Could you help me with my Outdoor Studies research?

I would appreciate if you could share this. giphy

I’m currently trying to gather some research for my undergraduate dissertation that is focussing on the bio-psychosocial model of disability and the importance of access to outdoor adventure. (There is a posher title, but that’s basically what it’s all about!)

I have one or two people who have agreed to do an interview.

But I could do with speaking to someone else from a particular sample group.
I’m looking for someone male or female aged between 18-25 who’s a wheelchair user and enjoys spending time in national parks, or in the UK countryside on off-road trails. If you think you sort of fit in to that category or think you know someone who does and think they wouldn’t mind being interviewed by none other than Miss Laura May, i’d really appreciate you getting in touch so I could share more details and organise an interview.

I know many people who know many people in this bizarre adaptive outdoor world, so the further it could get passed along, the better!

I need it to be pretty soon (if you’ve read any of my previous blog posts you will understand how we don’t have long to get on with our assignments or dissertations in this crucial, final year!) so i don’t mind if it’s over the phone, Skype or through email.

I’ve been told my work might actually help with policy and improving outdoor access for people with disabilities, so no pressure, and i’m not blowing my own trumpet (yet) but what you’ll be helping me out with could turn out pretty cool.

My email address is: laura.may074@gmail.com

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feel free to get in touch with me on social media.

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I appreciate the sharing in advance.

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Laura May.

*My research is focussed on the UK, so i need someone who spends a lot of time outdoors in Britain.

Temporary closure of Chorley A&E – Sign the petition

I know I have readers from all over the world, but if you’re from the UK, you will be able to help prevent something pretty terrible happening in my home town.

2 days ago it was announced that my local A&E in Chorley, Lancashire, is being “temporarily” downgraded to an Urgent Care Centre.
This means it will no longer be running as an A&E department, treating life threatening emergency conditions and instead will only be open from 8am-8pm, treating minor injuries with any major or emergency cases being redirected to the Royal Preston Hospital, which is 13 miles away. The Lancashire Teaching hospitals Trust have said the reason is down to a staffing crisis and that they simply do not have enough mid-range emergency Doctors to keep the department operating safely. This would be understandable if Chorley was a small town, but it’s not, and has a growing population.Though the Trust are saying they believe this decision will save lives in the short term, it would cause immediate chaos for people needing urgent medical care both in Chorley and surrounding towns who’s A&E departments would be put under increasing pressure. Preston Hospital’s A&E department is always full to the brim with excessive waiting hours, whilst Chorley’s has recently been refurbished and has always seen me quickly in the past and not only relieves other surrounding services, but is a vital service for a very large area.

You can be as understanding or as cynical as you want about this, either way, a reorganisation of how the trust are recruiting and delegating staff needs to happen to prevent temporary closure that is more than likely going to become a permanent closure that’s simply forgotten about.

A petition has been created that has already reached over 10 000 signatures (enough for the government to respond) and needs to reach 100 000 signatures before it is considered to be debated in Parliament. The more signatures it gets, the more it will show both the trust and the Government that there is a staffing and organisation crisis in the NHS nationally and locally that’s putting enough people’s lives in danger for people to be worried and do something about it! So I’m asking any of my readers within the UK to sign the petition in support. Who knows, It could be your A&E next?

Sign the petition here

There has also been a Facebook group created that is organising a demonstration outside the hospital tomorrow, (Saturday) at 11am. If you are local or in the area, it would be great if you could go down and show your support. If the closure does occur, a march through the Town Centre is also being organised.

Join the Facebook group here

Even if it’s just a share on social media if you’re based overseas, or a signature, any support is greatly appreciated and needed. Thanks in advance.

Outspoken but overlooked

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Last week ended on, what I would call, a bit of a high.
The pictures people see of me on ski slopes and in woods suggest I’m some sort of outdoor character. This is quite true, but anyone who really knows me knows that my favourite type of gossip and chatter involves the “P” word, Politics. Westminster is my Hollywood and Malcolm Tucker is my spirit animal. So when it all kicks off in Whitehall, I love it!

On Friday night, my phone buzzed with a BBC News update.
Probably someone’s died, I thought.
No.
Iain Duncan Smith had resigned from his role as Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions.
This was my reaction:

 

I saw it simply and shallowly as relief (He’s gone!) and a bit of excitement, knowing there’d be major drama to watch over during a weekend where I had nothing planned. I never thought it would coincide and lead to people with disabilities, the House of Lords select committee and the media finally speaking out and exposing what I always think and say, but never really have the confidence to publicly write about.
Well that’s all changed.
Last month it was the 11-year anniversary of my spinal cord injury. I’m 22. So it marked the moment where I had been alive paralysed as long as I’ve been alive and not paralysed. It hit me hard. I’ve had a lot of health problems over the last 2-3 years connected to my injury that have contributed to my mental health spiralling dangerously downhill. In many ways I find it difficult to admit and share this fact, as I know I’ve achieved a lot in 11 years that I should be and am, proud of. But as I’ve grown older and hit the milestones we all hit in our lives, the way I view myself and the world around me has become increasingly harder to deal with.