Month: February 2014

NABIF Meetings

NABIF, the Northern Acquired Brain Injury Forum meetings are as follows:

Thursday  27 February 5 pm – 7 pm kindly hosted by Keiro at their new facility The Gateway, Lower East Street, Middlesbrough TS2 1SW. This includes a tour of the building and refreshments


The new Gateway Neurorehab facility

Thursday 12th June 12 – 2 pm (Unfortunately this clashes with our own meeting in Workington)
Fire Fighters Charity, Jubilee House, Eamont Park, Penrith, Cumbria. CA10 2BN

Wednesday 8 October NABIF Annual Conference at the Centre for Life Conference Centre, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 4QD

These events are aimed at health, social care and other professionals who have an interest in Acquired Brain Injury.  Please feel free to circulate. Contact – Paul Brown email

Epilepsy Awareness – Purple Day 26 March 2014

How will you be celebrating Purple Day on 26th March? Get your school, workplace, friends and family involved.


Event details

When: Wednesday 26 March 2014
Where: Nationwide

About Purple Day

Purple Day is the international day for epilepsy awareness. To celebrate this year, Epilepsy Action will quite literally be turning purple – and  want you to join them by turning your world purple! You can do anything – just make sure its PURPLE!

Holding a Purple Day fundraising event really is simple! Whether you paint yourself purple, organise a purple bake off or host a purple tea party you can hold your Purple Day event anywhere and invite anybody along to share in the fun.

They have had Purple Day events all over the UK and further a field, in schools, homes and workplaces.

What’s involved?

It really is simple, register now for your free Purple-licious Fundraising Toolkit and they will send you everything you need to make your purple day event a huge success.

Request a pack

How they will support you

They will support you every step of the way, all Purple Day event organisers will receive:

  • A purple-licious guide full of useful tips to help get you started
  • Balloons
  • Stickers
  • Poster
  • An official Epilepsy Action ‘Purple collection box’
  • Constant fundraising support and encouragement from our dedicated team
  • And lots lots more

Download additional materials

If you require additional materials for your Purple Day, you can download the following materials below:

Community Action Award 2014

Community Action Award 2014

CAA logo

are now accepting applications for Phase 2 of the awards – the closing date is 5pm on Friday 28 February 2014.

»Awards flyer
»Application information
»Entry form (Microsoft Word)


The Community Action Award aims to reward projects throughout England which demonstrate best practice and innovative solutions in the field of fuel poverty and energy efficiency and is open to all not-for-profit groups and organisations.

Applications were accepted in three different categories and three winners were awarded in each of these categories.

  • Community action to tackle fuel poverty across all vulnerable groups
  • Community action to tackle hard to reach groups (in fuel poverty), and;
  • Community action to tackle fuel poverty in rural areas

Exciting invitation from Cumbria CCG

Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is developing a strategy for the use of technology across Cumbria and has arranged for the Alliance to become a member of the group which will be considering this approach. The group is the Cumbria Rural Health Forum chaired by Professor Alison Marshall.  We are looking forward to contributing to this important strategy which will be of great interest to people with a neurological condition.

Cumbria Rural Health Forum

Rural communities face particular issues in accessing healthcare. These issues include:

  •  Dispersed communities meaning that people have to travel further to access healthcare;
  • Smaller GP practices and other health centres, so that staff may feel professionally isolated;
  • A greater reliance on volunteer services;
  • Population demographics that include relative more older people than in urban centres;
  • Poor quality broadband and mobile infrastructure.

The Cumbria Rural Health Forum was formed in September 2013, to represent organisations interested in and responsible for delivery of health and social care in Cumbria, to provide leadership in developing common themes around rurality and work strategically to improve the quality of services in Cumbria.


To have a comprehensive and strategic approach to managing health and social care within the rural county of Cumbria.


To bring together all relevant organisations and groups within Cumbria to share experience, develop a common understanding and strategy. To use this forum to avoid duplication and gaps in services, identify opportunities for joint implementation through projects and shared activities. To provide a communications, knowledge sharing  and educational support infrastructure  for isolated professionals and voluntary groups.

Priorities for 2014

The priorities are to establish a virtual infrastructure for the forum, formalise and plan a series of networking workshops, meetings and project sub groups. The first theme that the group has chosen to develop is digital technologies to support remote consultations, telehealth and telecare. In 2014, the group will develop the Cumbria Strategy for Digital Technologies in Health and Social Care. We will identify at least three joint implementation projects to take forward with funding from the partners and external grant sources.

We will be delighted to join these Forum partners

  • University of Cumbria,
  • Cumbria Partnership Foundation NHS Trust,
  • North Cumbria Universities Hospital NHS Trust,
  • North West Ambulance Service, Care Innovations,
  • Cumbria Social Services,
  • Copeland Borough Council,
  • Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group,
  • Merck,
  • Great North Ambulance Service,
  • GP practices around Cumbria,
  • Cumbria Public Health,
  • North East-North Cumbria Academic Health Science Network,
  • Tunstall Healthcare,
  • Cumbria CVS,
  • Cumbria Rural Housing Trust,
  • Cumbria Healthwatch
  • Eden Carers
  • Oldpers
  • Eden Community Alarms.



Forum website