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NRS Healthcare Introduce the Seahorse Plus Toileting and Shower Chair

seahorse chair

The next generation Seahorse Plus Toileting and Shower Chair is a development of the acclaimed Seahorse Sanichair – re-designed with the aim to add improved functionality whilst retaining the key benefits of the original Seahorse.

Based on extensive feedback from healthcare professionals, carers and end users, the Seahorse Plus features increased comfort, stability and adaptability, making it ideal for children of varying ages and suitable for both home and care settings. The chair has removable back and seat liners that are sold separately, with two liner options for each size of chair. The Seahorse Plus has the capability to accommodate multiple children or one child as they grow and now features independent, height adjustable footrests for comfort with straps for security.

I CAN ANNOUNCES NEW TRUSTEES AND CHAIR OF GOVENORS

Children’s communication charity, I CAN have announced the appointment of new Trustee – Dr Judy Clegg, Senior Lecturer in the department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield. Judy will also take up the position of Chair of Governors at I CAN’s Dawn House School in Nottinghamshire

A speech and language therapist by background, Judy has extensive experience of working, teaching and researching in the field of children’s speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). She is also the Director of Professional Learning overseeing the clinical degree programmes in speech and language therapy at the University of Sheffield.


HOLLYOAKS STARS JOINED GO RUN FOR FUN

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CHILDREN’S RUNNING CHARITY, TO CELEBRATE 100,000TH RUNNER IN LIVERPOOL. OVER 1,000 CHILDREN TOOK PART IN THE ONE-MILE RUNNING EVENT ALONGSIDE HOLLYOAKS STARS JUAN PABLO YEPEZ AND RICHARD LINNELL AS WELL AS EUROPEAN AND WORLD 60M GOLD MEDALLIST RICHARD KILTY

GO RUN FOR FUN AIMS TO GET AS MANY KIDS AS POSSIBLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 5 AND 10 OFF THE COUCH AND RUNNING, AND CELEBRATED ITS 100,000TH RUNNER ON TUESDAY 24TH NOVEMBER, AT THE WAVERTREE ATHLETICS CENTRE, LIVERPOOL

JIM RATCLIFFE, INEOS CHARIMAN AND GO RUN FOR FUN FOUNDER, SAID, “IT WAS OUR AIM TO GET 100,000 CHILDREN RUNNING WITHIN THREE YEARS OF THE LAUNCH AND TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL SO SOON IS A FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT.”

NHS grant for epilepsy film

Children’s charity, Young Epilepsy has won new funding from NHS England under their Celebrating Excellence in Participation community scheme.

This exciting grant will enable Young Epilepsy and its partners to create a truly innovative film that will celebrate the diversity of young people with epilepsy and consolidates the charity’s recommendations from the findings of its Darzi Fellowship, for more integrated services. The film will tell the story of how children and young people with epilepsy were able to share their perspectives and shape the report and its recommendations.

Children’s communication charity wins award for innovation!

I CAN, the children’s communication charity, has been awarded the SLCN Innovation Award for its Talk about Talk programme at the Shine a Light awards ceremony in London, hosted by comedian David Baddiel, for its innovative approach in involving young people in various aspects of the training development.

The award winning programme, Talk about Talk was developed to provide training for organisations to improve their ability to identify and support young people with communication difficulties. Key to its development was the contribution of young people to aspects of the training.

Emergency funding available for young people and families in crisis

The children’s grant-giving organisation, Buttle UK, runs a Small Grants Programme which can provide a personal and fast response to families living in crisis and help children to improve their engagement in education..

This programme is designed to help ensure that children who are experiencing very difficult circumstances where their safety, health or development is at risk, still have their basic material needs met.

The charity considers exceptional those who are living in severe poverty, suffering deprivation as a result, and who are facing additional social issues such as domestic violence, drug and alcohol misuse, estrangement, illness, distress, abuse, neglect, behavioural or mental health issues.

Wobbly Wednesday walkaround, a simply simple idea

Supporters of Nystagmus Network are being encouraged to organise a Wobbly Wednesday walkaround on or around Wednesday 4 November to celebrate the charity’s annual awareness day. NN is leading the campaign to highlight the complex eye condition nystagmus, which affects around 1 in 1,000 people.

A Wobbly Wednesday walkaround works on the principle that ten people walking one mile can raise more awareness than one person walking ten miles. The idea which is new for this year’s Wobbly Wednesday, is easy to organise and needs no special equipment. All you need is a space big enough to walk around. NN is suggesting that Wobbly Wednesday walkarounds take place between Saturday 31st October and Friday 6th November to maximise awareness.

A host of international experts to speak at ADHD Foundation Conference 2015

ADHD Foundation is to host internationally renowned experts in childhood and adolescence mental health at its annual conference, taking place at ACC Liverpool on November 5 and 6, 2015.

November 5 will see the UK’s leading clinicians and commissioners come together to explore ‘Innovation and Service Transformation in ADHD and ASD in Mental Health and Education’ as part of a two day conference curated by ADHD Foundation. Day two (November 6) is focused for school leaders, teachers, SENCOs and social care professionals.

