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: info@LDEngland.org.uk or by phone: 0300 1110444
Learning Disability England Webinars and video blogs
We are hosting two regular webinar series, one about self advocacy and families organisations and groups supporting each other and the other for supporters and family members around solving problems together like going out safely or emergency planning.
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:
Other Videos and Webinars / Recordings that may be useful
Trowers and Hamlin law firm ran an employment webinar for Mental Health Awareness Week with guest speaker Dr Ruth Briant-Jones. Watch the video recording: supporting mental health in the ‘new normal’.
Paradigm are running a free online workshop on Tuesday 26 May for direct support staff, including Personal Assistants, on living with dying, death and grief. To find out more and register, visit Paradigm’s webpage here
The North West Training and Development Team are sharing a video everyday that gives information or answers questions on Coronavirus. It includes up to date information on the guidance or plans from the government. All the videos are on their You Tube channel
BILD have a useful webinar recording and resources about coping with illness, dying, death, bereavement and learning disability during the Covid-19 outbreak. You can visit the BILD webpage and watch the webinar here
National Voices is coalition of 150 charities, supporting people with physical and mental health problems and disability, and those who are facing inequality or discrimination.
National Voices are collecting first-person accounts of living through the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic in the UK. Visit their webpage to explore and share your experiences as anonymously as you want to.
What self advocacy groups are doing at this time
Local self advocacy groups are busy offering a range of support, resources and fun things for you to get involved with. Easy read list of what people are up to
We are updating this information every week so keep checking back to find out what’s on offer.
Some of the things people are doing that you can join in or use yourself
Speak Up are holding very relaxing yoga sessions weekly at 2pm on a Wednesday. The sessions are free. The yoga sessions are via Zoom, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like the link to join the sessions – everyone is most welcome.
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.
Dance Syndrome are holding free on line dance sessions.
Stay up Late and Gig Buddies are regularly hosting live music on Facebook at Coronavirus Festival.
Huddersfield based Dark Horse Theatre is a leader in providing vocational actor training for adults with learning disabilities. You can now take part in their online actor training, following tutorials in movement, voice and character work. Their YouTube Channel has easy to follow exercise and actor training videos.
LEVEL are delivering free creative arts sessions online over Zoom for adults with learning disabilities. There are two different sessions – Performing Arts: Tuesdays 11.00 – 12.00
Visual Arts: Wednesdays 11.00 – 12.00
Contact LEVEL either by email (email@example.com) or by phone (01629 734848) to find out more and register.
Achieve Together have some great ideas for activities that would work for families and staff teams alike.
People First Dorset have made an ideas board on how to stay in touch. See the Ideas Board here
Camphill have developed Opportunity TV, with lots of videos and tutorials from cooking to gardening. Visit the Opportunity TV webpage 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 sign up to Autonome here and read a press article about Autonome here
Guides to help with technology
Keep Safe have produced some useful cue cards to use in Zoom and other online meetings.
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
Research and Inquiries
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is holding an inquiry into the impact of the use of video and phone hearings by the Ministry of Justice in response to COVID-19 and the risks this might pose to disabled people. You can read the interim report from the inquiry here
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation in partnership with Swansea University are asking if you can help with a research project that aims to capture the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on informal carers of people with learning disabilities. This research is important because it will help the NHS and local authorities to understand what support needs to be in place for families.
If you are:
– Aged 18 or over
– Living in the UK
– The main provider of care for either a child (below age 18) or an adult (above age 18) with a learning disability
– and have access to the internet and are comfortable with answering a survey online
They would value your help. Find out more and take part in the survey here
Campaigners in West Sussex: People with direct experience or family members in West Sussex can join or share concerns with HACA (Harmed in Adult Care Alliance) to join a local campaign working for good care and transparency