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Archive: October - 2016

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