WOW!!! The Inspiration of 2013 is coming to Chesterfield Road Green.
Come and celebrate the 2nd Community Games with us on the 17th of August, 2013, at Chesterfield Road Field, Barnet, Herts, EN5 2RF from 2pm – 7pm. Aidexcel is bringing the old and young in the Community together to learn a thing or two about themselves.
Party and picnic on the Green! Saturday 17th of August, 2013 from 2 pm.
What’s On Offer: A FREE local community event for all, featuring games, activities, face painting, Fire Engine, Zumba dancing, athletics, skating, bouncy castle etc.
Contact: Faith at Aidexcel on 07957 450 747.
1. Start planning early
It’s important to recognise that transitioning from relaxed holidays to the structure of the school year is a process, says Dr David Swanson, a child and family psychologist and author.
If you wait until the night before the first day back to school to get the kids to bed on the early side, don’t expect a smooth morning. “Parents make the mistake of waiting until the last minute,” Swanson says.
To make sure your family is prepared for an early start, begin preparing children at least a week before school starts. Call a family meeting to announce a new sleepschedule and to get everyone on the same page, says Jill Spivack, a social worker and author.
“You have to sit with kids and explain the value of sleep,” Spivack says. “We want them to understand sleep nutrition is as important as food nutrition, and that a lack of sleep can have major consequences.”
Many studies have shown that a lack of sleep can hamper physical and mental health. Adolescents and teenagers aged 11-17 operating on too little sleep have shown an increase in anxiety, depression and physical pain. School performance often declines, too. A study done several years ago on year four and year six students by researchers at Israel’s Tel Aviv University showed that after losing about one hour of sleep over several nights, students performed worse on a reaction test that predicts their ability to pay attention in class.
According to the NHS, children’s need for sleep changes depending on their age, for example a five year old needs 11 hours and a 12 year old needs just over nine. Children aged 10-18 need 8.5-9.75 hours per night. However, most children don’t get enough sleep.
You can show your little ones some empathy about the fact that getting into a routine may not be fun, but let them know that the change is meant to help them feel good when they are at school. “It comes from a place of love and education about the importance of sleep, and not control,” Spivack says.
2. Look beyond bedtime
“If we approach sleep appropriately, we look at a kid’s whole day,” Swanson says. “If you want your kids back to sleep on time, have dinner at a set time, limit the computer, TV and video game time,” he says. “You’re not just trying to get them back to bed, but into a routine
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Many parents expect teens will give them a hard time about a mobile phone or computer curfew. Swanson suggests speaking with them about privileges and consequences. He suggests a script along the lines of: “We’ve given you the privilege of having a [mobile] phone, handheld games etc., and we’ve entrusted you with them. If you can show us that you can stick to this transition, great. But if you are using them after bedtime, you’re showing us you can’t manage it and we need to help you.” By helping, Swanson means be prepared to take the item(s) away from your child if he or she can’t stick to the plan.
Spivack also urges parents to avoid days that are too full. “Kids can’t be scheduled every minute of their lives and be relaxed. Watch out for over scheduling and buying into competitive parenting. Make time for them to have a good bedtime. Chill time is more valuable than another class,” Spivack says.
3. Get back to the routine
After staying up late for an extended period, you can’t go to bed earlier before you begin waking up earlier, Spivack says. So, at least a week before holidays end, start setting the alarm clocks.
Begin with a wake up time that is about an hour earlier than usual. For example, if a 6-year-old child goes to bed at 9pm during the summer and needs to get back to an 8pm bedtime for school, begin by waking her up at 7am instead of letting her sleep until 8am. Then try inching her bedtime back the next night to 8:30pm. On day two, wake her up at 6:30am and aim for an 8pm bedtime.
“If you do it day after day and start your wind-down routine after dinner and everything is calming and technology is turned off, you head into their rooms and give them a little more [mum] and dad time, that helps them wind down and get to sleep earlier,” Spivack says.
Use the sun to your advantage. “Light regulates your body clock. If you leave the blinds open, the morning light that comes in will [naturally] start to shift the kids’ wake-up time,” Spivack says.
4. A little bribery never hurts
Who doesn’t love shopping? Children of all ages, including teenagers, look forward to buying new clothes and other items. You can use this to motivate them to get on to a sleep schedule.
Beyond that, Swanson advises tuning into the things that are really important to your child and using them as leverage. “What is your child’s currency? Video games, his [mobile] phone, shopping? Find a way to give your child what he’s after as long as he goes along with the plan,” Swanson says.
What if your child won’t shut down the technology?
Swanson says that if your child refuses to go to bed, you might want to use logic. Say something like, “We need to get back into school-mode. I don’t want to get up early either. Your video games are keeping you from sleeping. You need to go to sleep or lose the games completely.” “If your kid refuses to go to bed, you might say something like, ‘I’m really wanting us to get back on track. I’m not looking forward to getting up early either. But I think video games are getting in the way…. Do this or lose the game.’”
