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ACCESS DORSET

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ACCESS DORSET

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Removing Barriers to Inclusion

ISSUE: 20

SUMMER 2016

NOW WE CAN ALL ENJOY

BROWSEA

ISLAND

See Page 14

www.accessdorset.co.uk

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EDITORIAL

Celebrating the 20th edition of Access Dorset Magazine!

This is the 20th edition of Access Dorset Magazine and we’re

celebrating with a bit of a makeover and an expansion from

16 to 20 pages.

We’ve come a long way since the first edition in April 2010.

The magazine was originally launched as a newsletter,

produced by a small editorial group to share news about

what we were up to just prior to the launch of the charity

Access Dorset. The newsletter was widely distributed and

so well received that we decided to develop it further as a

regular quarterly lifestyle publication covering all aspects

of independent living, from the viewpoint of local disabled

people, older people and carers.

The popularity of Access Dorset Magazine has continued to

grow and it is now distributed widely across the county with

the help of our twenty partner organisations; Bournemouth,

Dorset and Poole Councils; Dorset NHS and other

stakeholders.

We have continued to evolve, to report on issues identified

as important by our readers and we always strive to

include contributions from the widest number of individuals

and groups. As well as providing information and advice

on services provided by voluntary and statutory sector

organisations across Dorset, we have run features about

specific impairments and health conditions, written by

members with lived experience. By popular demand we

introduced regular gardening and carers columns, a letters

page and have run a number of prize competitions. We

have also produced a wide range of articles focusing on

community safety, money matters, our home, healthy living,

skills and learning, leisure activities and transport.

Printed and supplied by:

RP Printers, The Warehouse,

Rear of 25 Southcote Road,

Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3SH

mail@rpprinters.co.uk

Cover photograph kindly reproduced

courtesy of Bournemouth Daily Echo

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We hope you like our latest edition of Access Dorset Magazine.

We need your feedback on what you like or dislike about

the magazine; your ideas for new content; and your letters,

pictures and articles. We would really like to hear from you!

Please take a few minutes to tell us what you think - our

contact details are on the back page.


CONTENT

ACCESS DORSET

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LIVING FREE

OF FEAR

14

NOW WE CAN ALL

ENJOY BROWSEA

ISLAND

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FEATURE :

7

10

EDIBLE HANGING BASKET

LEARNING & GROWING IN THE FRESH AIR

Future Roots Whitfield is set in four acres of beautiful

countryside on the outskirts of Dorchester. It provides outside

horticultural, farming and forest school activities for children,

young people, adults and older people.

THE JOYS OF VOLUNTEERING

Chatterbox Jack Wells tells us all about his expereinces

with volunteering in his local area.

16

GREY VETERANS

FOR GREAT

VETERANS

15

17

For

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VIEWPOINT

Dr Richard L Peacocke gives us his viewpoint on

mental health and disability.

ALTERNATIVE VISIONS

artists facing barriers to the mainstream

art world

NEWS CORNER

Sedcat tell us all about their new community transport

services in East Dorset

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Community Safety:

LIVING FREE

OF FEAR

In 2012, Access Dorset surveyed our members about their

experience of ‘Fear and Bullying in Dorset’ and 40% of the

101 respondents reported that they had been frightened or

hurt by another person because of their disability or age.

Unfortunately this was not a rare phenomenon. Disability

hate crime, although drastically under reported, happens far

too often.

The results of the survey were reported by

the local media and reinforced the need for

a project led by disabled and older people to

raise awareness and provide on-going support

around these issues of Community Safety. With

the support of Lloyds Bank Foundation, we

established a project in 2014 to recruit, train

and support volunteers to act as Community

Safety Champions to provide direct support

to other disabled/older people as well as

providing information and advice that promotes

Community Safety both at home and whilst out

and about.

This project culminated in an interactive

workshop in early summer 2016 entitled “I

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AM ME” which was based on highly praised

training material developed by Police Scotland

in partnership with their local community

organisations to raise awareness of disability

hate crime in Scotland. The well attended

workshop focused on identifying the reasons

why so many people don’t report disability

hate crime incidents and looked at ways to

encourage reporting and support victims

through the process. A number of films made

by Community Safety Champions over the

last two years were shown and participants

discussed their own experiences and how they

had dealt with them.

TOOL KIT

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To complement the workshop we produced a

Tool Kit: “Supporting people experiencing Hate

Crime” which is an easy to use guide explaining

what defines a hate crime and offering tips

on how to support people who experience it,

including details of Third Party Reporting

The Hate Crime Tool Kit can be downloaded

from the Community Safety page of Access

Dorset or contact 01202 771336 for a copy.

Centres like Access Dorset who can report

incidents to the Police on other people’s behalf.

Participants pledged to keep on raising

awareness of the issues by joining the ranks

of our Community Safety Champions. They

will support their peers to feel safer, more

confident, better understood, better connected

with one another and the wider community.

Access Dorset is a member of Prejudice Free

Dorset which is a partnership organisation

that promotes inclusive communities across

Dorset. Its focus is to tackle hate crime which

targets people because of prejudice towards

that person’s race, religion or belief, disability,

sexual orientation or transgender identity. Hate

crime can take many forms, including verbal

abuse, physical assault, domestic abuse,

harassment and damage to property. Hatred not

only has the potential to cause serious physical

and emotional harm, it damages communities

and undermines the diversity and cohesion we

should instead be celebrating.

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The group hosted two fundraising events during

ME Awareness week in May 2016 with the aim

of promoting the Group and raising awareness

of ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy).

Afternoon tea at one of our members’ homes

was a successful event. We had a raffle, a brica-brac

table, plant sales, Guess the Birthday of

the Toucan, two craft stalls and some delicious

homemade cakes. More than 50 people

attended the event during the afternoon and

their generosity raised over £280 for the Group.

A quiz night with fish & chips at Bournemouth

Electric Sports & Social Club bumped up the

fundraising amount by £70.

The Dorset ME Support Group provides much

needed support to those affected by CFS/ME in

Dorset and relies on funding from the NHS, the

Valentine Trust, fundraising events, donations,

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We Can Help You Stay

At Home Safely For

Longer

Do you need

mobility advice?

We welcome enquiries.

Please call us on

01202 771336

Do you struggle

with bathing?

membership subscriptions and other funding

streams to continue the good work.

For more information about the Group contact:

Wendy Rideout

help@dorsetmesupport.org.uk

WHAT IS ME?

Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME) or Chronic

Fatigue Syndrome can affect people of all ages.

Symptoms including severe and debilitating

fatigue, painful muscles and joints, disordered

sleep, gastric disturbances, poor memory and

concentration are commonplace. In many

cases, onset is linked to a viral infection.

Other triggers may include an operation or an

accident, although some people experience a

slow, insidious onset.

DOTS

Do you struggle

with stairs?

Occupational Therapy

Services

Are you worried

about falling?

We offer Professional, specialist, independent advice before you commit to

expensive items such as bathroom adaptations, stair lifts, adaptive vehicles,

mobility scooter, riser / recliner chairs etc.

Home visits by our Private Occupational Therapy staff are

offered at highly competative rates. We are a not for

profit organisation. Income is reinvested in the

community through our charity Access Dorset.

E: info@dotsdisability.co.uk W: www.dotsdisability.co.uk


CARERS CORNER

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“The Carers Card supports the national drive to create carer friendly communities

and locally recognises the contribution carers make. The number of businesses

signing up to offer amazing discounts is growing weekly, and in time we hope the

card can be used to gain carer recognition in other ways.”

Debbie Hyde, CRISP Commissioning Manager

LEARNING

AND

GROWING

IN THE

FRESH AIR

Future Roots Whitfield is set in four acres

of beautiful countryside on the outskirts of

Dorchester. It provides outside horticultural,

farming and forest school activities for children,

young people, adults and older people.

