Choosing and funding a wheelchair is expensive and

first_imgChoosing and funding a wheelchair is expensive and time-consuming, and often results in the purchase of unsuitable and uncomfortable equipment, according to new research by a user-led charity.A survey by the spinal cord injury charity Back Up found that nearly a quarter of respondents had been forced to buy a second wheelchair because their first one was uncomfortable.And nearly half (48 per cent) said it took them more than a year to find a wheelchair they were happy with, while seven per cent said they had never been happy with their wheelchair.The survey also found that half of the respondents’ wheelchairs had cost between £1,000 and £4,000, while only six per cent cost less than £1,000.Back Up said the findings showed the need for more ring-fenced government funding for wheelchair provision, but also the need for “an understanding when assessing people for a wheelchair that basic mobility is not sufficient to live an active, independent life”.The charity said the cost of wheelchairs meant that many of those coping with a new spinal cord injury had to choose between an affordable wheelchair which may not meet their needs, or paying “a vast sum to get the chair that gives you the best quality of life”.Figures from Aspire, Back Up’s partner spinal cord injury charity, showed that 70 per cent of the grants it provided were for wheelchairs and mobility equipment.Of those who had been given an NHS wheelchair voucher and applied to the Aspire grants programme, the average difference between the voucher and the wheelchair they needed was almost £3,000.Back Up surveyed 540 people with a spinal cord injury or other physical impairment, all of whom were full-time or part-time wheelchair-users.The charity concluded that “what should be a seamless and painless experience – since it often follows a devastating injury – is in fact rarely straightforward, prohibitively expensive, often disproportionately time consuming and the outcome is frequently unsuitable”.Separate research commissioned by Back Up from YouGov showed that only 22 per cent of the UK public thought it should take longer than a month for a wheelchair-user to receive a wheelchair they were happy with.One of those who took part in the Back Up survey, Merryn, from London, said: ‘‘My experience was pretty frustrating. I found it all very daunting and complicated.“Different funding avenues are confusing and it’s hard to know where to start.“There needs to be a better way of measuring you up for a wheelchair too. There’s currently no way of knowing if you’ll be comfortable in your new chair before you buy it.“So it feels like you are risking a lot of money getting measured up for something that still might not feel right.”Another survey respondent said: “All wheelchairs are far too expensive, you could have a decent second-hand car for what it costs for a decent chair.”Most first wheelchairs are provided or part-funded by NHS wheelchair services, which offers a wheelchair or a contribution towards one.But another survey respondent said: “So I asked for the voucher scheme and received a rather big shock. I was entitled to a ‘full’ voucher [of] about £200-£250.“When I arrived in the shop hoping to purchase a new chair I was told I would need at least £1,000 for one that suited my needs.”Becky Hill (pictured), Back Up’s chair of trustees, who herself has a spinal cord injury, said: “We believe that wheelchair assessments must take into account the fact that people need wheelchairs that allow them to do much more than just get around their house or flat.“And with more ring-fenced funding from the government, wheelchair services can allocate chairs that enhance independence, rather than limit it.“With a quality wheelchair, people can get around where they live, socialise and get actively involved in life.“Without one, people are more likely to be stuck at home, feeling isolated and depressed.“It also makes economic sense. NHS England states that for every 182 wheelchair users not able to work, the benefits bill can increase by up to £1m, whereas the positive economic contribution made when in work can be up to £4.7m.“When people have a good wheelchair, they can work and contribute to society.“We support people with a spinal cord injury into employment, and know that being able to work brings financial reward, as well as a sense of purpose, a social life and health benefits too.”A third of those who responded to the Back Up survey said they had received no training in how to use a wheelchair.Hill said: “As well as having the right wheelchair at the right time, training is absolutely vital.“It enhances your independence and allows you to do things we all take for granted like getting on the bus, checking out local shops, or just safely carrying a cup of tea into the living room.”Beth Scrimshaw, head of Back Up’s services, said it was “vital” that people with a spinal cord injury had access to a suitable wheelchair when they were discharged from hospital. But she said that NHS specialists were often hampered by “inconsistent standards and processes, by the different and conflicting assessment criteria, and by limited funding”.Scrimshaw said action was also needed on the “hugely inflated” price of wheelchairs, with survey respondents describing how a good quality wheelchair was similar in price to a second-hand car, or a luxury holiday.Back Up helps people rebuild their confidence and independence after a spinal cord injury, through wheelchair skills training, a mentoring service and rehabilitative activity courses, which are all run by people themselves affected by spinal cord injury.last_img read more

