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Sisters doing it for themselves!

Sisters doing it for themselves!

The Taylor Report, published last week, sets out that “all work in the UK economy should be fair and decent with realistic scope for development and fulfilment” – hot on the heels of last month’s National Learning Disability Week which focused on raising awareness of the benefits of employing people with a learning disability.  Meanwhile Mencap, […]

18th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Lewis is determined to earn his independence

Lewis is determined to earn his independence

Lewis Partridge is determined to prove that learning difficulties are not necessarily a barrier to securing paid work, paving the way for a much more independent lifestyle. The 26-year-old, who lives at Walnut Tree Lane, a supported living home in Sudbury, Suffolk, run by the Regard Group, has worked for Sainsbury’s for nearly five years, […]

7th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Supported living unit funded by new investment strategy

Supported living unit funded by new investment strategy

The AEW UK Real Return Fund has acquired a block of 27 two-bed apartments in Westhoughton near Bolton for £2.8m. These have been let to My Space Housing Solutions for the provision of supported living units for vulnerable adults with a range of support needs such as mental health issues and learning disabilities.   My […]

5th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Political parties must make a commitment to social care and the people it supports

Political parties must make a commitment to social care and the people it supports

With six weeks to go before the general election on 8 June, VODG is calling on political parties to put human rights, social care funding and the workforce at the heart of their manifesto commitments.   Election campaigns must also be accessible to disabled people, argues VODG – the national charity that represents leading not-for-profit […]

27th April 2017 | By | Reply More
Channel 4’s Dispatches ‘Under Lock and Key’ brings cross-sector response

Channel 4’s Dispatches ‘Under Lock and Key’ brings cross-sector response

Providers of learning disability services expressed shock and disappointment at the scenes depicted in Channel 4’s ‘Under Lock and Key’ aired on Wednesday 1st March.   The Dispatches documentary prompted organisations representing the sector – including CMG, Voyage Care, United Response, Lifeways, The Wilf Ward Family Trust, Mencap, Choice Care Group, the Voluntary Organisations Disabilities […]

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A quarter of young men has self-harmed as a way of dealing with pressure and stress

A quarter of young men has self-harmed as a way of dealing with pressure and stress

Alarming numbers of 16–24-year-old men in the UK have revealed that they have intentionally hurt themselves (24%) or have considered it (22%), as a way of coping with a difficult situation or emotion, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by three leading youth charities.   Worryingly, the survey also disclosed that young men, when they […]

1st March 2017 | By | Reply More
GMB calls to end lottery on how social care is funded

GMB calls to end lottery on how social care is funded

GMB CALL FOR PLAN TO END LOTTERY OF HOW SOCIAL CARE IS FUNDED AND MAKE SURE THE ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE ARE PAID FOR FROM GENERAL TAXATION It is a complete lottery as to who among the 1 in 15 of UK residents will end up in a care home. What should not be a lottery is how […]

14th December 2016 | By | Reply More
Chancellor misses opportunity to address the needs of the vulnerable, elderly and disabled

Chancellor misses opportunity to address the needs of the vulnerable, elderly and disabled

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP has today delivered the final Autumn Statement confirming that from now it would be replaced by a Spring Statement. The content of the statement has been met with shock and dismay with care providers and social care associations claiming the Government has betrayed the elderly and vulnerable […]

23rd November 2016 | By | Reply More
Ipswich care service is rated Outstanding by CQC

Ipswich care service is rated Outstanding by CQC

The Care Quality Commission has found the quality of care provided by L’Arche Ipswich The Cornerstone to be Outstanding overall following an inspection carried out in April. L’Arche Ipswich The Cornerstone registered to provide personal care and offers live-in support to people living with a learning disability. Inspectors found staff were caring and compassionate and […]

12th July 2016 | By | Reply More
voluntary disability group argues for improved commissioning to seize the benefits of technology in care

voluntary disability group argues for improved commissioning to seize the benefits of technology in care

Today the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) launches a new report on how social care providers are embracing technology to improve services. The group argues that commissioning practices must keep pace with technological change to support quality improvement.   The report coincides with the Department for Communities and Local Government social care inquiry which is […]

8th July 2016 | By | Reply More
Parents fly into Perrywood House in support of PWS Awareness

