Canterbury Christ Church University will be hosting a series of learning disability and autism workforce events in 2024, aimed at:-
Care staff and professionals working directly with people with learning disabilities and/autistic people, from education, health and care services.
Education, Care and Health managers.
Police and community support workers
Anyone in Kent and Medway working with this diverse population
The first event will feature a presentation from CCCU MSc student and Makaton Trainer Katie Potts and her practice based research investigating how can Makaton be embedded into schools and their wider community.
Following on from Professor Sheila Baroness Hollins keynote address at the Community event last year, we are pleased to present an extended guest blog developing these themes.
This work challenges us all to think about our role in public health, the valuable activity we do to prevent people requiring inpatient admissions in mental health settings, and the opportunities to improve this offer through social prescribing and the BELONG manifesto.
Thanks to Sarah Gibson, Research Associate, Victoria and Stuart Project at Kingston University for submitting this extended blog on the Victoria and Stuart Project.
Preparing well for death is one of the most important things we can get right for the people we support and care for. As one of our advisors pointed out it is only irrelevant for people who are immortal!
Helping people who are facing serious illness to talk about and think through plans for what we want whilst we’re still alive is also vital.
We know it’s not easy for any of us to think & talk about being very ill, death and dying.
But that is what the Victoria and Stuart Project www.victoriaandstuart.com led by Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne at Kingston University has been doing for the last couple of years.
L’Arche Kent is a community of people with and without learning disabilities, including Support Assistants, volunteers, friends and neighbours, based in Canterbury. It is a model of creative and inclusive practice in the provision of support to its members (beer brewing features very highly in its activities), and refers to its voluntary Community Support Group (CSG) in advancing its goals of mutual service, promoting community, boosting spirituality and maintaining outreach to the wider society. The CSG meets quarterly, and our meetings are always dynamic, lively and fun! However, we are now in need of more members. If you would like to know more, and become involved with this wonderful community, please contact Cathy Bernal on email@example.com. I can guarantee that you will not be bored – and that you will meet some very impressive individuals!