What Works in Community Led Support?

This summary draws together the headline findings and lessons from an evaluation of the Community Led Support (CLS) Programme hosted by the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi).

Between June 2016 and November 2017, NDTi supported seven local authorities and their partners to plan, design, implement and evaluate a new model of delivering community based care and support (community led support) – using approaches that ensure each local model is continually evolving, learning and developing. A further two authorities (including one who was an original member of the first cohort of CLS sites) who are involved in similar community led initiatives also joined the CLS Programme Network and contributed their experiences, data and learning to ensure this evaluation takes accounts of experiences dating back to 2014-15.

Access the report here.

Blog: Why Embracing Autism Is Key to Improving Mental Health Within The Autistic Community

Even as a high-functioning autistic individual who has experienced mental health problems, finding out that those on the autistic spectrum are nine times more likely to commit suicide than the general population is still, to me, a shocking figure. Upon reflection however, it perhaps isn’t that surprising. According to figures from the UK charity Autistica, those on the spectrum with a learning disability are also twice as likely to take their own life. Furthermore, research is beginning to indicate that a significant proportion of people who die by suicide in the UK overall meet the diagnostic criteria for autism.

Read the rest of Maxwell Dean’s blog here.