Get ready for the Greater London LD Community of Practice Launch Event.

Written by Clare Melvin

There is only one week left until the Greater London LD Community of Practice Launch Event!

Greater London Community of Practice

You still have time to sign up for the free event and join us on Wednesday 7 November, 9.30am – 4pm, at the Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury.

The Greater London LD Community of Practice (GLLDCoP) is launching in London to improve quality of life for people with learning disabilities. We want to bring together all those who are involved in supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism, including people with lived experience, professionals, families and carers.

The launch event has a full day’s agenda with keynote speakers:

  • Hayley Goleniowska (award winning blogger, ‘Downs Side Up‘),
  • Noelle Blackman (CEO at Respond, a mental health charity caring for people with learning disabilities)
  • Paul Richards (Director for the charity Stay up Late and the creator of Gig Buddies)
  • Penny Barratt (Executive Headteacher at The Bridge School).

As well as hearing from the range of experiences and expertise of these speakers, there will be plenty of opportunities for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, families, carers and professionals working in all aspects of the social care, health and education sectors to collaborate and share ideas, experience and good practice.

BILD believe that through Communities of Practice people can share learning, resources and best practice in order to improve the support people receive.  We also have communities of practice in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and the Manchester PBS CoP.

The GLLDCoP been online for six months with regular blogs, tweets and our own facebook group.  It is an exciting new community providing opportunities for people with learning disabilities, families, carers and professionals working in all aspects of the social care, health and education sectors to collaborate and share ideas. This community will be a safe space for members to share experiences and showcase good practice.

We would be delighted if you could join us next Wednesday at the launch event. We will be tweeting throughout the day and reporting on how the day went in next week’s blog.

Sign up for the event here and follow us on twitter @glldcop and facebook.

LD in the News:

Free Online Training and Courses.

  • Understanding Autism, the highly successful massive online open course (MOOC) is beginning it’s next run 5th November 2018.  With over 29,000 learners taking part in the course so far (it began April 2017), and content/contributions provided by academics, clinicians and academics with Autism, this course is free and provides the opportunity to learn about the history of our understanding of autism and challenge some of the existing beliefs and stereotypes about the condition.  The course is suitable for all, from teachers, support workers, family members, spouses, sibling, individuals with autism, teachers, spouses and siblings with autism, nurses, doctors, professors and nurses, doctors and professors with autism.  The four-week course can be completed at your own pace and online participation is voluntary.  This will be the course’s sixth run and it has received positive feedback from the online autism community.
  • MindED, an elearning forum to support healthy minds have just release free online training resource about people with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour, autism, and those with mental health problems.  Sessions are open to all users. Sign up and find out more here.

Events and Training.

  • Learning Disability Today Conference, London. The annual event welcomes all with accessible talks consisting of three main topic streams (1) Autism & Learning Disability, (2) Health & Welbeing, (3) Policy & Practice.  The CPD certified conference is being held at the ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court, on 28th November 2018. Find out more and book your place here.
  • British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD): Introduction to Positive Behaviour Support for speech and language therapists.  30th November 2018, London. This event will give delegates a foundational understanding of the values and science underpinning PBS and reflect on the role of communication and speech and language therapy within this.  It introduces therapists to a framework to understand and work on behaviours of concern within an environment that minimises the likelihood of behaviours presenting.  Find out more and book here.


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