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peterborough biscuitLittle People UK representatives will be at the Peterborough Biscuit 2019 event on 6th February, at the East of England Showground. 

 

We will be there raising awarness of LPUK and networking with businesses in the area. 

 

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The above request has been received by the LPUK team, we think this would be a good opportunity for some of our members, to help raise awareness of people with dwarfism in the UK. 

Here is an example of a similar video on a different, but just as important, subject matter - https://www.youtube.com/watch…

Please get in touch if you would like more information or if you are planning on applying (we would love to know if someone does get involved).

 We will be at the Inspire Peterborough Sporting Saturday event on 9th February from 11am to 4pm.
 
It is a great event to learn about different inclusive sports, available to people with different abilities. There will also be other information stands there to learn about support for a wide variety of people.
 
Come along to a fantastic event and pop to LPUK's stand to say hello.
 
Sporting Saturday
 

First Aid

This weekend the Little People UK committee and employee completed a 1-day First Aid training course. 

BBC Look North

Watch LPUK President Warwick Davis talking on BBC Look North (Yorkshire) at Hexthorpe Primary Academy about differences in society, for Genetic Disorders UK and LPUK. 

 

You can watch the clip by visiting the BBC iPlayer (available until 6:55pm today! Start at 21 mins.)

Saturday Kitchen

LPUK President Warwick Davis has appeared on Saturday Kitchen last weekend, you can watch his appearance on BBC iPlayer.

 

He raised an important issue regarding taking photos of people with dwarfism, and how this is inappropriate; something everyone at LPUK are passionate about raising awareness for. 

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We are research members of the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Science of the University of Birmingham and we are exploring the promotion of exercise among disabled people, in particular those who are currently not doing any exercise but who would like to become active.

Exercise can provide many physical and mental benefits, regardless whether one is disabled or not. Arguably, exercise is even more important for people with disabilities as it may help with their daily living.

Unfortunately, many disabled people experience barriers to becoming physically active, such as not knowing what adapted activities they could do or where to find them. This is where we hope to make a difference. Through our research, we hope to identify strategies that can successfully help promote exercise among disabled people and in turn improve their physical and even mental health.

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Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) has done some work with a company called 'TryB4UFly' and we are excited about this upcoming event.  

Tryb4ufly and Edinburgh Airport are hosting an event about flying with a disability at the Hilton Hotel, Edinburgh Airport on Friday 3rd February.

The event is open to all disabled people and their families (as well as staff/carers), who wish to find out more about air travel assistance and the experience of flying, and there is the opportunity to meet experts and even try out seating in a replica cabin.

There are instructions on how to register on the flyer here.

More details on CHAS and Tryb4ufly can be found below: 

 

LPUK Committee member Simeon Dyer is holding a Showcase night at Melton Theatre to raise funds for LPUK. The event is going to be an extravaganza of local talent, tickets are to be sold for £10 and can be purchased here

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OTW logoOver The Wall is a great charity which runs activity camps for children and families of children with a variety of disabilities, they have shown great interest in working with LPUK. 

Details of how to apply for camps can be found on their website. *Please note: there is no guarantee of automatically getting a place at any camp*

Over The Wall are also interested in attracting adult volunteers to camps, if you would be interested please do contact them for more information. This could be a great experience! 

Group LPUK

With the help of customers and Tesco in Corby, Little People UK raised over £800, by taking part in bag packing and raised awareness of dwarfism at the same time.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)/Personal Independance Payment (PIP)

Last weekend, Little People UK's 'DLA/PIPs working group' met to discuss the pertinent matter of the transition from DLA to PIPs, which we know is currently a huge cause for concern to our members, and many others within the dwarfism community.   

We are aware of several members who have already had their allowances removed, and are either going through appeals or struggling without this assistance. We know action is needed urgently. 

LPUK are investigating a number of avenues to help provide the support our members require. For example; sourcing professional help, speaking with members of parliament and generally gathering as much information about the process as possible, with the aim of publishing an advisory section on this website. Further to this, we have plans to incorporate a DLA/PIP workshop into the programme of events at LPUK's 5th Annual Convention, later in the year. 

In the meantime, we are building a FAQ section on this website to help answer some of the most common questions and alleviate some of the most immediate concerns.

If you have any useful information/advice you can pass on, both positive and negative, about the initial application or appeal process, please don't hesitate to get in touch via our contact page, in confidence.. 

Hello, I'm Richard Bannister, and in 2016 I shall be running the Virgin London Marathon in aid of LPUK.

This will be my ninth, and quite possibly, my last marathon. 

I ran my first marathon whilst at junior school at the tender age of nine, although the distance was spread over a few days running! I have since run a further seven full marathons, Dublin twice, Edinburgh twice, Nottingham, Chester and London along with numerous half marathons, 10k's, 5k's and also a couple of kilomathons too! I'm not the best runner in the world by a long shot, but I have enjoyed it over the years and in my final marathon I'm hoping to finally crack the sub four hours time, but that remains to be seen!

I'm a serving firefighter for Humberside Fire Service stationed in Grimsby, Lincolnshire  and I enjoy my job immensely. It certainly brings up many surprises as no two days are ever the same! But probably the best part of the job I do is helping people in so many different ways, being there when someone needs our help.

I have a great family life with my lovely wife Lisa and our lovely ten year old son, Joseph. We love to go walking and camping and generally try to have fun as much as possible. 

I'm really looking forward to raising the awareness of Little People UK by running the marathon and will hopefully see some of you during and after the race.

To sponsor Richard please visit his JustGiving page here

At Little People UK's 4th Annual Convention, in August 2015, we were delighted to welcome our first ever medical panel. One of the consultants attending was Mr Mark Latimer, Paediatric Orthopaedic Consultant at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals, below is a feature written in their hospital magazine 'Pulse':  

 Mark Latimer Medical Panel Article

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