What’s NEW

What’s NEW

Here’s all the latest updates and news from Learning Disability England.

“Speak Up and don’t be afraid” – Black history month

October is Black History Month – this is a month of meetings, films or activities to celebrate the history of British black people.

It is a chance for all of us to learn about our history and for people to speak up and talk about black people’s experiences and achievements.

It is also a chance for everyone to think about what they want to do differently in the future.

At Learning Disability England we are working on what we need to do as an organisation to not be racist and to stand up against racism. We have been thinking about this as part of our work with our members on Good Lives 2020 as Gary said in his video blog here

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

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

Tuesday 3rd November: 3 – 4pm (on Zoom)

The law and guidance about how we all live through Covid 19 keep changing. This webinar will focus on issues for people with learning disabilities, family members and paid supporters and what they tell us are important to them.
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Self-Advocacy and Family Peer Support Sessions helping people to be ‘more resilient’

Every two weeks since the start of lockdown  Learning Disability England has held a zoom session for self-advocacy, family and community organisations.  

 

We know that most groups and organisations changed what they normally do because of coronavirus. We were all trying to find the best ways to help keep people safe and connect.

Learning Disability England has been able to fund these sessions thanks to the grant that was part of the Government’s £750 million charity support package.

Everyone came together in these meetings to talk about how we could all support each other and the people we know.

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“Dedicated staff and managers carried on even when the world stood still”

Guest VLOG from Sarah Maguire, Chair of the Trustees for Learning Disability England and Chief Executive of Choice Support.

 

Sarah talks about the reality of the commitment and dedication of support staff during the pandemic.

And the importance of lifting their voices alongside those of individuals with a learning disability and family carers.

“We have helped each other cope with a lot of fear” said one support worker.

You can watch Sarah’s VLOG here

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We need to join together to respond to the Social Care Task Force report

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Video blog (VLOG) from Gary Bourlet, Membership and Engagement lead and self advocate.

 

Gary’s latest VLOG is all about the Social Care Task Force report and the Advisory Group recommendations.

And the work Learning Disability England members are doing to support the Advisory Group’s recommendations by bringing more people together to create a louder voice.

 

You can watch Gary’s VLOG here

 

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Family Voices

Learning Disability England has been working with Christine Towers at Together Matters to put together a short paper that shares some of the things families have said about what has  happened to them since March.

 

The paper also says what families think can be better so more people with learning disabilities and their families can stay well and keep going through Coronavirus.

 

You can read the Family Voices (easy read) paper here

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Pass-it-Online: Mental Health Training

Learning Disability England  has been working to bring members and partners together during the pandemic to to help people stay safe, well and connected.

 

One of the ways has been through the Pass-it-Online Mental Health training, funded through the grant that was part of the Government’s £750 million charity support package.

 

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has been working with Learning Disability England, using the grant funding to make workshop sessions available across the country and train people locally to deliver them.

Funding has also made sure that we can pay the trainers with learning disabilities to deliver these workshop sessions.

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