Humanbeings are social creatures. We need people around us to build communities and thrive.

We are at our best when part of something bigger than ourselves and, therefore, often at our worst on our own.

It is no surprise that certain people are at greater risk of isolation than others. Those with physical disabilities and mental health issues to name just two.

New Year’s is an odd ritual.

We celebrate the passing of one year and the start of a new, quite often involving too much alcohol and too much food. Some of us start the New Year exactly the same way we promised ourselves we wouldn’t at the start of the year before.

The media, in many ways, dictates our reality. The kind of shows we watch and newspapers we read helps to shape how we see the world and inform our opinions.

The problem with this is the media has a habit of scewing things one way or another depending on the perspective of the writers or the political leanings of the network.

Those who keep regular tabs on the news will know that 2016 was quite the year for celebrity deaths.

Amongst the last to be taken from us was Carrie Fisher who most will know as Princess Leia from the Star Wars movies.

Going For Green!

We're delighted to recognise the efforts of two teams that have achieved green status on our Risk Register for a consecutive 12 month period!

Parenting is hard.

We make no bones about it. It is the toughest, most challenging, most thankless job that parents wouldn’t have any other way.

Whether it’s 4am feeds, toilet training, negotiating the emotional quagmire of the preschool years or all the adventures beyond it is a fascinating, harrowing, wonderful, stressful, rewarding experience.

However, what if you’re a parent with a learning disability? 

Paradoxes are infuriating things.

They derail perfectly reasonable sounding arguments with a crushing logic that, no matter which way you turn it, is utterly irrefutable.

However, they do exist and the Disabilities Paradox is no exception.

‘It’s Christmastime. There’s no need to be afraid.

At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade…’

Those immortal lyrics from the original, 1984, release of Do They Know It’s Christmas is the opening of a song that reminds us all to spare a thought for those around the world less fortunate than us over the holiday season.

Trolling is nothing new.

For the uninitiated, trolls – as it names suggests – are members of social media communities who go out of their way to be unpleasant and generally hurtful (or trollish) towards other users. They delight in sowing misery and being generally unpleasant to people.

In the UK autism effects roughly 1 in 100 people.

It affects people of all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. It doesn’t make any distinction what-so-ever over who you are or the kind of upbringing you’ve had. The only discrimination it makes at all is autism is more common in men than women.

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