Boots Riley Gordon Mar headline Jobs with Justice Mission fête

first_imgAmong those honored during the ceremony were Carlos Gutierrez and his family. Gutierrez, who died earlier this year, was  an active member of Jobs with Justice’s executive board. He a founder of Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth (HOMEY).Oakland native Boots Riley, who wrote and directed this year’s popular film Sorry to Bother You, was called up to the altar and given a framed gift reflecting his support of the organizing movement. “A lot of what I write is as much to inspire myself as it is to inspire you or other folks,” Riley said during the ceremony. “Some people had problems with the movie, but not with the parts of a militant strike.”The crowd laughed, and Riley waded into the audience following waves and a thumbs-up.An epic selfie concluded the Jobs with Justice Gala on Thursday, with Supervisor Gordon Mar in the center. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Supervisor-elect Gordon Mar, a progressive who has declared victory in moderate hotbed District 4, was honored for his time as Executive Director of Jobs with Justice, along with his activism. He called his victory in District 4 a “victory for Jobs with Justice and the movement,” noting that “it’s pretty natural and I think more organizers should take a step towards politics.” As the party wore on, crowds dispersed and peeled into the night. Chairs that occupied the main aisles of the chapel disappeared into their storage closets and volunteers began their Sisyphean task of cleaning the chapel once more.  A volunteer cheerily sweeping up reminded others that people need the space later as the church would soon open its doors to homeless people needing a place to stay.“It’s not just a church. People need to sleep here during the day,” she reminded. Thursday’s Jobs with Justice gala brought a club-like atmosphere to the quaint chapel of St. John’s the Evangelist church on 15th Street. Bright blue colored SOLO cups of craft beer were poured out of kegs by the dozen and the chapel floor of the church gave way to raffles, food, and crowds of attendees packed wall to wall. “Part of it is celebrating victories like Gordon [Mar] winning in the Sunset and having a progressive majority in the board. Bringing people together like this is what has brought us those victories,” said Kung Feng, Jobs with Justice’s Executive Director.The gala’s two-hour runtime brought in activists and organizers from across the city and around the Bay Area. Raffles to weekend getaways, artwork and wine were on hand. Hugging the northern walls of the chapel, unions offered sign-up sheets and information. The cool kids of the party, Poster Syndicate, were slotted away in the corners as they pressed two-tone posters that were freely disseminated to attendees.Every available seat was occupied by vegan-tamale-eating attendees, and energized children darted between every freestanding adult. Standing room inside the church had reached a renter’s premium when the gala’s emcees called the night to order, beginning their presentations as a chorus of people hushed each other. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Addresslast_img read more

LOUIE McCarthyScarsbrook is hoping to reap the be

first_imgLOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook is hoping to reap the benefits of a “long and hard, wet and windy” pre-season.The 26-year-old prop says the last few weeks have been the hardest he can remember but everything points towards a successful year.“It’s been good under Browny [Nathan Brown] so far,” he said. “He is clued up and smart in his ways of attacking and defending and tactical in the way we play. KC and Jamahl [Lolesi] have been good too.“We have done a lot of work on Formby beach and it has been really tough, but that’s pre-season isn’t it?“We are hoping for a big season and hopefully we will win every game by 40 points or more! That would be a good season. No seriously, I know I have a lot of improvement in me and I am listening to the coaching staff a lot. We are chomping at the bit to win some silverware at this club.“It would be great to play in the World Cup, but I want to play well for Saints. If it comes along I will grab it with both hands, if not, it isn’t meant to be.”He continues: “Friday’s match will be good because we are looking forward to playing. Pre-season is good because we are training, but we will have to find our routine once again. It will be a shock for the body I know that.”Tickets for the match which kicks off at 8pm on Friday January 11 are now on sale. You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052.You can also pay on the day.Thanks to the St Helens Reporter for the image of Louie.last_img read more

The back rower links up with the side ahead of the

first_imgThe back rower links up with the side ahead of the new Super League season which kicks off shortly.Chantelle has been playing rugby league since the age of eight.She appeared for Widnes Moorfield, West Bank, Widnes Vikings and Crosfields before joining Thatto Heath.She has also captained Lancashire, played for England Lionesses and was a standout player for England in the recent World Cup.St Helens Women Head Coach, Mark Brennan, said: “The signing of Chantelle is a real coup for the club. She is a strong running back row forward with great hands and game awareness.”You can see an interview with Chantelle below.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img

