Change your life with FSDP.
Here at Ableworld, we strive to provide caring solutions for our customers helping them to enjoy greater independence and live more comfortable and active lives. We have recently been supporting Flying Scholarships for disabled people, (FSDP) and their mission much like ours is to inspire people with disabilities to change their lives.
FSDP has helped change over 400 men and women’s lives, by experiencing the joy of freedom in the sky, learning new skills, regaining confidence and ‘’reaching for the sky.’’ The charity was set up as a memorial tribute to Sir Douglas Bader, who after losing both his legs in an air accident in 1931, persisted in his efforts to resume his flying career with the RAF. His love and dedication to flying are what brought this charity to life. His story along with so many others like it are bringing about a positive change to disabled people’s lives every year through life-changing aviation experiences.
FSDP provide scholarships to anyone aged 18 or over and registered as disabled. You must be a resident in the UK and be allowed to drive by the DVLA. Applications for this truly unique experience close on the 31st of January 2022, but don’t hesitate to apply for 2023 and get your wings next year instead. The scholarship is a three or four-week training program which includes a maximum of 20 hours of flying tuition. During this time, you will stay in a nearby hotel along with a fellow scholar, and you will gain so much through the whole process from making new friends to reaching new heights with your growing confidence. After the scholarship, you will be presented with a certificate at a ceremony at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). You will also be invited back to RIAT the following year to be awarded your ‘pilot’s wings. To apply go to fsdp.co.uk/apply.
We are incredibly proud and honoured at Ableworld to be able to work with such an inspirational charity that help so many people every year who have otherwise painful and debilitating physical constraints - to discover a new lease of life and realise what they CAN do, rather than what they CAN’T.
If you want to know any more information about the charity, scholarships or even to potentially sponsor them you can visit their website here.
Ableworld look forward to working closely with FSDP and building our relationship further in 2022!
After all the glitter and baubles of December, on comes January, a long month which some can find to be simply exhausting. Catching up and socialising with family and friends can feel somewhat a chore after the excitement and highs of the festive months. Then comes heading back to work, kids back to school and an endless cycle of cold, dark icy mornings – scraping the ice from your car 10 minutes before you have to leave. January blues – guess it is a thing after all – good job we’ve got a few tips to help you with dealing with those shorter, darker days!Give yourself something to look forward to
This can be as simple as planning to go for a coffee at your local coffee shop with your friends – getting both of you out of the house. Or booking a holiday getaway with your partner for some much-needed winter sun on your skin – even if it’s a holiday for a years’ time, taking these steps to plan the holiday flights and accommodation, can help you escape your winter blues.
Stay connected with others
Pick up the phone and call your family for a catch-up – lighten your load and talk through everything that’s on your mind, it can make the dark days just that little bit lighter. With the internet and ever-growing ways of staying connected it's easier than ever to keep up to date with everything’s that going on in your friends and family’s lives. So, prop up your tablet on your dining room table and enjoy Sunday dinner together – even if you’re not in close proximity doesn’t mean you have to feel miles apart.
Long dark days call for an excuse to treat yourself. Treat yourself to a SAD Lamp, designed to ease the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Or a great gift for someone to boost their morale and switch their mentality to a more positive one.
Spend some time outside – even if it's just 10 minutes a day in the winter wind, do some gardening, go on a winter walk around your local park, or take the dog around your estate. So, wrap up warm and get out your walking boots – the winter air is calling you.Hopefully, some of these tips are helpful and after reading this your January can be a positive month of spending time with family and friends whilst also taking time for yourself. And we hope to see you in your local Ableworld store soon.
Ableworld is proud to have supported various care homes in their local communities this Christmas.
Ableworld try to support local charities as much as possible, and Christmas usually give us an opportunity to encourage our teams to offer support to others in need.
This Christmas, Ableworld has decided to take part in a shoebox appeal for the elderly. Many people suffer Christmas alone and we wanted to try and help by providing gifts to show somebody cares. We are really proud of all of our teams for taking part in the appeal.
We have been overwhelmed with the response from the general public and have been rushed off our feet, collecting boxes in stores and at Head Office for the appeal. In total, Ableworld has been able to donate over 100 shoeboxes to Care Homes in their local communities.
On Monday 20th December all of the donations from the Head Office were donated to the local care home Mayfield House in Crewe. A spokesman from the care home said: “We are really grateful for the donations, thank you so much”
Thank you to everybody who has donated a box to help such a great cause. Everyone at Ableworld would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas.