Paradise House, builds ties with Painswick

After nine years on the waiting list, Isabel Bennett-Henman, 34, moved to Paradise House, from inner city Bristol, where she’d nearly been run over on a busy road. As if by magic, Isabel’s life, and that of our entire family, was transformed overnight. Suddenly she benefitted from pioneering trauma-informed care, a choice of many friends, […]


In the last two years, St. Elizabeth’s Adult Care Home in Hertfordshire,  has faced two unprecedented challenges – the Covid-19 pandemic, and a chronic national shortage of trained staff. The latter has placed St Elizabeth’s under relentlessly increasing pressure and it has become only too clear that they can no longer guarantee the safety of […]

New laws will target Long-Stay Hospitals

New mental health laws will make it harder to detain autistic people and people with a learning disability in long-stay hospitals, according to the UK Government. These will be the first major reforms to the Mental Health Act in four decades. The aim is to reduce the number of people being detained under current laws […]

Carers Week – A Recovery and Respite Plan for Unpaid Carers

Write to your MP this Carers Week calling for a Recovery and Respite Plan for unpaid carers This Carers Week, Carers UK and the other charities involved this year are calling for the UK Government to publish a Recovery and Respite Plan for Unpaid Carers – outlining additional support for carers across a range of […]

NHS Staff Autism Training Becomes Law

Measures to ensure all NHS staff receive training in learning disabilities and autism now have the full force of the law behind them. The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and Autism programme has received royal assent. It has now passed into law as part of the new Health and Care Act 2022. Oliver […]

The Story of Stanley Grange and what happens when parents are no longer around

On the 10th May an inspiring online event took place hosted by our long standing member Maurice Collins of Learning Disability Trust and Kith and Kids. David Wilks shared The story of ‘Stanley Grange’ An Intentional Community of 40 residents with a learning disability where the charity that owned and ran the Village threatened closure […]

Unpaid Carers Get A Break

Unpaid carers benefit from donated hotel stays, offering them respite from caring duties An estimated 8.8 million unpaid carers in the UK provide 80% of home care. Rarely are they recognised for their frontline role and they lack access to the same support as NHS staff or paid care home workers. Until now, access to carer breaks has been […]

Lateral flow tests could cost care home visitors £73 a month

Lateral flow tests could cost care home visitors £73 a month, a leading UK charity has said, as it renewed calls to keep the devices free in such settings. The government has previously announced that free testing for the general public will end from 1 April, and that this will include care home visitors. However, charities […]