By Raya Al Jadir New research will investigate the

first_imgBy Raya Al JadirNew research will investigate the “untold stories” of disabled lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the social care system.The study will explore the experiences of LGBT disabled men and women who use direct payments or personal budgets to fund their social care.It has been launched by the disabled LGBT organisation Regard, the gay rights charity Stonewall, the Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).Dr Ju Gosling (pictured), co-chair of Regard, said: “We know almost nothing about the use and experiences of using social care support by LGBT disabled men and women, because to date no-one has asked.“This is despite the fact that as many as one in three LGBT people are disabled.“We are also disproportionately represented among social care-users, because we are less likely to live in the area we grew up, and less likely to have children and family members to support us, than other disabled people.“Apart from initial decisions to ‘come out’, social care-users may well need support to access LGBT venues, take part in social activities with other LGBT people, facilitate other ‘ordinary’ daily aspects of being LGBT, and require physical support with sex (alone or with others).“LGBT people with learning difficulties may need particular support to assert and/or explain their needs as they relate to sexual identity.”She added: “The research findings will be used to influence the future delivery of social care and training of social care workers, as well as to raise awareness of the issues facing LGBT disabled people more generally.”Gosling said that Regard continued to work with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and SCIE to raise awareness of the needs of LGBT people who use social care, and previously worked with CQC’s predecessor, the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), to draw up the first guidelines for care homes on LGBT equality, which remain in place.Pete Fleischmann, SCIE’s head of co-production, said his organisation’s interest in the issue dated back to 2008 when research by CSCI found 45 per cent of LGBT people experienced discrimination when using social care services.He said: “They also found that only six per cent of providers had carried out any sort of equality work around sexual orientation, when a third of the providers promoted race or disability equality.”He said SCIE had a “long-standing interest in these issues because of the untold stories of LGBT people within the social care services”.SCIE has produced six films covering the issues LGBT service-users face when using a range of social care services, and a briefing on LGBT issues and personalisation, and plans to launch two more films, one aimed at service-users and one at professionals, and briefings, as a result of the research.Fleischmann said that social care service-users “don’t just come out once, it is a continual process because you are always encountering new professionals, new assessments, with various forms of support, with a big turnover of staff… that is really difficult for people.“Personalisation is a real opportunity for LGBT people to commission their own services, feel comfortable and in control, and until we do the interviews we know nothing about this area at all.”Professor David Abbott, head of the school for policy studies at Bristol University and associate director at the National Institute for Health Research’s school for social care research – which is funding the study – said that one of the main things that LGBT people with learning difficulties talked to him about for a study two years ago was “the difficulty they had in coming out to support staff”.He said: “Some were anxious about the response of the [support worker or staff] and some felt they had to keep it a secret or hidden, anticipating only some of the support workers would be sympathetic.”Regard has told him examples of support workers “being quite critical or homophobic, saying quite unpleasant things to disabled people when they came out or refusing to go to venues saying it is not part of their job description or it might not adhere to their belief system”.He said he hoped the research would discover when sexuality was being raised during social care assessments and reviews.He said: “Do people feel able to say, ‘Actually, one of the things I will need support with is going to Pride or gay bars to meet other people of my community.“We don’t know if that actually comes up or not and we may find some really positive and nice examples of how support workers and PAs (personal assistants) and their employers work together to help the disabled person get their needs.“We are not necessarily starting with the assumption that we are just going to find really poor practice examples; we are open to finding what are people doing and how are they managing these relationships and overcoming the difficulties.”The study will involve a survey of more than 100 LGBT adults who use direct payments or personal budgets to fund their social care, followed by 30 anonymous, confidential, in-depth interviews.There will also be two focus groups with PAs from Independent Living Alternatives, the agency founded by the late disabled activist David Morris.The research findings are expected to be published in April 2017.