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'Don't quack like a duck, soar like an eagle'

I would like to start the blog this month with a big 'Thank you' to Carillion plc for their kind donation of a Defibrillator for the Centre of Independent Living.  Let's hope we never have to use it!

I always like to keep you updated about our Project 65 and Ricochet projects that continue to go from strength to strength.  What we are really pleased about is that 64% of people who have returned a tablet have gone on to either buy one, or a laptop.  If you are interested in either of these services please contact Incontrol-able on 01429 401742 or email:

A recent investigation by BBC 5 Live has highlighted that there have been hundreds of restraint injuries in special schools.  It is quite alarming that young people who are vulnerable are potentially at risk of harm in what should be a place of safety.  Follow this link to read more

NHS England continue to highlight that people with Learning Disabilities are missing out on vital health checks.  These checks include Cancer Screening, Blood Pressure checks and Mental Health Assessments amongst others.  This topic is being discussed at the next Hartlepool Learning Disability Partnership Board meeting on Friday 26th May at the Centre for Independent Living.  Follow the link to read the article and Hartlepool Now link for future meetings

You may recognise from previous blogs, that the lack of accessible transport for disabled people in Hartlepool is a real bug bear for me, so you can imagine my delight when I saw a recent article in the Hartlepool Mail!   Pauls Travel are starting a new service in the town after purchasing a new wheelchair accessible mini bus.  This sounds like a real step forward in terms of meeting a gap in service.  I would like to extend our best wishes to Paul's Travel with this venture.

Just to evidence that I shop around looking for interesting stories - I came across this article in The Guardian.  It talks about how older people want to be cared for at home and how a new service in Somerset, is meeting this need.  As you may be aware Somerset is quite rural and as a result many people are isolated - so the Local Authority and C.C.G. have pooled their budgets to enable people to set up micro enterprises to meet the needs of people in the community.  This is an interesting concept and well worth the read.

Joke of the month!  Knock Knock, Who's there?  Old Lady.  Old Lady who?  I didn't know you could yodel!

My wings are aching and the eagle has landed - see you next month!

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