Month: July 2019
A young disabled woman was told that she had been evicted from her residential home while she lay critically ill in hospital.The care home in Barking, east London, run by the company Sahara Care, had originally issued the eviction notice to Lakhvinder Kaur (pictured) in a letter on 6 April, just days after she had made an allegation of physical abuse against a member of staff at the home.In the same letter in which the company told her that it had referred her abuse allegation to the care watchdog, the local council and the police, it also told her that it was giving her 28 days’ notice to leave the home, Sahara Parkside.Several weeks later, Kaur, who has spinal muscular atrophy, was rushed to hospital with blood poisoning.Just days after she was admitted, on 28 May, and while still fighting for her life, the care company told her she would not be allowed to return to Sahara Parkside when she was released from hospital.Kaur has been trying since last year to find accessible accommodation that will allow her to live independently and safely with the support she needs.And because her local authority Newham council has not been able to find somewhere safe and appropriate for her to live, the hospital that treated her has itself told the council that it needs to evict her because she has now recovered from the blood poisoning.She told the council in an email: “My current situation worries me because each time I am admitted to ICU [the intensive care unit] my chance of recovery is reduced and increases my risk of death.“This risk could be better managed if my housing and care package was addressed.”She also told her social worker: “I believe I have valid reasons to express my deep and worrying concerns about my hospital discharge particularly when there is so much uncertainty and unknowns around my housing and support package.”She has now been told that she will have to move temporarily into a hotel room when she leaves hospital.Her case highlights once again the drastic shortage of accessible housing across the country.The Equality and Human Rights Commission said only last month that disabled people had been left “demoralised and frustrated” by the housing system and faced a “chronic shortage” of accessible homes.Kaur has been trying to persuade the council that she needs a two-bed flat to provide the space she needs to comply with employment law for her personal assistants, and to ensure her own health and safety, as well as her need for privacy, and space to store vital medication and equipment.She believes that the continuing struggle to ensure the support she needed at Sahara Parkside contributed to the illness that left her in intensive care.A spokeswoman for Newham council said: “We are working to find an interim property for Laki to move in to when she is discharged from hospital so Laki can get the support she needs. This is whilst we find her a permanent home.”She said the council “recognises there is a chronic shortage of housing across the country”.But when asked if the council accepted that the continuing failure to find her accessible housing and provide the support she needs were breaches of her rights under article six (on disabled women) and article 19 (on independent living) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the spokeswoman denied that the council “has any direct responsibility for the implementation of any of the rights” under the convention.She said: “Even if it did have such responsibilities, in its view there have been no breaches by the council of articles 6 or 19.“The issue in this case is the shortage of properties, particularly in London.”She added: “The borough in which the safeguarding issue arose investigates the complaint.“As Sahara Homes is based in Barking and Dagenham, it would be for that local authority to carry out the investigation. Newham is chasing for the outcome of this investigation.”Kaur has been trying for eight years to secure a proper care package that will keep her safe, and allow her to live in her own home, manage her own support, and enjoy the typical social life of a woman in her 20s.Instead, she has had to move from one inappropriate care home and supported living setting to another. Last November, Disability News Service reported how she had been left been unable to leave Sahara Parkside for nearly three weeks because its managers were trying to evict her for complaining about her care, and for her attempts to enjoy a proper social life.Managers at the home even threatened to change the security code on the entrance if she left the building, and they tried twice – unsuccessfully – to persuade the police to evict her.Sahara said this week that it could not discuss individual cases.
ST HELENS picked up the 2013 Super League Club of the Year accolade at Monday night’s Man of Steel event.The award was presented to Chairman Eamonn McManus at a star-studded dinner at Old Trafford – the Home of Lancashire County Cricket Club.It recognises the sterling work of everybody at the club and specifically the investment in developing a world class facility at Langtree Park and the continued success in the area of youth development.Mike Rush, Saints CEO, said: “We are delighted to receive the award and everyone at the club should be proud with what it has achieved. It is good for our work with youngsters to be rewarded, especially as this season we have promoted more Academy products into the first team than ever before.“Our partnership with Rochdale and Whitehaven has seen several players dual-registered too and our community coach Ian Talbot coached the Hornets to promotion only yesterday.“We have a strong business plan for Langtree Park and believe we can go from strength to strength. Its continued development has made it one of the finest rugby league stadiums in the country.”Saints would like to congratulate all the award winners at the event.
