Written by Clare Melvin
We are delighted to have some of the highlights from our Launch event now available to watch on the blog site.
The GLLDCOP launch was held on 7th November 2018, at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London. The event was a resounding success with members from the local community, including organisations, employees, parents, carers, spouses, both with and without learning disabilities, hosting, presenting and contributing to the day. You can read more about the event here and also about the aims of the Greater London Learning Disability Community of Practice here.
Disability Sports Coach
In this time of mince pies, turkey and stuffing, Christmas cake and mulled wine, many of us do not want to be thinking about exercise, however with New Year just around the corner we may be considering starting a new hobby, signing up for a fun run or getting out more and meeting new people. Well, there is nothing to stop us starting before 2019 or having a look at what is available.
Disability Sports Coach (who have an easy-read website) are running their first ever Christmas Club this December. The award-winning community club programme is holding a free social sports event for all children and adults with a disability on 28th December 2018 at The Castle Centre, 2 St Gabriel Walk, Elephant & Castle, London, SE1 6FG.
The Christmas Club will include 2 hours of sports activities with a lunch after.
The event is completely free (including lunch!) and friends, parents and carers are welcome. Register for your place at the event here, but please only register participants, parents and carers do not need to register.
The Christmas Club is part of “Unity – Community Club tackling Isolation & Loneliness” that aims to raise awareness about loneliness and isolation for disabled people and inspire more disabled people to be socially connected through sport.
Disability Sports Coach run Community Clubs offering weekly sports activities for all disabled people aged 5 years and over, across London including in Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Sutton, Lambeth, Hackney and Islington, amongst others (for a full list of clubs see here). Sessions cost between £2 and £3 and parents or carers are not required to pay.
At Disability Sports Coach website you can watch a video about the club, and read sports stories, like those of Marco, from the Community Club Lambeth who tells us his story from having no disability provision to realising his potential through sports. You can also follow them on Twitter via #WeCouldBe and #MyStory.
LD in the News.
- Whilst the world marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the NHS is experiencing a shrinking supply of learning disability nurses.
- Inclusive theatre: tackling stigma and facilitating discussion.
- Anne proudly displays her book of messages arriving home from the jungle (13 December 2018).
- Parents tell the Deputy First Minister of Scotland that their autistic children are Not Included, Not Engaged and Not Involved in their education (7 December 2018)
Events and Conferences:
Conferences are winding down now for Christmas but there are still one or two before the break and many starting up again in January.
- There’s still time to sign up for the Second Tizard Forensic Conference is being held at Friends House, London on December 19th 2018. This conference is about people LD and/or autism in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and will explore issues about autism and the CJS, and consider how screening for intellectual disabilities is advancing in various parts of the Criminal Justice System (eg police stations and prisons). There will be presentations on new treatment programmes available in prisons and in the NHS/health sector. Talks will also cover recent and forthcoming changes to probation services and consider the progress made through the Government’s Transforming Care programme. This conference is suitable for carers, health professionals, staff from social services, probation services, prisons, police, lawyers and people with learning disabilities themselves. Find out more and book a place here.
- Disability Confident Breakfast Event, 25th January 2019, Hatfield. The Disability Confident scheme companies think differently about disability, and improve how they attract, recruit and retain disabled workers to make the most of the talents disabled workers can bring to the workplace. This FREE breakfast event is hosted by Grant Shapps MP and offers information about the Disability Confident scheme which has 3 levels that have been designed to support companies on their Disability Confident journey. The day will also provide information about available funding for adjustments to ensure workers with disabilities, or physical or mental health conditions, aren’t substantially disadvantaged when doing their jobs. Sign up here.
- The Autistica annual national research conference brings together autism researchers, autistic people, relatives and carers to hear the latest research and discuss how to make progress towards long, healthy, happy lives for autistic people. The next conference will be held in Spring 2019. You can register your interest as a researcher or public member and watch talks from the 2018 conference on their YouTube channel.