Parents fly into Perrywood House in support of PWS Awareness

Parents came from far and wide to join Perrywood House for a very special cultural evening. Perrywood House offers accommodation and support for seven adults living with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) and is a part of the Gretton Homes family based in the area. Caroline White the home manager organised the evening so that the parents […]

3rd May 2016 | By | Reply More
CQC’s approach to fees is damaging good care

CQC’s approach to fees is damaging good care

Following the Care Quality Commission’s announcement that an increase in the fees charged to care providers the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) has strongly opposed this measure.   VODG chief executive, Professor Rhidian Hughes said:   “Alongside CQC’s strategy consultation this latest announcement does little to strengthen the regulator’s commitment to efficiency and cost control. The sector […]

30th March 2016 | By | Reply More
Contract to provide Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services awarded to partnership

Contract to provide Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services awarded to partnership

Contract for Riverside Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services is awarded to a Partnership between Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust and The Huntercombe Group. NHS England (South) has awarded the contract to provide Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to a unique NHS and independent sector partnership. The partners are Avon […]

14th January 2016 | By | Reply More
Hampshire school wins ‘outstanding’ praise from Ofsted

Hampshire school wins ‘outstanding’ praise from Ofsted

Coxlease School in Lyndhurst, Hampshire is celebrating after being officially recognised as an ‘outstanding’ school for children and young people with emotional, social, behavioural and mental health difficulties.   In its latest report, Ofsted, the independent education watchdog, said the New Forest school was outstanding across the board for its ‘effective leadership and management’, ‘quality […]

12th January 2016 | By | Reply More
Lack of promised social care funding is a betrayal of people reliant on the care system

Lack of promised social care funding is a betrayal of people reliant on the care system

At Prime Minister’s Questions the Leader of the Opposition challenged David Cameron on his plans for social care. During the exchange, questions were raised over the government’s plans for funding social care over the life of the parliament after the Chancellor revealed in the Spending Review that only £1.5bn would be added to the Better […]

17th December 2015 | By | Reply More
Specialist care provider responds to local authority need

Specialist care provider responds to local authority need

Essex County Council has identified older adults in Frinton-On-Sea living with learning difficulties and physical or complex health needs as the group most in need of suitable accommodation with care-providers in the town.   So great is this need that when a room becomes vacant shortly at Arundel House in Harold Road, the care-provider who […]

16th December 2015 | By | Reply More
Meals on Wheels Week – The NACC calls on industry support to save the UK Meals on Wheels service

Meals on Wheels Week – The NACC calls on industry support to save the UK Meals on Wheels service

For Meals on Wheels Week 2015 (9-13 November), the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has launched a UK Government and Parliament petition calling for the Meals on Wheels service to be protected in statutory law. The NACC is calling on all foodservice and care industry colleagues to sign the petition and support its campaign […]

11th November 2015 | By | Reply More
Salford resident names new £6.5 million extra care facility

Salford resident names new £6.5 million extra care facility

A Salford resident has won a competition to name City West Housing Trust’s new £6.5 million state-of-the-art extra care facility, which is set to transform the former Ninian Gardens site in Walkden town centre. The 56-apartment extra care facility will provide much needed modern support services for elderly and vulnerable residents, and will play a […]

25th September 2015 | By | Reply More
Alzheimer’s Society welcomes tighter regulation of charities

Alzheimer’s Society welcomes tighter regulation of charities

Sir Stuart Etherington’s review, published today calls for a new regulatory body to set standards for fundraising good practice. The review also recommends the creation of a new ‘Fundraising Preference Service’ for the public to opt out of fundraising communications. Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society said: “Alzheimer’s Society welcomes Sir Stuart Etherington’s Commission […]

23rd September 2015 | By | Reply More
Healthwatch England releases report on preventable loss of millions wasted when people leave hospital

Healthwatch England releases report on preventable loss of millions wasted when people leave hospital

GETTING HOSPITAL DISCHARGE RIGHT EVERY TIME WOULD STOP SUFFERING AND SAVE MILLIONS OF POUNDS, SAYS PATIENT WATCHDOG   New report by Healthwatch England reveals stories of over 3,000 people from vulnerable groups and their experiences of the discharge process. Five key problems identified including poor communication and coordination between services and people not being involved […]

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