Win an Amplicomms Power Tel M6300



Simple Phone makes a Big Noise – the amplicomms PowerTel M6300

The battery on the amplicomms M6300 will last around 7 days, with a ring tone that will match a Rolling Stones concert, at 90dB’s and powerful vibrate, so you won’t miss any calls.  You’ll also be able to hear conversations, as the volume booster button will increase the call much louder than a regular mobile.

In case of an emergency, the M6300 eases the stress as it comes with an SOS button to call 5 selected nearest and dearest until the call is answered.  

The M6300 is an amplified phone designed for people with hearing loss, but for simple phone calls, text messaging,Bluetooth connectivity and a long battery life this is one of the Smartest Phones you need.  


Jiraffe specialise in bringing you innovative paediatric postural support and service products. Part of the Jenx Ltd family, and with over 30 years’ experience of working with children and adults with special postural needs, our team are dedicated to bringing you the latest, most innovative and highest quality specialist products out there. The range covers all aspects of everyday life from seating and standing, to mobility, sleeping, therapy and bathroom products too. Interested in a product demonstration or assessment, or just some friendly advice.


Call  today on 0114 285 6136. All our products are aimed at enabling people to experience a wider range of activities in comfort.


Naidex at the NEC, Birmingham


28, 29 & 30 March 2017
NEC, Birmingham

Europe’s most far-reaching trade, professional and consumer show dedicated to the care, rehabilitation and lifestyle of people with disabilities. Setting no limit on potential, the event is the only place that gathers innovation, information, cutting edge supplies, and the most inspirational speakers from around the world to one venue, over three unforgettable days.

Naidex is CPD accredited and completely free to attend, just register for your tickets via the website.

Click here to find out more


Hft adds voice to study about service provision for people with disabilities

Hft, a charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, has responded to calls for information from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on service provisions for persons with disabilities. 
Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the Rights Of Persons with Disabilities, launched the call as part of her study in to the global state of provisions of services for people with disabilities. The results of the report will be presented to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council in March 2017. 

New report finds gap between government ambition and reality for supporting disabled jobseekers

·        New report commissioned by ERSA from WPI Economics looks at the rhetoric and the reality of the government’s commitment to halving the disability employment gap.

·        The proposed 80% reduction in funding means 45,000 fewer disabled people will access specialist employment support in every remaining year of this Parliament.

·        Doubling resources would give an extra 160,000 disabled people access to appropriate support and bring Exchequer savings of £280 million.

Access for all as National Trust, Stourhead add all-terrain wheelchairs to their fleet of accessible transport


The Mountain Trike Company who manufacture and produce all-terrain wheelchairs have been working with the National Trust for some time and in 2015 developed the MT Push, a buddy chair.  This was developed from the original Mountain Trike wheelchair at the behest of the Visitor and Services Manager at the National Trust Brownsea Island site.  They could see the benefit of offering manual off-road wheelchairs to enable those less mobile to enjoy the Island, but were worried the lever drive system used on the Mount

Caring Kay’s Xmas shoe box quest

Kay Morgan Shoe Box Appeal


It may only be October but Kay Morgan who lives at a care service in Plymouth is already thinking what she can do help people who are living on the streets this Christmas. 

The 49-year-old, who lives at Victoria and Grenville service run by care provider Regard in Mutley, is collecting for the South West’s Homeless Shoebox Appeal for the South West. Kay, her fellow housemates and the staff team who support them will be collecting items including toiletries, hats and scarves, torches and sweets that will be handed out on Christmas Day.

Said Victoria service manager Donna West: “Kay really loves getting involved and is looking forward to bringing a bit of Christmas cheer to people who are having a tough time.

Essex champions job opportunities for disabled people

Essex is championing employment opportunities for disabled people and aiming to find jobs for hundreds of residents.

Essex County Council has pledged to become one of Britain’s first accredited employers under the Department for Work and Pension’s nationwide Disability Confident campaign, and is now challenging other Essex businesses to close the disability employment gap.

We want disabled people to make up at least 7.5% of the council’s workforce by 2018, from 300 to 500 employees.

The county’s first candidate, Chelsey Reynolds, impressed so much during three weeks’ work experience at County Hall, Chelmsford, that she secured a full-time role as a Communications Officer – something she previously thought was out of reach.

Increasing Opportunities for Disabled Riders

Disabled Riders

The Accessibility Mark scheme is opening fresh avenues for riding centres, helping them provide more riding opportunities for disabled people. While this is good for the footfall of the business it brings a whole new set of challenges to the centres and their staff.

This is where the role of an Accessibility Support Officer (ASO) is vital to the success of the scheme.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) participation programme launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

Silver medal for tree of hope cybathlete

cybathlete Jonny

A disabled man supported by Tunbridge Wells charity, Tree of Hope, has returned from the world’s first Cybathlon with a Silver medal for Great Britain. 

Using bionic assistive technology that enables him to pedal despite being paralysed, Johnny Beer, from Aylesbury, saw off stiff competition from nine different countries in the qualifying rounds of the FES bike race. In a head to head final against Mark Muhn, for America’s Team Cleveland, Johnny smashed his personal best to complete 10 laps in 4.08 minutes for Great Britain on a BerkelBike. 

The event in Zurich, Switzerland, showcased technology that helps people living with disabilities cope more effectively with daily life.

Crystal Palace Foundation to Feature in new BT Sport Film

disability sport group

The Crystal Palace Foundation are to feature in a new national TV short film to highlight their work around disability sport.
BT Sport visited one of its centres in Purley on Wednesday evening to hear how Matt, a lifelong Crystal Palace FC fan with Tourette syndrome and ADHD, has benefited from their power chair football sessions. Matt and his team mates were joined by Crystal Palace players Wilfred Zaha, Julian Speroni and Jason Puncheon, as well as Academy and Women’s team players on Wednesday night at Waddon Leisure Centre, to take in a session. 

Powerchair football team eyes expansion

The Crystal Palace FC Foundation powerchair football team has been given a lifeline, thanks to a new funding programme which will secure its future and allow it to expand.

The team was set up three years ago and plays in the Wheelchair Football Association’s south-east league. Powerchair football is a four-a-side, non-contact sport that can be played by both genders and all ages – the age range in Palace’s team is from nine to 46.

Donations from Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni’s testimonial fund and Palace fan Graham Finch, along with the Robert Eaton Memorial Fund, have helped pay for equipment, but with each chair costing upwards of £6,000 and transport costs to cover on top of that, it was becoming difficult to fund the team.