Club Match St Helens Women

first_imgThe draw will take place ahead of the Women’s Super League fixture between St.Helens and Bradford Bulls (KO 12.30pm) which is being played as part a double-header event as St Helens and Hull FC face off at 3.00pm in the Betfred Super League.Both the draw and the Women’s Super League fixture will be streamed live on the Our League app and website for supporters to tune in, whilst Saints fans can watch both games buy purchasing a full match ticket.Eight Women’s Championship sides – Barrow, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC, Leigh Miners Rangers, Oulton Raidettes, Stanningley, Warrington Wolves and Widnes Vikings – and five League 1 sides who automatically qualified for Round 1 – British Army, Halifax, Keighley Albion, Rochdale Hornets and Wigan St Patricks – all enter the draw.Featherstone Lionesses enter the draw at this stage following East Leeds’ withdrawal from the competition.The remaining two places will be taken by the winners of the preliminary round ties – Cutsyke v Royal Air Force and West Leeds v Hull Kingston Rovers – which take place on Sunday, April 21Round One fixtures are set to be played on Sunday, May 5, the eight Women’s Super League teams will then enter in Round 2, which takes place on Sunday, May 26.The quarter-finals will be played on Sunday, June 23 and semi-finals on Sunday, July 7.The Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final will then take place as part of a triple-header event alongside the Coral Challenge Cup men’s semi-finals at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday, July 27.Round Dates21 April – Preliminary Round5 May – Round 126 May – Round 223 June – Quarter Final7 July – Semi Final28 July – FinalFull DetailsChampionship teams enter in Round 1 with Super League teams entering at Round 2.Teams that lose in Round 2 will enter the Challenge ShieldChallenge Cup Final 27 July @ University of Bolton Stadium- Challenge Shield Final 28 July @ TBClast_img read more

First Team SAINTS TV

first_imgAs the build-up to the Dacia Magic Weekend 2019 ramps-up, Tommy Makinson & Jonny Lomax paid a visit to Anfield Stadium to show off the 2019 Magic Weekend Shirt in all its glory.Don’t forget, the pre-order deadline to guarantee delivery of your Magic Shirt is Sunday April 28, you can pre-order here. 2019 Members can also get 50% off their Magic Weekend Ticket up to April 30.last_img

Police say suspect involved in robbery standoff arson taken into custody

first_imgThe scene on Vance Street after Wilmington FD controls blaze set by allege robbery suspect. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – An armed robbery suspect is in police custody after a standoff Sunday evening.Wilmington Police arrested 26-year-old Saead El Helo after they say he barricaded himself in a home in South Wilmington.- Advertisement – Officers say El Helo had warrants for arrest following an alleged armed robbery of a nearby Scotchman earlier that day. They located him at a home on Vance Street around 6:00 P.M. Police say when he saw the officers approaching, El Helo barricaded himself inside a residence. He then set fire to the house, destroying the inside. Police took El Helo into custody without incident in less than an hour.Related Article: Man pleads guilty to setting Hampstead home on fire while family insideHe is currently being treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for smoke inhalation.last_img read more

The Science of You debuts at Childrens Museum of Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Children’s Museum of Wilmington unveils it’s newest permanent exhibit Saturday.  ‘The Science of You’ promise a one-of-a-kind experience in the Cape Fear that will be fun for both the young and the young-at-heart.Phase 1 of the exhibit features the ‘nCino Virtual Reality Experience’, a ‘Build the Body’ skeleton table, an ‘Ouch! Wall’, and the ‘What am I?’ Collection.- Advertisement – Executive Director Jim Karl says the exhibit “is age appropriate for all kids and fun for those of all ages.”Saturday’s event features snacks from Waffle House, Lowes Foods and Insomnia Cookies.  It’s from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. with the ribbon cutting at 9:30.‘The Science of You’ is one of several summer events the museum has planned.  For information on this and others click here.last_img read more

