LDE Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

We are hosting a range of webinars to help people keep informed and in touch during the Covid-19 outbreak.  We are hosting two new webinar series. If you have any thoughts on what our future sessions could cover, please let us know.


Self-Advocacy and families supporting each other

This series is for self-advocacy and families organisations and groups as we know most are changing what they usually do because of the Coronavirus.  We also know that people are unsure what is the best thing to do to help people keep safe and still stay connected or not become more isolated.

Anyone supporting self advocacy or community groups that include people with learning disabilities is invited to join us for an online meeting to talk about how we can all be supporting each other and the people we know.

Session 1: What are people doing? What are the big concerns?

In this session we discuss how people are adapting to changes because of lock down. We talk about what people are planning to do to keep them working, connected and positive.

View the recording here.

Session 2: Keeping Connected

In this session, Sunderland People First, Ace Anglia and Supported Loving share what they are doing to keep working and connected with their members.

View the recording here.


Session 3: Helping people who struggle to access technology

14th April, 2-3pm

In this session we will be sharing ideas about how we can help people who don’t have technology or an understanding of how to us it.

Sign up here


Families: Planning for Emergencies 

This series is to help families connect whilst we all work out how to deal with current responses to coronavirus. They are for families to share ideas and what they have done to plan for what might happen next or emergencies whilst Coronavirus is widespread.

The session is aimed at family members of people with learning disabilities or workers supporting family members

Session 1: Covid-19 Hospital Passports

In this session Liz helps us think through emergency planning and having a Covid-19 hospital passport.

View the recording here. Find the resources here in the hospital section.


Session 2: Communication

This session focuses on communication – understanding and sharing important communication methods to help others support someone in hospital or if different support needed through the Coronavirus period.  It was led by family members, Gail and Liz sharing tools and what has worked for their families.

View the recording here.  Find the resources here in the hospital section.


Session 3: Supporting each other

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We are also collaborating with partners on other webinars, BeHuman is hosting the recordings. They have webinars on,

  • accessing care during the Coronavirus Crisis with the onset of new emergency “The Coronavirus Bill 2019-21”
  • Employment issues for people with direct payments during the Coronavirus crisis.



Past Webinars

Mental Capacity and Covid Mythbusting

Monday 20th April


This webinar is focused on The Mental Capacity Act and any issues in implementing it and what good decision making and advance planning looks like under current circumstances.

The webinar is led by 3 Barristers from 39 Essex Chambers – Nicola Kohn, Alex Ruck Keene and Steve Broach.

They cover the basic principles of the act, implementing them in practice under the Coronavirus law and wider restrictions and try to clear up myths or misunderstandings around current restrictions and what is possible or expected.

The webinar is open to anyone with an interest in decision making, restrictions and the legislation.

View the recording here


The Essex 100 Day Challenge: putting people with learning disabilities and autism at the heart of changing systems

Friday, 31st January

10.00 – 11.00

This webinar will be hosted by Nesta, an innovation charity, which has pioneered the 100 Day Challenge method that puts frontline staff and people with lived experience at the heart of systems change.

Nesta has recently worked with Essex County Council to run a 100 Day Challenge partnering with communities to learn how to better support residents with learning disabilities and autism to live a meaningful life.

The Challenge gave team members the space to collaborate and build on each other’s expertise – it involved more than 36 organisations and 23 people with learning disabilities and autism, working together to improve outcomes for more than 300 people.

Three teams across the county tested sixteen ideas ranging from new ways of supporting young people into employment, to bringing health services into the community and setting up an inclusive cricket team.

This webinar will explore what participants learnt about how to listen to people with learning disabilities and autism, collaborate to test and deliver their ideas, and support them to take on leadership roles.

We will be hearing from representatives from Essex County Council as well as people who took part in the Challenge.


CQC Declare Your Care campaign

 Friday 24th January


CQC wants to encourage people to share their experiences of care – good and bad, as this information supports their monitoring and inspection activity, to act when they find poor care and highlight good care.

Declare Your Care has been a year-long, cross sector campaign (Hospitals, Care homes, GP Practices, care in your own home).  It launched nationally in February 2019 and has run throughout the year focusing on key population groups which we know have lower awareness of CQC.

On Tuesday 14th January, we launch the fourth and final spike of our #DeclareYourCare Campaign focusing on people with a learning disability, their family, carers and advocates.

We have worked in partnership with Learning Disability England and Ace Anglia to develop video case studies of people sharing their stories.

 Join this webinar to find out more about the campaign and its key findings


Gloriously Ordinary Lives


Friday, 18th October 2019

10.00 – 11.00

Four areas of Greater Manchester have been working to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities. The programme has worked with people and families and has focused on people who were most at risk of ending up in institutional settings. They concentrated on work supporting young people, preparing for adulthood, and working with providers to prepare for people coming home.

You can read the report here.

The webinar will talk about the programme and explore the work done in two of the four areas, Rochdale and Wigan.


Social work with adults with learning disability – putting good relationships with people who use services at the centre of practice.

Friday, 11th October 2019

10.00 – 11.00

This webinar will be delivered by Dr Godfred Boahen, who is a qualified social worker and works for the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). The organisation is made up of about 20, 000 social workers who have come together to advocate for social workers and the people who use services.

