Connecting People, including Webinars

We know how important it is for us all to stay in touch even when we are social distancing or we have had to go into self isolation. We will use this page to let you know about webinars and other ways of staying in touch that people are using across the country.

The Learning Disability England Team are all working, and you can still contact us by email: or by phone: 0300 1110444



Learning Disability England Webinars and video blogs

We are hosting two webinar series, one about self advocacy and families organisations and groups supporting each other and the other for families around planning for emergencies.

You can find out more, view the recordings and sign up for upcoming sessions here.


Gary Bourlet, self advocate and member of the LDE team is making a series of vlogs (video blogs) about his experiences along with advice and ideas during lockdown:

1. Staying Connected During Lockdown


Some of the things people are doing that you can join in or use yourself


The Gr8 Chat and Brew is a way to help people meet up on line using WhatsApp. It is being started by Paradigm and the Gr8 Support Movement but anyone can join in.

Read the ‘how to’ guides and ideas here

Dance Syndrome are holding free on line dance sessions.

Find out how to join in with Dance Syndrome here

Stay up Late and Gig Buddies are regularly hosting live music on Facebook at Coronavirus Festival.

See Coronavirusfest dates and performances here

Achieve Together have some great ideas for activities that would work for families and staff teams alike.

See Achieve Together’s resources here

People First Dorset have made an ideas board on how to stay in touch.

See the Ideas Board here

Technology start-up AutonoMe is offering a FREE version of their app to any person with a learning disability in the UK during the coronavirus outbreak. You can find out more about the app here


Guides to help with technology



EasyRead.Info have made an easy read guide to shopping online.

You can see their Easy Read guide shopping online here

Mobile networks have removed data charges for online NHS coronavirus advice. Free access to online NHS services will be available for as long as coronavirus (COVID-19) remains widespread in the UK.

You can read more about the removal of data charges here

What’sApp is a free app that allows you to make free calls and message individual people and groups of people. There is an easy read guide on setting up and using What’sApp.

You can see this easy read guide to What’s App here

Sunderland People First and Media Savvy CIC are holding a virtual session on setting up What’sApp groups aimed at people with learning disabilities and / or autism but suitable for everyone on 2nd April 10 – 11am streamed live on their YouTube channel.

You can see their  YouTube link to What’sApp here

People in Action have made a great tutorial about how to set up and use Zoom.

You can see their Zoom tutorial here

You can see a guide to using Microsoft Teams here