LDE Annual Conference

The Challenge of Change:
Different days; Different ways

5 December 2017

Life Community Church, 407 Lodge Road, Hockley, Birmingham B18 5QN

About our Conference

At LDE we have just celebrated our first year! Inspired by our anniversary and all that we have achieved together, this year we have made some changes to our annual conference. We have chosen to have the conference in Birmingham; a more central location and we have also chosen a venue with an inclusive nature. We will be using a community venue rather than a corporate facility, we’ve adjusted our event to more cost-friendly times to allow more families and self-advocates to attend.

We have improved the inclusivity of our conference, whilst delivering the same high-quality speakers and sessions for all our members. We can’t wait to welcome you!


The Challenge of Change: different days; different ways

The overriding theme of our conference this year is change.  We will showcase great ideas, and latest thinking, and celebrate that innovation abounds during cash-strapped times, whilst not shying away from the reality that things can be difficult.  We are asking all our speakers to be practical and solution focused so that our delegates leave feeling equipped and inspired for the year ahead.


Our Sponsors

Click here to read about this year’s conference sponsors. 


Our Exhibitors

We will be joined by a range of exhibitors, ready to share what they do and what they’re working on.

Click here to find out about our exhibitors.


Our Agenda and Speakers

We are very excited to provide more information about our exciting agenda and brilliant speakers.

Click here to find out about our speakers and our agenda


Our Workstreams

We have informative and inspiring worktreams for everyone.

Click here to find out about our workstreams



All LDE member organisations have one free ticket.

Additional tickets for member organisations: £100

Non-member ticket: £220

For people with learning disabilities and unwaged family carers, we’re happy to be able to offer cost-price places at £45, as well as 20 free places that are available in our lottery. To find out about these options please contact Mariana at mariana.ortiz@LDEngland.org.uk.

Dinner information: Whilst we are not covering the cost of hotel stays before the conference this year, LDE staff and others supporting the set-up of the conference will be holding an informal tear and share dinner, where everyone contributes to the table.  If you are in Birmingham on the evening of the 4th, you are very welcome to join us at the Life Community Church.  Please let us know if you would like to attend.



LDE Conference 2017 – booking form for organisations.

If you have any questions please email Mariana at mariana.ortiz@LDEngland.org.uk or call 0203 6171 842 .


Parking and Transport

There is lots of free parking at the venue. If you are driving to the conference and can offer someone a lift – please email mariana.ortiz@LDEngland.org.uk. We cannot pay transport costs for people who want to attend but if transport is a problem we will do our best to put you in touch with someone who is driving down from your area.