Plymouth day centre brings Tokyo fun to adults with disabilities

Plymouth Day Opportunities, a day service for adults living with disabilities, was flying the flag for Team GB as it hosted its own Olympic games, alongside Tokyo 2020.

The service, which supports up to 15 people with complex learning difficulties and disabilities, held an opening ceremony and a fortnight of games, with everyone successfully bringing home a bronze, silver and gold...

SWR launch boarding assistance service in industry first

South Western Railway (SWR) has today announced the launch of Assisted Boarding Points - an industry first assistance service for its customers, allowing for a far more intuitive and efficient travel experience.

Customers at a host of SWR stations will now see dedicated Assisted Boarding Points on station platforms, where they can WhatsApp or call a dedicated customer service team,...

What to expect when you go to have your Covid Vaccination

What to expect when you go to have your Covid Vaccination: A video for people with learning disabilities

The NHS in Devon is supporting people with learning disabilities to take up the potentially life-saving coronavirus vaccination.

GP surgeries are contacting people about booking the vaccine.

Recent engagement work, including focus groups with members of our community with learning disabilities, led by NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) suggests that the reasons for...

Employment opportunities for Learning Disabled people

An award winning project that supports young adults with Learning Disabilities to find and keep paid employment is seeking interns for its next course starting in September.

Project SEARCH is a partnership between Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Pluss, Serco and City College Plymouth who create employment opportunities for young adults with Learning Disabilities.

They provide...

Little Evie needs your seating support

Three-year-old Evie Murphy, from Wembury near Plymouth, is half a pound in weight away from being too big for her regulation car seat. However, she has severe developmental delay so she can’t use a booster; an expensive special-needs car seat is her only option.

This equipment will cost £1,500 – and with no funding available locally, the family have turned to children’s disability...

Beware of Blue Badge websites

Plymouth City Council is warning Blue Badge applicants and holders to beware of websites charging for help with their application or renewal.

One resident paid £49 for help filling out a Blue Badge form – something that is available free through the Council.

Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for Streetscene, said: “If you are renewing or applying for a Blue Badge you can...

More Plymouth homes get disabled adaptations

More homes in Plymouth are getting disabled adaptations, including the conversion of two houses into one for a severely disabled teenager.

The teenager and their family (who do not want to be named), will move into the latest house which has been adapted at Cherry Tree Gardens, Plymouth on Friday 3 July.

Plymouth City Council, Taylor Wimpey and Westward Housing Group had to...

Improving facilities for disabled

An extra £100,000 is now being spent on improving facilities in disabled people’s homes in Plymouth.

Plymouth City Council’s Investment Board agreed the extra funding over and above the £800,000 that the authority was already committing to spend in 2014/15.

The move means an additional 30 homes in the city are having a number of improvements including grab rails, stairlifts,...

Plymouth home to accessible visitor attractions

Visitors to Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, can enjoy many days out with the whole family as some of the most popular attractions cater for all.

Martyn Sibley, presenter of ‘Access all areas’ for Disability Horizons, recently visited Plymouth to see how accessible the city’s visitor attractions are.

Touring the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth Boat Tours, National...

School for disabled being investigated by police

The Dame Hannah Rogers School for Disabled in Ivybridge is being investigated by the police over concerns of safeguarding.

Ofsted temporarily suspended services, which will last at least until the 16th of September. The school’s trust said it followed a referral it made about the unit which is able to accommodate 40 students with both physical and learning difficulties.