MyLiferaft Autumn Newsletter
I think we can truly say that Autumn has arrived with a blaze of glorious colour across the trees and low sun shine blinding those of us in the car on the school run! It has been a busy Summer for the MyLiferaft team, attending several shows and exhibitions around the country, meeting some amazing people and hearing about their inspiring stories.
We have also launched our new Free Account, rolled out several new features within the system, supported many awareness campaigns through our blogs and visited several specialist schools. We were hoping things would quieten down, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen!
New Subscription Options
You may have received our Newsletter dedicated to the launch of the new Freemium subscription packages. You now have the flexibility to choose the subscription option that works best for YOU and YOUR family. Use the Free account or upgrade to the paid Premium account which gives you unlimited access to Trackers, Reports and Goals, as well as the ability to share the information with as many people as you wish.
For more information, see our Subscriptions page.
Blue Badge Criteria
From 2019, the Blue Badge scheme has been extended to include people with ‘hidden’ disabilities, such as those with autism and mental health issues. This is a major and positive step forward for both individuals and parent carers who look after a child with a hidden disability. To find out, visit the Government website.
We often mention our CEO and Founder, Nicola Murgatroyd, but how much do you really know about her? Find out the real story that inspired Nicola to create MyLiferaft, her biggest challenges when looking after her daughter Faith and why she is happy to share her Shetland ponies!
It’s Getting Spooky!
The time of witches, wizards, pumpkins and all things scary is fast approaching so make sure you are prepared! The MyLiferaft team have put together their Top Tips for Halloween:
- If you are carving pumpkins, then find a good recipe for pumpkin soup. You can freeze individual portions and take them out of the freezer when needed.
- Not everyone is comfortable with their door bell ringing constantly on the night of All Hallows Eve, so if you ARE happy to accept Trick or Treaters, then leave a lit pumpkin outside your front door.
- The little battery-operated tea lights make for a much safer option than candles for lighting up pumpkins.
- If you are going Trick or Treating, it would be wise to check out your route first if possible.
Halloween Half-Term fun
Try some of the following suggestions:
- Stock up on spooky craft activities from Hobbycraft and other craft shops
- Visit a local National Trust property as many have pumpkin carving and spooky trails for children
- Get the green and orange food colouring out and bake a Halloween inspired Victoria Sponge!
- Have a movie afternoon and watch a ‘child friendly’ scary movie
- Look out for Halloween parties in your local area that are suitable for children
Our website has an Events section where you will find listed a number of local and national events that we think our users would be interested in. If you are running an event and would like to share it for others to see, then please let us know. Below are a few of the events coming up during November:
- Allergy & Free From Show in Liverpool (3-4Nov)
- Kidz to Adultz in Manchester (8Nov)
- The Care Roadshow in London (13Nov)
- The Occupational Therapy Show in Birmingham (21-22Nov)
You may have come across MyLiferaft in Twitter and Facebook as we find it is a great way of communicating with not only our users, but other groups and individuals who have a similar outlook to us in helping to support those that need it most. Please follow us using @myliferaft and keep up-to-date with activities, stories making the news and stories that we think should be making the news!
Best wishes from
The MyLiferaft Team