Participants learn new skills, build confidence,

make new friends and have fun whilst

engaging in activities that enhance their

wellbeing, increase

resilience and

progress through

key transition

points such as

moving from one

educational setting

to another or the

challenges they

may be facing as a

result of ageing or

poor health.

If you would like to

know more about Future Roots and the services

available contact Tony Armstrong at Whitfield

Rural Activities Centre, Poundbury Road,

Dorchester DT2 9SL Telephone: 01305 251731

Email: tony@futureroots.net

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A GOOD LISTEN WITH

TALKING BOOKS

RNIB

Talking Books cost around £4 million a year to run but rather than asking

members to cover the annual membership charge of £50 a year themselves the

RNIB have taken the bold decision to offer their fabulous Talking Book service to

blind and partially sighted people completely free of charge.

The RNIB are therefore fundraising within

our communities to raise the necessary funds

through donations and sponsorship from

individuals, business and community groups.

There are over 23,000 titles to choose from and

three ways to receive a Talking Book. They can

be downloaded directly from your computer,

provided on a memory stick or as a Daisy Disc.

Personally I prefer to receive mine on a memory

stick. You can keep Talking Books for up to

three weeks and then either renew of return in

exchange for new books of your choice which

are posted by RNIB on the same day that they

receive returned books.

For more information please contact the RNIB

Helpline on 0303 123 9999, pressing 5 on your

phone keypad for Talking Books or hang on for

an operator to assist you with your enquiry.

Local libraries have few, if any, talking books

which means that people with sight loss like

myself are at a disadvantage when it comes

to library services. In recognition of this local

authorities have for many years paid our

Talking Book membership charges so that

we too could enjoy free books. However,

local authorities are under no statutory

obligation to cover those charges and

sadly in many areas budget cuts have

led to the withdrawal of funding for

Talking Books.

So why are RNIB providing talking

books for free? Most Talking Book

members are over 65 and already

struggle to live on low incomes, whilst

66 per cent of younger members are

not in employment and have little spare

money. They decided that as sighted

people can read large numbers of books for

free from libraries, blind and partially sighted

people should have the same opportunity.

Written by Lisa Brooks

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ACCESS DORSET

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We; The Chatterboxes have been working in partnership with

Access Dorset, by designing the following 4 pages, to show

you all about our take on the young disabled world.

As a project we think it’s really important to raise awareness about

disabilities and equality to help our community to become

a more inclusive place to live.

Recently we delivered workshops about discrimination, diversity and

equality to young people who were on the NCS (National Citizens

Service) program. Throughout the two days, we worked with over 200

young people aged 15-18 years old. We ran lots of activities

which focused on different types of discrimination, hate

crimes and discussed the UK Laws about the

Equality Act 2010.

We helped them learn and understand

things whilsthaving fun along the

way. There were lots of discussions

about stereotypes and what

makes people different.

Feedback from

young people who

took part in our

workshops

included:

- It gave me a

totally different

outlook on life.

- WOW. It was

wonderful

- AMAZING. Would love

to get involved in the

future.

- Really enjoyable

For more information about our

project phone 07827848479 or

find us on:

@Chat_boxes

: chatterboxes

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The Joys of Volunteering

By Jack Welch

When you’re based in the depths of Dorset and want to volunteer beyond

the local area, one of the environments that gradually begins to feel

like a second home just happens to be a train! There is quite a buzz of

excitement of being in cities like London, even having visited them so

many times before.

Being on the Autism Spectrum though, it wasn’t always

that way and volunteering close to home gave me that

motivation to get involved further afield in campaigns I

am passionate about.

I was perhaps a bit older than most when at 16 I caught the

volunteering ‘bug’. Although I was doing well enough academically

in College, it did not transpire as much socially. Speculatively I became

part of a project at the time called ‘Dorset Vinspired’, which before too

long became a brand new adventure into the history of Dorset Youth

Association’s 70 year timeline. Following activities of archiving

and newspaper clipping research, oral history recordings and

showcasing the achievements of youth clubs across the county at

Dorset County Museum,‘Dorset Young Remembers’ was the

starting point in which I could learnand use my skills, as well as

meeting volunteers of mixed needs and abilities. It was a very

special time to see an exhibition become a reality

after a year’s worth

of efforts.

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Not too long after, I made a speculative application to be

part of Vinspired’s Youth Advisory Board which somehow

became a success! I also moved to Winchester that year to

start university, so travelling was less distant. From attending

debates at the political party conferences to spending time

at a reception at the Foreign Office, there were many perks besides

helping to support the organisation. Since then, I have become a trustee,

travelled abroad to places like Germany and met Royalty on the odd

occasion.

I am particularly keen on advocating issues for young people who

have a learning disability or who might be Autistic themselves. As a Youth

Patron for charities like Ambitious about Autism, I will be taking an

important supporting role for the ‘Employ Autism’ campaign, which

has now officially launched and acted as a compere at our conference

launch back in January. I have also completed a campaigns training

course with Scope recently and will be working to make my personal

cause become a campaign in its own right. Even though I have autism,

having days and routines that are not the same can be very exciting for

me now. It’s just having a willingness to try something new which can be

the start of a new chapter.

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Accessing

My Future

By Hatty Greenway

Hi. My name is Hatty

and I am 17 years old.

Recently I got involved

in a project called the

‘Access to the Future

Project’ at Bournemouth

University. When I arrived

on the first day I was very

nervous but excited as I did not

know what to expect. However,

it was absolutely brilliant

because it allowed me to meet

lots of new people.The actual

intention of this adventurous

and interesting project was

to give disabled people the

chance to let everyone know

about subjects that they may be intrigued by.

The topic that I chose to do was accessibility in our

local cinema, as the Mowlem in Swanage has practically no accessibility

and the tiny space where you sit has a very restricted view for people

who use wheelchairs. Through doing this cool project I feel like I have

been able to make a real difference to where I live.

I really want to go to University and do a course that combines both of my two A

Level subjects; English Literature and Media Studies. This is all because of the fact

that I felt extremely inspired by the Citizens Journalism Project. I became part of

this life-changing experience because I write a blog in my spare time

about books and plays and I wanted to see if I could find a new

way to develop it; as writing, and now making short little films

that go within my written words, pastimes that I

really enjoy.

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This project has taught me to

celebrate our different styles.

It is invaluable for young people

with vivid imaginations because

they help and allow people with

disabilities to have the confidence

to raise their voices within their

communities.

For more information go to:

www. hattygreenway.blogspot.co.uk


GARDEN COLUMN

Have a go at planting an edible hanging basket!

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Sadly it’s not made of chocolate! However if you

were to plant a Chocolate Mint Plant then that

would satisfy you chocolate mint lovers. There

are many examples of Edible plants suitable for

a hanging basket including:

Peas and mange tout, Alpine strawberries, small

Asian eggplants and spinach. Also small beetroot,

summer radish, chillies and peppers work well.

Swiss Chard, bush cucumbers such as ‘Vega’ and

‘Fanfare’, peas and bean plants that hang down the

sides will also produce well and look good.

Tumbling tomatoes or ‘Hundreds and Thousands’

can be used, but remember that tomatoes are thirsty

and greedy feeders so one plant per basket may be

sufficient.

There are many types of baskets to choose from

in various shapes, colours and designs, but even

a simple kitchen colander with a strong hanging

chain will do a great job. Next time you are at the

recycling centre keep a good look out for some

unusual hanging objects—even old lampshades

can be adapted.

The best soil to use is nutrient rich, fresh compost.

One part leaf mould and coir to three parts ordinary

compost is ideal. Avoid loam based soil in hanging

baskets. Mix in slow releasing feed granules plus

some water retention granules.

Dont forget to either insert a drip water reservoir

bottle at the top of the basket or water it daily and

liquid feed it regularly too.

