Conference Sponsors

We truly appreciate the support of our amazing sponsors!


Achieve Together 

Achieve together is one of the UK’s leading providers of support for people with learning disabilities, autism and associated complex needs.

The are dedicated to empowering individuals, enabling them to develop skills for life and healthy relationships, as well as supporting them to boost their confidence and self-esteem.

The organisation, established in 2018, is built on the legacy of two long-standing and well-respected specialist support providers with over 25 years of expertise, Care Management Group (CMG) and Regard.

They are very proud to say that we have been recognised by them as a Learning Disability Inclusive Employer. 

Find them on twitter here @Achieve_Support


Anthony Collins Solicitors 

Anthony Collins Solicitors is a specialist law firm with a clear social purpose – to “improve lives, communities and society”. For over 45 years we’ve been successfully combining market-leading legal expertise with a commitment to excellence and long-term relationships underpinned by a strong set of values. 

The organisation specialises in health and social care, education and housing. 

Find them on twitter here @ACSLLP


Camphill Village Trust

Camphill Village Trust Communities in England and Wales offer opportunities for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems to live, learn and work with everyone in an atmosphere of mutual care and respect.

All their communities are caring, life-sharing communities, where the contribution made to community life by each person is valued. Everyone is appreciated for who they are, for their unique personality and the special qualities they bring to community life.

Find them on twitter here @CamphillVillag1


Dimensions  is one of the country’s largest not-for-profits supporting people with learning disabilities, autism, challenging behaviour and complex needs. 

Values driven, Dimensions puts people with learning disabilities and their families are at the heart of everything they do and want every person we support to have a great life, with excellent outcomes.

Find them on twitter here @DimensionsUK


Voyage Care

Voyage care with 30 years’ experience, Voyage Care is a leading specialist provider of support for people with learning disabilities, brain injuries, autism and other complex care needs across the UK.

They offer person-centred support in a range of settings, enabling people to live the life they want; where, how and with whom they choose.

Voyage Care is committed to providing high quality care and support, and with over 95% of services rated as Good or Outstanding, they are firmly at the leading edge of quality in the care sector.

Find them on twitter here @VoyageCare


Fast Print

Founded in Doncaster in 2004, Fast Print provides a custom sticker and label printing service. Rapid turnaround times and competitive prices mean customers can order stickers or labels and have them delivered within a matter of days.

Fast Print are supplying us with three different custom charity stickers, as well as two large PVC banners, that will be used at our upcoming conference. We hope that the printing materials will help to spread our message – that Learning Disability England exists to make life better for people with learning disabilities and their families.

Fast Print’s advanced printers and technologies mean that stickers and labels can be cut to almost any shape or size. So, whether you need bottle labels, clear window stickers or textured paper labels, Fast Print will be able to help!

Find out more about them here 

We are very thankful to all of our Conference sponsors!


Conference Sponsors

If your organisation would like to sponsor a future Learning Disability England conference, please email






VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance

The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance is a group of organisations that was brought together by the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England.

The Alliance works on national policy and aims to:

  • Improve health and care systems
  • Make sure everyone has equal access to healthcare
  • Help people to achieve and maintain wellbeing.

In April 2017 the 21 members of the Alliance were announced.

The members were selected from over 180 organisations that applied to join.

One of the members is the Valuing People Alliance, which Learning Disability England is a part of.

The Valuing People Alliance

The Valuing People Alliance is made up of:

We also work closely with the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, Respond, Paradigm-UK, and other Voluntary and Community Sector Enterprise (VCSE) organisations.

The role of the Valuing People Alliance is to represent people with learning disabilities.

We want to improve the health and well-being of all people with learning disabilities. This includes all people with learning disabilities including those who have autism and/or mental health conditions, and people who may be in contact with the criminal justice system, and their family/carers.

We are keen to work  with other members of the alliance where we can achieve more together.

Examples of areas of work we are interested in include:

  • Co-production
  • Advocacy (including self-advocacy)
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • Restraint reduction
  • Profound and multiple learning disabilities
  • Transforming Care and improving support in the community for people with complex needs
  • Workforce development
  • Driving up quality and creating positive organisational culture
  • Human Rights-based approaches
  • Housing
  • Tackling the things that can lead to health inequalities including unemployment, poor accommodation, isolation, discrimination and lack of access to services.

Valuing People Alliance Contacts

Ben Higgins (BILD)

Samantha Clark (LDE)

Madeline Cooper -Ueki (NDTi)

If you have any questions about Learning Disability England the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance please contact us.

Learning Disability England Academics

Our growing group of academic members are providing us with up-to-date facts.

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Having the facts will help us:

  • uphold the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
  • argue for fairer resources
  • promote teaching and research that people with learning disabilities and their families value
  • share research in ways that are accessible.

Our academics want to hear and understand the concerns of all of our members and work out how academics can best support them.

The LDE Academics

Katherine Runswick Cole 

Katherine is Professor of Critical Disability Studies & Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University.  She is passionate about disability studies, disability politics and campaigning for a society in which disabled people are seen as fully human  – with the access to full inclusion this implies. She is the mother of two young adults, one of whom has a learning disability.

How Katherine can help LDE: “I can help Learning Disability England to host events, and I can share research with you, as well as work with you to develop new ideas for research projects.”

Chris Hatton

Chris is an academic at the Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University, UK, and also currently a Co-Director of Improving Health and Lives, the Learning Disabilities Public Health Observatory, part of Public Health England. His research work over the past 25 years has mainly focused on people with learning disabilities, particularly around documenting the inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities and their families and evaluating policies and practices designed to reduce these inequalities.

Jan Walmsley

Jan is Visiting Professor in the History of Learning Disabilities at The Open University – probably the only one in the world. She has many publications, many of which relate to the history of learning disabilities. Jan currently runs (Jan Walmsley Associates) which specializes in teaching and research in health and social care.

Simon Duffy

Simon is the founder and Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform. He speaks regularly on television and radio about the welfare state and social policy. He is best known for inventing personal budgets and for designing systems of self-directed support. He works as a consultant and researcher with local social innovators and national governments.