Category Archives: disability

Disabled and Fighting for a Sex Life

Sofie Middernacht and Maarten Alexander/Mosaic

How misperceptions about disability can prevent people with physical and cognitive impairments from being able to express their sexuality

Norfolk County Council approves cuts as new budget set

The council’s government grant will be reduced by £42m in 2015-16 and costs will rise by £27m, the council said.

Councillors agreed a budget of £318m on Monday after a meeting lasting nearly six hours.

The council is run by an alliance of Labour, Lib Dems and UKIP supported by the Greens.

‘Tough decisions’

Total cuts amounting to almost £11m will affect community services, arts funding, libraries and road maintenance.

What’s it like to work as a care worker over Christmas?

  The role of carers in social care is crucial over the festive period. We speak to UK carers about their experience of the job

Every year tens of thousands of dedicated care and social care workers are needed to help look after vulnerable people over Christmas. Their role is crucial over the festive period, but what’s it like to work in the job during Yuletide?

“It’s not a job just for the money,” says Susan Law, who has worked as a care worker for more than 30 years for Leonard Cheshire Disability. “You’ve got to have a love of people and a willingness to help.”

Christmas is a particularly important time of year for carers, who look after the most vulnerable people in our communities. Their role at Christmas is to get each of the patients dressed and ready for the day with their families. “The continuity is important for those patients – they see a familiar face and keep their usual routine,” says Debra Watson, a care worker for Bluebird Care in Petersfield. “I particularly enjoy Christmas Day, going in and wishing everyone a merry Christmas.”