South East Recorder Issue 09 - Page 12

ARTICLE BY PETER LYNE (FOUNDER OF MOBILITY AND SUPPORT INFORMATION SERVICE) THROUGHOUT 2017 MASIS wishes to develop professional partnerships with appropriate companies and service providers. It is hoped that by doing so will lead to the generation of much needed income to allow MASIS to continue to develop its aims and objectives for many years to come. IMAGE TAKEN BY: DAVID COTTER Recent discussions with relevant experts and organisations (some of whom are charities within their own right) now means that MASIS has the capability to offer new services, some of which may prove of benefit to the many businesses and their management personnel who subscribe to Southeast Recorder. These will include disability awareness training, access auditing, housing adaptation services (which may also be made available to businesses employing disabled staff), assistive technology, legal services and community development projects. Community development related subjects might prove of interest to local authorities and county councils. However, it is important to emphasise that all these services are only made available on a totally professional basis. ABOVE: Peter Lyne meeting Mary Johnson one of the 14 lady Chelsea Pensioners The opportunity to be invited to enter for the Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2016 (administered in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability) and to have received a personal invitation from Sir Stelios Haji-Ionnau during the 10th Anniversary Awards Ceremony held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea last November, has resulted in Mobility and Support Information Service (MASIS) adopting new objectives for 2017. MASIS is gaining ever increasing attention from various sectors, especially those associated with healthcare, education (particularly from universities and their associated service providing organisations), housing services, companies involved with the manufacture and selling of assistive technology devices and county councils. The responses which MASIS has received since January are those of a very diverse nature, but nothing has changed as far as the charity’s desire to help create more inclusive societies and equal opportunities for disabled people (as well as attempt to be of assistance to their carers, families and friends). MASIS also continues with its aims to be of help to people affected by long-term health conditions. Addressing these issues affectively will indirectly help to improve the self-esteem and wellbeing of disabled people who represent about 20% of the United Kingdom’s population. Recent conversations held with consultant physicians and surgeons clearly emphasise that apart from treating their patients’ medical conditions as best as possible, it is equally important to take into account the quality of life which former patients experience following discharge. These are among the key objectives which MASIS intends to focus on throughout 2017. MASIS is both a Registered Charity and a Community Interest Company which is being developed by one man, namely ‘Yours Truly’. Despite its intentions (and although having previously applied) it does not at present receive any development grants. Most costs incurred since the charity was established have been met out of very limited personal finances. Since January I have been privileged to be awarded an Annual Bursary by NICE (the third such award since 2013), invited as a guest speaker to address a commercial conference being hosted by a northern university in May and attend a conference addressing vocational rehabilitation which was hosted by a high profile legal practice (with whom MASIS intends to develop professional relationships this year). In February (as a result of my membership of an NHS Foundation Trust), MASIS has become involved with a newly introduced initiative developed by NHS England. This will very much focus on addressing inclusive lifestyles and wellbeing of patients following discharge from hospital, especially those who have been subjected to extensive periods of rehabilitation due to the seriousness of their medical condition and the relevant medical or surgical treatments they have received. ‘Lay’ teaching and facilitation assignments involving nursing or associated healthcare practitioner undergraduate students have also been conducted at two northwest universities. As MASIS’s website highlights the charity’s intentions to support medical research, it is the areas of research being undertaken through hea