ENGLAND coach Steve McNamara has named 20 of his 24-man Rugby League World Cup 2013 squad in the team to face Italy.Saints’ James Roby has been named on the bench for the match which is the first ever senior international between the nations at Salford City Stadium on Saturday (4.30pm).“We are delighted to be playing against Italy in the historic international,” said England Coach Steve McNamara. “This is the first time that both nations have played each other at this level and it should be ideal preparation before we take on Australia a week later in the opening game of the Rugby League World Cup 2013 in Cardiff. Italy have made tremendous progress and are well equipped with quality players representing them from the NRL and Super League.“The make-up of the side looks very exciting, with the right blend of youth and experience. There is a great opportunity for the players to really push on and stake a claim for a start against Australia the following week.“Our preparation has been first-class we have trained exceptionally well at our camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa. This is the best prepared side to come from England and we are ready for what promises to be the most competitive World Cup in history.”England Squad:1. Sam Tomkins; 2. Ryan Hall, 3. Carl Ablett, 4. Leroy Cudjoe, 5. Tom Briscoe; 6. Rangi Chase, 7. Kevin Sinfield; 8. James Graham, 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Lee Mossop, 11. Gareth Hock, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sam Burgess.Subs: 14. Josh Charnley, 15. Kallum Watkins, 16. Gareth Widdop, 17. Rob Burrow, 18. Chris Hill, 19. James Roby, 20. George Burgess.In partnership with Salford-based social landlord City West Housing Trust, children aged 16 and under accompanied by an adult can attend England v Italy (4.30pm) and England Knights v Samoa (2.00pm) for free on Saturday October 19 at Salford City Stadium.Adult tickets cost £15 and £5 for concessions. To take advantage of the kids go free offer and to purchase tickets call 0844 856 1113 or visit www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk for further information.
KEIRON Cunningham said it was poignant Jordan Turner scored Saints’ winning try on Thursday night – but pointed to a massive squad effort too.“I’d have taken the draw to be honest!” he said. “I’m not sure the game deserved a loser at times. Both sides were great for a period, the defences were good too. They are so quick around the middle and have four dummy runners coming at you that at times we had to survive.“We did that, had some subs left towards the end and they did a great job. I knew we would do something – I knew we would get a crack at something at the end and we did. I am really happy with the win and the two points.“But the performance was the biggest thing for me. We never gave up.“We have players here that are more than able to express themselves with the ball. Quinlan turned up on everything and reinforced why he is here and I thought it was good how we moved the ball after we made the break too.“But all credit to Jordan Turner. Our left edge has come under some flack over the last couple of weeks and it was poignant he put the ball down to win the game.”He continued: “I thought Mark Flanagan was massive. He grounded the ball after Turner had made that wonderful tackle. We did the little things we have have been missing over recent weeks and in the end we found a way to win the game. Our fight for each other on both sides of the ball was phenomenal because for large portions of the game we were on the back foot.“We lost Jon Wilkin to a thumb injury. We don’t know the extent yet. It hurt us time wise as he can do 80 minutes for you. Mark Flanagan went through a lot of pain tonight for the side and played 80 minutes.“He was phenomenal; he work rate was up there. Yes he doesn’t make 100 metre breaks that everyone likes but he works hard and tides up for us. He did a great job for us.”Saints are next in action on Friday July 24 at Langtree Park when they face Hull KR. You can buy your tickets from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
The clash gets underway at 7.45pm and a positive result would hand Justin Holbrook’s side the League Leaders’ Shield.What’s On:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Opens at 4.30pm.Turnstiles – Open at 5pm.Academy Championship – Saints take on their Newcastle counterparts at 5.15pm.Club Face Painters – These will once again be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and the Totally Wicked North Stand from around 6:30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Bouncy Castles – We have rugby themed inflatables in the North and South West Stands.Member Offers – We have two great offers for you – any pie & alcoholic beverage is just £6, whilst a pie or hotdog & hot drink is just £4.Soft Drinks – Fruit shoots are now available for just £1.50 each.Carling Bar – Fans in the West Stand can continue to get their hands on 500ml Carling PETs from our bottle bar in the concourse. Price is £4.Contactless Payment – Will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side, Marching Inn, Eddington Arms and Voll’s bars to speed up your service.The A-Star Saints Angels – Will be performing several new performances before the game and at half time.Bucket Collection – Dig deep for Prostate Cancer UK who are collecting around the ground and in the Hospitality areas.SeatServe – We are continuing to link up with SeatServe to offer a trial of a new in-seat, food and drink delivery service on matchday. The SeatServe app, which enables fans to order food and drinks from their smartphone for efficient delivery to their seat, will be tested in the Totally Wicked North Stand at tonight’s game. Click here to find out more.Tribute – Every year we pay tribute to our fallen fans and players and tonight we will do so once more. Names will be read out before the match and they are also printed in the match programme.Bill Lyon Medal – The under 16s Player of the Year will be announced at half time.Half Time – See the Simply Doughnuts Kicking Challenge! Contestants have three attempts to kick a ball into a large replica Simply Doughnuts pot in front of the West Stand. There’s a whole host of prizes to win and if you kick it in from the 40m line, you return at the final game of the season to kick again for the chance to win a Membership for the 2019 season.League Leaders’ Shield – Should Saints get a positive result tonight then they will presented with the League Leaders’ Shield after the game.Sponsors:The Match is sponsored by Quick Reach whilst the Match Ball is sponsored by Orrell Trade Centre.Team News:Both sides have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands. If you require a South or Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Tickets are available online until 4pm.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore will be open from 9am right up until kick-off.Martin Murray will be signing copies of his new book Sinner and Saint in the store from 5pm until 6.30pm.Programme:The programme is priced at £3 and features an exclusive interview with Matty Costello. It also pays tribute to the Saints that have fallen in the last 12 months.A Message:Just a reminder: Saints fans are the best in the world and known throughout the sport as being one of the most vocal and loyal group of supporters there is.As a family club we ask that fans are mindful of their fellow supporters and refrain from doing anything that would damage this reputation.There have been instances of beer throwing and other anti-social behaviour at some of our games this year and we ask that fans think of those around them and not do anything that could bring further action on the club.Anyone caught throwing beer, or any other liquid, risks being banned for a period of games, and/or having season tickets rescinded.
Head Coach Justin Holbrook hinted after the victory over Hull FC and yesterday in his pre-match press conference that his captain, Roby, is on track to return, but would make a call later this week to determine if he is fit enough to start.Roby has missed the last four Saints victories after undergoing surgery on a niggling groin injury following the defeat to London Broncos, but he is included in the 19 man squad for Friday’s derby clash.Aaron Smith has also recovered from the whiplash he picked up in the win over Warrington Wolves and also returns to the squad.The two hookers, Roby and his understudy, Smith, come in for Joseph Paulo who is out with a calf strain and Matty Costello who is the other to drop out. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-St.Helens 19 man squad1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Adam Swift, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 22. James Bentley, 23. Lachlan Coote.Wigan 19 man squadJoe Bullock, Joe Burgess, Liam Byrne, Tony Clubb, Liam Farrell, Oliver Gildart, Chris Hankinson, Zak Hardaker, Willie Isa, Tommy Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Romain Navarrete, Ollie Partington, Sam Powell, Jarrod Sammut, Dan Sarginson, Jake Shorrocks, Morgan Smithies, George Williams.For the first time in 24 years and 94 consecutive games, the fixture can only be experienced live with a match ticket as it will not be televised!Tickets for this MUST-SEE event start from just £10 for 16s and under and £23 for adults, but are selling fast!You can get your tickets online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium – subject to availability, while stocks last.,Tickets for this MUST-SEE event start from just £10 for 16s and under and £23 for adults, but are selling fast!You can get your tickets online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium – subject to availability, while stocks last.