Voice 4 Kent Sharing Day – 14th October

Voice 4 Kent is an independent self advocacy organisation run by people with learning difficulties in Kent. They campaign supporting people to know their rights.

Voice 4 Kent lost an important member of their team this year. They decided to invite people to join them to share what they are doing, and to see what Voice 4 Kent should do in the future. 

The sharing event is on the afternoon of 14th October in Ashford. Please click on the flyer for more details.

Kent & Medway Community of Practice are eager to support organisations such as Voice 4 Kent. Please let us know if we can share your organisations events.

Health Awareness Day

Health Day Gen Information Email

Heatlh day flyer September v 2

Workshop Posterv2 16 09 13The Maidstone District Partnership Group in conjunction with Kent Community Health NHS Trust are running a Health Awareness Day next Friday, dated the 27th September 2013 from 11am-3pm. We have asked health professionals from our local services to come along to engage with young people and adult service users, families, services and carers and to provide an interactive learning events and to demonstrate what health services they offer to people with a learning disability and how to access them. Please see the attached information sheet, flyers and workshop outline above for full details.

Teaching student Adult nurses re Learning Disability

For a couple of years, Andy Nazarjuk, Andrew Southgate and Cathy Bernal have been developing an approach to addressing health inequalities amongst people with learning disabilities by bringing students of Adult nursing and groups of service users together in Canterbury Christ Church University. This work has resulted in a proposed model for service user involvement, and was presented at the NET 2013 conference in Cambridge in September.

You can read the presentation here. NET final ppt Nazarjuk Bernal Southgate

Planning for learning disability care in the South East

Kent Surrey and Sussex Local Education and Training Board have started an important piece of work to look at what staff people with learning disabilities will need in the future.

George Matuska is leading this exciting project which had it’s first meeting in August 2013.

The reports from the first meeting are available on the Workforce Development for People with Learning Disabilities page, and a hashtag has been set up for people that would like to comment on Twitter #idhekss

Please follow the page, make comments, and have a think about what type of people your services might need in the future to ensure that people with learning disabilities are supported effectively.

Learning Disability Week 2013 in Kent & Medway!

Learning Disability Week is upon us and this year’s theme is Superheroes

Below there is a space for you to tell people who your Superheroes are. Who are the Kent & Medway Learning Disability Superheroes?

Please be careful what you write, how you write it, and always be complimentary!

To get the ball rolling I’ve written a short piece about some people who contribute to East Kent Hospitals Trust – click on the picture below. LDweek2013

There will be a new post each day so keep checking these out. It’s important to celebrate those that are making a difference!

Lastly Mencap are encouraging people to share their thoughts on Twitter using the hastag #ldweek2013

There are a number of twitter chats this week to coincide. For those that want to contribute this way follow @ldnursechat @thercn @hsjnews not forgetting @mencap_charity @eastkentmencap  @kent_dpgs & @kentcbn

Have a Super week!

Daniel Marsden @dmarsden49

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