Thursday 19 December 2013



A huge thank you to everyone who bought, sold and donated prizes to our Christmas Raffle 2013. 

 We managed to raise a grand total of £456.00 which will go towards the running costs of the charity.

We would like to thank everyone who helped to sell tickets, without your hard work we would not have had such a successful raffle. Special thanks also goes to those who kindly donated prizes for our raffle.

We would like to make a special mention of Sainsbury’s & International Greetings and thank them for all their support with our fundraising efforts, and their donations of raffle prizes.

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Friday 13 December 2013



Welsh Government are seeking comments and views on this draft of the Welsh Declaration of the Rights of Older People.

The proposed declaration sets out the rights that older people have. This information would help statutory bodies and service providers who work for, or on behalf of older people to know what is expected in Wales.

It would include guidance on what is expected to ensure older people receive the support and services they need. It would also help older people to know what their rights are by clearly setting out their entitlements.

We are asking for views from people of all ages but particularly would welcome comments from:

Older people

Young people



Black and Minority Ethnic interest groups

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender interest groups

Residents Associations

Housing associations

Credit unions

Care and support workers

Organisations  made up of older people

Organisations which provide services to older people

Organisations which work for or on behalf of older people


Education and Training provide


How to respond

Submit your comments by 15 March 2014, in any of the following ways:



Strategy for Older People Team, Integration Policy and Delivery Division
Welsh Government
Floor 4 (North Core), Crown Buildings
Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ

Additional information

Telephone: 029 2082 6928    

Large print, Braille and alternate language versions of this document are available on request.

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WG Blue Badge Consultation

Sunday 1 December 2013


WG Blue Badge Consultation

Welsh Government are consulting blue badge eligibility and Cognitive Impairments.

The Blue Badge Scheme in Wales provides access to services and facilities to people with mobility impairments who meet the eligibility criteria. This consultation outlines proposals to include within the eligibility criteria people who are unable to travel safely because of sensory and cognitive impairments that impact on their safety when accessing services and facilities.

For more information see:

If you would like to contribute to the consultation you can do so by sending  your comments / views directly to the Welsh Government.


Post:  Blue Badge Team, Integrated Transport Unit, Welsh Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ

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Independent Living Fund to be re-examined by ministers

Thursday 21 November 2013


Independent Living Fund to be re-examined by ministers

The government will not be seeking leave to appeal after its decision to abolish the Independent Living Fund (ILF) was overturned in a court ruling.

The £320m ILF currently provides support enabling nearly 19,000 severely disabled people in the UK to live independent lives in the community.

The High Court ruled in April that the closure decision was lawful, but this was overturned by the Court of Appeal.

The ILF will continue for now with ministers set to reconsider its future.

The fund provides a ring-fenced budget for the independent living needs of severely disabled people.

‘Fight back’

Last year the government decided to close it and devolve the funding to local authorities.

That meant the money would no longer be ring-fenced, would be subject to normal budget cuts, and many disabled people feared that they would lose it.

The Court of Appeal quashed that decision, because it found that the government had not given proper consideration to issues raised by the Equality Act, which included the need to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people, and to encourage them to take part in a public life.

The government said it would not appeal, but, in light of guidance provided by the Court of Appeal, ministers would be invited to make a new decision on its future based on further advice.

BBC legal correspondent Clive Coleman said the announcement meant that, for the time being, the fund remains intact and in business.

Campaigners are now urging the government to secure the fund’s long-term future, he added.

A statement from anti-austerity group Disabled People Against Cuts, whose members took the case to court, said: “We all owe a great debt of gratitude to the five ILF users that took this to the courts and the solicitors and barristers who worked tirelessly.

“It has proved that disabled people can and will fight back. It has proved that disabled people can win.”

The Department for Work and Pensions said: “This government is absolutely committed to supporting disabled people and we continue to spend around £50bn a year on disabled people and their services.”

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Court Case finds closure of Independent Living Fund unlawful

Wednesday 6 November 2013



Today the Court of Appeal held that the Minister for Disabled People had acted unlawfully when deciding, in December 2012, that the Independent Living Fund (ILF) would close in 2015.

The ILF is a body of the DWP but managed by independent trustees and has, for more than 20 years, helped severely disabled people to live independent lives.

The Court of Appeal has quashed the decision on the grounds that the Minister failed to have due regard to the Government's obligations to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people, under the Equality Act, when deciding to close the fund.

Read a full press release on the decision.

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'Keep warm, Keep well'

Friday 25 October 2013


'Keep warm, Keep well'


The Department of Health has published an updated version of the ‘Keep warm, keep well’ leaflet as part of their Cold Weather plan for 2013.

The Cold weather plan aims to advise and prepare people for the effects of winter weather on people’s health. The document provides health advice for individuals including information on having a healthy diet and lifestyle as well as advising people to protect themselves from seasonal flu by getting a free annual flu jab.

The document is aimed at people aged over 60, low income families and people living with a disability. The document advises on how to heat your home effectively and talks about the financial help that is available to help people in heating their home. This includes the Winter Fuel Payment, currently only available for people who were born on or before 5th July 1951, the Cold weather payment and the Warm Home Discount scheme.

Read the updated version of the ‘Keep warm, keep well' leaflet online or contact the Department of Health for an alternative format.


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Consultation on the PIP assessment 'moving around' activity concluded

Thursday 24 October 2013


Consultation on the PIP assessment 'moving around' activity concluded

Following a consultation on the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Assessment Moving around activity, the Government has published its response.

Click on the link below to find out more

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Can you support our work?

Thursday 24 October 2013



You can now send a text gift to Disability Can Do through JustTextGiving: a service provided by JustGiving and Vodafone.
Although operated by Vodafone, customers of all UK mobile networks can use the system to give by text.

Simply text the code CAND01 followed by the amount you want to donate (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5, or £10) to 70070 and we will receive your donation to our JustGiving account.

The best bit of all is that this service is completely free to both you and us -  So every penny you donate goes to support our work and will be very much appreciated.


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Independence at Home-Grants Available

Friday 18 October 2013


Independence at Home-Grants Available

Independence at Home is a charity which supports people with a disability or long term illness by providing grants to help meet the costs of disability related equipment, home adaptations and otheressential items which are needed, yet are not available from public funds.

This includes:

    • Mobility and travel equipment, such as powered scooters, wheelchairs and trikes
    • Living aids, for example riser-recliner chairs or adjustable beds
    • Communications equipment
    • Building work, home repairs or heating grants
    • Therapeutic toys and play equipment.

The average grant is currently £300 although individual grants range between £200 and £600 depending on the type of equipment supplied or building work carried out.

Independence at Home often work in tandem with funding from other agencies to enable higher value equipment to be purchased or more substantial adaptations to be made. Clients need to be introduced by a suitable referrer usually a Health or Social Care professional worker, for example, a Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Specialist Nurse, or a Case Worker from Housing, Care and Repair or the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.  They also accept referrals from workers from voluntary organisations.


 If you would like more information:


TeL: 0208 4277929 to talk to a member of staff (Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm)                               Email:

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