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Disabled football supporters assisted by Darlington FC

20th January 2009

A FOOTBALL club is hoping to encourage more disabled supporters to attend matches by looking at measures to improve their experience. A forum, organised by Darlington Disabled Supporters' Group which is part of the Darlington Supporters’ Trust, was held at the club yesterday to get views on how services for disabled fans could be improved. Although the club is accessible to disabled people and has 165 wheelchair spaces, with disabled accommodation in both the home and away sections, the club wanted to ask groups including Mencap and Darlington Association on Disability what other steps they could take. Suggestions included introducing a commentary system for visually-impaired supporters and a bus to pick up disabled supporters from the suburbs. Other propositions includ...
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Wheelchair holidays and accommodation in Lathium, Umbria and Tuscany, italy

15th January 2009

The Agriturismo Santa Cristina is nestled amongst the undulating hillsof the Sabina region of the Lathium and is surrounded by gentle olive grovesand wide sloping fields of vines. These noble surroundings, where small-holdfarming still prevails, offer the prefect backdrop for relaxing in the largeswimming pools or on the English lawn at this well-appointed estate. Sportlovers may also play five – a side –football or tennis in a new synthetic grassground at exclusive use of Santa Cristina clients. Offering a panorama vista that leadsover and beyond the lower Tiber Valley, the estate is situated in a very convenientposition perfect for sightseeing in the Lathium, Umbriaand Tuscany. The main A1 motorway is a fewkilometres away offering easy access to the principal sites of interest i...
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More carers need to help disabled youngsters

15th January 2009

Caring people who enjoy children’s company are wanted to help make a difference to the lives of disabled youngsters. Bolton Shared Care Team has launched a recruitment campaign to find people who can offer short breaks to children with physical and/or mental disabilities. Team members will be in Victoria Square, Bolton town centre, on Saturday, January 24, providing information to anyone interested in becoming a carer. The breaks, either looking after a child for a short time at their home or taking them on fun day trips, are designed to give the child’s parent a short break at the same time. A similar campaign last year saw 30 new carers sign up. NEW RECRUITS: They are, from left, Paul Freeman, June Tunney and Jackie Evans They included Jackie Evans, a single ...
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Agents call on travel industry to help disabled holidaymakers

15th January 2009

Agents have called on the industry to do more to help disabled holidaymakers after reading about John Roberts' experiences in the Disability Travel ­Challenge in Travel Weekly. John is on a month-long trip testing various modes of transport and hotel facilities for disabled travellers. Agents want more communication about accessible holidays and more training on how to book these holidays. Tracey Blacker, a travel consultant with LJ Personal Travel in Sevenoaks, Kent, said she had problems trying to book a holiday for a wheelchair user and his wife. "The booking opened my eyes as to how difficult it is to find suitable facilities," said Blacker. "I tried to research it, but couldn't find anything that satisfied my criteria." "I trawled through lot...
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Care homes: a system in crisis?

14th January 2009

In October, TIMESONLINE reported that Britain's 13,900 care homes are to face a new complaints system and tougher inspections. After a huge response from their readers, The Times launched a three-part series on the state of nursing homes Simon de Bruxelles div#related-article-links p a, div#related-article-links p a:visited { color:#06c; } Click here to take part in The Times care home survey A faded hand-tinted wedding photograph and a painted porcelain plate are all that remain to remind George of the life he once had. The plate, hanging above his bed in a Cornish nursing home, depicts a farmer silhouetted by the setting sun guiding his plough behind two giant shire horses. That is how George's son Martin, one of many Times readers who cont...
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Wheelchair Foundation have donated 92 wheelchairs to Uganda

12th January 2009

THE Masaka and Mengo Rotary clubs and the Wheelchair Foundation have donated 92 wheelchairs worth sh32m to disabled persons’ in Masaka district. The Masaka club president, Steven Muwonge, handed over the wheelchairs to the beneficiaries at Masaka Sports Club on Monday. He said the club had mobilised over sh600,000 which was paid as handling fee before the chairs were delivered. “Masaka Regional Hospital, Makondo Health Centre and Villa Maria Hospital also contributed towards the handling fee to have these chairs delivered to Masaka district,” he said. Muwonge said this was an annual project which would see more disabled persons get free wheelchairs every year. “The responsibility of paying the handling fee for the chairs is ours as a rotary club and the beneficiaries who...
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New Mini Convertible Auto for Disabled Drivers

