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Rob Smith recognised in the Shaw Trust Power 100 2018 awards

Rob holding Power 100 2018 list

We are thrilled to be able to announce that our director, Rob Smith, has been awarded a place in the Shaw Trust Power 100 List: a list of the most influential people with a disability in the UK.  Recognised for his contribution to business, as well as his sporting success, Rob enjoyed a night celebrating in London last night with the other awardees at the official unveiling of the list.   The Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List is an annual publication of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK. It is compiled by an independent judging panel,…

Finalists in the Blackwood Design Awards

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If you’ve been keeping your ear to the ground you’ll probably know that we released our Limb Difference Aid in September 2017.   This year, we entered our Limb Difference Aid into the Blackwood Design Awards competition, and we made the final! Check us out alongside the other finalists here. Since its release last year, we’ve sold loads of Limb Difference Aids to grateful customers, allowing them to grip things they never could before! Take Fiona, who was able to work on the bar in her gymnastics training with the help of the Limb Difference Aid…  Or Tina, who…

Active Hands Support Charities

If you order a Hot Pink or Mini gripping aid from us, you’ll probably find something unexpected arrive in your parcel! Here at Active Hands we’ve been supporting Breast Cancer Care UK for several years, in honour of our founder Marion who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2008. Breast Cancer Care UK are the only UK wide charity providing care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer. We at Active Hands want to support their goal to help every person affected by breast cancer to get the best treatment, information and support.If you choose to order…

The Great Active Hands Bake Off! (New product)

Nino filming for kitchen pack video!

Getting to grips with cooking can be really challenging with reduced hand function – it can be hard to feel independent when it comes to making meals or enjoying baking.  Earlier in the year, we set Nino, a quad/tetraplegic from Slovenia, the challenge of baking us something delicious, completely independently, using kitchen products from our website.  And we can’t stop watching the result! As Nino shows, with the right tools, the kitchen can become accessible and you can discover a passion for cooking.  All of the products Nino uses are available to buy on our shop page.  To help you get…

‘Against All Odds’ – Active Hands featured on Unilad

Kate Farley

Kate Farley, known as ‘Girl boxer with CP’, is one determined athlete.  Keen to train hard and push her boundaries, Kate met with personal trainer, Matthew Furnell.  She quickly showed an interest in boxing and together they adapted their workouts to develop her passion, with their eyes set firmly on the Paralympics. Kate uses a wide range of gym equipment to complement her training and is able to access this thanks to her General Purpose gripping aids.  On her instagram account (GirlboxerwithCP), Kate explains, « Love pushing my abilities to discover different pieces of apparatus I can go on.  Again, this…

Reach for our latest product.

Reacher/ grabber for quadriplegics being used by woman in wheelchair to reach high shelf

Always on the lookout for new, well-designed and high-quality solutions for those with reduced hand function, we were especially excited when we came across our latest product. Reaching and picking up items from the floor, or up high, can be really tricky when you have reduced hand function, and potentially reduced balance or core strength too. How many times have you dropped keys, or coins, or needed to grab an item from the fridge, or a high shelf? It can be a real challenge and we know many people look for a reacher tool to assist them. However, these can…

To Dubai and beyond

Dubai marathon

An EIGHT-hour flight, plus waits and transfers either side sure sounds like a long way… but for Rob and Clare, it sounds like their plans for the week!   After months of tough training, our director Rob is due to compete in the Dubai marathon on Friday. He’s won the race a whopping FOUR times in the past and, despite increased popularity meaning that there are a lot of higher category racers taking part, the Dubai marathon remains a firm favourite since it’s fast, flat and a lovely break from the English winter!   We know that in the aftermath…

New Limb Difference Gripping Aid Launches!

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Squirrelling away in our office and factory, our team have been busy designing, testing and refining a brand new gripping aid and we are thrilled to now be able to present it to you. Alongside our gripping aids, we also run a bespoke design service for those with very individual needs and it was through this service that we were contacted by Karen. Karen has limb difference that affects her fingers and hands and was looking for a gripping aid that would enable her to vary her gym routine by giving her access to a wider range of equipment. As…

BBC at the Active Hands office.

BBC filming in the Active Hands Office

At the beginning of the year, Active Hands were excited to be contacted by BBC Business Online who had heard about our business and were interested in meeting us and finding out about the work we do, as a part of a larger theme they were researching on disabled people working in business. After a bit of a tidy round (and just a bit of worrying about what to wear!), we were ready to welcome the BBC and at the end of January, we met Jeremy Howell who came to our new offices to film an interview. Jeremy was interested in…

New Year – New Office!

Karen, Rob and Mel working at the desks

This week began an exciting new chapter for Active Hands – we moved into our new office at Rumbush Farm in Solihull! The new office is set in the countryside, but handily located just off the M42, perfect for both the local dispatch team and for those of us who travel from Leamington/Warwick. Up until now our business has been run from our homes but have now out-grown this solution, especially as we have expanded into stocking products from other companies, bringing together hand function solutions for a wide range of activities. The new office gives us opportunity to meet up together…