Category Archives: Carers

Top TV team starts work on carers centre

Nick Knowles fronts DIY SOS: The Big Build

Teams from BBC TV’s DIY SOS moved into Blackpool to day to begin work on one of their most ambitious and heartfelt projects to date.

Presenter Nick Knowles (pictured) and his Purple Shirts team began transforming a Blackpool-based young carers centre from a run-down, neglected Victorian house, to a fun, safe and supportive environment where young carers are able to enjoy their childhood.

The transformation, which will benefit Blackpool Carers, is being carried out in conjunction with Children in Need and the show is due to be screened in November to coincide with the appeal.

Disabled Trunch pensioner reduced to tears by care firm

Patricia Burnett. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A care firm with 66 clients in north Norfolk has come under fire for its treatment of a disabled pensioner.

Wheelchair user Patricia Burnett, 73, has been reduced to tears, and left feeling helpless and frustrated by what she claims is poor care provided by Better Healthcare Services.

Her string of grievances include alleging that one carer failed to turn up, others do not know what they are supposed to do and leave without helping her, some turn up too early, and others are not properly trained.

After months of dissatisfaction, Miss Burnett decided to go public this week after breaking down when she said a new carer had not listened to her, handled her roughly and left her in discomfort.

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More than 12 million UK adults lack basic digital knowhow, MPs say

An estimated 5.8 million British adults have never used the internet at all.

Britain is facing a “digital skills crisis” with more than 12 million adults lacking basic digital knowhow, MPs have said.

The Commons science and technology committee said systemic problems with digital education and training were costing the economy an estimated £63bn a year in lost income. Only urgent action from government, industry, schools and universities could prevent the skills shortage damaging future productivity and competitiveness, it said.

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