Friday 3 August 2012

Training Pack

Joseph`s Story

A disability awareness DVD and booklet training pack compiled by Kevin Pardell of Maryport in Cumbria.

This pack aims to offer an insight into living with disabilities and to increase the students' understanding of how a person with disabilities expect, and needs, to be treated in every day life. The DVD is designed for both children and adults to introduce a discussion on disability into the classroom and/or work place.
In addition to encouraging discussion and promoting understanding and empathy, it is hoped that the training pack will be used to enable teachers, students, employees etc. to disscuss disability and the challenges faced openly and without fear of judgement or stigma.

Copies of Joseph's story DVD and booklet can be obtained at a cost of £15 including postage and packaging. For more information please contact Allerdale COSC, Park hill, he Ghyll, Maryport CA15 7BD
Tel: 01900 819648


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Friday 13 July 2012

new training opportunities. i have recently qualified as a community learning champion people on opportunities in adult learning, which means i can advise on learning opportunities for disabled people which would not cost you anything as there are a lot free on line courses. if you would like further advice please send me an email to this blog.

Monday 9 July 2012

facebook page.!/pages/Comunity/365660846841181
i have also as part of my disabillity awareness project developed a page which newly disabilled people may find interesting and usefull in trying to get infromation and acceces to servies that will help them come to terms with the sudden change in theyre life style.

Tuesday 13 December 2011

Learning to talk again

Imagine what it must feel like to wake up in hospital after a stroke.
Depending on the severity, the effects can be life-changing.
For many people it can result in paralysis and other mobility problems
that can leave them wheelchair-bound. However perhaps even more
disabling can be the loss of speech. Their main method of
communication is suddenly lost.
Now 76, Carlisle pensioner Margaret Gebbie suffered a stroke 17 years
ago. Her speech was badly affected, and with it her confidence. She
would stay in the house, unable to go into town or meet up with
friends for fear of being unable to communicate.
However Margaret is proof that what has been cruelly snatched away by
a stroke can be rekindled, though it requires a lot of determination.
With help from the ‘Say It’ group, she has gradually been teaching her
brain how to speak again. The weekly support group, which holds
sessions in Carlisle, Penrith and Wigton, is run by trained speech
therapists, supported by an army of dedicated volunteers.
She attends the Carlisle group, which meets at Burnside Court in
Stanwix. Each session includes a combination of group discussions and
pair work, all designed to encourage conversation and help people
relearn what they used to take for granted.
Margaret is one of the longest-serving group members, having now been
attending for over 10 years. In that time her speech has been
“I took ill in the September, just before I was due to retire,” she
remembers. “My speech was really bad. It did change my life. Before
that I used to go out a lot but I stopped because I couldn’t speak. I
couldn’t speak at all for about two years.
“But I’ve come here and I’ve learnt. I learn every time I come. You
just have to keep trying, it makes a big difference. Now I can go up
street by myself, I don’t worry about anything. I used to be
frightened but now I’m not,” she says.
As part of a national Giving Voice campaign, the Cumbria Partnership
NHS Foundation Trust is promoting the work of the county’s speech
therapists. Together they help a wide range of people address
communication problems, from children who suffer from a stammer to
adults like Margaret who have lost their power of speech after a

