REACH: Is the DWP Failing Disabled People?

February 19, 2019 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

In 2010, when the Coalition Government came into power, they instituted the most sweeping welfare reforms for a generation; they abolished and replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), while they simultaneously introduced Universal Credit (UC), repealing six benefits and replacing them with one monthly instalment. These extreme changes are causing confusion, […]

Young At Heart ULO: 11/02/2019

February 16, 2019 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

On Monday morning, at our Stockton group, the group spent the session playing number games. We started with ‘Play Your Cards Right’ and worked around the teams until every team had won a game. For the second half of the session we had a game of bingo. On Monday afternoon, in Billingham, the group talked […]

REACH: Education – for all or for some?

by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

Education for people with disabilities has always been an issue of contention and debate ever since the introduction of the National Curriculum in 1987.   Despite education being “central” to many successive governments, since the 1990s very little practical implementation of adapted facilities appears to have taken place within mainstream Schools. This isn’t to say […]

Young At Heart ULO, 04/02/2019

February 10, 2019 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

This week at Young At Heart ULO we talked romance, explored our creative side and worked on our circus skills. In Stockton, on Monday morning, the group were talking romance, writing (some very risqué) valentines poems and creating small pieces of artwork that will be made into a larger piece made up of work from […]

REACH: Instilling Independence and Confidence – Case Study

February 7, 2019 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

REACH recently worked with a young lady who, upon completing her education at Abbey Hill School, wanted to enrol in a mainstream college so that she could pursue her dreams of working with children. Chloe’s mother expressed concerns about her travelling independently to and from Middlesbrough college. Following a discussion with Chloe, we found that […]

Young At Heart ULO, 28/01/2019

February 5, 2019 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

This week at Young At Heart ULO we had some really interesting debates and discussions to make your mouth water!

NEWSLETTER: YAH News February 2019

February 1, 2019 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

REACH: Understanding Advocacy

January 31, 2019 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

REACH has recently been working with a young lady called Natalie, who needed help communicating with her care provider and understanding her care plan. When she was initially referred to REACH, issues with her Social Worker had caused the relationship to deteriorate so much that Natalie was struggling to get her message across about the […]

Young At Heart ULO: 21 Jan 2019

January 27, 2019 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

This week at Young At Heart ULO we have had yet another interesting week! On Monday morning, the group at St John’s Church were joined by visitors from ‘Join Dementia Research’ and ‘Dementia Voices’ while they had some very passionate debates about some very divisive topics, for example, their thoughts on stay at home dads, […]

REACH: Talking Helps – Case Study

January 24, 2019 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

In recent years, mental health has begun to take more of a forefront within our community. The government states that 1 in 4 of us will suffer from some form of mental health issue in our lives. The importance of mental health issues cannot be understated; the medical community endeavours to provide mental health support […]