Stay up Late: (un)Ordinary conference – and how to speak at it

Why we’ve decided to organise an (un)Ordinary conference.

The idea being to hear what an ‘Ordinary Life’ means to real people, and for those people in a position of power to be able to go back to their places of work and be inspired, enraged, shamed, or just nudged at a little, to enable people with learning disabilities to be able to lead an ‘ordinary life’ – not special, not normal, just ordinary!

So that’s what we’re going to do. The event will be in Streatham on 26th March, from 10am to 4pm and we’re going to make it clear that we expect people to stay until the end!

Apply to speak

If you have a story to share and would be willing to tell it at the Stay up Late conference they’d love to hear from you.

Deadline for applications to speak is 31st Jan ’19.

(Note- ‘And when we say ‘speak’ we’re open to people presenting in a way that is suitable for them. Whether that’s talking to the audience for 10 minutes, showing a film, singing a song or some other creative way that they choose’).

For more details, or any questions, drop a line to

More information on the Stay up Late website

Bild Restraint Reduction Network: REsTRAIN YOURSELF Toolkit

The REsTRAIN YOURSELF Toolkit encompasses the Six Core Strategies of restraint reduction developing in the US by Kevin Ann Huckshorn PhD, State Director, Delaware. It was adapted for the UK by: Joy Duxbury (University of Central Lancashire), Julie Cullen (AQuA), Paul Greenwood (AQuA), John Baker (University of Leeds), Owen Price (University of Manchester), Julia Woods (AQuA Associate, Julia Wood and Associates Ltd) and Anthony Mather (AQuA).

Use of the model within the toolkit has successfully reduced the use of restraint and seclusion in a variety of mental health settings, for children adults across the US and internationally.

The toolkit draws on complex adaptive theory and human factors theory, in order to bring about the changes needed to avoid causing harm to patients through the use of restraint.