Image of Gareth Shephard, Communications AssistantIn this week’s e-news, there’s information on Carers Week and how you can get involved, as well as a very positive development from last week’s general election.

We also look at an exciting project which aims to uncover the last 800 years of disability in the UK, as well as providing some information on our Care Certificate workbooks. 

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Number of disabled MPs in Commons rises to five

After last Thursday’s general election, the number of disabled MPs in the new House of Commons now stands at five, an increase of three.

The new additions to the Commons include Labour’s Marsha de Cordova, the new MP for Battersea and Jared O’ Mara, who ousted former deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg from his seat in Sheffield Hallam.

Stephen Lloyd, the Liberal Democrat MP for Eastbourne returns after losing his seat in 2015.

Robert Halfon and Paul Maynard, the Conservative MP’s for Harlow and Blackpool North and Cleveleys respectively, were re-elected.

But however encouraging the result of the election, 5 MPs is not even one percent of the total membership of the Commons, so much more needs to be done to increase disabled representation within Parliament.

Carers Week 2017

There are six and a half million unpaid carers all across the UK, caring for a family member or a friend. Carers Week takes place every year to raise awareness on caring and to celebrate the incredible work they do.

This year, Carers Week 2017 runs from 12-18 June, with the theme of building Carer Friendly Communities.

As with previous years, a report has been created by Carers Week based around the week’s theme.
To read the report, please click here.

To Celebrate Carers Week, Independent Lives is offering 10% off our PA & Support Worker training. Just enter the coupon code EN10%OFF when you checkout at our Booking Bug page.

To book PA & Support Worker training with Independent Lives, please click here.

To find out more about Carers Week, please visit:

Discover 800 years of disability history

A new project is working to uncover 800 years of disability history.

History of Place is a heritage project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which aims to dig out the histories of eight locations associated with deaf and disabled people, including Bristol, Liverpool and London.

As well as running a blog documenting discoveries, the project plans to run workshops in the locations across the UK, display exhibitions in major galleries, including the V&A museum in London and create games, which can be played either online, or alongside the exhibitions.

To find out more about this fascinating project, please click here.

Image of our training icon in blueEvents & Training

Do you or your staff need to complete the Care Certificate? We can help.

At Independent Lives, we work directly with disabled people, so we know what works in practice. We have designed affordable and easy-to-use training materials and a training service to support health and social care professionals.

Our workbook is the ideal tool to help your staff achieve the Care Certificate.

This workbook covers the minimum competence of the 15 Care Certificate standards – breaking down the information into bite size pieces to make it engaging and easy to understand – you can view a sample of the contents here.

We also offer formal health and social care training from as little as £15.

Our TrainerQuals Level 3 accredited trainers make these sessions accessible and flexible through a mix of classroom and online learning.

The training will enable your staff to work safely and effectively as well as increasing their confidence and developing their skills. Click here to take a look at the training that we offer.


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