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) looks set to have to carry out six separate trawls through the records of disabled people unfairly deprived of benefits because of serious errors by senior civil servants.The minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton (pictured), told MPs this week that she was “pleased” that her department was beginning three new reviews of personal independence payment (PIP) claimants.Together with previous announcements on PIP, universal credit and employment and support allowance (ESA), this means her department will now apparently have to carry out a total of six major trawls through its benefit records to find claimants who have not been receiving the correct level of disability benefits.Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, Marsha de Cordova, said Newton’s statement was “the latest example of the Tory government failing disabled people”.One of this week’s reviews is necessary because of a tribunal ruling delivered in March 2017 – concerning a PIP claimant referred to as RJ – on how DWP assesses if disabled people can carry out activities safely and need supervision to do so.This review is likely to affect people with conditions such as epilepsy, with an estimated 10,000 PIP claimants set to benefit by £70 to £90 per week by 2022-23.Another of the reviews will check an estimated 1.6 million PIP claims to find claimants who experience mental distress when making or planning a journey.This review was necessary because of a court ruling in December 2017 – in the case of a claimant referred to as MH – which found that new rules introduced last year by DWP were unlawful, “blatantly discriminatory” and breached the UN disability convention.This week’s third review concerns the way DWP has been assessing an estimated 420 PIP claimants with haemophilia who have the associated condition haemarthropathy (a severe type of arthritis caused by bleeding into the joints).But in addition to this week’s three reviews, DWP is also likely to need to trawl through the files of thousands of other PIP claimants who need support to take medication and monitor their health conditions.This fourth review followed two tribunal findings – in the cases of AN and JM – that DWP should have been scoring such claimants in the same way as people needing support to manage treatment therapies such as dialysis.A fifth review is likely to follow a high court ruling earlier this month that DWP had unlawfully discriminated against two disabled men who each lost disability premiums worth £178 per month when they moved to a new local authority area and were forced to transfer onto the new universal credit.The sixth review has already been launched following the botched migration of an estimated 70,000 former claimants of incapacity benefit and other benefits to the new employment and support allowance (ESA).DWP failed to realise that many of these claimants were entitled to income-related ESA – and therefore to associated disability premiums – rather than just the contributory form of ESA.De Cordova said: “This long overdue statement is the latest example of the Tory government failing disabled people: it has now been forced to carry out six reviews to identify disabled people who were wrongly denied the social security support they were entitled to.“In four of those cases the government only backed down because of legal challenges, but disabled people should not have to fight through the courts to get the support they need.“The next Labour government will transform our social security system by abolishing the discredited ESA and PIP assessments, taking back contracts from private companies, and ensuring that disabled people get the support they need to live independently and with dignity.”A DWP spokeswoman refused to answer a series of questions about her department’s string of serious errors on disability benefits.She refused to confirm that DWP was now set to carry out six separate trawls through its records and refused to say if the department was embarrassed by so many significant errors.She also refused to say if any senior civil servants or ministers would be taking responsibility or apologising for their errors and incompetence.But she did say that implementing the MH judgment was likely to cost about £2 billion by 2022-23, and that implementing the RJ judgment would probably cost about £240 million.And she said: “We’re totally committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with health conditions get the support that they need.“Supporting people with mental health conditions remains a top priority, and more people with mental health conditions get the higher rate of both components of PIP than under disability living allowance.“We will be working at pace to ensure everyone who is eligible receives the support they’re entitled to as soon as possible, and we remain on track to begin making payments this summer.”last_img read more

