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