Recently, the government asked the BASW to find out the skills, knowledge, and values that are needed to do good social work with adults with learning disabilities.

Together with adults with learning disabilities, carers, social workers and their managers, BASW co-produced the Capabilities Statement for Social Work with Adults with Learning Disability

In this webinar, Godfred will talk about how they involved adults with learning disability in creating the Capabilities Statement and what they thought was important.   Godfred will explain why his organisation believe that what they found shows the importance of good relationship between social workers and adults with learning disability that they work with.


No-one is too disabled to have an eye test

Friday, 27th September 2019

10.00 – 11.00

If you think people have to be able to read or speak to have a sight test – or you think people with learning disabilities can never be prescribed glasses – join us to become Eye Care Aware and find out why the myths around communication and eye care are being busted by our eye care team!

Lisa Donaldson
Lisa Donaldson is SeeAbility’s Head of Eye Health and is an optometrist with a special interest in paediatrics and learning disabilities. Lisa leads the SeeAbility team providing sight tests to children in special schools.
Scott Watkin
Scott Watkin BEM is SeeAbility’s Head of Engagement is very well known in the social care sector and has good links with many learning disability organisations. He has living experience of learning disabilities and sight problems.
Aylee Richmond
Aylee Richmond is a Senior Eye Care Advisor at SeeAbility. She is a qualified Vision Rehabilitation Worker and helps people to make the best use of their available vision.


United Pride Friends: Being Out, Proud and Autistic

Friday, 21st June 2019

10.00 – 11.00

A new group for members of the LGBT Community with Autism and Learning Difficulties, United Pride Friends, has been set up in the North West.

The primary purpose of our group is to provide a befriending service, giving members a safe place to meet new people and make friends.

The group aims to build the confidence of its members through workshops and social events, as well as providing educational sessions where we will discuss topics that affect this community such as safe sex, dealing with homophobia and ableism, and coming out to friends and family.

This webinar will talk about what United Pride Friends is, what it does and why it was set up. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

Our presenter

Michael ChickMichael Chick came up with the idea of starting the group.  He is a gay man from Wigan in the North West of England and founder of United Pride Friends.

Michael found that although there are service for LGBT people available, there are little to none for those who are LGBT with autism.  He faced other issues due to being autistic with learning difficulties, such as homophobia and discrimination both in the private and public care sectors.

Michael wanted to challenge this discrimination so set up United Pride Friends.


Gig Buddies – serious fun – Delivering serious outcomes for people with learning disabilities doesn’t need to be dull!

Friday, April 26th 2019

10.00 – 11.00

Stay Up Late’s Gig Buddies project matches people with learning disabilities with a volunteer who shares the same cultural interests to help people build stronger informal support networks and make new friendships.

In this session Paul will explain how it works, and how it’s delivering some ‘serious outcomes’ for people in a way that doesn’t feel at all serious, in fact it feels like an awful lot of fun!


Paul RichardsPaul is a founder, and the director of the charity Stay Up Late. The charity grew out of the experiences of the punk band ‘Heavy Load’ that he played bass with for 15 years. Heavy Load were also the subjects of the feature length documentary movie of the same names (which Mark Kermode rates as one of the top 5 music documentaries of the 21st century!).

Stay Up Late also pioneered Gig Buddies, the innovative volunteer befriending project which relieves social isolation through a shared love of the same cultural activities. The model is now being shared across the UK (and Australia).

Paul previously worked as the registered manager of a group home for people with learning disabilities and was the Involvement Manager’ for Southdown Housing Association. More recently he was the National Co-production Adviser for Think Local Act Personal.

Paul’s passion is ending inequality for people with learning disabilities and when he’s not working he can be found spending too much money in record shops or walking on the South Downs with his family. He has 4 kids and a dog and lives in Hove.
His catch phrase is ‘Keep It Punk!’


No HOLD’s Barred – everything you ever wanted to know about Home Ownership for people with Long-term Disabilities (HOLD)

Friday, March 22 2019

Although it’s been around since 1997, helping significant numbers of individuals with a wide range of different disabilities to buy homes of their own, many people still think HOLD’s too good to be true.

So LDE members MySafeHome Limited (who support people who want to buy a home using HOLD) are inviting any questions about this unique Government approved homeownership model that their Managing Director, David Abbey (himself a member of LDE’s Representative Body) will answer in a live webinar.

Whatever you want to know about HOLD this is your chance to find out, in fact, the tougher and more in-depth the questions the better!

PS: Completely new to HOLD?  Visit www.mysafehome.info to find out more or click here to view last year’s introduction to HOLD webinar.

To See the recorded session of this webinar please click here



David Abbey
David Abbey has worked in the financial services sector since 1984 and is a fully qualified Financial Adviser.

Back in 1997, he was invited to join a ‘steering group’ to develop a process to enable people with a disability (who also rely on benefits for their income) to buy a home of their own. The result was a unique Government approved shared ownership model, known as HOLD (Home Ownership for people with Long-term Disabilities).

David then established MySafeHome Limited to provide everyone involved in helping people with disabilities realise their dream of home ownership with the support they need and to date almost 1,300 individuals have used HOLD to buy their own home.

Passionate about the personalisation agenda David is the UK’s subject matter expert in homeownership for people with disabilities and in July 2017 was honoured to be elected to the LDE Representative Body.