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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Are you looking for a challenge?

Friday 18 October 2013



We're looking for volunteers to join our Trustee Board


Got an interest in Disability or Caring?

Got expertise in financial management, business planning, human resources, charity law and legislation, marketing, fundraising or have knowledge of good management practice?

If so, we'd like to hear from you

Please Call us on 01495 233555 or email

Applications for trusteeship are considered by the board on individual merit.

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Screening Programme urges men to know their size!

Tuesday 15 October 2013



Screening Programme urges men to know their size!


Men aged 65 who live in Caerphilly Borough are being encouraged to take up the offer of a free NHS screening test which could save their life.

Launched in May 2013, the Wales Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme (WAAASP) offers men a quick, painless, one-off ultrasound scan to check for a condition that can be life-threatening, if left undetected.

Screening clinics are held regularly in locations across Wales, such as community hospitals, community health facilities and GP practices. In Caerphilly Borough regularclinics are held in Aberbargoed and Caerphilly.

 An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) can happen to anybody but it is most common in men aged 65 and over who smoke; have high blood pressure; high cholesterol or have a family history of AAA.

Men aged 65 will be invited for AAA screening if they live in Wales and are registered with a GP practice.

 Men who are eligible to be screened will receive an invitation letter and information leaflet through the post, offering them an appointment at a local screening clinic. The letter will give details on where the clinic is being held.

The test measures the size of the abdominal aorta. The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the body. Sometimes, as people grow older, the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak, and stretch to form an aneurysm (a swelling). When this happens, there is a risk that the aorta may split or tear (rupture).

A ruptured AAA can lead to serious blood loss that will need immediate emergency treatment. Not every AAA will rupture, but if it does, the chances of getting to hospital and surviving surgery are very poor.

There are around 400 deaths a year in Wales from a ruptured AAA and the screening programme aims to reduce the number of ruptured AAA and deaths by half in the men invited for screening by 2025.

Llywela Wilson, Head of the Wales AAA Screening Programme commented: “We would encourage all men who receive an appointment for AAA screening in Caerphilly Borough to take up the offer for this quick, free and very important health check.

“Men will be invited to a local clinic to have the ultrasound scan carried out by a qualified screener, and given the results straight away before they leave. Their GP will also be sent a written copy of the results. Men found to have a large AAA will be referred to the hospital specialist team to discuss treatment to repair it.”

She added: “The ultrasound scan itself takes just a few minutes of your time, but it really could help save your life. Around 95 out of 100 men screened will have a normal result, where no AAA is detected, and they will not need to be screened again.”

Usually people cannot tell if they have an AAA as there are no signs or symptoms. The screening programme aims to reduce the risk of rupture through early detection, appropriate monitoring and treatment.

AAA is less common in women and the National Screening Committee does not recommend offering women screening for AAA.

 Anyone (male or female) who is not in the screening age group and is concerned that they may have an AAA, or is worried about a family history should speak to their GP.


For further information, and for a list of clinic locations, visit the website: or telephone:

South East Wales: 01443 235 161

West Wales: 01792 453 162

North Wales: 01492 863 563

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New Volunteer Opportunities

Sunday 6 October 2013


Our Information & Advice Team is central to Disability Can Do's work with disabled adults and carers signposting, giving information and helping with benefit forms. We are recruiting for volunteers to join the team and have exciting new roles available - Might you be interested or do you know someone who might be suitable? Give us a call on 01495 233555

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