Partner Blogs

  • ‘Washing My Autistic Son’s Feet’
    James, my 15-year old autistic son, gets cold feet…  Sometimes this is because he often prefers to go barefoot, sometimes this is because his blood circulation isn’t as good as it might be, or maybe it’s a combination of the two. He likes to have his feet rubbed, to warm ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2017-09-27
    2 months ago
  • I don’t want to do the ‘judging others’ thing anymore.
    Deep in my spirit I’m feeling very uneasy.  There’s thoughts bubbling around in my brain that I keep ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2017-09-24
    2 months ago
  • An ‘includedbygrace’ book? 
    Okay, as promised I’m going to share some of the plans that I think where those mountains left uncovered by the cloud in Keswick.  See this post if you don’t know what I mean! read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2017-09-21
    2 months ago
  • ‘Disability and Brexit’
    As Ben Elton used to say… “Ooh, a little bit of politics there!” so buckle up for theadditionalneedsblogfather’s take on disability and Brexit… On the 23rd June 2016, the population of the United Kingdom voted in the EU referendum to answer the following question:  Should the United Kingdom remain a ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2017-09-20
    2 months ago
  • ‘The Additional Needs Battle’
    The word ‘Battle’ has been at the forefront of my mind this week;  it has been a key part of my week in several ways, through experiences and as a place.  The three reasons that this word has been key for me this week are linked, personal, ministry and place, ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2017-09-10
    2 months ago
  • Parenting priorities
    Thanks to Michelle Jones for sending us this amazing poem. I am a parent with ADHD My house runs a little differently. It’s full of laughter, love and mess, Come in, I’m trying my best. Just seems full of dishes and clothes And mess – when I got distracted as ... read more
    Take 5 and ChatPublished on 2017-09-08
    2 months ago
  • When God speaks to you in a language you understand…
    When we work with adults who have learning disabilities (the key word is “with” because working together is what we do), often the people who don’t have learning disabilities say how much the way we communicate makes more sense to them as well.  When we have shorter talks, the Accessible ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2017-09-06
    3 months ago
  • Six hours
    Well, that’s it. The school summer holidays are finally over and everyone is back at school. Many children take this in their stride. Many children are a little anxious but, being keen to see their mates, soon settle into the term time routine. Some children ... read more
    Take 5 and ChatPublished on 2017-09-04
    3 months ago
  • ‘All You Need Is Love’ – Reprise
    Since John Lennon wrote this iconic Beatles song 50 years ago, there has been a fair amount of speculation about what it means, what he was trying to tell us… “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done. Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung. Nothing you can ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2017-08-30
    3 months ago
  • ‘Are Parents To Blame For Their Child’s Disability?’
    That blog title caught your attention, didn’t it?  A controversial topic to grapple with in this blog post, but one that is so important for us all to understand and to communicate effectively… Some 2000 years ago, Jesus was asked that very question, as recorded here from John 9:1-3 “As ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2017-08-23
    3 months ago
  • Looking at another Group for Adults with Learning Disabilities – Part 1.
    Helen Philip SHINE groupPhoto from Helen Philip: The Shine Group When I went to Keswick, one of the ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2017-08-22
    3 months ago
  • ‘The State Of The Nation – Additional Needs & Disability In The UK’
    It’s important that we realise the scale of the ministry field. Children with additional needs grow up, so our ministry is to all those adults too. Where are they in your church? The Additional Needs Blogfather In a few weeks time for many, a new academic year will start; ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2017-08-16
    3 months ago
  • ‘The State Of The Nation – Additional Needs & Disability In The UK’
    In a few weeks time for many, a new academic year will start; in some parts of the country, it starts this week.  The start of the new academic year is often the time that church children’s and youth clubs start up again, although of course some have continued during ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2017-08-16
    3 months ago
  • A Team of all Abilities.
    Here are some of the team as we played a new game I took along with me called “Linkee”. I was thinking today about the amazing team that I was part of at Keswick.  Thirteen of us were in the team of all backgrounds and abilities.  We were ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2017-08-10
    3 months ago
  • A Platypus Writing a Blog??
    It's very easy to start feeling guilty when you have a blog.... and don't post.But I don't believe in posting for the sake of it. I just want to post when I have something to say. Plus - I've been busy writing for other organisations over the last couple of ... read more
    Kay Morgan-GurrPublished on 2017-08-10
    3 months ago