In total, Cumbria’s speech and language therapists deal with 34,000
appointments every year. Funded by the Cumbria Partnership, the Say It
group is a great example of what they can achieve. Coordinator Sylvia
Walton explains that it started life 20 years ago, initially supported
by a local stroke charity and more recently by the local health trust.
As well as stroke patients they also help those recovering from a wide
variety of head injuries.
On top of the weekly support groups, the Say It service also offers
one-to-one home support to those who are either not ready for the
group or have more specific needs.
But she says the group is hugely beneficial as it also doubles up as a
social event.
“When people have a communication problem they become quite isolated.
Here, as well as therapy, they also get to meet people who are in the
same boat. They can practice their speech in a safe environment and
get to know new people,” she explains.
Anna Cooke started out as a volunteer when she was a student and has
gone on to qualify as a stroke specialist speech therapist. Although
based at the Cumberland Infirmary’s stroke unit, her ties to the group
are as strong as ever. “Generally speaking, people who come here have
usually been in hospital, though they are all at different stages. For
some people as soon as they go home the group is appropriate, for
others it’s not.”
Sylvia adds: “It’s very much tailored to what each individual wants and needs.”
At each session she puts people into groups of varying sizes, often
with a volunteer, and gives them tasks, quizzes or other ideas to
stimulate conversation and trigger new vocabulary. Depending on how
good their speech has become they are also encouraged to use other
methods, from hand signals to writing, to get their message across.
“People make a bigger effort to try and say something here because
people understand. They are going through the same thing,” says
Sylvia, who also organises social events for members.
Anna adds: “People are more accepting here so it really helps build
confidence. It’s actually sometimes a bridge to getting them back into
their existing social networks.
“It can be daunting, but they can come here for a while, gain speaking
skills and confidence, then go back to the groups they were already
Group members range in age from 30 to over 80 and some come for a few
months, while others are still benefiting several years later. Anna
says it is also nice to see the longer serving members helping new
faces and feeling like they are giving something back.
In the last few weeks Ross Millar has started attending the group. The
38-year-old, who lives in Carlisle with his partner, suffered a stroke
that has severely affected his speech. He can say some words but also
uses actions, writing and drawing to illustrate what he wants to say.
Asked what it was like to suddenly find himself without a voice, he
simply shakes his head and holds it in his hands – a gesture that says
more than a thousand words. However he says the group “is good” and he
enjoyed a recent 10-pin bowls night they held.
To help him build his speech, Sylvia encourages him to talk about his
plans to start an allotment – saying that finding a subject that
interests an individual is key. He draws diagrams of allotments and
uses seed packets to talk about what he would plant.
He is helped by others in the group, including 83-year-old Pauline
Anderson, who remembers all too well what it was like to be in his
position. It is exactly a year ago that the retired secretary, from
Houghton, suffered a stroke. Although she knew what she wanted to say
in her head, the injury to her brain meant she was unable to translate
“It was horrible. The wrong words would come out,” she remembers.
Although she knew what a kettle was, she just couldn’t find its name
in her vocabulary – and the same applied to most everyday words and
phrases. “It was so frustrating and I would get quite mad at myself,”
she says. But her husband and children were determined to help. They
put labels around the house to help her relearn the words she had
She would practice them over and over again until they eventually
started to stick. “You’ve got to do it. You can’t not, all the time
you have to try. Even now I can be talking to someone and I lose my
thread. But it has been good coming to the group, we all help each
Her husband Bill has seen a big improvement. “It’s been most
beneficial and her confidence is coming back. It’s been slow but she’s
getting there now.”

By Pam McGowan
Courtesy of Evening News and Star

Tuesday 29 November 2011

walking in Cumbria

Cumbria offers a huge range of walking options for people of all levels of experience and ability: 
  • For the hardened fell walker to the occasional stroller 
  • For young families to the more elderly 
  • For the less mobile and disabled             
There are miles and miles of footpaths, bridleways and tracks that are open to the public either as rights of way or as permissive paths.  They traverse high fells, meander down scenic valleys, pass through woodlands, cross fields and follow lake sides.  A number of trails have been made suitable for wheelchair access.  Suitable maps, clothing, footwear and equipment are always recommended when walking in Cumbria, especially on higher ground - the weather conditions can change very quickly, even in summer.  Many of the most popular walking areas can be reached by public transport, with special services operating in the summer months to assist visitors.  Visit the Council's e-library to view and download PDF versions of bus timetables. 
The Countryside Access team has produced a number of hard copy and downloadable leaflets which promote areas around the county and highlight walks of interest. The hard copy versions describe recommended walking routes from railway stations (Oxenholme and Grange-over-Sands currently) in south Cumbria. The downloadable series promotes walks which can be undertaken on Open Access land. Further details and download information on all the routes is available within the Open Access web pages.

The disabled Ramblers Association also organise walks around the country which are suitable for people with all types of disability.
You can get more information by visiting their website here

Tuesday 29 March 2011

Day care activity centre in north West Cumbria

Copeland Occupational Social Centrre (COSC) was born out of a need for some kind of after care for newly disabled people once they left hospital, once its popularity grew COSC moved to Cleator Moor (its present site ) and Copeland Occupational and Social Centre became as we know it today.  Over the years COSC has grown and grown and in February 2001 it opened a second premises in Maryport which has became known as ALLERDALE COSC.  Both centres continue to offer a high level of occupational facilities with social activities. 

The range of activities varies from educational to confidence building and specialist themed days.  It is always great fun and the dedicated staff, volunteers and outside tutors from the Workers Education Association (WEA) and the local Education Authority see the person and not the disability.

Many young school leavers have come to both centres and recieved first class on the job training from Angela Bethwaite and Brenda Barry and their care teams, which has enabled the youngsters to develop a career in the caring profession.

To find out more about these wonderful centres click here.

Holiday suggestion

Calvert Trust Kielder has over 25 years of providing excellent, tailor-made, outdoor multi-activity days or residential breaks, adult respite care packages and 4-star self catering Scandinavian-style lodge holidays, welcoming guests of all ages and abilities.  They are situated in our own 40-acre woodland site within the spectacular Kielder Water & Forest Park. As one of the UK’s most beautiful areas, this location offers 27 glorious miles of shoreline, a magical environment full of wildlife and flora, fresh, clean air and magnificent expansive horizons!

I enjoy Kielder because of the range of activities and even though I am in my mid forties I can still enjoy all the activities on offer. My parents know, that if I need extra care that it is there 24 hours a day.

 If you would like to find out further details then you can click here to be taken to their website.