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Ramandeep’s Independence Journey

Published August 18th

It’s been a little over two weeks since the last of the restrictions were lifted – with the general public dubbing it “Freedom Day”. It’s been a long, hard 16 months or so, and perhaps understandably, many people are still adjusting back to their pre-pandemic lives, especially in the disabled community. Ramandeep Mann has been on a similar journey – in terms of taking the time to reflect. during lockdown and taking the brave decision to – for want of a better word – re-claim her independence. Ramandeep joined PACE in 2005. During her 16 years (and counting), at PACE, […]

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The Positive Impact of PACE Pals

Published June 28th

In October 2020, PACE launched a weekly online social session called PACE Pals. It was created to tackle isolation and the lack of person-to-person contact due to multiple lockdowns throughout the year. The aim was simple – to create a positive, safe environment for our members to connect, laugh and confide with one another, whether that be their weekly activities, what they have been watching or listening to or just sharing their favourite anecdotes. The response was incredible. Since day one, we have had a strong group of members who have joined every single PACE Pals session, thus validating why […]

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Jaspaul’s Work Experiences

Published May 3rd

Since the Covid-19 pandemic started more than a year ago, very few people would have thought that more than a year later we’d be just be taking the first few steps towards normality. Unfortunately, one of the biggest sufferers, as a result, was the job market, where thousands of jobs were lost on an almost daily basis. On the 8th of April session of PACE Pals, the topic of discussion was disability in the workplace, and Jaspaul, one of our serving members at PACE, spoke about his personal experiences. Let’s start from the beginning, when did you take your first […]

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

Published October 8th

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 28th

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 15th

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 2nd

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 4th

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 4th

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 8th

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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