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Partially-sighted poet acts to ease loneliness among disabled people

Dave Steele says 'misconceptions' can leave disabled people isolated Credit: ITV News

Poet Dave Steele lost 95 per cent of his sight, then lost touch with all but a handful of people in his life. Sadly, he is not alone in that experience.

Many disabled people feel lonely every day, according to a study from the 'Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.' Part of the reason, its research found, is that 1 in 4 non-disabled people would avoid speaking to a disabled person. The biggest excuse: wanting to avoid saying something offensive.

Mr Steele, from Prestwich, says the misconceptions behind that need to be tackled right now.

Click here to learn more about the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.

Plans unveiled for £12.5m veterans care village at Broughton House in Salford

Computer generated image of the veterans care village Credit: Levitt Bernstein.

Plans have been unveiled for a £12.5m veterans care village at Broughton House in Salford.

Proposals for the new village will be submitted to Salford City Council this month and are expected to be considered by the planning, building and regeneration committee in September.

If permission is granted, work on the ambitious scheme is due to start early next year. A public consultation exercise is currently underway.

The redevelopment of the two-acre site will be partially paid for through a £3m grant from LIBOR funding, a government initiative to redistribute the proceeds of banking fines. Fundraising by Broughton House is ongoing.

The Broughton House veterans care village is planned to be completed by 2020 and will include features like a memorial park, independent living apartments and a gym.

Dooley Associates will manage the delivery of the scheme. The project team also includes architects Levitt Bernstein, structural engineers Curtins Consulting, service engineers Building Services Design, landscape architect Exterior Architecture, fire engineers Omega Fire and acoustician Sandy Brown.

“We are committed to providing a safe and secure community for military veterans and, subject to planning permission, the new development will deliver a state-of- the-art

“As the north west’s only home delivering dedicated veteran care for over a century in recognition of the sacrifices of ex- servicemen and women, the need to expand our level of care is paramount to meet the growing and changing needs of veterans both now and in the future.

“We are immensely grateful for the support shown for the scheme to date and look forward to working with the Greater Manchester public, and all relevant parties, to bring our vision to fruition, and together we hope to serve veterans for the next 100 years.”

– Ty Platten, chief executive of Broughton House,

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