5. Make morning time work
Lisa Joyner is a television producer and host, as well as a mum of 10-year-old and 11-month-old sons. As the self-described taskmaster in her home, she’s had to search for ways of turning the morning rush into a well-oiled routine.
“He really needs structure and to know what is expected of him,” she says of her 10-year-old stepson. “When he’s given the guidelines, he’s good.” Clearly establishing expectations for your child is critical, Spivack and Swanson say.
Joyner has made it clear that on school mornings, her stepson has a set of specific tasks to complete. “Once he’s up and makes his bed, has breakfast and is dressed, he can play video games,” Joyner says.
Make it easier on your child by doing some of the work the night before. “We set out his clothes at night so when he wakes up it’s easier for him and he can avoid having to figure out what to wear in the morning,” Joyner says.
Also don’t forget that positive feedback goes a long way with children. “He wants to please,” Joyner says of her stepson. “He knows it brings me such joy when I don’t have to rouse him out of bed for 45 minutes or remind him to do what has to be done.”
Once your children successfully make it out the door to school, you can feel a little pleased as well.
Independent review will look at how the personal mobility needs of people living in residential care are met
Lord Low of Dalston CBE will chair a 12-week independent review into the personal mobility needs of people living in state-funded residential care.
Mencap and Leonard Cheshire Disability asked Lord Low to conduct the review, following the government’s proposals to remove the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) from people in residential care.
The Low Review aims to gather evidence from individuals living in state-funded residential care and their families, care providers and local authorities. Its scope will include how disabled people’s needs are met, how they are funded and what responsibilities care home providers and local authorities have in relation to the mobility needs of residents.
Find out more about the Low Review and how to submit evidence: http://www.mencap.org.uk/news/article/review-personal-mobility-needs-launched
Widespread support for Mencap’s Stand by me campaign against hate crime
During Learning Disability Week 2011 (20-26 June), Mencap launched a three-year campaign against disability hate crime, ‘Stand by me’. The first year of the campaign will focus on working with the police, before beginning work with the courts and other public bodies.
During the week, Mencap launched ‘Don’t stand by’, a report on how the police currently deal with hate crime against people with a learning disability. Mencap is calling on all police services to sign up to a set of police promises based on the report’s recommendations. So far, 17 police services have signed up.
The results of an Ipsos MORI survey for Mencap, released during the week, show that there is strong public concern about hate crime. Half (48%) of the public believe that people with disabilities are more likely to be targets of abusive comments or aggressive behavior than other people.
Throughout the week, hundreds of people used Twitter and Facebook to share facts or quotes about disability hate crime, and the Mencap website was visited over 33,000 times. The campaign received widespread media coverage and more than 50 events took place across the UK.
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Time for monumental change in social care funding
Monday 04 July 2011
Mencap supports the Dilnot report on social care funding
A cap on costs and an increase in the means-tested threshold are among the major changes to the funding of adult social care in England, recommended in a review, published on 4 July.
‘Fairer Care Funding’ is the final report by the Commission on Funding of Care and Support, chaired by Andrew Dilnot. It was set up by the government last July, to recommend a fair and sustainable funding system for adult social care in England.
The report’s recommendations include a cap on individuals’ lifetime contributions towards their social care costs – which are currently potentially unlimited. After the cap is reached, individuals would be eligible for full state support. This cap should be between £25,000 and £50,000, but the report recommends that £35,000 is the most appropriate and fair figure.
Plus, it proposes an increase in the means-tested threshold, above which people are liable for their full care costs – from £23,250 to £100,000. It says that national eligibility criteria and portable assessments should be introduced to ensure greater consistency.
I CAN are thrilled to announce that we now hold the record for ‘Largest Game of Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes in multiple venues’ thanks to the thousands of children and adults who took part in this year’s 10th Anniversary Chatterbox Challenge. A huge thank you to everyone who got involved and helped us to raise a whopping £89,000 for I CAN’s work with children who struggle to communicate.
In this Edition: A trip to the Olympic Park with Dawn House, Storytelling and special guest at Meath, shout outs to our athletic corporate partners, new resources and training. Also, your feedback from the SEN Green Paper…
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Author: Fulton, Rorie
Briefing series: Better Health Briefing Paper 21
Publisher: Race Equality Foundation
Publication date: 2010
• Ethnic monitoring: Is health equality possible without it?
The collection and use of ethnic monitoring data enables health services to identify and respond to health inequalities as experienced by different social groups. Despite recent improvement, collection rates for ethnic monitoring data in the UK remain poor. The Equality Act 2010, by means of the public sector Equality Duty, requires public services to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination and to advance equality of opportunity between different groups. This paper argues that health equality across different social groups is not possible without improved ethnic monitoring. It concludes by stressing the need for politicians to respond positively to the need to mandate ethnic data collection across primary and secondary health care.
