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Latest Editions of United Response Easy News

Easy News is the first news magazine designed to be accessible for people with learning disabilities. 


Read the latest and any previous issues at UnitedResponse.org.uk/easy-news












The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England

The latest report has now been published



It provides information about the size, types of employment, recruitment and retention issues, workforce demographics, pay and qualification rates and future workforce forecasts for our sector.


Organised into sections the report reveals that there are now 1.55 million jobs in our sector, contributing £40.4 billion per annum to the English economy.  


There are now an estimated 1.43 million people working in adult social care.


See the full report and download the infographic

Inclusive Community Training For All

Active Kids

Paralympics 2016 – Yes You Can!

We’re looking forward to our Paralympians bringing home gold and following our Olympians in breaking their 2012 medal record!

Wishing you all Good Luck from Knowsley Disability Concern!


take a look at some insperational stories from Brasil

Alzheimer’s Breaks 2016

Each year we provide a number of weeks specifically for people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, and their partners or carers.


1st – 8th October 2016 £1,079                                               14th – 21st January 2017 £759


Help with Funding


Because our Alzheimer’s trained care staff are on hand at all times to support you and your loved ones, you have the space to reconnect as loved ones and become husband and wife, father and daughter once more.

Our hope is that you gather the confidence to hand over all your care worries to us, freeing your focus on reconnecting with your loved one.

Our attention is lavished every bit as much on the carer as on the cared for. On every Alzheimer’s Week, carers have the option to a special evening out. You will have the unique opportunity to relax in the company of fellow carers and completely switch off from your caring role, secure in the knowledge that your partner is happy and well looked after.

Our aim is very simple – to give you quality time with the one you love.


For more information and to book your break call Revitalise 0303 303 0145

Don’t Feel Alone with Ataxia

Ataxia North-West is a newly set up support group for people who have, and those affected by, Ataxia.

Ataxia is a rare neurological condition affecting balance and coordination. This progressive, debilitating condition affects all muscles as the condition progresses. 

There is currently no cure.

Ataxia NW offers support for all members and their monthly meetings at The Brain Charity provide a chance to meet and share experiences as well as offering practical support. The group aim to raise awareness and funds for the support group and help Ataxia UK to make advances to finding a cure. They are welcoming and inclusive to all so please come along.

If you are interested, email Adam or Michelle.

On Facebook: North West Ataxia Support Group


Event Information:


Event Start Date Sat 13 Aug 2016, 11:30 am
Event End Date Sat 13 Aug 2016, 2:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price Free
Venue The Brain Charity


Technology for Life Exhibition


Calibre Audio Library

will be exhibiting in your area soon………………

Come and meet our staff at the following exhibition of technology, equipment and support for people who are blind and partially sighted.


Technology for Life Exhibition

Monday 12 September 10.30am – 3.30pm

The Bradbury Centre

Youens Way

Liverpool L14 2EP


Calibre remains a subscription-free postal library service of audio books with membership open to people with sight problems, dyslexia or other disabilities which prevent them from reading. 

Our staff will be demonstrating the latest simple memory stick players, now available direct from Calibre, and how to use our streaming service. Players will be available to order or to purchase and take away on the day at a special event price (subject to availability).

If you would like more details about other exhibitors at this event, contact Louise Cannon at Bradbury Fields on 0151 221 0888.

For further information about Calibre please call our Membership Services Team on 01296 432 339.

Employment Advisory Service

Thanks to an “Awards for All” grant from The Big Lottery, The Brain Charity has been able to extend their Employment Advisory Service and our Employment Officer, John Perry, is now available 9-5pm Monday to Friday.

 If you want to get into work, John can explore your options with you.


Do you think you need more training to improve your skill set?

Do you want to go to college and get new or better qualifications?

Do you need to look at a new career but are unsure what direction to take?

Would you like to volunteer?

Do you want to start your own business and become self-employed?


John Perry, above, can help you explore all of these options and many more.

John can work with you and your employer and advise on the Access to Work scheme which is a Government grant that helps disabled people retain and maintain employment. He will guide you both through the process to ensure successful outcomes for both parties and will continue to work with your employer to ensure they are adhering to their legal obligations.

John who is blind and also has a neurological condition has been both employed and self-employed for many years has himself benefited from the Access to Work scheme and has found it invaluable in providing computer hardware and software that enables him to do his job, as well as a PA to give him the assistance he needs.

If you can’t make it to The Brain Charity’s base on Norton Street in Liverpool, John now also offers free employment advice to people with neurological conditions online over Skype. To arrange an initial appointment or to ask for advice contact The Brain Charity on 0151 298 2999, email info@thebraincharity.org.uk or come along to one of the employment advice drop-ins from 1-4pm on Friday afternoons at The Brain Charity.




Radical thinking on Learning Disability – 2 September 2016

Liverpool Hope University is bringing together people with learning disabilities, families, academics and activists for a stimulating one day conference in September.

Date: Friday 2nd, September 2016
Venue: Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, L16 9JD
Cost: £10 students, people with learning disabilities and their supporters; £25 others

Speakers include:

·         Luciana Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree will give the Opening Address.

·         Dr Simon Duffy, Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform will speak about what citizenship means for people with learning disabilities.

·         Professor Jan Walmsley, long time academic and learning disability activist will speak about the potential for unity in action between people with learning disabilities and families.

·         Professor John Parrington, geneticist at Oxford University will debunk the myths connecting genetics and intelligence.

·         John Hersov, an Independent advocacy consultant and facilitator from the very beginning of the UK self-advocacy movement in 1982, will reflect on how people with learning disabilities have become more skilled at saying what they need.

Plenery Session:

A whole-conference plenary session co-chaired by Merseyside People First and Disabled People Against Cuts will discuss how to work together to shape future services for people with learning disabilities.

For more information visit and to book tickets visit Liverpool Hope University’s website: