Conference Workstreams

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1st Session Workstreams
Making it Real: how to do personalised care and support
Personalisation is based on the idea that people want to have a life not a service. A new version of Making it Real was published by Think Local Act Personal Partnership and Coalition for Collaborative Care in October 2018. This provides a framework and a set of statements that describe what good, citizen-focused, personalised care and support look like from the point of view of people themselves. It is also about sharing power so people have choice and control over their lives. At this highly interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to get to grips with Making it Real and to explore and discuss how they can use it in order to help people lead the lives they want with the right kinds of support.

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So What, What Next Project
Learn about this work in the Black Country to support people with a learning disability or autism who have recently been discharged from hospital. Helping people to explore their skills and passions and to find ways to contribute these to their local communities. Hear people’s stories. Presented by Angela Catley of Community Catalysts and Nick Bishop, an expert by experience

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NW Coproduction - A Long Term Relationship NOT a One Night Stand (that's Consultation)
The North West Training and Development Team has a 30 year history in the North West, in Partnership with Pathways Associates we have worked hard to make sure that the voices of children, young people, adults and older citizens with learning disability, autism or both are central to strategic planning across the North West and have been referred to as the 'Regional Glue'. Come along to find out what we do and how we do it.

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Is commissioning broken?
Lots of people with learning disabilities make great choices about their lives - where to live, who to spend time with, the jobs to have and other things. But often they then get offered services that all look the same - group homes, flats in shared blocks, day centres and workshops or residential schools and 'secure units' away from home.
This will be a conversation about why people with learning disabilities (with their families) so often don't seem to get the support (services) that they want. We will talk about whether the system is broken and is there a better way. I hope we might have some brave ideas.

Catering Academy
Cumbria People First present how their catering academy creates jobs for people with learning disabilities through work in their local community.
2nd Session Workstreams 15.00 - 15.50
How eye care aware are you?
We will show how we have been working with others to raise awareness of the importance of vision for people with a learning disability and explain how to access eye care in an interactive way. This will be a joint session from SeeAbility and Future Directions SPICE group.

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Partnerships we all HOLD dear...
A little over 20 years ago the idea that someone with a disability who relied on state benefits for their income could actually buy a home of their own was often met with disbelief. Now, having helped over 1,300 people to do just that, home ownership using HOLD (Home Ownership for people with Long-term Disabilities) is becoming a much more mainstream option. Of course getting to this point has involved building and maintaining strong working relationships between a wide range of different organisations as well as with buyers and their families. This presentation explores these relationships, celebrates some of the many success stories we’ve been privileged to be involved in and looks to the future of this unique life changing home ownership model, a future that all concerned HOLD very dear indeed.

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Making it Real: how to do personalised care and support
Personalisation is based on the idea that people want to have a life not a service. A new version of Making it Real was published by Think Local Act Personal Partnership and Coalition for Collaborative Care in October 2018. This provides a framework and a set of statements that describe what good, citizen-focused, personalised care and support look like from the point of view of people themselves. It is also about sharing power so people have choice and control over their lives. At this highly interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to get to grips with Making it Real and to explore and discuss how they can use it in order to help people lead the lives they want with the right kinds of support.

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Managing funding challenges from a legal perspective
This is a three-part session covering approaches to managing funding challenges from a legal perspective. This session may be mainly for providers however commissioners and individuals may find the information useful.
- managing contracts/contracting: identifying risks and approaches to mitigating them
- within the above, employment issues especially TUPE (and pensions if time) risks of services ‎starting and ending/transferring to another provider
- challenging changes to funding using private (contract) law and public (judicial review etc) law means

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Transgender support – people with learning disabilities and/or autism
People with learning disabilities and/or autism, may be considering a transition from the gender they grew up with, to a gender role they feel more comfortable with. Indeed, the person may have made this transition. As it is the case with the general population, people with learning disabilities may be exposed to discrimination, abuse, ignorance and also faced with practical and emotional stresses linked with everyday life in their new gender identity.

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