Monthly Archives: August 2011

Being a parent with a disability


Reesha has two daughters Ria, 14 and Lea, 8. She also has cerebral palsy, a condition that affects movement and co-ordination. Reehsa describes the challenges she faces as a parent with a disability.

A carer from Dorset is concerned about the cuts to services

Portland carer calls for security over Dorset day services

11:00am Tuesday 23rd August 2011

Jo, left with husband Busty Pearce


A Portland carer is calling for ‘long-term security’ to come from a three-month consultation on the future of day services in Dorset.

Day centres could close in a move by Dorset County Council to save £600,000.

Three options for the service have been put forward:

• Reduce available services, either by closing or merging some day centres or reducing hours or service options.

Bowel cancer awareness ‘stubbornly low’

Researchers said attitudes needed to change to get survival rates up.

23 August 2011 Last updated at 00:44

About 16,000 people a year die of bowel cancer in the UK

Awareness about bowel cancer is still “stubbornly low” – despite it being the second biggest cause of cancer deaths in the UK, a study suggests.

The Cancer Research UK-funded survey showed that many people did not know that lifestyle factors such as diet, weight and exercise affected risk.

The research, involving more than 1,500 people, also raised concerns about the lack of knowledge about symptoms.