Cafe Neuro Barrow – update

We are delighted to welcome Fiona Kennaugh to Cafe Neuro. Fiona has been running sessions to support people with early onset Parkinson’s in Barrow. From June she will be running a monthly session and will be introducing some interesting new sessions, such as using Virtual Reality!

Check out the programme dates at https://cumbrianeurologicalalliance.wordpress.com/new-neuro-drop-in-centre-barrow/barrow-neuro-dropin-centre-programme/

Anyone living with a neuro condition, their carer’s, family or support workers are welcome to attend any session. A warm, friendly environment is offered from people who understand what it is like to live with a neuro condition.


‘Take Time To Allow Time’

Triple A (All About Autism) is pleased to invite you to the launch of ‘Take Time To Allow Time’ – a production filmed locally which aims to assist with autism awareness in education settings. The film was a successful partnership project with North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, funded through NHS England.

Details of the launch are:

Date: Friday 3rd May 2019

Venue:  The People First Conference Centre, Milbourne Street, Carlisle.  CA2 5XB

Time: 11:00hrs – 13:00hrs

Lunch: A lovely lunch and refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: As there are limited places, you need to confirm your attendance by Friday 19th April 2019

As there are limited places, please confirm your attendance by Friday 19th April 2019.

Christine Callery, Email:      admin@tripleaproject.org.uk

Better urgent care for people with epilepsy

People in the North West Coast with epilepsy will avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital thanks to a project giving paramedics instant access to their patient information.

The project aims to connect patient information from GPs, hospitals and ambulance services in the North West Coast and make it available to paramedics and A&E staff when providing urgent care to epilepsy patients. This builds on work by the Innovation Agency in the Connected Health Cities programme and is delivered by Liverpool Health Partners with funding from UK Research and Innovation. Full story here.

My MS My Needs Survey

The MS  Society has launched the My MS My Needs survey.  It is the largest survey of people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) in the UK.  This year, for the first time, they are also running the MS family & friends survey, alongside My MS My Needs.  Electronic links to these surveys are as follows (and flyer attached);

My MS My Needs: www.ukmsregister.org/landing/mymsmyneeds

MS Family & Friends: tinyurl.com/ms-family-friends

 There is also a blog about this https://tinyurl.com/MS-Surveys

The surveys are open until 31 May 2019.

Yvonne Trace

Regional External Relations Officer (Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria) | MS Society
DD: 0203 828 6854
Switchboard: 020 8438 0700
Mobile: 07715 428 177

You want products?!

One of the main reasons people visit Independent Living is to look for products and services to help with mobility and daily living.

They have just introduced a Product List as part of the main site navigation, which makes it even easier to find specific products, or those from a particular supplier.


Animal Assisted Therapy
Via Independent Living

We pet owners aren’t in any doubt about the therapeutic benefits of our feline or canine companions.

Science agrees with us, as increasing numbers of studies demonstrate the positive contribution made by even quite brief contact with a pet animal.

Lower blood pressure and breathing rates, less depression, reduced pain levels, improved cognition – these are just some of the proven benefits achieved with animal assisted therapy

Adult Social Care Green Paper

Adult Social Care Green Paper

You may remember that the Local Government Association launched its own “green paper” on the future of adult social care in the summer, in exasperation at governmental reticence about delivering its own promised consultation.

The LGA received more than 540 responses from individuals and organisations, and says that the government must now make the case for national tax rises – including Income Tax and/or National Insurance – in order to secure the long-term future of adult social care services.

Find out more here

Headway South Cumbria Conference 18th May 2018

Headway South Cumbria ran an informative conference at the Castle Green Hotel

The Ripple Effect of Brain Injury, Count the Ripples, Count the Cost

Attended by over 170 people, it gave an opportunity to listen to leading professionals working with people with brain injuries and their families. It proved useful for members from all walks of professional life and  for people living with brain injuries, their families and carers.

Read more and see the presentations at