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Ben, 12, uses a wheelchair - he also loves live music, so his parents bought him a pub.
Ben, 12, uses a wheelchair - he also loves live music, so his parents bought him a pub.

'We bought a pub for our 12-year-old son'

Ben, 12, uses a wheelchair - he also loves live music, so his parents bought him a pub.
In a week where a tweet about a London pub went viral after a member of staff told a customer “we don’t serve disabled people”, meet the Mathies. 

Ben Mathie loves live music but venue options are limited because he’s only 12-years-old and uses a wheelchair and venues are often inaccessible. 

He was a regular at gigs in the local pub, The Harrow Inn Freehouse in Bootle, Nottinghamshire, before plans were made to shut it down. 

Then, in an unexpected move to save Ben's favourite venue, his mum and dad gave up their farm shop and took over the pub.

Ben now has the important role of Events Manager and books all the live acts at the pub to ensure it’s as inclusive and welcoming as possible.

Presented by Emma Tracey.

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Arrests centre on alleged abuse and neglect

The 10 people arrested as part of the Whorlton Hall investigation are being questioned about offences relating to abuse and neglect, Durham Police say.

Undercover filming for the BBC's Panorama showed staff at the privately-run NHS-funded unit intimidating, mocking and restraining vulnerable patients.

The 17-bed hospital is one of scores of such units in England that provide care for just below 2,300 adults with learning disabilities and autism.

Earlier this week, Cygnet, the firm which runs the unit, said it was "shocked and deeply saddened".

"I never thought I would be presenting on radio"

Ashley Jenkins wants to see more people with disabilities in front of the camera
After swimming a mile for charity, Ashley Jenkins was approached by Bristol radio presenter Neil Maggs to join 
him on his sports television show and radio show as a co-presenter.
With this opportunity Mr Jenkins wants to 'break stereotypes' and raise awareness of how hard it is to work on a career in media with a severe disability.
Mr Jenkins said: "I certainly don’t think you get given the chance to go higher in your career in media if you are disabled".
Sinikiwe Kademaunga: "Don't associate disability with poverty"
Blogger Sinikiwe Kademaunga was born with a condition that stopped the growth of her limbs.

Hospital staff 'abused' vulnerable patients

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

In case you missed it last night, the abuse and mistreatment of vulnerable adults at a specialist hospital has been uncovered by the BBC's Panorama programme.

Undercover BBC filming shows staff intimidating, mocking and restraining patients with learning disabilities and autism at Whorlton Hall, County Durham.

A police investigation has been launched and 16 staff suspended.

Cygnet, the firm which runs the unit, said it was "shocked and deeply saddened".

Hospital staff 'abused' vulnerable patients in Durham, BBC's Panorama reveals

Inspectors list criticisms of 'special needs' services

A senior Cumbrian health official says services for children with special educational needs rely too much on staff "going the extra mile".

The comment came after a report criticised the support offered to some of the county's most vulnerable youngsters.

Cumbria House
BBC

An inspection of services provided by Cumbria County County (pictured is its Carlisle HQ) alongside other organisations was carried out by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission.

They found:

  • The impact of reforms across the county has been highly variable
  • Many parents and carers have lost faith and trust, and feel as though they must battle to gain access to the services their children require
  • Some children on the autistic spectrum, or with mental health problems, do not receive the help they need and may fall into crisis.

John McIlwraith, an executive director at Cumbria County Council, says there are a range of underlying problems.

It's in part challenges around recruitment, it's in part national challenges around funding, it's in part the growth in demand from children with complex needs who need support for longer."

John McIlwraith

Peter Rooney, of the North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, says parents and children have talked about receiving great service but he adds "the service in its entirety is too reliant on having exceptional staff".