12th January 2009

The New Mini Convertible Auto is going to enable disabled drivers to look cool and feel the wind in their hair as we criuse along the coastal fronts. MINI Cooper and Cooper S derivatives featuring avant-garde engine technologies will be offered at launch, acceptation admirers of the compact, exceptional new MINI Convertible are affirmed performance, frugality, basal active costs and a different angel as standard. The MINI Cooper Convertible will be priced at £15,995 OTR and the MINI Cooper S Convertible will be offered from £18,995 OTR. The first-generation MINI Convertible accomplished arresting sales success in Britain and was a best agent in the UK in the baby convertible articulation amid 2004 and 2008. About 164,000 MINI Convertibles were delivered to owners about the apple durin...
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Campaign To Recruit Residential Workers For Childrens' Homes

12th January 2009

Childrens's homes across Cambridgeshire have launched a new campaign to recruit more residential workers. The county council has seven children's homes in the county - three for those unable to live at home and four for disabled young people who require short-term breaks or long-term care. All the teams work to very high standards and staff achieve well both for the young people they work with and for themselves. The teams have a need for both full time and relief staff, and several of the teams are also keen to develop a bank of volunteers. Residential workers are required for eight-hour shifts, starting at either 7.30am or 3pm. Night workers are needed between 10pm and 8am. Vacancies also exist for relief workers to cover for sickness and staff holidays. An average day wi...
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Disabled woman denied bus entry in Denbigh

11th January 2009

Arriva Cymru is to investigate why a disability campaigner was left stranded when the driver refused to let her on his bus with her wheelchair. Elaine Powell, 40, from Denbigh, says she and passengers who tried to help were told her wheelchair could blow up. Ms Powell says she began championing disability rights after a similar incident on the route five years ago. Bus firm Arriva Cymru said: "We sincerely apologise for any distress caused by this unfortunate incident." Ms Powell was with her 13-year-old son, Aaron, when the driver told her she would not be let on for the journey to Rhyl. The bus was fully accessible for wheelchair users but the driver told the former social worker, and people who tried to help her, that the battery in her electric wheelchair was a danger. ...
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Wheelchair Accessible Holidays in Filey

9th January 2009

Abbey care and nursing is a new social enterprise (not for Profit Company). Commenced   January 2009 the aims of the company are to promote leisure and independence for individuals and their families who have disabilities and complex needs Mandy and Michael the founders of the company have a daughter with complex disabilities and also run a care company for people with complex disabilities in the Sheffield area- again set up as a result of their experiences.  As a result of their personal experience and through working with their clients they have become aware of how difficult it is for families and individual s in similar situations to theirs to have access to holidays and leisure activities. In order to resolve this Mandy and Michael have set up a company to address the...
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Success for Holiday Club school for Special Needs Children

9th January 2009

Pear Tree school is enjoying a double taste of success after scooping an "outstanding" double whammy in Ofsted reports. The Kirkham-based special school has not only picked up top marks for its overall performance – it has also excelled with its popular holiday club. Inspectors visited the school twice during two weeks last October.  Now, with both parts given a clean bill of health, the school is celebrating its exceptional success. Lesley Koller, head of the Station Road school, said: "I'm absolutely delighted. "It has really been a team effort. Children, parents, staff and volunteers have created a quality play and learning experience for children of all abilities. We are so proud of what we have achieved here." School inspectors describ...
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New wheelchair for desperate Thames Ditton dad

8th January 2009

A seriously ill father of triplets will now be able to spend valuable time with his sons, after receiving a custom-made wheelchair. Steve Evans, from Thames Ditton, was last year diagnosed with motor neurone disease, which attacks the upper and lower motor neurones, leading to the wasting away of muscles. Mr Evans was desperate to spend as much time as possible outside the house with his sons, but had been unable to get a grant. Central Surrey Health (CSH), a service that provides therapy and nursing to the community, referred Mr Evans to the wheelchair services for a grant towards a Frontier X5, a specific type of off road wheelchair, but it was turned down because of the deteriorating nature of his condition. It was believed that Mr Evans would not be able to use the chair in three m...
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Disabled Accommodation on the Isle of Man

