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Disability care pod built for Carlisle boy

The first purpose built care pod to be installed in Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

After two years of fighting, the family of a Carlisle boy with a severe but undiagnosed disability, have become the first in Cumbria to receive a purpose built care pod.

Among his symptoms Ryan Wilkinson has chronic lung disease and profound deafness.

The pod will help his family to take care of him.

"It is going to be so much easier for him and safer for him, safer for us. It is just going to be so beneficial for all of us."

– Debbie Wilkinson, mother

Councillor welcomes golfers to the Borders

"The Council is pleased to welcome the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership and its members to the Scottish Borders.

"I hope the golfers are enjoying their time with us, amidst the spectacular scenery in the Borders, and I look forward to seeing some exciting play during this three-day event."

– Councillor Graham Garvie, Convener of Scottish Borders Council

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Scottish Borders hosts 'disabled Ryder Cup'

Ready for action Credit: Scottish Borders Council

Disabled golfers from across the UK have descended on a golf resort in the Scottish Borders for the 'GB Phoenix Cup'.

Ten of the best golfers are competing in the event, hosted by the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership (SGDP).

The event is part of the SDGP's 10th anniversary celebrations, and is the third Ryder Cup style event to be generated by the charity.

Disability Sports Plan will create new opportunities

Borders Sport and Leisure has launched its new three-year Borders Disability Sports Plan at the Para Sport Festival.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage more children and adults to get involved in sport.

There was an opportunity for people to try out activities at an event at Tweedbank.

Donald Gray says it's good to encourage people with disabilities to get involved in sports:

Full Report: Disability services up for discussion in the Borders

Protestors in the Scottish Borders have vowed to carry on fighting against the closure of a work project for disabled adults.

The council this evening have confirmed they are shutting the Reivers Industry sites in Tweedbank, Selkirk and Langlie Mill.

The workshops are places where people with disabilities get the chance to work and meet up.

1,300 signatures were handed to the council meeting today to ask for them to stay open.

The council insists it can provide better services elsewhere.

Matthew Taylor was at the meeting today - watch his report below.

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"Compromise reached" on Ability Centre

Scottish Borders Council hope that a decision to redesign the Ability Centre will encourage more members.

The service is now open to anyone with a physical disability.

It comes after a campaign by service users, to include those with disabilities that require specialist staff and transport.

The Social Work Department initially proposed a redesign of the Ability Centre as the existing service was not being fully utilised and it was agreed that support for people with physical disabilites should be more widely available across the Borders. A report went to the Social work and Housing Committee in January, however, prior to reaching a decision members of the Committee were keen to visit the centre and meet with users to hear their views.

Since January there have been numerous meetings and officers have listened and taken on board the concerns raised by people using the centre and the management committee. I am delighted that a compromise proposal has been agreed which will continue to provide a day service at the centre for two days a week for people in the central Borders area, a social centre one day a week yet also enables us to extend an outreach service across the Borders three days a week.

– Elaine Torrance, Head of Social Care and Health, Scottish Borders Council

New members needed to safeguard disability service

Management and service users of the only centre for people with a physical disability in the Borders say they need more members to safeguard it for the future.

Scottish Borders Council had planned to turn the Ability Centre in Galashiels into a social centre.

Those with certain physical disabilities would have received home visits instead.

Service users successfully campaigned for a compromise, which means the service will now open to all users for 2 days a week, and will run as a social centre once a week, with regular home visits.

But they say they need more members in order for it to remain a success.

The new arrangements will be reviewed in 18 months.

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