Team Leader Amrit, on her love of poetry and her “PACE Presents Poetry” course

Published October 8, 2020

Over the last six months, we have seen our day-to-day lives change. Our social interactions, activities such as music concerts, theatres and sporting events have all been abruptly put on hold or have been severely impacted. PACE Multi-Sport sessions had to be postponed, for example. However, as a collective society one of our greatest strengths is being able to adapt to difficult situations – and the PACE community is no different. PACE Presents was born!  At its core, PACE Presents is a four week programme of 30-60 minute sessions delivered by key team leaders, where they delve into a particular […]

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Life in lock-down: Reshad Saraj

Published April 28, 2020

Hello again… As we approach (or surpass depending when this is published) a full month since the UK went into lock-down – March 22nd if anybody was curious. I want to take this time to congratulate everyone on this somewhat morbid anniversary. Look at it on the bright side, another 59 months to go (5 years) until the whole of the UK gets a piece of wood according to anniversary etiquette and traditions – I might do a whole blog on this subject, but until we reach this momentous occasion, I thought we’d mark the one month mark with something […]

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Ode to the NHS

Published April 15, 2020

As we enter the fourth week of lockdown, or as I have dubbed it “A house pet’s dream,” I’m working on the name – please humour me. After experiencing, rather agonisingly, a beautiful sunny Easter combined with the sobering daily rising death toll, the extension of the lock-down and that the One show is still on every night where Eastenders got cut to two nights a week (yes, I’m still not over it), it is completely understandable that your/our resolve could start to weaver. (Side-note: my salted caramel Kit-Kat Easter egg was too salty – who would have figured). So […]

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Living through Groundhog Day

Published April 2, 2020

If you said to me at the beginning of 2020 that I’d have to ration my EastEnders viewing to twice a week, and that Wrestlemania – WWE’s, the whole wrestling industry’s biggest show of the year – will be aired over two nights with no audience due a global pandemic – I would probably give you a longer than required exasperated look, offer of a cup of tea and watch……..an episode of EastEnders. But, here we are, at the start of April where two of my favourite guilty pleasures, shows that are well into their 1000th episode of viewing are effectively hamstrung by, Covid-19, or […]

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The Mar Y Sol Hotel

Published September 4, 2019

As we transition into September, moving away from the record-breaking bank holiday temperatures and heading into the tail-end of the 2019, and the black whole of uncertainty that is seemingly awaiting us.  That is why I want to spend a little time today to reflect on a calmer, simpler time – that is of course, my holiday to Tenerife! I’ve decided to do two separate blogs, travelling and activities in one blog and hotel facilities and enjoyment factor in the second blog. The Mar Y Sol hotel One of the main reasons Tenerife was specifically chosen as our destination and […]

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Discovering Tenerife: One Step at a Time

Published September 4, 2019

As we transition into September, moving away from the record-breaking bank holiday temperatures and heading into the tail-end of the 2019, and the black hole of uncertainty that is seemingly awaiting us.  That is why I want to spend a little time today to reflect on a calmer, simpler time – that is of course, my holiday to Tenerife! I’ve decided to do two separate blogs, travelling and activities in one blog and hotel facilities and enjoyment factor in the second blog. The Eagle has landed One of the biggest challenges when planning a holiday is how are we going […]

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Lost Voice Guy Wins BGT: Is It a Big Deal?

Published June 8, 2018

The 10th series of Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) show just wrapped up this past weekend. Its winner, Lee Ridley, made history in being not only the first comedian to win this talent show but also the first disabled contestant to win. Primarily Known as the ‘Lost Voice Guy’, Lee Ridley, as you probably guessed by now has no voice, so in his stand-up he uses a voice box which communicates for him. I won’t go into a full breakdown of his stand-up because a) He stole all of my jokes, (at least all of the good ones) b) I’m currently […]

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Cerebral Palsy & the Winter Challenges

Published February 18, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics are currently underway in Pyongyang, South Korea. The GB team are hoping for a record number of gold medals, five, to be exact. However, serious weather conditions are threatening to disrupt a number of sporting events. In short, South Korea have adopted Britain’s attitude to snow by cancelling everything. We all hope the GB team continue the great work from London 2012 and Rio 2016 to continue to break records and have the best ever winter Olympic Games. When I read this story, it got me thinking of how much the cold weather can affect me […]

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New Year’s resolutions: Four ways to stay motivated

Published January 5, 2018

2018 is finally here! After an interesting 2017 so to speak, I’m sure all of you are looking ahead to new challenges to tackle. Maybe you are finally putting that £40 a month gym membership you signed up two years ago to good use, to shave off those mince pies and Christmas pudding. Many of us, including myself say we are finally going to redecorate the bathroom. As January slips by and as February appears we still haven’t started and before you know it 2019 is here. As the saying goes, “New Year New Me”. These four simple tips to […]

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October: Disability Employment Awareness Month

Published November 3, 2017

This past October was Disability Employment Awareness Month. The annual celebration of Disability Employment Awareness Month aims to raise awareness of lack of employment opportunities for disabled people, while also recognizing the contributions that disabled people to both the workplace and our society. PACE are proud to have contributed to this goal by helping some of our members gain employment. There are still many barriers preventing disabled people gaining employment. A paper published by Papworth trust in 2016 highlights some key issues facing young disabled people looking for work in the UK. For example, did you know there are “11.9 […]

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