Happy Gardening,

Maida

Planting tips:

Stand empty basket on a steady base

such as a bucket to keep steady whilst

planting up

Line the basket, ensuring it fits evenly

and cut off any excess. If the liner does

not have planting holes make 2” slits in

the sides at different intervals in order

to suit the trailing plants

Carefully insert your plants head first

from inside through the slits, leaving

the root ball resting on the compost.

Continue to plant up the slits adding

more compost working it around the

roots of all the plants until the basket

is virtually full, ensuring a 2” gap is left

below the rim

Choose a bushy compact upright plant

for the centre, infill around the roots

ensuring the soil surface is 1” below

the rim of the basket reducing the

chance of soil escaping when watered

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NOW WE CAN ALL ENJOY

BROWSEA

ISLAND

I have lived in Dorset for 60 years and have

never before been able to visit Brownsea Island

in Poole Harbour. Recently however my wife and

I were able to get to the island via the National

Trust’s new landing craft, called The Brownsea

Seahorse which can take six wheelchair users

and six carers at a time, departing from the

boatyard at Sandbanks in Poole.

If you have walking difficulties you

can tour the island with a guide on a

Golf buggy tour.

The time spent on the island depends on the

tides. We departed at 10.30am but had to leave

at 2pm which was a shame as, not having been

before, we would have welcomed more time to

view the island.

We did manage to visit two out of the five bird

hides though. Inside the hides there was a low

window for wheelchair users to view from. It

was really interesting and experienced Dorset

Wildlife Trust volunteers were happy to share

their knowledge.

If you have walking difficulties you can tour

the island with a guide on a Golf buggy tour.

These operate every day and depart every hour

between 12 noon and 3pm. I used my normal

electric wheelchair, making sure it was fully

charged the night before, as the island is a mile

long and just under a mile wide. If you are using

one of the Golf buggies you should have no

problems.

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Also available to hire is an MT Push Wheelchair

to travel over uneven terrain and there are plans

to raise money to purchase an electric vehicle

which would be fully wheelchair accessible so

that all visitors can see the full extent of the

island.

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Most of the buildings on the island are

accessible and there were accessible toilets

by the entrance and in the Villa. Unfortunately

the church is not accessible and I found the

concrete ramp outside the Villa, home to the

Dorset Wildlife Trust Information Centre, quite

steep.

Apparently there are 200 red squirrels on the

island. We saw two, but it may have been the

same squirrell twice! We did however see lots

of different species of bird, but the best thing I

saw was a moth which looked like a log. I know

I’m weird! We cannot wait to go again, but next

time we will be more organised.

Written by Kelvin Trevett

VIEWPOINT

I thought this was so obvious as not to really

need mentioning, but then I thought about

the comments that came my way when I first

fell under the pall of clinical depression, and

realised that disability is not necessarily obvious

to the eye. Many disabled people have hidden

impairments.

We ‘mental health service users’ (ugh!) are not

helping ourselves much when we have some

of our number telling everyone loudly that a

mental disorder, to use its legal designation, is

not a disability.

I suppose it all depends on how you understand

being disabled. I mean, are you disabled

because of your ‘whatever’ curtailing your

engagement with wider society, or are you

disabled by that same social system paying

little heed as to how your condition affects

your daily life, and blithely turning away

from implementing some cheap and simple

interventions. Positive action has been taken in

some cases to improve access for more visibly

disabled people, such as wheelchair-friendly

door ramps. So why not properly fund safe and

quiet spaces in which to meet, relax and talk

to each other instead of running them down,

reducing their budgets, and then closing them?

If society as a whole can’t be bothered to adapt

the environment for those with clearly visible

problems in order to make their lives a little

safer, a little more pleasant, then what hope

have the Invisibles got? Thus, as we used to

say when faced with adversity in the Army: “Just

make do with what you’re given.” In this way,

we adapt our own situations to our alternative

realities, because that is what the world is to

us, an altered reality. This in turn makes it very

difficult for non-sufferers who live in the hereand-now

to fully engage with us.

