mencap two years ago through my local Mencap group, Barnet Mencap.

When they told me about the opportunity to become a Young Ambassador, I wanted to be a part of it. Being a Young Ambassador involves going to presentations and events to promote to the public about Mencap and learning disability. Not many people in the public know what a learning disability is so it’s important to raise awareness.

After six months as a Young Ambassador, I started to join in with other...

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Categories: Friends at Work

Nominate a Family Champion in the Contact a Family awards

Nominate a Family Champion in the Contact a Family awards

Posted On: 17/10/16

This autumn Contact A Family want your nominations for their first ever Contact a Family Awards to help them shout about and celebrate the countless things UK families do when caring for a disabled child.

Shine a well-deserved spotlight on families with disabled children by nominating friends, family members or yourself in one or more of the six Contact a Family Award categories by 31 October.


Do you know an outstanding professional?

The Family Champion award is for professionals, politicians...

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Categories: Together for Change

10 common breast cancer myths dispelled

10 common breast cancer myths dispelled

Posted On: 09/10/16

Can being hit in the breast cause cancer? Do deodorants raise your risk? Is there a link between breast cancer and bras?

If you’ve ever performed a quick Google search about the causes of breast cancer, you may have come across a variety of claims about what increases your risk of the disease. Some of these so-called ‘facts’ are myths or misunderstandings that are not backed by scientific evidence.

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Care dispel 10 of the most common breast...

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Categories: Make a Difference

Reassessments for ESA to be stopped

Reassessments for ESA to be stopped

Posted On: 03/10/16

Some people with conditions like progressive MS who can't work will no longer face benefit reassessments. The Government announced this today.

New criteria are being developed for the out of work disability benefit Employment Support Allowance (ESA).


Some people will have their reassessments stopped, meaning they won't be asked again to prove they are too unwell to work. People with the progressive form of MS are likely to be included.

Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green MP announced this...

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Categories: Smile a Minute

GOSH patient Natasha won Britain’s first equestrian gold medal at a Paralympic Games

Posted On: 17/01/16

“I never met a single person at GOSH who told me I couldn’t do something. They were all so supportive and I grew up hearing stories of past patients who went through the hospital and went on to do amazing things.”

Natasha Baker underwent treatment at GOSH throughout her childhood for transverse myelitis, a rare neurological disorder that left her with permanent nerve damage and severe weakness in her legs. Refusing to let her condition hold her back, in 2012 Natasha won Britain’s...

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Great Ormond Street Hospital's history revealed in photography

Posted On: 12/01/16

When Great Ormond Street Hospital opened its doors in February 1852, it did so with a clear mission - to treat sick children, research their diseases and develop children's nursing. Yet it was limited by having just 10 beds.

Today, more than 4,000 photographs documenting the hospital's history have been collated in the GOSH annals.  This #GivetoGOSH article collects together just a few of them, take a look... http://ind.pn/1RfZ3A1img...

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Categories: General