North Norfolk Community Transport (NNCT) passengers take a trip on the charity's new minibus . NNCT was awarded £24,000 by the council. Photo: KAREN BETHELL Archant A cash boost to community transport projects, worth £32,000, will help people living in rural communities in north Norfolk. Grants have been awarded by North Norfolk District Council under a scheme designed to help vulnerable, disadvantaged and isolated residents access the services and facilities they need.The council’s Community Transport Fund (CTF) is supporting three projects that have successfully applied for funding. The projects are available to eligible residents of any age and the scheme remains open to new applications ahead of the next round of funding.Aylsham & District Care Trust has been awarded £7,000 towards its minibus and volunteer car service. The grant will enable the schemes to expand their geographical area of operation to include specific additional parishes in north … [Read more...] about £32,000 for community transport projects to help rural areas
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PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 June 2018 Mary Langan, campaigner for rights of autism sufferers Luke Patrick Dixon Photography Will the council now listen to the autism community? The election of a new Labour Council in Haringey pledged to “redesign adult social care” has raised hopes of a new dawn for the autism community. As the mother of a young man with autism, severe learning disabilities and epilepsy, I am only too well aware of the damaging impact of the policies pursued by the outgoing council. Official estimates suggest that there are about 2,000 adults with autism in the borough, a number increasing each year as 50 autistic children enter adulthood. Yet in 2015 Haringey closed down its only dedicated autism day centre at Roundway leaving one small autism unit with 15 places. I am alarmed to hear council officers continuing to justify the closure of day centres on the grounds that this encourages greater independence and reflects the wishes of current service users. … [Read more...] about View from the street: Will our council stand up and help autism community?
PUBLISHED: 08:39 31 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:39 31 May 2018 England manager Gareth Southgate, right, won't be the only boss hoping that his team can perform during the Russia 2018 World Cup this summer. Picture: PA. PA Archive/PA Images England boss Gareth Southgate is busy making last-minute preparations to ensure his team perform during this summer’s World Cup – a concern shared by many other managers across the region. England fans will be hoping for more scenes like this from 2014 during the World Cup this summer - while their employers will hope they can also find the winning formula in the workplace. Pictured are fans at the Woolpack in Norwich. Picture: Archant. For while summer sporting events may be good news for fans, they can pose difficulties for employers as staff vie to get time off to support their team, or pull a sickie to watch the big game. Businesses are being urged to get a game plan together now to help manage their own team during the competition, … [Read more...] about How employers can avoid World Cup fever
Abstract BackgroundTranslational research is required to ensure exercise referral schemes (ERSs) are evidence-based and reflect local needs. This article reports process data from the co-development phase of an ERS, providing an insight into (i) factors that must be considered when translating evidence to practice in an ERS setting, and (ii) challenges and facilitators of conducting participatory research involving multiple stakeholders.MethodsAn ERS was iteratively co-developed by a multidisciplinary stakeholder group (commissioners, managers, practitioners, patients and academics) via five participatory meetings and an online survey. Audio data (e.g. group discussions) and visual data (e.g. whiteboard notes) were recorded and analysed using NVivo-10 electronic software.ResultsFactors to consider when translating evidence to practice in an ERS setting included (i) current ERS culture; (ii) skills, safety and accountability; and (iii) resources and capacity. The co-development process … [Read more...] about Making a move in exercise referral: co-development of a physical activity referral scheme
A Warwickshire charity that specialises in life-saving skills is looking for volunteers who work or live in the centre of Leamington to help save more lives. Warwickshire Hearts, which has already trained more than 5,000 people in the county, will train all volunteers in CPR to respond to cardiac arrests when required by the ambulance service and provide emergency defibrillation and CPR until the paramedics arrive on scene.Ideal volunteers will be employed or a resident in close proximity of the north and south Parade to urgently pick up the public defibrillators at the top of the Parade and outside Leamington Town Hall.The initiative is known as the ‘number plus scheme’, and will be run by Warwickshire Hearts, alongside West Midlands Ambulance Service and Leamington Town Council. If successful it will be rolled out to other areas in Leamington Warwick and Kenilworth areas.Volunteers will need to be aged 18 and over and fit and healthy. They will also require a DBS … [Read more...] about New scheme to be launched in Leamington to help save more lives