7th January 2009

A CHARITY set up in memory of late Ballymoney bike ace Joey Dunlop has received a major financial boost - in front of millions of television viewers. Viewers of the BBC'S Celebrity Mastermind programme last week watched biker Dave Myers donate his £3,000 prize money to the Joey Dunlop Foundation. And the larger-than-life TV cook from Cumbria also sported a Dunlop badge in his lapel throughout the tournament in which he came out on top against singer Toyah Wilcox, MP David Lammy and actor David Harewood. The Isle-of-Man-based charity is aiming to provide disabled-accessible accommodation for visitors to the island where Dunlop was a Manx TT legend. Charity chairman Kevin Quirk welcomed Myers' gesture: "It's not only important for us in monetary terms, but it ...
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Still Remembered Grave Tending Services

7th January 2009

A quite unique service to the community has been recently started for the West Midlands & Warwickshire areas of the U.K specifically designed to help those who are unable to look after the graves of their friends or loved ones themselves. The company – Still Remembered Grave Tending Services - has been set up by Michael Novakovic a father of 2 from Coventry after hearing of the plight of his niece who was having difficulties in finding someone to look after the grave of a close relative whilst she was seriously ill and unable to care for the grave herself.   After advertising both locally and on the internet, enquiries and orders have started to come in from local people, other areas of the U.K, and also from people living abroad who have friends or family buried locally. &n...
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Why don’t National Accessibility Schemes work?

7th January 2009

Is consistency really that hard? Over the last 13 years, accommodation has improved for disabled travellers throughout the UK, but is that down to the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and National Accessibility Scheme (NAS) or simply due to entrepreneurs and like-minded business people, realising the potential of this market? We at www.accessatlast.com have been educating owners and finding and promoting accessible accommodation for over 6 years.  What accommodation owners and disabled travellers have in common is the lack of accurate and consistent information.  People can’t easily find accommodation that meets their needs and owners find it hard getting the information about what those needs are and how to meet them. In the UK most Tourist Information websites don’t h...
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Wheelchair accessible hotel in Playa de las Americas

6th January 2009

The hotel Zentral Center is located in the heart of Playa de las Americas, on the southern coast of Tenerife. Being in the centre of the resort, guests of the hotel have numerous shops, restaurants, bars and a variety of night-life on the doorstep and on walking distance to the famous accessible Las Vistas beach.  This modern 4 star hotel offers excellent accommodation close to resorts facilities. The rooftop swimming pool has fantastic panoramic views of the resort and coast and is just the place to cool down and unwind after a hard day’s shopping or sightseeing. The access to the swimming pool area is provided by a steady ramp.  The pool doesn’t have a hoist (yet, owner is very pro access and looking to upgrade 10 more rooms for Summer 2009. The 208 elegantly furnished a...
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Around the World Trip in a wheelchair

4th January 2009

Wheelchair-bound holidaymaker John Roberts is putting facilities for disabled travellers to the test on a month-long trip - and you can follow his progress exclusively in Travel Weekly.  John's reports will appear on the map below when they come in. The places John has already visited are displayed as yellow pins - click them to read his reports.     About John's trip John, who has been in a wheelchair for the last 14 years, is on a 32-day trip through Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong using various modes of transport and accommodation, from airlines to car transfers and hotels to cruise ships. The aim of his trip is to raise awareness about the accessibility issues faced by disabled holidaymakers, and to show the travel industry that communication be...
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Weak Pound prompts rise in UK visitors

3rd January 2009

New research has shown a resurgence in the number of Americans visiting the UK after the dollar strengthened against the pound. Cheapflights Ltd said figures for October and November showed a reversal in trends - inbound trips to London & Manchester had improved while outbound trips to New York and Orlando have dropped. It revealed searches for inbound flights have rocketed by 23% but outbound queries have dropped 21%. Cheapflights CEO Chris Cuddy said: "Last year it was sale time for brits visiting the USA and now the trend is reversed. "Americans are returning to the UK and have promoted London once again to a top ten searched destination." Written by Destination UK ...
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Horse Riding for the disabled

3rd January 2009

Riding for the Disabled Association’s Unicorn Centre in Hemlington, Middlesbrough, celebrated the end of its 10th birthday year in style with the presentation of a new Land Rover. Janet Watkins, chair of the Abbey Charitable Trust‘s Teesside Community Partnership Group, presented the keys of a brand new Land Rover 110 Defender to centre manager Claire Pitt at the centre’s Adopt A Pony Christmas Party. The party is held every Christmas so that the pony “parents” can watch their ponies perform in the NVQ student displays and then meet and greet them in the arena after the pony parade. Janet said: “Abbey is delighted to be able to support this very worthwhile charity by donating this new Land Rover. I know it will make a huge difference to the centre and to many riders who will...
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Why make accommodation accessible in 2009?

