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New resource in the campaign to tackle over-medication

New resource in the campaign to tackle over-medication

Today VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) launches a new resource to improve support to people with a learning disability or autism to participate in medication reviews. The resource, called ‘Preparing to visit a doctor’, aims to equip social care staff to plan with an individual for a review of their psychotropic medication. It includes guidance […]

1st September 2017 | By | Reply More
Co-chairs appointed to the Care and Support Alliance

Co-chairs appointed to the Care and Support Alliance

The Care and Support Alliance (CSA) has appointed Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK, and Mark Lever, Chief Executive of The National Autistic Society, as co-chairs. They replace Vicky McDermott, Chief Executive of Papworth Trust who is leaving the adult social care sector. The CSA is an Alliance of over 80 charities campaigning for […]

2nd August 2017 | By | Reply More
Supported living in Amersham leads to healthier and independent life

Supported living in Amersham leads to healthier and independent life

Determined Luke Castle is looking forward to both a healthier and more independent life, thanks in part to the help of staff at Hightown Housing Association’s Stokebury House in Amersham. Soon after he moved into his supported living flat in 2014, Luke began to make friends with other tenants and take part in the organised […]

3rd July 2017 | By | Reply More
Rates of suicide “worrying” among people with autism, say experts

Rates of suicide “worrying” among people with autism, say experts

Suicide rates among people with autism in England have reached “worryingly” high levels, according to experts writing in the Lancet Psychiatry today.   Writing ahead of a world-first international summit on suicidality in autism, the researchers – from Coventry and Newcastle universities – say the issue remains poorly understood and that action is urgently needed […]

25th May 2017 | By | Reply More
One girl and her cat’s mission to raise awareness of autism

One girl and her cat’s mission to raise awareness of autism

Nurse Plus Support Plus is aiming to educate members of the public about the services on offer for individuals with autism and additional needs following the national Autism Awareness Week campaign.   The nationwide company has acquired the help of an inspiring individual to assist the Support Plus team in reviewing the training and processes […]

13th April 2017 | By | Reply More
Priory Group announces merger of two adult care services

Priory Group announces merger of two adult care services

The Priory Group has today merged its two adult care divisions, Craegmoor and Amore Care, to create Priory Adult Care, one of the UK’s leading providers of specialist adult care.   This new division, which will be operational from 3 April 2017, will be headed by new Chief Executive, Jim Willis, previously the Managing Director […]

3rd April 2017 | By | Reply More
Options teams up with leading autism campaigner Anna Kennedy OBE

Options teams up with leading autism campaigner Anna Kennedy OBE

Options, the specialist autism provider of Outcomes First Group, has teamed up with leading autism campaigner Anna Kennedy OBE. Options has appointed Anna as the autism ambassador for the group. Anna has to date worked closely with the autism services with Outcomes First Group and is now extending her role across the services within the […]

22nd February 2017 | By | Reply More
Charity Day raising money for kids with terminal illness

Charity Day raising money for kids with terminal illness

Service users at Potens’ The Barn residential service in Leyland, Lancashire, recently  held a fundraising day at their home to raise money for Make Them Smile, a charity supporting kids with a range of disabilities, terminal illness and life-long conditions.   The Barn is a residential service for people with Learning disabilities and Autism and […]

9th November 2016 | By | Reply More
Tracscare announce acquisition of specialist Acquired Brain Injury provider New Bridges

Tracscare announce acquisition of specialist Acquired Brain Injury provider New Bridges

Tracscare has announced the acquisition of specialist Acquired Brain Injury provider New Bridges. The purchase of these four specialist Acquired Brain Injury services is part of their ongoing growth strategy. With over 25 years of experience in providing specialist support and over 80 services across England and Wales, Tracscare delivers specialist support for people with […]

1st November 2016 | By | Reply More
New Autism Community Service opened by Newham Councillor

New Autism Community Service opened by Newham Councillor

On the 23rd September 2016 local Councillor Aleen Alarice officially opened a new community residential service for young people and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and complex needs in Newham. The service, Phoenix House, is managed by Independent Care Provider Precious Homes and has been designed to support individuals with ASD and complex needs […]