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Photo essay Mission Sunday Streets

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Photo by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen Narruhn 0%center_img With temperatures near 80 degrees, Valencia Street filled with walkers, bikers and strollers for the Mission’s final Sunday Streets of the summer.Photo by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen Narruhnlast_img

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NOT heading to the Etihad Stadium and the Magic We

first_imgNOT heading to the Etihad Stadium and the Magic Weekend?Then savour Saturday’s action from the Red V Cafe Bar.We’ll be open from 11.30am with the matches live throughout the day.Fans can also take advantage of the loyalty card offer in conjunction with our brewery partner Robinsons.If you buy a pint of Saints Gold, Fosters, Coke or Diet Coke you will be given a stamp to fix to a loyalty card.Simply collect five and you can get a free pint!last_img

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SAINTS are seeking their first win at the Magic We

first_imgSAINTS are seeking their first win at the Magic Weekend since 2010.They take on Warrington Wolves on Sunday (3.15pm) – a side they have failed to beat at the two-day extravaganza.Magic Weekend Summary:St Helens: Won 3, Lost 4, Drawn 1Warrington: Won 6, Lost 2(Head-to-head: St Helens 0, Warrington 2)Last 10 Meetings:St Helens 32, Warrington 24 (SLR6, 19/3/15)St Helens 12, Warrington 39 (SLR26, 4/9/14)St Helens 24, Warrington 41 (SLR13, 18/5/14) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 8, St Helens 38 (SLR1, 13/2/14)St Helens 16, Warrington 29 (SLR26, 30/8/13)St Helens 22, Warrington 48 (SLR16, 25/5/13) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 10, St Helens 22 (SLR6, 8/3/13)St Helens 18, Warrington 36 (SLQSF, 29/9/12)Warrington 6, St Helens 28 (SLQPO, 15/9/12)St Helens 12, Warrington 22 (SLR23, 6/8/12)Super League Summary:St Helens won 40 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs)Warrington won 9 (includes win in 2012 play-offs)2 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)Career Milestones:Jon Wilkin needs three tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 97 has been scored as follows: 8 for Hull KR (2000-2002), 88 for St Helens (2003-2015) and 1 for England (2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012). Wilkin also made 6 non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Consecutive Appearances:Mose Masoe has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 46.He made his Saints debut as a substitute in a 38-18 win against Hull KR at Langtree Park on March 7, 2014. He is an ever-present in the St Helens side since then.1 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 462 Danny Washbrook (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 383 Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons) 344 Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 315 = Paul Aiton (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves) 30First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 152 = Tom Lineham (Hull FC), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 124 = Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Jordan Turner (St Helens) 116 = Zeb Taia (Catalans Dragons), Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 109 = Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers), Aaron Murphy (Huddersfield Giants), Joel Monaghan (Warrington Wolves), Gene Ormsby (Warrington Wolves) 9Goals:1 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 492 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 463 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos), Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 456 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 387 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 378 Travis Burns (St Helens) 289 = Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils), Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 27Goals Percentage:1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 86.53 (45/52)2 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (11/13)3 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 80.32 (49/61)4 Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 75.00 (9/12)5 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 73.77 (45/61)6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 73.07 (38/52)7 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 72.97 (27/37)8 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 72.22 (26/36)9 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 71.87 (46/64)10 = Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) (45/63), Gareth O’Brien (Warrington Wolves) 71.42 (10/14)Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 1202 = Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 1044 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1035 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 1006 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 937 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 908 = Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils), Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 7410 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 64last_img read more

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE The Night Nurse

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In 2007, she was named Woman of the Year by New Hanover County. She is a leader in the community in bringing different cultures, races and ethnic backgrounds together. You might just recognize the voice.  WWAY’s Daniel Seamans introduces you to our Extraordinary Person of the Week.It has long been said that music is the one place where you can both lose and find yourself at the same time.   It’s where we find the Night Nurse.- Advertisement – “I started at night on public radio, actually,” Kimberly McLaughlin-Smith told Daniel Seamans. “So it kind of went with a theme I was working with at the time, came up with the name Night Nurse.”Kimberly has a passion for reggae music. “There’s a redemptive quality about this music,” she said. “It’s social commentary, it’s also feel good music at the same time.”Sundays you’ll find her show bringing a one love mission to the air waves with her show Reggae Redemption on Coastal Carolina’s Modern Rock, 98.7, 10am to noon.  “It brings people of all kinds together and that permeates my whole life, my day job as well.”Related Article: Family warns methanol could be possible cause of tourist deathsThe Night Nurse is also bringing people together as a diversity specialist at UNCW. “I would like to see people loving the skin they are in because I find the more you are in tune with who you are and the comfortable you feel in your skin you make that same room for everyone else around you,” she said of her her many goals.This busy woman  plays an active role keeping reggae alive and well at various venues in the Cape Fear, creating festivals as well as weekly shows at venues like the Lazy Pirate in Carolina Beach and concert halls.Her passion is music to our ears but also to our minds.  “So I use reggae music and my work in diversity and inclusion to just open the world up and allow other people in to each other to do some good work that is not as hard as we make it,” Kimberly added.Kimberly McLaughlin Smith, aka the Night Nurse, you are the sweet sound of redemption and that makes you, Extraordinary!Check out some of her Extraordinary roles in the community by clicking here.last_img read more

