October 01, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.188

Care News

All new police officers in England and Wales will now receive learning disability and mental health awareness training. Mencap have been involved in developing the course and further details can be found at:
http://www.mencap.org.uk/page.asp?id=11913


The Association for Real Change (ARC) and Skills for Care have developed a toolkit to support people who wish to employ their own personal assistants.

The toolkit covers such as employment, being a good employer, getting started, keeping your personal assistant, sorting out problems and other resources.


The Health and Safety Executive charge for many of their publications but currently the content of around 230 can be downloaded from the website for free. Go to:
http://books.hse.gov.uk/hse/public/home.jsf to see if any are of interest.


The Dept. of Health has announced that over a ten year period at least 70,000 lives have been saved by the NHS Stop Smoking Services. The number of smokers in the population has dropped from 28% to below 21%.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Buckinghamshire and Lancashire.

MH training has taken place in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, London and Birmingham.

Client care reviews have taken place in Norfolk, Lancashire and an unannounced pop in visit in Nottingham.

A new post has commenced in Nottinghamshire for a young lady with CP. Care Manager is Alan Wilson on 01603 281916. Wage is �629.00pw plus travel.

Three of our older clients sadly died this week. Kathleen had received continuous, live-in care since July 2003, Doris since April 2002 and Pauline from April 2009.

Interesting Information / Statistics

"Wear It Pink" on 30th October is Breast Cancer Awareness day. To help to raise money Asda, who have been working with The Breast Cancer Campaign for five years, are selling a pyjama set, a t-shirt, a pair of Wellies, slippers and underwear which when sold, they will donate 40% to the Breast Cancer Campaign and 60% to Breast Cancer Care. So keep a lookout in your local store. Similarly, Debenhams are selling in addition to underwear and tee shirt the money box and an ipod cover and earphones. So far over nine years Debenhams have contributed �1.9m to the Cancer Campaign.


The largest retirement village in the UK has opened in Nottingham. It is a joint venture between Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Primary Care Trust, The DOH and the ExtraCare Charitable Trust.

There are 327 homes within the village designed for active residents to those who need 24 hour care from the age of 60 years onwards. The village is on a 24 acre site and has 18 health and leisure facilities, a restaurant, IT suite and a greenhouse. Property is available to rent or buy.

Question of the Week
"I have a disabled relative and I think he receives all that he is entitled to financially. However, several people have told me that there are other organisations that can make one off grants for varying things such as equipment or holiday for example. Do you know how I can find out where these charities are?"

Answer : Turn2Us is an independent charity that helps people access the money available to them through welfare benefits, grants and other sources of appropriate financial help. They have a website which is easy to use and gives you details of possible appropriate financial support based on an individual�s particular needs and circumstances. You can phone them on 0808 802 2000 or go to their website for comprehensive information at: http://www.turn2us.org.uk

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.