Archive for September, 2013

Scott Park’s accessible play area officially opened

Posted on Tuesday 24th September 2013 at 8:00 am by SH (Editor)

Accessible play area for children with disabilities at Scott Park, Patchway.

A new accessible play area for children with disabilities was officially opened at Scott Park on Saturday (21st September).

The ceremony was performed by Cllr Ian Boulton, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council,  joined by local children who will use the park and their parents or carers.

Cllr Boulton also unveiled a plaque designating Scott Park as a Queen Elizabeth II Field in Trust.

Scott Park is a disabled access specialist park and is one of the most accessible play areas in the south west. The play area features brand new ramped decks and seats that surround its Jubilee celebration tree. The park also features a wheelchair accessible slide, a wheelchair accessible roundabout and a large climbing net. There are also fully accessible toilet facilities.

The improvements have been financed by the Aiming High for Disabled Children Capital Grant Fund, which is managed by South Gloucestershire Council. Landscape architects from the council’s community spaces team project managed the landscaping and play area improvements.

Cllr Boulton said:

“Scott Park is a fantastic resource and facility for families across South Gloucestershire. Having access to outdoor recreational spaces such as this is vital for the health and wellbeing of our communities. The new accessible play area will ensure that people with additional needs and disabilities are able to enjoy everything that the park has to offer too.”

Photo: Cllr Ian Boulton opens the new accessible play area by cutting a ribbon on the wheelchair accessible decks and ramps feature.

More: Creative activities for families throughout the day »

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Launch of Patchway Dementia Action Alliance

Posted on Wednesday 18th September 2013 at 7:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Patchway Dementia Action Alliance.

Local businesses and organisations will publicly pledge their support to make Patchway a dementia friendly community at Coniston Community Centre on Friday (20th September). The event, which runs from 10am to 1.30pm, will mark the launch of the Patchway Dementia Action Alliance.

The occasion will see over 60 key people representing businesses, statutory services, and community and voluntary organisations, as well as individuals from Patchway, coming together to pledge to take action to change the lives of people with dementia and their carers in Patchway.

Patchway Dementia Action Alliance is a Southern Brooks Community Partnership project in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Society, South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), South Gloucestershire Council (SCG), and Patchway Town Council.

The launch event will involve key speakers including Ian Sherriff, from Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance and Lead Academic for Dementia at Plymouth University, and Dr Jennifer Bute, a GP who retired early due to early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, who will be putting forward ideas of what we can do to help improve the lives of people with dementia.

Key businesses and organisations will publicly sign up and make pledges of the actions they will take to make Patchway a better place to live for people living with dementia.

Patchway Dementia Action Alliance is South Gloucestershire’s response to Prime Minister David Cameron’s Dementia Challenge to tackle what could be the greatest health and social care challenge of our time. Patchway DAA, part of the national Dementia Action Alliance, hopes to inspire other South Gloucestershire communities to start taking action now to become more dementia friendly.

More: "It is time to get everyone talking about dementia to reduce stigma" »

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Success for Patchway triathlete at European Championships

Posted on Wednesday 18th September 2013 at 9:49 am by SH (Editor)

Triathlete Akhil Viz competing in Vichy, France.

A locally-based athlete is currently enjoying a well-earned rest after representing Great Britain in the European Long Distance Triathlon Championships in Vichy, France at the beginning of September.

Akhil Viz, 24, is originally from Gibraltar but has been based in Bristol since October 2011. He lives in Patchway and works as an Aerospace Engineer at Atkins Global on the Aztec West Business Park.

The ultra-distance sportsman was selected for the GB team after a good showing in the 2012 UK Ironman Triathlon  (2.4 mile swim + 112 mile bike + 26 mile run).

An excellent performance in Vichy saw Akhil finish 6th within his age group and 189th overall (out of around 700 entrants) in a total time of 10 hours and 48 minutes.

Prior to the event, Akhil took two weeks off work to go home to Gibraltar and focus on his final training. Over the fortnight he swam 25km, cycled 1,100km and ran 72km!

Writing on his blog, Akhil describes the “time-crunched” nature of a triathlete’s life, which in his case involves juggling 10 to 15 hours training with a full-time job. His daily regime involves waking up at 4.30am to fit in 2-3 hours of training before work.

Akhil’s goals for the next couple of years include running 100 miles and swimming 10km. “When will I pursue them? I do not know, but those targets are there at the back of my mind,” he says.

“I will definitely do another half and full Ironman next summer, but have yet to decide on which races. There is a lot for me to think about and I have to reset and refocus on my priorities.”

“In the long term, I would love to represent Gibraltar at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The qualifying standards are high but I am up for the challenge!”

Read more: My Ironman Journey (Blog by Akhil Viz)

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