19th October 2016 | By | Reply More
Widnes Charities Partner to Support People with Learning Disabilities into Employment

Widnes Charities Partner to Support People with Learning Disabilities into Employment

Widnes-based Cathie Stankevitch Foundation has this week launched a partnership with Community Integrated Care, to offer people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and autism, volunteering opportunities – enhancing their work experience and employment skills.   The Cathie Stankevitch Foundation was founded by rugby league legend John Stankevitch in honour of his late mother. The foundation, […]

4th August 2016 | By | Reply More
Growth experience for Autism

Growth experience for Autism

Goldcrest House service users embrace a growth experience during their work on an allotment project designed for local food production.   Promoting an understanding of growing and eating healthy local food, The Goole based Waterways Museum Sobriety Project uses allotments as a resource for involving the community in growing fresh produce and learning about food […]

20th May 2016 | By | Reply More
Buckinghamshire opportunities centre opens offering support to adults with learning disabilities or dementia

Buckinghamshire opportunities centre opens offering support to adults with learning disabilities or dementia

Leading social care provider Buckinghamshire Care has officially opened its latest opportunities centre, which offers support to adults with learning disabilities and autism as well as older adults – including those with dementia.   Burnham Opportunities Centre, based on Minniecroft Road, is the latest development to open as part of Buckinghamshire County Council’s day opportunities […]

16th May 2016 | By | Reply More
Dallaglio brings rugby to children with learning difficulties

Dallaglio brings rugby to children with learning difficulties

The Dallaglio Foundation, the charity founded by England Rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio, has teamed up with the Priory Group, the UK mental healthcare and education specialists, to help youngsters with special educational needs get a foothold in the workplace.   The charity is launching its flagship ‘RugbyWorks’ programme across a number of Priory specialist schools […]

11th May 2016 | By | Reply More
Wirral residential care home is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

Wirral residential care home is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

Wirral residential care home is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission   The Care Quality Commission has rated The Willows in Bromborough, Wirral, as Outstanding following an announced inspection in November 2015. The Willows, operated by The Wirral Autistic Society, is a small purpose built residential care home designed specifically to provide services for […]

24th March 2016 | By | Reply More
Edinburgh man with autism takes on Silverstone Half Marathon

Edinburgh man with autism takes on Silverstone Half Marathon

A 22 year old from Edinburgh, who has autism, is taking on his biggest ever challenge this Sunday  when he runs a half marathon at the famous Silverstone Grand Prix race track. His journey to completing the race is being featured in a new video podcast series.   Jamie Knox is supported by the national […]

10th March 2016 | By | Reply More
The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group respond to Time for Change: The Challenge Ahead.

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group respond to Time for Change: The Challenge Ahead.

  The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group welcome the publication of Sir Stephen Bubb’s latest report on the transforming care agenda.   VODG chief executive Rhidian Hughes said:   “This is a welcomed report with good recommendations. We need to continue to seek constructive ways of building and sustaining good relationships across all parts of the […]

22nd February 2016 | By | Reply More
Plymouth care service for adults with learning disabilities gets ‘Outstanding’ from CQC

Plymouth care service for adults with learning disabilities gets ‘Outstanding’ from CQC

A service in Plymouth, Devon, that provides care and accommodation for adults with learning disability and associated conditions such as Asperger’s and autism has been given an “outstanding” rating following an unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission. Douglas House in Restormel Terrace, Mutley, Plymouth is a residential care home operated by Regard, the UK’s […]

15th February 2016 | By | Reply More
System should work together to improve learning disability and autism commissioning VODG report says

System should work together to improve learning disability and autism commissioning VODG report says

All parts of the system should work together to improve learning disability and autism commissioning says a new report from the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group.  A critical issue for the disability sector is ensuring people with learning disabilities and autism receive the right care, in the right place at the right time. Speaking on the […]

2nd February 2016 | By | Reply More
National Autistic Society’s Professional Conference date announced

National Autistic Society’s Professional Conference date announced

The National Autistic Society’s Professional Conference has been announced and takes place on 1 and 2 March 2016, Telford International Centre, Telford, UK   This conference is a must for all professionals working with autism. Last year it was attended by nearly 700 delegates. The event provides a unique opportunity for professionals from education, health […]

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