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A special kitchen for adults and children with learning difficulties

Charity kitchen to boost work skills is opened

North Norfolk M.P Norman Lamb at the official opening of the new kitchens at About With Friends' Cromer base. Dean Steele - Smith with his support worker Vanessa Barber.Photo: Steve Adams  Dean Steele – Smith with his support worker Vanessa Barber.Photo: Steve Adams

By sophie wyllie
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
12:00 PM

Children and adults with learning disabilities will be able to learn work skills after a storeroom was transformed into a kitchen.

The new space for the About With Friends charity, based on Holt Road, Cromer, was officially opened by North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb.

About With Friends was started 11 years ago by Helen Dalton-Hare and it allows children and adults with learning disabilities from across Norfolk to develop skills including cooking, gardening, horse riding, communication and computer technology.

A smaller kitchen, especially for young people, was opened by Dean Steele-Smith, 17, from Suffield Park in Cromer.

Dean has Down’s Syndrome and traits of autism and cannot speak because of his condition.

His mother Julie Steele-Smith, 49, said: “The new kitchen is fabulous. Cooking has given Dean a purpose. He loves it here.

International Women’s Day: Who cares?

An older working carer reviews her experience in a changing world by Maria Parsons

Friday, March 8, 2013
12:44 AM

Maria Parsons looks at the issue of carers in her essay for The International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK).

Maria Parsons is committed to improving services for older people and their carers. A social worker, academic and policy lead with health, social care and housing, formerly Director of Oxford and London Dementia Services Development Centres, she is now Director of the Creative Dementia Arts Network (CDAN).

International Women’s Day offers a rare opportunity to formally recognise women’s care of older people and to place ‘who cares’ firmly back onto the political agenda. For amidst the policy debates and government responses to Dilnot, scant attention, if any, has being paid to the ‘who’ of care funding; specifically on ‘whom’ and ‘what’ will the funds made available be spent?

‘Emmerdale’ is helping family carers

Dales’ John: Carers need more help

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John Middleton is pleased the storyline has provoked public reaction

Emmerdale’s John Middleton has said he hopes his current storyline helps highlight that people caring for the elderly need more support.

Former vicar Ashley Thomas has been struggling to look after his elderly father Sandy (Freddie Jones) and even became abusive under pressure. John is pleased the storyline has provoked public reaction as he believes it is an issue people need to talk about more.