Dr Tony Lloyd, chief executive of ADHD Foundation and curator of the conference, said:

Have a ball for Heart of England Mencap

IT’S lights, camera, action as tickets go on sale for a night of Hollywood glamour in aid of a local charity. Heart of England Mencap will host the ‘Hollywood Ball’ in Stratford on Friday November 20th, all to raise funds to support local people living with learning disabilities.

The black-tie event will take place at The Stratford Hotel in Arden Street starting at 7pm. Guests will enjoy a three-course meal and charity auction, with live music.  Tickets cost £50 per person, or £500 for a table of ten.  The price includes all food and entertainment plus a drink on arrival.

Young Driver gears up for a visit from the Special Friends Club

22 disabled local teens get behind the wheel of a car on a special driving course
A group of disabled youngsters made some of their dreams come true when they got behind the wheel of a car for the first time at Bristol Cribbs Causeway.

Twenty two youngsters, along with parents, from the Special Friends Club visited Young Driver on 12th August, to give them the chance to try driving in a safe and controlled environment.

Because Young Driver lessons take place on private property it can teach anyone aged 11 and over, including those with disabilities which may mean they will never be able to legally drive on the roads.

A positive step forward for Autism East Midlands as they align with PR expert to manage media liaison and promotion of campaigns.

Autism East Midlands is the largest specialist autism charity in the East Midlands and has been providing support to people affected by autism for over 47 years. Formally known as NORSACA (Nottingham Regional Society for Adults and Children with Autism) the charity rebranded to Autism East Midlands in 2014.

To support the charities growth and positive future planning Leicester based PR expert Cristie Herbert of CiCi PR has been appointed to manage media liaison and the promotion of campaigns, and news stories of the charities work with families and businesses.

Third World aid brought to Malaysia from Brewood!

Thirteen pupils from St. Dominic's Brewood recently returned from Malaysia after completing an insightful World Challenge expedition.

Each pupil from St. Dominic’s Brewood raised £2400 through various fundraising initiatives in order to pay for their travel and expenses to participate in the once in a lifetime experience.

The team, led by World Challenge representative Dave Evans, focussed on five distinct phases of planning and preparation, acclimatisation, trekking, project work, and rest and relaxation.

NATIONAL CHARITY GIVES ITS “STAMP OF APPROVAL” AS IT PLEDGES TO POST OUT NEW BOOK TO OVER 200 SCHOOLS

The Dyspraxia Foundation teams up with Rotary Club to distribute specialist book to promote awareness of the condition.

The Dyspraxia Foundation is delighted to announce that over 200 schools in the Hertfordshire area will be receiving a free, educational resource for the start of next half term!

The delightfully fun yet touching and insightful book, “You’re so clumsy, Charley” (written by Jane Binnion - an author who herself has been diagnosed with dyspraxia) will be mailed out to 225 local primary schools thanks to a grant from Hitchin Tilehouse Rotary Club, with a further £1,000 matched funding from the District Rotary Foundation.

Exciting developments (and discounts) for Max Card families

Legoland, Virgin Experience Days, Go Ape!, Warwick Castle and Reel Cinemas are just a handful of high profile attractions showing their support for fostered, special educational needs and disabled children across England.

The exciting attractions are some of 800 across the country to offer exclusive discounts to a national discount scheme for young people with additional needs aged 0-19 years. Max Card is a local authority commissioned discount initiative which enables families to visit hundreds of attractions nationwide at a fraction of the cost.

36,000 families are already benefiting from the scheme, with a number of local authorities offering the scheme to families of children with additional needs.

A lasting impression for an East London school

Reverse graffiti’ artwork at Rosemary Works School in Hackney showcases new EcoBlasting service from Rentokil Specialist Hygiene

Rentokil Specialist Hygiene has unveiled its new environmentally friendly graffiti removal service, called ‘EcoBlasting’, which cleans graffiti from walls and other surfaces quickly, effectively and without the use of harmful chemicals.

LimbPower’s ever-popular Junior Games returns to Stoke Mandeville Stadium

LimbPower are proud to be holding the fantastic Junior Games event once again at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympics. The event will introduce amputees and young people with limb impairment aged 11-18 years to a range of sporting activities in a safe, friendly and inclusive environment.

This year, the children and young people will be able to try a wide range of Paralympic sports under the guidance of coaches and mentors from the relevant National Governing Bodies. These will include wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, athletics, table tennis and handcycling. The emphasis is on fun while encouraging the children to have a go at sports and socialise with their peers, and we may even spark interest and create a future Paralympian!

City College students' fundraising is a cut above the rest

Hair and beauty students at City College Southampton have raised more than £1000 for the Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity.

Julie Burrows, coordinator of level 3 hairdressing, apprentices and barbering, said: "It seems like our fundraising efforts get more and more outrageous with every new year of students. We're so proud of how they all get behind the chosen charity each year and the Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity could not be more deserving. The students have raised an absolutely staggering amount of money."