Written by

Dr Richard L Peacocke

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GREY VETERANS

FOR GREAT VETERANS

The Peace of Mind Retreat is a property deep in

the Dorset countryside which is being created

to support veterans with Post Traumatic Stress

Disorder (PTSD) by matching them with

greyhounds in a mutually beneficial therapeutic

setting.

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops as a

result of a traumatic experience, often involving

symptoms of emotional numbness, flashbacks,

and nightmares. Evidence based treatments for

PTSD, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

and certain medications can be very successful,

but there is no absolute cure for PTSD. Indeed,

symptoms sometimes flare up again long into

the future.

dogs often don’t like lots of people and noise,

though they are naturally very loyal, patient and

respond well to training. Generally they love

nothing more than to curl up with a loving owner.

Greyhounds have proved to be easy to relate to

and can be a catalyst towards recovery so there

are a number of reasons why dogs might help

veterans with PTSD:

It can be very hard for veterans to admit that

they are struggling and need help. However,

studies have shown that many veterans with

PTSD like being in the great outdoors, away

from noisy and busy environments.

In parallel, greyhounds retiring from a racing

life have a need to learn how to live in society

after a highly regimented life in kennels. The

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1. Dogs are vigilant. This extra layer of vigilance

mimics the buddy system in the military, because

you know the dog is looking out for you.

2. Dogs are protective. Again, just like the buddy

system in the military, someone is there to watch

your back.

3. Dogs respond well to authoritative relationships.

Many military personnel have difficulty in their

relationships because they are used to giving

orders but dogs love it.

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So, at the Peace of Mind Retreat we want our

veterans to train the greyhounds and become

their support when they return home if they want

to take the dog with them. If not, we will find

homes for the dogs with other families. We are

presently renovating the property and, in the not

too distant future, we will be able to receive our

first Veterans to help us train the dogs and relax.

4. Dogs love unconditionally. They don’t play

mind games, they just give love.

5. Dogs can help a veteran to relearn trust. It

can be very difficult for someone with PTSD to

feel safe, and learning to trust their immediate

environment can take some time. In this way,

dogs help healing just by being trustworthy.

6. Dogs help veterans to remember how to live

again, as the world can look pretty convoluted

and unsafe after fighting in a war.

Written by Stephenie Stockley, Royal

Marines Welfare Support Officer & SSAFA

Caseworker

For more details on the Peace of Mind

Retreat, contact Stephenie on 07973 898150

or email stephenie.s@ntlworld.com

ALTERNATIVE VISIONS

FOR ARTISTS FACING BARRIERS TO THE

MAINSTREAM ART WORLD

Alternative Visions is a new touring exhibition which will take place in 2017-18. The exhibition will

tour art galleries in Bristol, Falmouth, Cheltenham and Poole and is open to artists who face barriers

to the mainstream art world, perhaps through health, social circumstance, disability or other personal

barriers. The deadline for to submitting art work to be included in the exhibition is 4th November

2016.

Illustration by Stacey Fish

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NEWS CORNER

NEW COMMUNITY TRANSPORT SERVICES

IN EAST DORSET

Following cuts to public transport the local

charity, South East Dorset Community

Accessible Transport (SEDCAT) have launched

a new weekly bus service into Wimborne and

Ferndown every Saturday to help tackle rural

isolation in parts of East Dorset.

5 travel free. Please note that you will not be

able to use a concessionary bus pass on this

service.

For members of the BAT BUS service there

is also a new monthly service to Wimborne

on Monday mornings. Members are collected

from their homes in Winton, Queen’s Park,

Townsend, Muscliffe and Throop, Northbourne,

Kinson, East Howe, West Howe, Bear Cross,

Bearwood, Canford Magna, Merley and Colehill.

The bus drops off at Waitrose and Wimborne

Town Centre on the first Monday in every

month. If you live in areas not mentioned

contact SEDCAT as they may still be able to

accommodate you.

