Guest Blog from KeyRing A ‘home for life’

I’m, ahem, late 30’s and I cannot even begin to think that this beautiful house in which I am lucky enough to live could be a ‘home for life’. I’d like a bigger garden, windows in the bathrooms and a utility room to name but a few of my requirements.
The term is completely alien to me so why do I hear it so often when discussing the needs of people with a learning disability? I fear that this notion is one that was part of a movement towards people having a say about where they live. It had its merits but it’s time now to leave it in the past.
People are often limited by the expectations of those around them. It is up to us to help them aspire to exceed those expectations. People need to be taught about the real options that are available to them and be encouraged to explore them. Flux is part of life and life is for the living. Telling an individual that their Shared Living accommodation is their ‘home for life’ is self limiting. I went through numerous tenancies and, let me tell you, I’ve experienced a fair few disagreements, toilet roll hiding being a common outcome of many of these. If someone had told me that the inconsiderate, up all night partying, boys that I shared with in my early 20’s were in my home for life, you’d better believe that I would be displaying ‘behaviour that challenges’.
Not only that, but surely the ‘home for life’ option is the most costly to the public purse? It’s a bit like a parent never giving any freedom or life skills to their offspring. They are likely to either completely rebel or they will just become so reliant on the parent that they never move on. As providers we have the same duty of care to guide people, to give them the life skills that they need and, most of all, let them go when it is time.

written by: Charlie Crabtree, Development Manager
Charlie has been working as a Development Manager at KeyRing for the past 8 years. She loves asking questions that challenge people’s preconceived notions of what individuals can achieve. She is partial to Netflix as well as regularly attending the gym and is an active member of her local Timebank

We’re recruiting for a Chief Executive!

Learning Disability England are recruiting a new Chief Executive to build on the strong foundations of this new organisation and deliver our vision for the future.
We are seeking a visionary and inspirational leader and coach who is values driven and supports others to lead. With direct experience of the learning disability sector and a track record of developing successful strategies with multiple stakeholders our new Chief Executive will be a strong facilitator, communicator and fundraiser, confident in representing the organisation and with experience of enabling staff to work effectively. Adept at corporate governance, the Chief Executive will be confident working within a complex governance environment and crucially will be collaborative and ‘low ego’; motivated primarily by others succeeding over achieving their own personal agenda.
• Location flexible with regular travel throughout England
• c. £50,000 per annum
• working days flexible
• Permanent
• Closing Date: 9am 28th February 2018
• Interview Dates: 14th and 15th March 2018

Learning Disability England is the first membership organisation that brings together people with learning disabilities, families and friends, professionals and organisations, by working together we can achieve more, by sharing ideas and working with our members, their expertise helps us make services stronger and society fairer. We take people’s voices and make them louder. We do not speak for people with learning disabilities because we know that they can speak for themselves, and doing this will change the way society sees them.

To discuss further please contact Karyn Kirkpatrick, LDE Chair on 07989 983829

To apply please send your CV and covering letter to LDE

c/o Choice Support
100 Westminster Bridge Road
London
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Understanding the key requirements of the GDPR

10.00 – 11.00, 2nd February 2018

Our next free webinar for LDE members is being presented by Helen Cookson. This is an hour-long introduction to GDPR with a particular focus on understanding the key requirements and demystifying the core principles of data protection.  Helen will look at the steps which organisations are expected to be taking to prepare for the implementation of the GDPR in May 2018 and help you understand some of the common pitfalls so that you can focus your action plan to most effect.

Helen is a senior associate in Trowers & Hamlins LLP’ Privacy and Information Law group, and also works within our Employment Team.   Helen advises public, third and private sector clients with a particular focus on social care clients and advises on a range of data protection, privacy, and freedom of information issues with a particular focus on the issues which most often arise in relation to employees, including subject access requests and data sharing.  She is a very experienced seminar speaker and often provides training on data protection issues.  In particular, she is one of the team leading on helping our clients gear up for the GDPR with the aim of taking a practical approach to the new law.

The 2018 edition of the Legal 500 (North West Employment) notes that she “is adept at advising on data protection issues linked to employment”.

 

Philip Hammond causes storm with remarks about disabled workers

LDE is very disappointed that Philip Hammonds comments give a very misleading picture about the access which disabled people have to the labour market and about the massive contribution which they make when they are given the opportunity to be economically active.

Figures suggest that just 6% of adults with a learning disability known to their local authority in England are in paid work (HSCIC 2015).  This amounts to just shy of 7,500 people.  Figures also suggest that a total of 17% of adults with learning disabilities aged between 16 and 64 are employed.  The difference between these figures shows how few people receive local authority support.

We believe that government policy is failing people with learning disabilities and respectfully suggest that rather than charging people who have been so dramatically failed with the country’s woes, he should dig deeper, look to really understand the issues and refrain from sweeping statements which blame disempowered people for policy failings.