2nd January 2009

The tourist industry in the UK is heading towards a tough summer.  The competition is going to be very strong and price is not going to be the sole factor. Those accommodation owners who had the foresight to make their property ‘inclusive’ rather than exclusive are going to be winners.  Thousands of disabled people in the UK will continue to travel away from home.  However, with the Euro being so strong, will they want to stay in the UK? The question is whether or not UK travellers are willing to pay higher prices than last year to travel in Europe and be guaranteed good weather or spend a little less and go somewhere in the UK and hope for good whether? For example, Spain in 2009 is far more advanced than most UK resorts when it comes to accessibility as well as the ...
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Wheelchair accessible holidays in Brittany for disabled

1st January 2009

Lovely holiday - you have certainly thought of everything. The floors, bathroom, the adaptability of the sleeping arrangements, the surprisingly well equipped kitchen including the essential washer ;-) La Roche was always 11 miles and 25 minutes from any direction we wanted to take - how cool is that. Layman never had to sit for long in the van - and the service - well!!! You know you saved our holiday - I don't have to say anymore. We will recommend you to all our fellow support workers and would love to come back. All the luck and our best wishes for the future and hope it all takes off - you deserve it!!! Mr M. Layman, Manchester ...
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Are you making a charitable resolution this year?

1st January 2009

Leonard Cheshire Disability at Mickley Hall on Mickley Lane in Totley, Sheffield, is urging South Yorkshire folk to think about volunteering. Volunteers' co-ordinator Stacey Lewis said: "Volunteers are at the heart of all we do. Anyone signing up will have fun, forge new friendships and really make a difference to the lives of disabled people. "There are all sorts of ways to get involved, from gardening to helping with IT training or driving. "Last year some of our volunteers accompanied the service users to theatres, rock concerts, bird watching, museums, barge holidays, Heartbeat country and sea life centres including The Deep, all free of charge. "We can offer volunteering opportunities to fit in with people's busy schedules, whether they have a few hours a week ...
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Holidays in Tenerife for the disabled

27th December 2008

Tenerife has become one of the most accessible islands in Europe.  Los Cristianos to Playa de las Americas is all good.  The local Tourist Information centres all have access maps which show exactly where is accessible, including streets, shopping areas and accessible toilets. Quite incredibly, a great number of bars even have sockets to charge scooters and electric chairs. The Mar Y Sol which accommodates most disabilities is located on a hill; there are accessible buses available to take guests into Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas at minimum cost. Also, there is Lero, which offer airport transfers, rent scooters, electric wheelchairs, hoists, shower chairs etc. Visitors can easily scoot into Los Cristianos and beyond as it’s all prett...
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Self catering in Spain for Wheelchair users

27th December 2008

People with disabilities, families and friends are not always looking to travel to hotels in Spain for their holidays.  We're looking to increase in 2009 our database of Self Catering accommodation in Spain. Our customers don't always feel relaxed when having to use public pools.  For instance, if a person with a disability has never been away previously, they can feel uncomfortable and this can also put stress on family and friends.  We at accessatlast look to build client confidence. Our aim is simple, to 'make life accessible' to anyone who has mobility restrictions who wants to travel away, with the peace of mind in knowing; what we advertise and promote is informative and fact! Great features like pool hoists are becoming more popular when owners develop and refurbis...
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Olivia Payne delighted as Santa delivers off-road wheelchair

24th December 2008

The people of Otley have given a disabled teenager the Christmas present of a lifetime. Santa Claus presented 16-year-old Olivia Payne, of Farnley Lane, with the off-road battery-powered wheelchair she has been dreaming of for years at the Farmers Market on Sunday. The new chair, the result of a four-month fundraising drive that overcame the cancellation of its biggest money-spinning event and the onset of the recession, will let Olivia properly explore the Wharfedale countryside she loves for the first time. Town councillor Nigel Francis knew he had a tough challenge when he was asked to take on the £9,400 fundraising duties in August – and that was before heavy rain forced him to cancel the Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza, which could have raised thousands for the c...
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