Managing shared household expenses: What’s best practice?

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About this event

This session talks about how people who live together can decide how to share the costs of household expenses and what best practice is.

This session talks about how people who live together can decide how to share costs such as food shopping, bills and furniture. We also talk about how to manage a shared vehicle and what the alternatives are.

We share our experience of being appointees and financial advocates over one thousand people with a learning disability and working with over 200 support providers to share good practice, ideas and some warnings; focusing on how we can use the Mental Capacity Act to ensure each person’s money is used in the right way for them and they have access to what they need.

The session is hosted by:

Meike Beckford was until recently Lead Director at Dosh with eight years’ experience supporting people with their money as an advocate, as well as delivering training and consultancy across the country to self-advocates, support providers, social workers and families.

Phillipa Gould is a Financial Advocate in the East Midlands and also leads Dosh’s specialist advocacy work. Prior to working for Dosh, Phillipa was a support team manager of several supported living services.

This webinar was for Learning Disability England members only.

You can become a member for as little at £12 a year, click here to find out more.

Creating Connections: tackling isolation and loneliness through partnership

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Watch to find out how 24 user-led groups have been working together to keep people connected during the pandemic.

People with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss often face barriers to being included in both the real and digital world. For many the pandemic had made this worse, leading to feelings of isolation, anxiety, and mental health challenges.

The Creating Connections Programme, designed as a six month pilot, was launched in September 2020 to support people with learning disabilities to grow digital skills and confidence to help them keep connected.

Working in partnership with Leaning Disability England and 24 locally-based peer-led groups has enabled us to build on local knowledge, experience and networks.

In this webinar, they discuss the findings of the network, highlight good practice, and discuss insights for further development of the programme. They look at:

• The Creating Connections network and how 24 locally-based peer led groups have collaborated

• Impact and outcomes

• Ambitions, horizon scanning, and plans for the future

Speakers include Veronica Mulenga from SeeAbility and Sarah Wheatley, Tania Woodhouse and Janet Allen from Connect in the North

This webinar was aimed at support providers and user-led groups but was open to all Learning Disability England Members. You can become a member for as little as £12 a year, click here to find out more.

Individual Service Funds in England: Making Choice and Control Happen

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Want more choice and control over your support without the complications of Direct Payments? An Individual Service Fund may be the answer!

Watch to hear about how people are starting to use Individual Service Funds in England to have more choice and control over their support.

ISFs are a type of personal budget that can offer nearly the same amount of choice and control as a Direct Payment but without some of the complications.

They were introduced in England through the Care Act 2014, as a promoted option for local authorities to be able to commission this form of self-directed support.

Since then, several pilots have taken place around England to trial ISFs and to ‘test and learn’ more about how they work and the benefits for people using them.

In this webinar you will hear from Chris Watson, Founder of Self Directed Futures, Jacqui Hendra, a social care assessor who works with ISF’s in Devon and Gary Kent who runs a support provider organisation called New Key.

The webinar covers:

• What ISFs are

• What are their benefits and why they are different to Direct Payments

• What your rights are and what is happening with them around England

• Gary and Jacqui’s work together supporting people with ISFs in Devon

• Trudy’s real life ISF story

• Question and answer session with all speakers

For more information about the webinar and resources about ISF, click here

This webinar will be of particular interest to families, support providers and those working for local authorities.

This was a members only webinar. It was open to individual members and people who are part of organisations who are members. You can join as a member for as little as £12 a year, find out more here

Self advocacy and families supporting each other – Hate crime session 

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About this Event

We started these sessions during the first lockdown to help self-advocacy and family organisations connect and work together. We were all facing new challenges and were unsure what was the best thing to do to help people keep safe and still stay connected or not become more isolated.

These sessions are a chance to find new ways of working as the pandemic continues but to also share and connect more generally.

The sessions will be open to everyone who has been part of this work since March plus any other member of Learning Disability England who wants to join in and take part. They are aimed at members who support self advocacy or community groups that include people with learning disabilities.

If would like to join LDE’s membership, you can get more information here.

Please join us if you can or email us if you want to connect but cannot make this date. We hold these sessions every 2 weeks 🙂

Census 2021 – What you need to know and how to get support

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Census Day 2021 took place on 21st March. This Census took place during a pandemic, while we were still in lockdown.

The Community Partnerships Team at the Office for National Statistics presented about Census 2021 in this online webinar.

The webinar was aimed at people with learning disabilities, their families and the organisations who support them who had questions about how the Census team will support them.

The webinar covered how the Census team have made sure information is accessible; and the support in place to help people with learning disabilities to complete the Census form.

The topics covered include:

• What the census is

• Why it is important

• When it happens

• What you need to do

• How you can get help

• How you can help others and spread the word

 

Universal basic income webinar: Does the benefit system work for you?

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About this event

We held this workshop to

– Understand what the data and experience tells us or suggests we do differently

– Share approaches or examples of practical action that people are taking to keep safe and support others to

This workshop was open to all members and included:

– Self advocates from Dorset and Rotherham on what local groups are doing

– Professor Chris Hatton explaining the data and what it might suggest we do differently

– Certitude sharing how they review their work every time someone they support dies and what actions they have taken as a result

– CVT team members on supporting everyone’s well-being as equals whatever their role

– Commissioners on their role in learning and supporting change across an area

Universal basic income webinar: Does the benefit system work for you?

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About this Event

Lots of people with learning difficulties do not find the benefit system easy or helpful. Too many people live in poverty and too many people find themselves stuck in poverty traps – unable to work – unable to live with a partner – unable to have savings. In the past few years the system has got even worse with lower benefits and more tests, sanctions and stigma.

Can we change the system?

There is a growing demand around the world for a new kind of benefit system called Basic Income:

Everybody gets enough money to live on

People are not punished if they work

People can keep any money they earn

People get their own money, whoever they live with

But how does this work for disabled people?

Simon Duffy (a co-founder of LDE) and Caroline Richardson (a co-founder of Spartacus Network) have developed a proposal called Basic Income Plus – showing how basic income would work for disabled people.

You can read an Easy Read version of their ideas here: https://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/library/basic-income-plus-easy-read-version.html

Simon Duffy will be leads the session, explaining Basic Income. There will be time to ask questions and discuss the ideas.

This webinar is from Learning Disability England members only. If you would like information about joining, click here.

Covid and the law – latest for people, families and supporters

 

 

 

 

 

 

About this Event

The webinar was led by Alex Ruck Keene, a Barrister from 39 Essex Chambers.

He covered the basic principles of the relevant laws like the Mental Capacity Act, implementing them in practice under the Coronavirus law and wider restrictions, and cleared up misunderstandings around current restrictions and what is possible or expected.The webinar was open to anyone with an interest in decision making, restrictions and the legislation.

 

Covid 19 – What we have learnt and changed so far

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About this event

We held this workshop to

– Understand what the data and experience tells us or suggests we do differently

– Share approaches or examples of practical action that people are taking to keep safe and support others to

This workshop was open to all members and included:

– Self advocates from Dorset and Rotherham on what local groups are doing

– Professor Chris Hatton explaining the data and what it might suggest we do differently

– Certitude sharing how they review their work every time someone they support dies and what actions they have taken as a result

– CVT team members on supporting everyone’s well-being as equals whatever their role

– Commissioners on their role in learning and supporting change across an area