Chasing Clouds

I’m so proud of my ‘little’ boy, Ryan Davies, for getting a record contract.

Chasing Clouds is a contender to be his first single.

Enjoy! 🙂

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A Place to Change

locked door, accessibility

aka Everybody deserves their dignity

I do not have a physical disability. My sister is in a wheelchair, as is my partner’s sister, and whilst the issue I’m addressing in this blog does not affect them directly, nobody knows what the future holds.

First, a disclaimer. This blog is not written in my professional capacity. All opinions are personal.

I’m a social media officer for a mobility equipment provider, and monitor the internet for relevant ‘mentions’. This has brought to me an awareness of the need for Changing Places facilities.

What are Changing Places?

Changing Places are accessible toilets. Not the general kind of toilet you find here, there and everywhere that only complies with Doc M regulations. Changing Places are truly accessible toilets, with changing benches for larger children and adults and hoists.

Think about these two scenarios for a moment.

Scenario 1

You are the parent of a baby who’s done a pee or a poo in their nappy. You go to a baby changing public toilet and you have a little bench that pulls down so you can lay baby on it. What would you do if there was no little bench? Lay baby of the public toilet floor and do it? Pretty disgusting, huh?

Scenario 2

You are the parent/carer of an older child or adult, in a wheelchair, who’s done a pee or a poo in their nappy/incontinence pants. You go to a public toilet and there’s no bench. What do you do? We’ve already determined that it’s disgusting to put anybody on a public toilet floor. Even if there was no other option than to do this, how do you get them out of their wheelchair?

Basically, whilst there are little over 1,000 Changing Places facilities, it’s inhumane that there are not more, particularly within healthcare company premises; hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and the like.

Campaigns for Changing Places

I’ve been reading blog after blog of parents and carers who are campaigning for more Changing Places facilities. This blog itself has been brought about by me being reduced to tears reading some of these today.

Take a look for yourself

Hadley’s Heroes
A Wheelie Great Adventure
Ordinary Hopes
Mum on a Mission

Some of these parents and carers are the service users of the company I work for and the company’s service centres do not have these facilities, despite many of the service users visiting the premises. I’m making it my mission to get a Changing Places facility into all of our service centres.

What can I do?

Good question and one that I am asking myself every day. I’ve been linking to the blogs in my weekly social media report to raise awareness. If I can get at least one loo in one service centre, I’ll be a happy bunny!

You could…
• read the blogs linked above to see what those directly affected are going through
• sign petitions. Here are 21 on Change.org to get you started
• download the campaign leaflet from the Changing Places website
• share this blog!

If you don’t have time to check out all of the posts in all of the blogs, as it’s close to the festive season, I recommend these:

A Modern Christmas Carol
It shouldn’t happen to an Elf. You can also follow Alfie the Elf on Twitter.

And just in case none of this has tugged at your heart strings, I leave you with this. Merry Christmas!

Six in 10 (actually ‘seven’) #poetry

As I set this task… I’d better reblog it! 🙂

Graeme Sandford


Six Poems Weitten in 10 Minutes (actually ‘seven’)
Quick Haiku
When the clock it ticks

And the count is running down

What can I write here?

Man From Devizes Limerick
There was a young man from Devizes

Who wore hats in different sizes

Some were too big

One had a thingummy-jig

But most covered his nose and his eyeses.
Sensible Poem
I feel the warmth

Of a Summer Day;

And hear the cry of a babe

I smell the coffee upon the hearth

And touch your hand

Even though you’ve gone away;

I remember the looks

And smile at your picture

Captured by me in the fall;

I taste the scent of Bergamot cloves

That you tended so lovingly

In the hall.

Where are you now

My love

Where are you now

My love.
Silly Rhymes Poem
It bites

And fights

With dogs

And logs

It’s a mad cat

With…

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She is…

I think he likes me 🙂

Graeme Sandford


She is the ying

To my tong;

She is the Big Bang

To my Ning Nang Nong;

She is the wotsit

To my doodah;

She is my pasty

And my future;

She is the Cornish cream

That finishes off my scone;

She is with me

So that we are not alone;

She is the ‘never say rabbit’ to my ‘In a boat’;

She keeps me afloat.

She is…

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First Ever Blog Post

Matt has joined WordPress. Toddle on over to The No Sweat Lodge, give him a follow and say, “Hi!” He’ll only bite if you ask him nicely 🙂

The No Sweat Lodge

This may also be my least interesting blog post! 

But at least it is a blog. ish. I mean, technically I am blogging now right? Hmmm, it’s all fun and games until you have to think up something to say… 

Well, I am customising my theme, and learning the wordpress tools and such. I have the artistic ability of a bag full of badgers – which is funny as according to one friend I am also as mad as one lol – so I’m keeping it simple. I also welcome feedback!!! Let me know what you think or how I might improve things.

Please share my blog with all your friends. 

Love and Light

Shamatti

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Go Get A Smear Test

What Jenn said…

Like a bizarre rite of passage for people with vaginas, some months after your 25th birthday a letter arrives from the NHS inviting you to have a cervical examination. No one wants this letter to arrive, or to have to physically make an appointment because everyone knows that ‘smear tests’ are unpleasant.

What is a cervical screening? In simple terms, it’s a swab of tissue taken from your cervix to detect changes to the cells. These changes are called cervical abnormalities or precancer. It is NOT a test to find cancer, but it is a prevention against it that many people are aware of, but as with anything to do with vaginas, is rarely talked about openly. About 94% of results come back clear but cervical screenings actually save up to 5,000 lives in the UK a year.

For me ‘smear’ not just a repulsive word but an active reminder that my…

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