About us Ataxia UK news Ataxia Annual Conference 2017 Announced One of the highlights of the year is always the Ataxia UK Annual conference. This year we return to the popular Radisson Blu Hotel in Stansted where we have enjoyed many informative and enjoyable conferences in the past. The Ataxia UK Annual Conference will be held at Blu Radisson Blu Hotel on 20 and 21 October, and tickets go on sale on 12 June. This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and to develop new relationships with people affected by ataxia, whilst finding out the latest developments in the fields of research and care. Agenda The weekend starts on the Friday afternoon with ‘All About Ataxia,’ our seminar for those recently diagnosed. Updates in research will follow in the evening, with an informal buffet to welcome people to the conference. On Saturday we’ll have all the old favourites such as a Doctors’ Q&A, ‘It works for me’ and a repeat of the research updates, as well as other topical and informative subjects. Plus, we’ll have massage therapists, benefits advisors and an introduction to Pilates amongst lots of other events to help you get the most out of the day. Due to the ever increasing popularity of the conference we strongly recommend making your booking as soon as possible after the bookings open to avoid any disappointments. How to book Booking opens on Monday 12 June. If you book before 29 September, you’ll be able to enjoy the early bird rates. After this, regular rates will apply. Please note that booking will close on 12 October. Event Early Bird Rates Regular Rates All About Ataxia 25 28 Day Delegate with ataxia 36 40 Day Delegate without ataxia 39 43 Three-course Dinner and entertainment 32 36 Under-12’s Dinner 15 18 Friday Buffet 15 18 An application form can be accessed via the Ataxia UK website and bookings can be made online via the event’s page from 12 June. Using the bookings website enables you to register up to four people for the conference, view and download the agenda, apply for a bursary (if eligible) and request adapted room accommodation. However if you are not a computer user then call the office and a form can be sent to you by post. Bursaries Help with the cost of the conference is available for eligible people with ataxia. Up to 50% of the cost of travel, accommodation and delegate registration fees can be paid against receipts. The deadline for applications is 1 September. We can award one bursary per person, per calendar year. Accommodation You will need to book non-adapted rooms directly with the hotel. Contact them on 01279 661012 and quote Ataxia UK by 20 September in order to receive discount room rates from the hotel. Prices include breakfast and VAT as follows: Single occupancy: £77 Double occupancy: £87 Some family rooms are available at £125 Adapted rooms The hotel has 25 adapted rooms; these must be reserved via Mike Garrett ([email protected]) or the Ataxia UK office ([email protected]). Please do not make bookings for these rooms directly with the hotel. Rooms will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so book early. The closing date for adapted room requests is 1 September. The cost of these rooms will need to be settled with the hotel upon departure. Children’s activities We will be providing care and exciting activities for our younger delegates including a fantastic trip out to a wildlife park. In order that we may be best organise the activities that best suit the age range, please can you register your interest or complete the booking for your family members to attend as soon as possible but by the latest of 1 September. Volunteers If you'd like to help on the day in any way, please contact the Ataxia UK office.