House leader Dems wont seat Harris in unresolved race

first_img Gov. Roy Cooper was met with Republican resistance after announcing he would appoint an interim Board of Elections after a three-judge state court panel ruled Thursday that the current board should disband at noon Friday. The Democrat’s move would fill the gap — and allow the board to proceed with a Jan. 11 evidentiary hearing about the 9th District congressional race — until a new law governing the statewide elections panel can take effect Jan. 31.Amid the turmoil, incoming U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer issued a statement saying House Democrats won’t allow Republican Mark Harris to be sworn in next week because of the ongoing investigation.“Given the now well-documented election fraud that took place in NC-09, Democrats would object to any attempt by Mr. Harris to be seated on January 3,” Hoyer said, adding that “the integrity of our democratic process outweighs concerns about the seat being vacant at the start of the new Congress.”Related Article: Nominees for elections board to examine Congress race namedThe U.S. Constitution states that the House is the judge of the elections of its members and the final arbiter of contests.The state Elections Board has refused to certify the race between Harris and Democrat Dan McCready while it investigates absentee ballot irregularities in the district in the south-central part of the state. Harris holds a slim lead in unofficial results, but election officials are looking into criminal allegations against an operative hired by the Harris campaign.Friday’s standoff was set in motion by the latest ruling from a state court that previously had found the elections board’s makeup unconstitutional after the Republican-controlled legislature altered the board in 2016. The court had ruled earlier this year to allow the board to remain in place until Friday while it investigates the congressional race. The latest ruling came as lawmakers enacted a new law Thursday to largely restore the board to how it operated before 2016.Cooper started the process of rebuilding the elections board Friday by informing the state Democratic and Republican parties that he plans to create an interim panel with five members of the current elections board, unless he receives different picks from the state parties. The interim board would last until the new law takes effect Jan. 31.He said he would appoint both Democrats and Republicans to comply with pre-2016 state elections law he says is temporarily back in force.“All of these members have election law experience and an awareness of the circumstances around the allegations involved in the Ninth Congressional District election,” Cooper said in his letter to state party heads.But state GOP Chairman Robin Hayes said the dissolving board’s four GOP members “will not accept appointments to an unconstitutional, illegal sham Roy Cooper creation.”Republicans instead will withhold GOP nominees until the new law takes effect, he said.The outgoing state board refused a last-minute formal request by Harris to certify him the winner.The elections board reorganization threatens to delay the Jan. 11 hearing. Lawyers for Harris and McCready had a Monday deadline to submit requests to the elections board for people they wanted to have compelled to appear and testify at next month’s hearing. But if the current elections board is disbanded without a new one to replace it, the board chairman or vice chairman who could issue the requested subpoenas wouldn’t exist.Last week, elections board chairman Josh Malcolm said in an affidavit to the three-judge panel that investigative staffers — who can continue working through any reorganization — had collected more than 182,000 pages of materials in response to 12 subpoenas.Malcolm said Friday that the elections board issued “numerous additional subpoenas” before disbanding. In a letter to Harris’ attorney, Malcolm wrote that the GOP candidate had turned over only about 400 pages of subpoenaed documents and had yet to produce another 140,000 documents. Harris also had so far failed to arrange a requested interview with agency staffers, Malcolm said.Harris’ campaign committee has pored through about 135,000 documents that needed review, the Republican’s attorney David Freedman said Friday. Harris “has cooperated and intends to continue cooperating with the investigation,” Freedman said.If House Democrats refuse to seat Harris, it wouldn’t be the first time a chamber of Congress delayed or rejected seating a new member. In 2009, U.S. Senate leaders initially refused to seat Roland Burris as the replacement for President-elect Barack Obama’s Illinois seat. Burris had been named to succeed Obama by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was eventually convicted on corruption charges for trying to sell the Senate appointment.___Follow Emery P. Dalesio on Twitter at . His work can be found at .___Follow Drew on Twitter at By EMERY P. DALESIO and JONATHAN DREW, Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The dissolution of North Carolina’s elections board Friday injected further uncertainty into a still-undecided congressional race as a U.S. House Democratic leader rejected the idea of filling the seat until an investigation of ballot fraud allegations is complete.- Advertisement – last_img read more

TSA reminds travelers what not to pack when flying

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s that time of year when the TSA lines start filling up with summer travelers. Sometimes we need a reminder about what we can and cannot bring with us on the plane.TSA at Wilmington International Airport laid out some of the things passengers have tried to bring through TSA at their airport.- Advertisement – From simple things like shaving cream to electric tools, airport officials want to remind people what is okay for your carry on and what needs to stay home or be checked through baggage claim.Deputy Airport Director Gary Broughton says they also run into another big issue at ILM.“Passengers not arriving in time to make their flights,” Broughton said. “We certainly don’t want to see that. We know this is Wilmington and you’re used to the hometown feel, and we certainly want to retain that hometown feel, but with that comes growth. We certainly want to increase the air service that our community deserves to have.”Related Article: United Way teams up with Nourish NC to feed federal workersA TSA spokeswoman at ILM says most of the items they displayed are usually surrendered to TSA, but if a passenger tries to bring a firearm, that could result in fines or other charges.Here’s a collection of the most unusual prohibited items that were found by TSA in 2018.last_img read more