Healthy Safe and Fulfilled Community Event Series

April sees the first of three online Community events which are all linked our shared purpose for people with learning disabilities and their allies to live Healthy Safe and Fulfilled lives.

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This first event will be on 28th April from 12:30 until 2pm with Lisa Hopkins, Scott Watkin and Emily Stewart from Seeability. They will be sharing their model for investing in and mentoring people with learning disabilities to be leaders in their organisation and communities.

Click here to book a place for this event.

Further online Community events are scheduled:-

  • 26th May – A Person Centred Workforce Workshop with Carrie Jackson
  • 23rd June – Lifeswap -an interactive model for challenging stereotypes and reducing stigma- Ronnie Treston & Becky​ Leonard‑Dixon

More details to be announced.




Refreshing Our Community

Earlier in the year, Jonathan, Bob and Daniel took receipt of the Community of Practice We want to re-centre it in our region, and refresh it’s shared purpose. 

Today begins next phase for the community. Below is a film which outlines what has been done, and an outline as to where we believe the Community should be heading. 

We could do with your support with shaping this journey, and there are three things you can do:-

  1. Watch this film 


   2. Completing this Survey by 30th September

   3. Share this film and survey with others that you think would be interested.

If you’d like to work with us to analyse the results of this exercise, please let us know, either by saying so in the survey, or emailing DM on Twitter @kssldcop or letting us know on the Facebook group


Your new Steering Group

As of June 2020, the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice will be led by a new Steering Group as Bild steps back from their role of facilitating the community of practice.

Bild feel privileged to have been a part of the KSS Community of Practice for a short time. We think the work that everyone in the community does and the motivation of its members is admirable. We are particularly proud of the face-to-face events we held which generated valuable discussions and the work that we have done to develop the online community.

We believe that the new Steering Group will do a great job of moving the community forward and we will continue to connect and support with you where possible. 

We are pleased to introduce your new steering group through this blog post. Please do get in touch with your new steering group with any questions or ideas you may wish to discuss with them.

Bob Parsons:

My background is in further education, specifically working with learners who are 16 years or above, and who face barriers to learning. My qualifications include a Master’s degree in Education, focused on special needs and inclusivity. I have a dedication to assisting people who have learning difficulties and have much experience in supporting students who are on the autistic spectrum. I want to raise awareness of the needs, and the abilities, of people who have learning challenges, to give equality of opportunities. My approach is: See the Abilities, Accept the Disabilities, Explore the Possibilities!

Jonathan Coady-Mayall:
I am currently working at The CBF to manage, promote and deliver PBS workshops across the country. I have extensive experience across the sector from senior management positions to specialist support teams within a learning disability service.
My roles have enabled me to:

  • Recruit, train and support PBS co-trainers (professional and family carers)
  • Monitor and maintain the quality of workshops
  • Lead the development of new PBS workshops, adapting content and materials to identified audiences incl PICA workshops
  • Bespoke PBS Awareness training for: NMC – their Fitness to Practice Team and SELTCP
  • Work alongside a wide spectrum of staff: community teams working with children and young people; hospital teams working with children and young people; community and hospital teams supporting adults.
  • Develop a marketing strategy to grow business and awareness
  • Deliver PCAS and SPELL training via Tizard accreditation

Daniel Marsden:

Daniel Marsden qualified as RNLD in 1998 and has practiced in NHS services since then, in children’s, community, acute hospitals and as a Consultant Nurse, and is currently a Senior Lecturer at Kingston St Georges Joint Faculty.

Passionate about person centred care, nursing and practice development, Daniel has several funding awards and publications, including MSc research project, a participatory action research project. Along with WeLDNurses, Daniel has been involved in founding a number of organisations to facilitate community inclusion with people with learning disabilities, including Kent Surrey Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice, and Anchorians Equal Teams Football Club – administered and run by and for people with learning disabilities, and is currently coordinating the #keephoLDiNgon initiative. A committed practice developer, Daniel is an International Fellow of the England Centre for Practice Development and has been a past member of the RCN Learning Disability Nursing Forum. Daniel is keen to develop communities that are committed to developing inclusive and participatory research intent on care and support that is person centred. For more details see here>

June 2020

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Just over two weeks to go – come and help us shape the future of learning disability care and support

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice 2018 conference is a free event taking place on Thursday 21 June.

One of our key speakers will be Viv Cooper, CEO of Challenging Behaviour Foundation, and we have got some great workshops lined up. The sessions will  cover a range of topics including learning disabilities and mental health,supporting patients with learning difficulties in acute hospital settings, PBS for parents and meeting specialist training needs.

We also have some free market stalls available for any organisation who would like to exhibit at this event. To reserve a stall contact

Book your place at the conference