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Peoples Parliament Attend Inclusion North Meeting

Three service user representatives from ‘Peoples Parliament’ (the service user forum for Danshell’s services in the North East) attended the Confirm and Challenge meeting organised by Inclusion North last week. The meeting, held at Sunderland People First’s office, was attended by service user representatives, and their carer’s and family representatives from all over the North East of England.

The Danshell reps, who were chosen at the previous week’s Peoples Parliament, were Damien and Catherine from Hollyhurst, and Paul from Redlands. The forum aloud all of the attendees the opportunity to meet with other service users groups from across the North East and discuss different points that were important to them. 

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The agenda included how to communicate the Transforming Care programme more easily to everyone. Everyone liked the idea of making a video with people in the NE to express their own opinions and feelings about using understandable language. There was also a discussion with a GP about ways to make medication more understandable by making its purpose and side effects clearer to all.

Inclusion North is an organisation that promotes the inclusion of people with learning disabilities, their families, and carers. They want people with learning disabilities to live fantastic lives, and they support their members to make sure that dream becomes a reality.

Sunderland People First is an independent champion for people with learning disabilities and autism in Sunderland. They aim to promote the rights, equality and diversity of people with learning disabilities and autism. Sunderland People First has been recognised both locally and nationally for improving people’s lives.

A big thank you to Inclusion North and Sunderland People First for organising the meeting and we look forward to more of your forums in the future!

Newbus Grange Is Feeling Festive

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The Christmas season has arrived and with it, plenty of festive cheer. Celebrations, gift giving, singing and decorating are already on the agenda with a fun packed month for everyone at Danshell across the country. Those at Newbus Grange have wasted no time, already designing and making their own Christmas tree. The Christmas tree is made out of individual stars, each designed by the service users, making a fantastic centre piece.  It even has flashing fairy lights! A big thank you to Della Bastin, Lauren Sharpe and Mark Jones who supported everyone in the process.

The staff and service users at Newbus Grange are also having a ‘Christmas Jumper week’, raising money for the Darlington Mission. The charity supports the elderly and lonely living around Darlington, a fantastic cause, especially with Christmas coming up. If you are visiting Newbus Grange this week you will have the option to support the fund raising event, and be sure to bring your flashiest Christmas jumper as you will have a lot of competition for being the most festive person in the building!

Newbus Grange is an independent hospital situated near Darlington, County Durham. It provides assessment and intervention for up to 17 men living with autism, a learning disability and complex needs. It provides a structured, positive, empathetic and low-arousal environment with good links to home and outside agencies.

Everyone at Newbus Grange would like to wish all of Danshell’s friends and families a very merry Christmas.

Danshell Raises Money and Awareness on National 'Wear It Pink' Day

The staff at Danshell’s York office fully embraced national ‘Wear it Pink Day’ last Friday, raising lots of money and promoting awareness of this important charity.

With the help of Paul, a service user supported by Danshell who works in the York office, the staff sold and bought raffle tickets, arranged a sweepstake competition and donated delicious home baked cakes, sweets and other goodies for the prize draw on the Thursday ready for the big day.

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 Everyone turned up bright and early on the Friday and there was no shortage of pink jumpers, wigs and hats. Everyone was ready to dig deep for charity, and to eat lots of cakes and coffee, of course.

The event was a great success, raising £89.67 for the charity and bringing everyone together in the office for an enjoyable day. You can view photos and updates from the day on the Danshell Facebook or Twitter feed.

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We would like to say a massive thank you to Dianne Clark, our Office Manager in the York Regional Support Office, who facilitated the day and organised everything for the event. She went above and beyond for yet another charity and everyone had a great time!

When talking about the day, Dianne said:

“It was great to see staff dressed in pink, the pink sweepstake and pink cakes.  Fundraising was assisted by Paul (a service user) who thoroughly enjoyed himself. Thanks to all who supported the day!”

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Darlington hospital supports autism fun run

Our Darlington hospital, Newbus Grange, supports autism fun run


A team of runners from our Newbus Grange hospital in Darlington have raised more than £350 for the North East Autism Society after completing the recent Run the Spectrum Fun Run.

With money still coming in the team, who all work at the hospital, hope to exceed this total, while raising awareness of Autism and dispelling some of the myths surrounding the condition.

More than 700 runners tackled the 5k route and were doused with brightly coloured powdered paint as they ran through five ‘colour zones’, adding to the sense of fun the occasion generated.

Newbus Grange near Darlington, County Durham is a 17 bed independent hospital providing specialist assessment and rehabilitation for men on the autistic spectrum with associated complex needs.

Newbus Grange manager Hazel Southern, who was one of the runners, said: “We all had a fantastic day and are pleased that we were able to raise money to support the North East Autism Society.

“The Society does fantastic work raising awareness of Autism and supporting individuals and families. Working with people with Autism is both challenging and rewarding and the work the Society does in raising awareness is invaluable.”

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