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August 2012

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    Residential care to prepare disabled people for independence

    From the outside, Sunnyside House may look like any other small residential care home, but it bills itself as an "independence skills training academy". Its success in preparing residents with moderate to substantial learning disabilities to live independently was recognised at this year's Skills for Care Accolades, where it won the overall "winner of winners" category as well as the "most...

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    Lack of Research Queries Programs for Autistic Adults

    Combing the medical literature for evidence on the question, researchers were able to find only five studies. All were generally low-quality, the team reports in the journal Pediatrics."There's startlingly little information on the best ways to help adolescents and adults with autism achieve their maximum potential in the workplace and across the board," says lead study author Julie Lounds...

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    'Cuts are Threat to Justice System'

    Staff in 20 of the 35 probation trust areas in England and Wales reported concerns to Napo during the six months to July.The claims are made in a damning report drawn up for the National Association of Probation Officers (Napo) that says the justice system is under unprecedented pressure.Probation officers say courts in the region are often forced to sentence criminals without detailed reports,...

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    Social Enterprise progress for the UK

    Social Enterprise Network of The Guardian recently did a live Q&A with Christine Wilson, head of youth and society from the British Council about Social Enterprise in the UK.I like the Social Enterprise UK definition - A social enterprise is a business that trades for a social and/or environmental purpose. It will have a clear sense of its social mission, which means it will know what difference...

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    Championing Asylum Rights After Death of Whole Family

    The decision not to carry out a fatal accident inquiry into the deaths of three asylum seekers in Glasgow brings to an end a sorry tale of desperation.Russian refugees Serguei, Tatiana and Stepan Serykh died when they fell from the 15th floor of one of the Red Road tower blocks in the Springburn area of north east Glasgow on 7 March 2010.(See article on this here)What complicated the case was...

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    Become a mentor for a Charity

    We want to link business professionals with individuals from the social enterprises and charities that have received investment from one of our funds.Our mentors will act as a critical friend to some of the most inspirational and committed people in the third sector, able to share skills and experiences with the ultimate goal of helping their organisations be successful and achieve their social...

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    £500k to protect East Lancashire women from domestic abuse

    "The Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Domestic Violence Team, based in Accrington, has seen the number of women it works with increase by 300 to 1,000 in the past year.Cash for the project has come from the Big Lottery Fund's programme, which helps those most in need in the community.The grant will be used to provide frontline workers to protect women at risk of serious harm.Funding will also be...

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    Impact of Cuts on Violence Against Women Services

    This report, commissioned by the Trust for London and Northern Rock Foundation, examines the impact of public expenditure cuts on services to prevent violence against women and girls. It showed that:Download summary report here.Download full report here.Source: Trust for London  ...

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    Device gives limbless people the ability to write and draw

    Although the eye can follow a moving object very efficiently, it is not capable of performing smooth, regular movements in front of a static background; it performs instead a series of irregular jerks. This is why current writing devices using eye movements only allow users to choose from words or letters that are displayed on a screen.To obtain smooth trajectories of the eye, Jean Lorenceau, of...

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    Review of Providing Information and Advice to Carers

    The department has today published a review of the service arrangements for providing information and advice to carers.Access to good information and advice is important in supporting carers to get the best from their own lives and assist them in getting the right help to maintain them in their caring role.Carers Direct provides an on line information point for carers, as part of NHS Choices, and...

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