Housing benefit and welfare reform: Impact of the proposed changes on black and minority ethnic communities
Author: Beasor, Sue
Corporate author: Housing Quality Network
Briefing series: Better Housing Briefing Paper 18
Publisher: Race Equality Foundation
Publication date: 2011
• Housing benefit and welfare reform: Impact of the proposed changes on black and minority ethnic communities
The coalition government has introduced a package of measures intended to reduce the increasing cost of Housing Benefit (HB). This paper examines the impact of these cuts on black and minority ethnic communities. Living in areas targeted by the cuts, black and minority ethnic communities are also likely to experience higher child poverty rates and need larger accommodation due to family size. Furthermore, although some of the reductions in housing benefit do not apply to claimants with disabilities, there is evidence to suggest that black and minority ethnic disabled people are less likely to claim the benefits to which they are entitled.
Young people who suffer from severe disabilities are celebrating awards for a range of achievements in fields including art, music and politics.
Ten people from Barnet were handed prizes by North Finchley-based Aidexcel support services, which provides advocacy training and one-to-one support for people with disabilities.
The presentations took place at the Barnet United Reformed Church, in Wood Street, where the winners displayed their work and gave presentations on their achievements.
Barnet Mayor Lisa Rutter was the special guest at the event, which took place on the 22nd of April, 2012.
Development director and founder Faith Unoarumhi said: “It was beautiful. It means the world to them – the look on the faces of the parents who saw their children collecting an award for the first time was really beautiful.
“Seeing the children collecting their awards makes it all worthwhile. It was a very rewarding moment.”
Among the winners were:
Michael Murphy, 13, from Mill Hill, who despite a recent back operation and living with a degenative disease has won many awards for horse riding.
Robert Littleton, 17, from North Finchley, who campaigned for setting up a Barnet branch of UK Youth Parliament, and then gained election as a member of it. He does not allow his visual impairment and albinism to affect him.
David Sassoon, ten, from Hendon, who has profound and multiple learning difficulties as well as cerebral palsy. David has developed his ability to use a hand switch and uses this to access computer programs and games. This achievement means he has increased his ability to help himself and his independence.
Baruch Cramer, ten, from Cricklewood, who has, despite living with cerebral palsy which limits movement in all his limbs, and visual impairment, has managed to increase his independence.
Deena Conway, 11, from Golders Green, who used to heavily rely on an adult pushing her but, having been introduced to an electric wheelchair, has shown great determination and effort in learning how to use it independently.
Kazeem Oladiran, 11, from Mill Hill, whose cerebral palsy severely restricts his movement but the determination he has shown to new physiotherapy methods has allowed him to stand independently for longer periods.
Rayna Bocheva, 13, from Cricklewood, excels at singing and, despite being born with only one arm, has made the most of out of her life. She has taken part in the Barnet Music Festival where she has performed in front of the public.
Raquaya (Kye) Grant, ten, from Edgware who, despite suffering communication issues after being home schooled in the past due to her severe learning disabilities, has made significant progress with her ability to communicate with the use of gesture and sound.
Osimo Unoarumhi, 17, from Barnet, who does not allow his visual impairment and albinism to affect his love of sport. He is a member of Penniwells’s riding school and also enjoys weight lifting, cannoning, trampolining and running.
Tumi Yenwo, 16, from Barnet who is a talented artist from Mapledown School. Tumi displayed his artwork on the day to show how he enjoys to express himself
Speaking in Parliament yesterday the Secretary of State for Health (Mr Andrew Lansley) announced that he has laid before Parliament the Government’s response to the Health Select Committee’s report on social care.
He also reaffirmed coalition commitment to:
“establish a commission on long-term care, to report within a year. The commission will consider a range of ideas, including both a voluntary insurance scheme to protect the assets of those who go into residential care, and a partnership scheme as proposed by Derek Wanless”.
The Government intends to publish a ‘vision for adult social care’, including the key next steps on personalisation later this year.
In addition, it intends to reform the law underpinning adult social care by creating a single modern statute, aimed at helping disabled people, older people and carers to understand whether services can or should be provided.
“We will bring together the conclusions of the Law Commission and the Commission on the Funding of Care and Support, with our vision, into a White Paper in 2011, with legislation following to establish a sustainable legal and financial framework for adult social care in this Parliament.”
DA believes that the Government must work in genuine partnership with disability organisations and examine the full impact of any reform of social care. For a more detailed statement of what we want see our response to Shaping the Future of Care Together: the Department of Health Green Paper on adult social care reform in England
The Family Fund provides financial assistance to low income families with disabled children. With winter already upon us, more families with disabled and seriously ill children are finding it hard to make ends meet. The Family Fund can help to take away some of those pressures. If you, or someone you know, has been thinking of applying to the Fund please do so as the time it takes to assess applications and respond to families has significantly reduced.
For an application form or to apply online please go to:
The Government has also confirmed the Family Fund charity would receive “at least” £27 million of funding a year up to 2015, making a minimum of £108 million over four years.
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There is a new guide to the legal rights of disabled children and their families in England and Wales. The handbook can act as a key lever for campaigning and is now available to read online. It covers topics such as education, health, social care and housing.
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