August 30, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.337

UK News

At The Olympic Games over 70,000 people volunteered their time to help with the event. It was an outstanding success from volunteers standing at the airports to show people the way, to the volunteers in the stadium. One of the legacy hopes is that this spirit of volunteering, after the games, will enable the UK charities to recruit more needed volunteers to make a difference to society across a broad range of needs.

To find out the volunteering needs in your local area visit: where you can put in your area of the country and find out which organisations and charities really would like to hear from you if you have time to spare.

University College London (UCL) are carrying out a new study into a treatment which aims to improve learning, memory and language skills in people with Down's syndrome.

They are looking for participants, so if you have Down's Syndrome or know someone with Down's Syndrome who is aged 18 to 30 and might be interested to hear more about this study, please contact Dr Andre Strydom by phone or email on the details below:
Email: or
Telephone 0207 6799308
Source: Down’s Syndrome Association

Information from the Department of Health for July 2012 - Delayed Transfers of Care

? ? ? Question of the Week ? ? ?

"I watched a TV program a few weeks ago and saw how a jolly good old sing song was enjoyed by a group of dementia residents in an old people’s home. I believe there is an organisation which provides a similar service for people who have dementia but live in their own homes. Where can I make contact?"

Answer : The Alzheimer’s Association has a project called ‘Singing for the Brain' which uses singing to bring people together in a friendly and stimulating social environment.

Singing, besides being an enjoyable activity as you witnessed, can also provide a way for people with dementia and their carers to socialise with others in a fun and supportive group. Musical memories are often easier to recall than memories and allows people to join in more easily.

To find out if there is a ‘Singing for the Brain Group’ in your area make contact with your local Alzheimer’s branch. The groups are spreading throughout the country and if there is not one local to you, the Alzheimer’s Association is looking to train volunteers to start new branches up.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Diabetes prescriptions have, for the first time, topped 40 million in a year, a rise of nearly 50 per cent on six years ago. (HSCIC)

Every single ambulance trust in England for the first time has met the national standard for responding to emergency calls in eight minutes, Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) figures show.

The Charity Bank finances social enterprises, charities and community organisations. For further information visit

In House

Two visits were made to potential clients this week in Norfolk and Nottinghamshire.

I was kindly invited to speak at the Brisbane Women’s Business Networking Event last Friday.

David Gifford, Contracts Manager, was interviewed by BBC Look East in relation to the current care situation for people with Multiple Sclerosis in the Eastern region.

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