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Care homes of the future: how will they look?

Care homes of the future: how will they look?

As populations around the world begin to live for longer than they ever have, their individual needs related to their health become even more complex, and this is no different in the UK. What this means, is that care homes need to use greater amounts of, and more intelligent, assistive technologies. Furthermore, staff and care […]

4th August 2017 | By | Reply More
National disability charity calls for urgent social care investment in upcoming budget

National disability charity calls for urgent social care investment in upcoming budget

Ahead of the upcoming Budget next week [8th March], national disability charity, Sense, is calling on the Government to avert a disaster in the social care sector by delivering the substantial cash injection and long-term  sustainability plan needed to prevent its collapse. The widely reported social care crisis, which has resulted in cuts to services […]

3rd March 2017 | By | Reply More
Charity calls on government to halt proposed cuts to Employment Support Allowance

Charity calls on government to halt proposed cuts to Employment Support Allowance

  The Work and Pensions Select Committee said cuts in disability benefits should be delayed until the government clarifies how it will support those in need of extra money. The allowance is set to be reduced from £102 to £73 per week from April.   Richard Kramer, Deputy Chief Executive at Sense, said:   “ESA […]

7th February 2017 | By | Reply More
Charity award to book clubs that aim to reduce isolation for blind older people

Charity award to book clubs that aim to reduce isolation for blind older people

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has awarded a £40,000 grant to Living Paintings, a charity that organise tactile and audio-based Touch to See Book Clubs for older blind and partially-sighted people across the UK. The grant was marked with a visit by two local Freemasons to one of the Book Clubs in Newbury.   The grant […]

3rd August 2016 | By | Reply More
Charity report highlights health inequalities and barriers faced by deafblind people accessing healthcare

Charity report highlights health inequalities and barriers faced by deafblind people accessing healthcare

A report published today by the national deafblind charity, Sense, highlights the health inequalities and barriers faced by deafblind people accessing healthcare in England. It comes ahead of the implementation of the Accessible Information Standard on July 31st, and stresses the urgent need for all health and social care providers to deliver a more accessible […]

29th July 2016 | By | Reply More
Paisley residents win charities’ competition to name new services for blind people

Paisley residents win charities’ competition to name new services for blind people

A competition to name two new services for blind people in the West of Scotland has been won by local residents. Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation, Royal Blind, launched the competition in Paisley Central Library to name its new care home and a centre for visually impaired veterans that is being built alongside it by […]

3rd May 2016 | By | Reply More
Hull City Council pledges to work with local disabled people to tackle issue of street clutter

Hull City Council pledges to work with local disabled people to tackle issue of street clutter

Hull City Council has pledged to work with local disabled people to tackle the growing issue of street clutter.   The council is the first in the UK to launch their ‘Street Charter’, which was developed alongside RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People), Hull Access Improvement Group, Hull and East Riding Institute for the […]

17th February 2016 | By | Reply More
Almost 12,500 blind and partially sighted older people casualties of social care crisis

Almost 12,500 blind and partially sighted older people casualties of social care crisis

Thousands of blind and partially sighted older people are not receiving any social care support, becoming the latest casualties of the social care crisis, according to Charities Age UK and RNIB.    In the four financial years between 2008/2009[i] and 2012/2013[ii], there was a 36.5% reduction in social care services to older people with visual […]

21st January 2016 | By More
Paisley to get new blind services as planning secured for care facilities

Paisley to get new blind services as planning secured for care facilities

Planning permission has been secured for the construction of two new services for blind people in the West of Scotland. Royal Blind and its sister charity Scottish War Blinded have received planning permission from Renfrewshire Council to construct a care home for older people with a visual impairment and centre for veterans of military service […]

7th August 2015 | By | Reply More
Personal Independence Payments delays unlawful and unacceptable

Personal Independence Payments delays unlawful and unacceptable

Today’s ruling by the High Court that a delay in paying welfare benefits to two disabled people was ‘unlawful’ and ‘unacceptable’ has been welcomed by RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People).   The two claimants waited nine months for Personal Independence Payments (PIP), which left them ‘dependent on loan sharks and food banks’.   […]

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