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Charity trains parents to help others with disabled children

by Lee Comley

A charity is encouraging parents who look after children with physical and learning disabilities to train as peer supporters so they can give help and advice to those in a similar position.

The Wolverhampton-based organisation 'Include Me TOO' aims to help families from a wide range of backgrounds to come together and share their experiences in the hope it will have a positive effect on all involved.

'No more chair' for man walking after nine years

A wheelchair-user of nine years has spoken about his determination to walk again.

Before Shaun Stretton began using the facilities at The Parkway Lifestyle Centre - which opens today - he had not walked for nine years.

Shaun's trainer, Scott Parish, said:

"When he first started, he could literally walk 5 metres, and that was a struggle, wasn't it bud? When we first started to assess you..."

Shaun replied:

"Yeah, yeah, I used to be in a chair. When I was, they said 'Shaun, walking again...?' and I said 'no more chair, I just want to walk again'!"

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Centre helps man walk for first time in nine years!

Shaun Stretton had not walked for nine years before he started using facilities at The Portway Lifestyle Centre, in Oldbury, which opens officially today.

Scott Parish, one of the centre's trainers, has been speaking about Shaun's remarkable progress:

"He's done really well, he's walked, I think, now around about 110 metres! And before it was with a frame, but now he's walking pretty much by himself."

£18million lifestyle centre opens in Oldbury today

An £18 million centre which helps people with and without disabilities will be opened officially this morning.

The Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury Credit: ITV News Central

The Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury has already had some success. Shaun Stretton has walked for the first time in nine years as a result of using the facilities

Shaun Stretton (right) has walked for the first time in nine years Credit: ITV News Central

Potential bid for Midlands' Remploy factories

Potential bid for Midlands' Remploy factories Credit: The Remploy centre in Derby could be saved. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Remploy, a company which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities, has confirmed that a preferred bidder has been identified for its automotive business based in factories in Birmingham, Coventry and Derby.

Negotiations will now be held to complete a transaction as soon as possible.

The company made the announcement as it confirmed three factories in Blackburn, Neath and Sheffield are to close as no bids have been made for the furniture part of the business.

The start of Learning Disability Week, full report

Today is the start of Learning Disability Week. It is an event promoted by the organisation Mencap and this year the theme is super heroes.

One young woman who many agree is a super hero is Laura Gill, who has autism.

She looks after animals by day and she has started a social club called The Monday Night Club for her friends. Keith Wilkinson has been to meet her.

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Full report: more help given to young carers in Nottinghamshire

Seven-year-old Sami Mistry looks after his mother, Rebecca, who has type 1 diabetes.

When she is ill he helps prepare her medication, fetch her juice box to boost sugar levels, alerts paramedics and talks them through the crisis situation until the emergency crew arrives.

Nottinghamshire County Council are now offering more support for young carers by giving them first aid training and support.

She can't communicate without the stolen device, says mother of disabled woman

The mother of a woman suffering from cerebral palsy who has been left without her voice after thieves stole a communication aid, says her daughter is heartbroken.

The thieves broke into their Leicestershire home and stole the device, which is worth around £9,000.

Despite the cost to buy it, Natalie Wood says it's worthless to anybody who doesn't need it.

Thieves also stole a handful of euros and a games console. In the process they trashed the bedrooms and trampled over the beds.

Disabled woman left without voice after thieves stole her communication aid

Louise Wood, 32, unable to communicate following theft Credit: ITV News Central

A 31-year-old disabled woman who's can't walk or feed herself, has been left unable to communicate after thieves broke into her Leicestershire home and stole her communication aid.

Louise Wood from Birstall, north Leicester, is now unable to correspond with her mother, Natalie Woods, who looks after her.

The aid, called a Liberator, is a small laptop-like device and costs between £8,000 and £10,000.

The burglary happened while Natalie and Louise were visiting a relative in Glenfield Hospital.

Louise's bedroom was also trashed.

More help for young carers in Nottinghamshire

by Deborah Hadfield
Sami Mistry helping his mother with medication Credit: ITV News Central

Seven-year-old Sami Mistry looks after his mother, Rebecca, who has type 1 diabetes.

When she is ill he helps prepare her medication, fetch her juice box to boost sugar levels, alerts paramedics and talks them through the crisis situation until the emergency crew arrives.

Nottinghamshire County Council are now offering more support for young carers by giving them first aid training and support.

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