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How we are prioritising social care

During the coronavirus pandemic, we've had to change the way we work so we can continue to support disabled people and our staff on the frontline. Aine has worked for us for 18 years. When her community services closed, she volunteered to be...

Remembering Leonard on VE Day

On Friday 8 May 2020 we commemorate Victory in Europe Day. This year marks 75 years since allied forces announced the surrender of Germany in Europe.

New appreciation for our frontline staff

Russell is normally our Head of Building Compliance. With the coronavirus pandemic, his role changed as he volunteered to work at Greenacres, our care home in Sutton Coldfield. He tells us about his experience and how it's given him a newfound...

Podcast: Isolation and coronavirus

In this episode, we talk about the impact of coronavirus and self-isolation on disabled people and those with long-term health conditions. With the current restrictions in place, we spoke to business owner Josh Wintersgill, Jamie Woods, a community...

Working in a care home during coronavirus

Andrea normally works in our fundraising team. But since our services in Northern Ireland have been short on staff, she’s been helping at three of our supported living services in Belfast. She told us how she's finding the change of role and what...

Running a care home during a pandemic

Back in April, Lesley Gamm, Service Manager at Gloucestershire House in Cheltenham gave this first-hand account of life in the frontline of social care at the height of the pandemic.

Adapting to life in lockdown

Susan talks about the changes to everyday life during coronavirus lockdown. She also looks at how her role has been adapted so she can continue to support our Bells Piece service in Surrey.

Podcast: Non-visible disabilities and the media

In the latest episode of The Disability Download, we explore the representation of chronic illness, particularly women with chronic illnesses and non-visible disabilities, in the media. We catch up with artist and illustrator Mimi Butlin, blogger...

Staying busy during lockdown

As the UK goes into lockdown, Emma talks about how she is finding the experience. She shares her worries around her medication being out of stock and how communities are coming together to support each other.