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Olde Towne neighbors tired of Farmers Market sign thief

first_img For months neighbors in Olde Towne have been trying to catch a thief.“We want to know, why? Why are you doing this?” Smith asked.That question was raised after dozens of signs advertising a community farmer’s market were stolen.Related Article: NC man accused of beating girlfriend’s sons with HDMI cord“It was sign after sign,” said community association president Rana LaBrunda. “I mean from signs that were put three feet into the ground to signs that were made out of wood.”So neighbors set up a camera. Just before the New Year they captured video of the supposed sign thief. What it caught was unbelievable.“We weren’t expecting an older woman,” said LaBrunda. “We really were not. Honestly we were very shocked when we saw that.”The signs are for the Olde Towne farm stand. Something the community has had Powell Produce run year round.The Powell family drives an hour to provide the daily picked produce.“They’re very, very loving, loyal people,” LaBrunda said.The Powells had no where to go after the Leland Market closed. Selling to neighbors in Olde Towne or along River Road is a major source of income. Now everyone one feels like the pickers are getting picked on.“They don’t understand why, because they’ve never done anything to anybody,” said Smith.They want the thief to beat it. Now that they have an idea who it could be, neighbors hope the video produces an arrest.“We’re over it,” LaBrunda said. “One to two times somebody takes a sign is one thing but when you start taking them dozens and dozens and dozens of them for months and months it’s just larceny and it’s just theft.”Since the video was posted to Nextdoor and on social media the community association has had several tips on who the woman is. They’ve sent those to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. BELVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Someone is stealing signs in Belville and neighbors want the thief caught.“It’s just not right, it’s not right and it’s theft,” said community association secretary Stephanie Smith.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Local radio host Harvard Jennings dies

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY/StarNews) — A long running talk show host familiar to many radio listeners across the Cape Fear has died.Harvard Jennings had been a fixture on Wilmington airwaves for decades.- Advertisement – For years he worked at WAAV. More recently, he could be heard on WLTT 1180 AM radio.Jennings summed up his approach as, “civil discourse and meaningful dialogue.”Originally from the Bronx, Jennings moved to Wilmington in the 1980s and managed the Kinney Shoe Store and later served as Director of the Southeastern Sickle Cell Association.Related Article: Professional wrestler King Kong Bundy dead at age 61Read more here about Jennings from StarNewsOnline.last_img

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REWARD OFFERED Deputies search for gun store robbery suspects

first_imgCrime Stoppers is offering up to a $5,000 reward for their arrest.If you have any info about the crime contact Crime Stoppers or the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. NHSO says two people forced their way into DB Guns and Ammo on Carolina Beach Road on January 21, 2019. (Photo: NHSO) 1 of 2 They say the suspects were seen on surveillance driving either a silver or gold 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion.center_img NHSO says two people forced their way into DB Guns and Ammo on Carolina Beach Road on January 21, 2019. (Photo: NHSO) NHSO says two people forced their way into DB Guns and Ammo on Carolina Beach Road on January 21, 2019. (Photo: NHSO) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says two people broke into a gun store last month, and they need your help finding them.The sheriff’s office says two people forced their way into DB Guns and Ammo on Carolina Beach Road on January 21.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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