BAS launch protective screens B

AS, a vehicle adaptations company based in Warrington have launched a range of protective screens suitable for taxis,

minibuses, driving school vehicles and other private hire vehicles. The launch comes as a direct response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the need for people to get back to work and resume their transport services as quickly and as safely as possible. The shatterproof polycarbonate screens improve the safety conditions for both the driver and passengers by providing a head height separation to prevent the spread of infectious respiratory drops. These screens are the ideal solution for taxi drivers,

minibus drivers, care home vehicles, school vehicles, driving instructors and others who are sharing a vehicle with non-members of your household. There has been a lot of concern with regards to the

fitting of such screens and the potential invalidation of vehicle insurance, however these protective screens are made from 4mm shatterproof polycarbonate, not plastic or Perspex and will not pose a risk should an airbag be deployed. The screens are also available with an ‘Automotive Homologation Certificate of

Compliance’ (which means that the product is certified and satisfies the requirements set by various statutory regulatory bodies within the Automotive industry), and therefore should not provide any issues in terms of insurance. There are various size screens available for nearly all

vehicle models and they are easy to install, with no drilling or specific equipment required. They are easy to remove, so cleaning and maintenance can be carried out with ease and they are suitable to use with antibacterial and disinfectant products. No structural modifications are required and therefore no vehicle documentation updates are needed. Due to COVID-19, collection of the screens is by appointment only (products can be shipped) and if a fitting service is required, this will be by appointment only. If you would like to find out more

about the BAS protective screens, then you can visit their website or you can contact their office on 0161 776 1594.

The graduate working to make Salford more accessible for disabled people H

AVING A degenerative visual impairment himself, and being an avid gym goer, Ben Andrews was always aware of the barriers

disabled people might face in keeping active. Some of Ben’s family members have the same

condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa – a condition which progresses with age – but thanks to their strong support network, were all able to keep active. Ben wanted to replicate this network for others. He started volunteering around

Salford, delivering healthy lifestyle sessions and assessing what was available for disabled people to keep active. This led to him deciding to pursue a career in the area. During his second year at the

University, Ben got a job as a health trainer at Unlimited Potential, a Salford-based social enterprise specialising in social innovation. This gave him experience working on the ground with people in Salford. The last assignment on Ben’s degree course was

a dissertation. He went to then lecturer and now Associate Dean Academic, Dr Paul Wilson, to help develop an idea. After graduating, Ben needed to find funding to

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pursue his work. NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group and Salford CVS’s Innovation funds, which helps to pilot new ideas, were the right fit but Ben was unable to apply as he wasn’t registered as a company. In 2015, Ben delivered the first Empower You pilot

with the support of NHS Salford CCG and Salford CVS. It enabled him to run small sessions in Broughton, working with disabled people. The commissioners liked the outcomes and decided to test the model further in Eccles, Pendleton and Swinton. Since then, Ben has gone on to

secure a long-term, mainstream contract with Salford CCG as well as taking his first step outside of Salford, with Empower You commissioned in Trafford. The approach will work with each of the boroughs to support active lifestyles by disabled people.

Ben said: “The ideal for me is that disabled people

don’t need to access services like mine and can just access things in the mainstream. In most cases, it doesn’t make sense that there’s one provision for one group and another for another. I feel we should be past that stage, although, for now, there is still much work to be done.”


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