What is a Disability Hate Crime?

March 3, 2019 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

A hate crime is any crime that is perpetrated against somebody because of who they are or what they believe. The motivation for these offences stems from the victims’ gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability; characteristics protected under law and enshrined in legislation. Unfortunately, while it is widely accepted that the majority of these […]

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, […]

REACH: Education – for all or for some?

February 16, 2019 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

REACH: Where are the Disabled Central Protagonists in Television and Movies?

January 17, 2019 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

I have been waiting to write this post for sometime as it is a topic that interests and vexes me all at once. To put this into context, I am a binge watcher of television programmes, I adhere to no TV scheduling; preferring to use streaming services and DVDs. In my opinion, there is nothing […]

REACH: The Importance of Emotional Resilience

January 3, 2019 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

Emotional resilience is a vitally important life skill. It means being able to overcome the barriers and obstacles of everyday life with the minimum of anxiety, stress and upheaval.  Becoming emotionally resilient Emotional resilience like any life skill is something that you learn, build upon and create within yourself. Emotional resilience is simply knowing that […]

REACH: #Tull100 No Barriers Project

December 20, 2018 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

As anyone who has participated or had any involvement with the REACH Project over the last year will be able to tell you, we are committed to breaking down barriers; determined to ask questions, promote awareness, and an understanding of disability.  In Summer 2018, REACH became aware of the #TULL100 No Barriers project by Big […]

REACH Case Study: Kelvin – A Success Story

August 2, 2018 by Alison Watson-Shields - 0 Comments

Since receiving funding for REACH, not a day has gone by where I haven’t thought about the project, worried about client retention, or obsessed about outcomes and project direction. Sometimes, it seems conflicted, while I definitely think the project has a purpose and position within the community; my client base disagrees  Fortunately, the gentleman I am […]