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Charity trains parents to help others with disabled children

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'!"


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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