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St Anne's Community Services
We support Adult with Learning disabilities, mental health problems, homelessness, alcohol or drugs problems
We support Adult with Learning disabilities, mental health problems, homelessness, alcohol or drugs problems


St Anne's Community Services would like to announce that Oxfield Court Nursing service in Huddersfield and Nicky Lyall from the Learning and Development department is the Winner of the 2015 Linda McEnhill Award.

Also many congratulations also to Gerard Wainwright from Heatherstones Nursing Service in Halifax and Marnie Walker from 8 Oxfield Court in Huddersfield, together with their teams, for being awarded Highly Commended for their outstanding end of life support for an individual.

The judges felt that there were a lot of outstanding and innovative aspects in the work done by St Anne's around end of life care: to have EoL training turned into a requirement for contracted services; to use GSF accreditation; to adapt GSF (POLE); to achieve the level of CCG support and funding that you have achieved; to include families and carers in the development of training resources; the DVD. The list goes on. This is outstanding partnership work with practical tools, leading to evidently improved EoL care. We feel that your work needs to gain national recognition and be published and shared widely.
Evidence of this outstanding work is the excellent care provided to clients at  8 Oxfield Court and Heatherstones. Both stories were inspirational and demonstrate what can be achieved with good support, good systems and good people. We therefore decided to give both homes a "Highly Commended" award.

All these awards will be announced and presented at the PCPLD Network annual conference in London on 16th November 2015.

The winner will be presented with a certificate and the annual trophy and The "Highly Commended" winners will get a certificate.

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When I used to PowerKite, we would have to swap out the wheels to stop us sinking in. It's good to see that someone else has came up with a similar idea, however the PowerKite version would be a little impractical for daily use. 
The SandRoller claims to be the only self-propelled #wheelchair capable of rolling on the sand. Beach, anyone? 

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Shell Shock - A talk by Ian McArdle on Mental Trauma and Treatment in the Great War Monday 24 August at 11am at The Old Low Light Heritage Centre, North Shields Fish Quay.

Places are limited to a max of 50 people - so please call 0191 257 4506 to book your place.

This is a scheduled event as part of the Victor Noble Rainbird – "From Dark to Light" Exhibition

Entrance to The Old Low Light Exhibition space and middle Heritage floor is £2 (free to under 16's) - the talk is included in the £2 entrance fee.

The exhibition itself opened on Friday 10th July and runs to Sunday 13th September 2015 (extended by one week) Open most days.

A major retrospective exhibition of paintings by North Shields-born artist Victor Noble Rainbird (1888-1936)

The exhibition will tell the fascinating and eventful story of Rainbird's life through his own paintings, which are being sourced from private and public collections. It will be the first time for many years (probably since the 1930s) that so many paintings by Rainbird have been displayed together.

The Old Low Light is an appropriate setting, as Rainbird sketched and painted the fish quay and its fisherfolk time and again throughout his short life. There will be a programme of activities and talks to run alongside the exhibition.

If you are an admirer or collector of the work of Rainbird, then you will be interested to know of the Friends of Victor Noble Rainbird website dedicated to the artist that has been set up by local collector, Dave Young.

As well as containing much new information and original research about the artist, one of the aims of this website is to raise funds to pay for a memorial marker for the artist’s grave. Rainbird is buried in Preston Cemetery in North Shields but currently there is no permanent grave marker to this fine north east artist.

The "Friends of Victor Noble Rainbird" are aiming to raise £5,000 for a memorial to Rainbird at Preston Cemetery. A4 mounted prints, priced £20 are available for sale at the exhibition, along with a catalogue £3.50 and two greetings cards priced £1.95 each. All profits go to the memorial fund.

For more information please see

This exhibition is supported by the "Friends of Victor Noble Rainbird" and Tynemouth Fine Art.

The Old Low Light building and café is open daily from 10am to 4pm.
There is an admission charge of £2 to the Low Light Heritage Centre (children under 16 free) this includes entry to the Rainbird exhibition.

Some parts of the building are occasionally closed for use for private functions so if you are travelling a distance to visit the exhibition it is advisable to call the Old Low Light in advance on 0191 257 4506 to check on any restrictions.

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Did you know that +UNICEF and other organizations paired with businesses are looking into providing third world communities apps and #wearables that will aid in saving people's lives?

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Treasure Trail - Spy Mission

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Wow, this is a big advancement for wheelchairs. Swiss Engineers have created a wheelchair that could finally mean ending the search for accessible ramps.

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Are you looking to have a break away? View this community for ideas.

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