If you live on the No 88 bus route or Leigh Road,

Wimborne Road West, Cowgrove, Pamphill,

Shapwick, Holt, Furzehill, Gaunt’s Common

or Ameysford then you are able to use the

BAT BUS, which is a wheelchair accessible

community bus.

Travel needs to be pre-booked on 01202 399771

before 12 noon on the day before travel. This

service is open to everybody in the community.

Passengers can be dropped off at Wimborne

Hospital, Leisure Centre, Waitrose, Wimborne

Town Centre, the Market or Ferndown Town

Centre. The return fare is £4, children under

Contact the SEDCAT booking

line on 01202 399700 or

email info@sedcat.org.uk

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MESSAGE FROM OUR SPONSOR

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GOOD HYDRATION IS THE CORNERSTONE TO GOOD WELLBEING

At Bluebird Care Dorset, our aim is to provide

care that promotes the health and well-being of

our customers so an awareness of different risk

factors is key. Environmental factors vary from

season to season and while it is necessary to

keep warm in the winter and take precautions

to avoid falls in icy conditions, the hot summer

weather presents its own risk to health.

Back in May, the national media was rife with

stories pronouncing that this summer would be

the hottest for over 100 years with three months

of solid sunshine and temperatures regularly

exceeding 30 degrees Celsius. While, at time

of writing, these sanguine predictions have

yet to come to fruition, the hotter summer

weather brings increased risk of dehydration,

particularly amongst older people, and it makes

good sense to be aware of the warning signs

and good hydration practices.

So, why is dehydration more common in older

people? The truth is that there are a variety of

environmental and psychological factors at work

here including such things as a lack of mobility

making it harder to access fluids or concerns

around continence. Also significant are the

changes to our biochemistry that occur as we

age. Older people don’t feel thirst as strongly

and their overall body fluid can be up to 8%

lower than that of a younger adult meaning that

they have less water to lose before becoming

dehydrated.

Symptoms to look out for include dark urine, dry

skin, confusion and dizziness. These symptoms

can lead to a greater risk of falls as well as

medical complications such as constipation,

urinary tract infections, kidney stones and

increased medicine toxicity.

Steps to take to avoid dehydration include

drinking regular small amounts and consuming

foods, such as fruit and vegetables, which have a

high water content. When caring for someone at

risk of dehydration it is important to ensure there

are always fluids to hand. It is also important to

remember that their impulse to drink may not be

as strong. They may be less likely to identify that

they are thirsty and it is therefore a good idea to

remind them to drink. This may be particularly

true if there are underlying health conditions,

such as dementia, that may make the individual

more confused or forgetful.

Good hydration is the cornerstone to good

wellbeing. It is possible for a human to survive

for three to four weeks without food but this

timeframe typically reduces to that number of

days when going without water. To stay well,

you need to stay hydrated. Bluebird Care

Dorset will be supporting our customers with this

throughout the summer but we want you to keep

hydrated too!

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Access Dorset is a charity run by us – disabled people, older people, and carers. We

are committed to supporting one another to retain choice and control in our lives.

As YOUR organisation, join us to enhance the everyday lives of people in Dorset,

Bournemouth and Poole.

When you join we will send you a membership pack, which will include the latest

quarterly magazine and details about how you can get involved and really make a

difference.

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An audio version of this magazine is produced free of charge by our friends at South West Dorset

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If you or someone you know would like a copy of the magazine you can contact

South West Dorset Talking Newspaper on 01305 861282 any Wednesday morning

between 9 -10 am to arrange for a copy to be sent to you every quarter on a memory

stick. Alternatively the Talking Magazine or a Text Only version can be downloaded

from the Access Dorset website.

South West Dorset Talking Newspaper is a registered charity that produces a weekly free Talking

Newspaper which is sent to over 250 people who are blind or partially sighted.

ACCESS DORSET

Removing the Barriers to Inclusion

Enhancing Everyday Lives in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole

Littledown Centre, Chaseside, Bournemouth, BH7 7DX

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