|(Updated on Saturday 11th February 2017 10:05am)|
Making Things Possible
Remap custom-makes equipment to help disabled people live more independent lives
REMAP is an independent charity whose engineers design and make custom, one-off equipment (or modify existing equipment) to improve the quality of life of disabled individuals or their carers when there is nothing otherwise commercially available.
Remap Gloucestershire is part of this national charity. The Gloucestershire Panel, which was established over 35 years ago, is made up of engineers, occupational therapists and other health workers. All the engineers' time is given on a voluntary basis. Most cases are referred by occupational therapists from Social Services and health and community workers within the county.
Any aspect of difficulty that disabled people or their carers encounter in their daily lives is looked at by the REMAP team and a solution designed and built to try to resolve the problem. Each solution, provided free of charge to the client, is specifically designed to address the individual’s problem and enables an improvement in their quality of life or provides greater independence.REMAP's unique pieces of special equipment are tailor-made by volunteer experts and given free to the people who need them. Our engineers give their time and energies free, taking the trouble to ensure that each item they make really suits the individual person concerned and does the job it is meant to do. In Gloucestershire we help on average 100 disabled people every year and bring them a better quality of life or new opportunities for them to explore.
If you feel that REMAP can help you or someone you know, please contact us by filling in the Yearbooks.or give us a call. This website is intended to provide a glimpse of the work that we are actively involved in, with the purpose of encouraging more people with disabilities to contact us. To see some of the work we have done in more detail, please view our
For further information call John Fox on 01451 861432 or use the contact us menu above.
Each year Remap present an award for the most innovative project from all the local panels. In 2015 Remap Gloucestershire won the award for their Athletes' Throwing Chair, which is still being successfully used by our local athletes at the Prince of Wales stadium in Cheltenham.
This year, we have submitted our 'Dancing Wheelchair' project to enable creative students at the Star College to express their dance skills even if they are confined to a wheelchair. It was based on an original design made and built in the USA, which relied on the client shifting their weight in the chair to control the movement of the chair.
The Star College in Cheltenham asked Remap Gloucestershire to build a similar chair for their students. After much discussion and trials it was decided to have the wheelchair controlled by the client's hand movements, by attaching a motion sensor to the clients wrist. It was felt this would give more opportunity to those students who did not have the ability to adjust their torso position in the wheelchair. It also meant that a special wheelchair did not need to be constructed, as a standard wheelchair could easily be adapted to receive the motion sensor control.
This short video shows a prototype version being used by one of the students at the Star College. Work is still ongoing, using a donated wheelchair to improve the design.
This is just one of the more technical projects undertaken by the Gloucestershire Panel.
Wednesday 24th May 2017
Learning Disability 9th Big Health Check and Social Care Open Day
This conference is organised in partnership with Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, Inclusion Gloucestershire, Active Gloucestershire and 2gether NHS Foundation Trust. This is a follow-up to the one held in May 2016, where over 1000 people attended. An update on progress that has been made and to discuss what we think is important over the coming years. Individuals will be invited to have their say about health services and the changes they want to see.
Prior to the day clinicians from our mental health learning disability and children’s services including Physiotherapists, OT’s, Speech and Language Therapists, psychologists, nursing staff from the community and acute hospitals are invited to set up a stand or take time out to attend. We will also have in attendance the police, fire and ambulance services public information display vehicles.
REMAP Gloucestershire will have a stand at the conference, where you will be able to talk to our engineers about our work and see some of the projects as hands-on and also in video and photos.
The key themes will be focusing on reducing Health Inequalities, making reasonable adjustments, access to mainstream services, choice and inclusion in supporting people with a learning disability with physical and complex health needs.
Below is a 15 minute summary highlight YouTube link of the last health and social care day in May 2016 which provides a good overview of this fantastic annual event –
https://youtu.be/8a18Cnftjgo - right click on mouse and open hyperlink.
Saturday 3rd June 2017
Tetbury Lions Club Workshop (Dolphins Hall, Tetbury from 10.00 to 16.00)
A one day workshop in Tetbury, facilitated by the Tetbury Lions Club, for organisations providing care in the town and surrounding area aimed at discussing aspirations, challenges and improved networking in a non-threatening atmosphere of co-operation.
REMAP Gloucestershire will be attending and will give us the opportunity to interact with over 30 local organisations that are concerned with care in the community.
During 2016 we progressed 105 referrals and completed 72 of these.
The remaining 15 cases are still being worked on during 2017.
The graph above is dynamic and will be automatically updated as the referrals are completed
In December 2016 our chairman, John Fox was invited to Radio Winchcombe to give an interview about the work done by REMAP in the Gloucestershire area. If you would like to listen to this interview and learn more about the work we do, just click on the start button below, or click on the title above, which will take you to the interview on the Radio Winchcombe website:
REMAP Gloucester wins National Award for helping local disabled athletes
Remap’s annual national awards include 7 different categories. We are proud to announce that the 2015 award for Sport, Hobbies and Recreation has been awarded to the throwing frame that was designed and made by Peter Vielvoye from Gloucestershire Remap for the young athletes at Cheltenham Athletics Club.
After the tremendous success of the 2012 Paralympics it was decided to rationalise the seated throwing rules for disabled athletes. This meant that existing seats no longer conformed to the new rules and there was a need for a new design that did.
In 2013, Gloucestershire Remap panel were asked by Cheltenham Athletic Club if they could help. After much consultation and research a new seat design was manufactured for their budding young paralympic athletes. Following the success of our first seat, we have now manufactured and individually tailored seats to suit the needs of 4 of their athletes and two more are 'on the production line'. The picture on the right shows Gareth Picken competing at The English Disability Age Championships in Bedford where he achieved a personal best, attributed by him to his new seat but I am sure he had a big hand in it to. The picture on the left shows Gareth in the middle with two of the other athletes proudly sat on their seats.
Read what Gareth and his father have to say about the throwing seat and Remap Gloucestershire by following this.
REMAP Gloucester panel was formed in 1980
Peter Gearing (a very appropriate name!), who was the panel's chairman for many years until he retired in 1990, explained how the panel was setup as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations in 2005. Peter sadly died shortly after this celebration.
"The Gloucestershire Remap panel was set up at the instigation of Neil McClellon, Director of Social Services at Gloucestershire County Council. Neil had previously been director of Social Services in another county, which had a strong Remap panel. He invited engineers and Occupational Therapists to attend a meeting at Shire Hall in July 1980. 80 people attended the meeting, which elected a steering committee to form a constitution. In September 1980 the panel was formally set up.
David James was elected chairman and David Eady was elected secretary. Because we were a new panel it took some time for the various groups, OTs and Physios to get to know about us. There were three engineers on the panel, and we averaged 4 referrals a month, with an average of 7-8 running at one time....
David James served for 2 years as chairman before retiring. I was elected chairmen and served until 1990."
Peter Gearing (2005)
Today we have over 20 engineers, one Physiotherapist and three Occupational Therapists who regularly attend the panel meeting each month to discuss the case referrals. Each month we have, on average, about 10 new cases to discuss together with about 20 outstanding cases. The referrals can be anything from a simple modification to an existing piece of equipment to a complex new design involving woodwork, metalwork and electronics. With 20 engineers this enables us to call on a wide range of skills and facilities scattered over the entire county.
Note the biscuits on the table, which are donated by one of the panel each month!