Learning Disability Celebrations 2016
This June, Redbridge and Waltham Forest will
once again be celebrating Learning Disability Week with three
The main aim of these events is to raise
awareness, showcase the talents of people who have a learning
disability and recognise the continued contribution they make to
our community. This year’s events include:
Friday 17 June - 70’s
Glam Rock Festival
This year the festival will have a 70s glam
rock theme (dig out those flairs) and will include live bands,
staged music & dance acts, a cycle smoothie maker, photo booth,
sport taster sessions, art & music workshops, vintage cream tea
and information & health tents. Food will be available to
purchase on the day or bring a picnic to avoid the queues.
Venue: Eton Manor Rugby Club,
Nutter Lane, Wanstead, London E11 2JA
Time: 11am - 5pm
Call: 020 8708 5148 for more
Wednesday 8 June -
Sport ‘Come & Try it’ Day
A variety of sporting activities will be
taking place throughout the day including football, zumba and much
Venue: The Peter May Sport
Centre, 135 Wadham Road, Waltham Forest, London E17 4HR
Time: 10.30am - 3pm
Call: 020 8496 2710 for more
Tuesday June 21 June -
Tate Modern Art and Film Exhibition “Love is…”
Uniting Friends together with Redbridge and
Waltham Forest Learning Disability Teams and the Tate Modern
proudly present artwork created by artists with a learning
disability titled ‘Love is…’. There will
also be a showing of films made especially for the event under the
Venue: Starr Gallery and
Auditorium, Tate Modern, Bankside London SE1 9TG
Time: 11am - 4pm
Call: 020 8551 8800 for
Dementia Awareness Week 2016
As part of Dementia Awareness Week from
15th - 21st May 2016, Redbridge will be holding a range of
activities for residents to showcase the support and services
available to people living with Dementia.
This year’s Dementia Awareness Week aims to
encourage people who are worried about dementia to confront their
worries by addressing dementia directly and accessing information
All events are free to attend and there is no
need to book a place. For more information view the
dementia awareness programme of events 2016 (PDF 67.7KB).
Blue Badge website
We have been made aware that there is another website being used
to apply for a Blue Badge. Parking Services
website, charges a fee of £49 to assist with an application for
a Blue Badge. This is not the official blue badge website and
should not be used.
Blue badge applications can be made for free via the GOV.UK website.
If you have been affected by this, you may
wish to contact Citizens Advice Consumer Services. Advice will be
given on how to report this website and whether or not it may be
possible to recoup any money paid. You can contact the service
on 03454 040506 or
visit the Citizens Advice website.
Survey to help improve Health and Social Care Services in
Redbridge Council and NELFT NHS Foundation Trust have been
working in partnership to bring together health and social care
staff into single teams called the HASS. This is so residents can
get better, more joined up care and support.
As this is a new way of working we want to check that the new
service is making life better for residents using services.
Watch the bringing together health and social care
video and help us check that the service has improved. For
visit MyLife website.
Improving health and social care services for Redbridge
As of Monday 4 April 2016 a new integrated health and adult
social care services (HASS), jointly provided by the London Borough
of Redbridge and NELFT NHS Foundation Trust will commence.
The new service will have a greater focus on
early intervention and prevention to deliver high quality
integrated care and support to people who are over the age of 18
- vulnerable older people
- adults with a learning disability
and/or on the autistic spectrum
- adults with a physical and/or sensory
- adults with a mental health issue
This unique partnership will see the
development of four multi-disciplinary community health teams set
up across the Borough based on GP Clusters. Each team will be made
up of social workers, occupational therapists, nurses as well as
individual specialist teams e.g. physio, speech & language,
Rehab etc. and will be located within the following wards;
Fairlop, Cranbrook & Loxford, Wanstead & Woodford and Seven
There will also be a new online and telephone
referral process where a team of specialist Wellbeing and First
Contact Officers will provide a co-ordinated approach to offering
people advice, information and a wellbeing assessment (if they have
this need). The new referral process will be as follows, for:
This new process should help to reduce
the number of assessments a person requires.
Alternatively please visit mylife.redbridge.gov.uk
for information, advice and support services available in Redbridge
to help people make the right choices in their life.
Self Directed Support Service in Redbridge
From 1 April 2016 i-decide Limited will no
longer be trading and will stop providing the Self Directed Support
Service in Redbridge. However, if you receive a service from
i-decide this will continue as normal until this time.
I-decide are currently working with Redbridge
to provide a seamless transfer of the service to the Council.
Up until 31 March 2016, the contact details
for the service remain as:
From the 1 April 2016, the new contact details
for the service will be:
From the 1 April 2016 the service will no
longer operate from the Living Well Resource Centre in Little
Heath. The service will operate from Redbridge Council’s Lynton
House office in central Ilford. There will be no drop in facility
at this office. If you need to meet with a member of the team you
will need to contact them directly and make an appointment.
I-decide are aware that there is a small
backlog of work and would like to advise that some delays may arise
following the transfer of the service. Redbridge Council has
advised that they will work hard to minimise any delays going
forward and to clear any backlog as quickly as possible.
‘Know Your Rights’ campaign 2016
The Mayor of London's annual ‘Know Your
Rights’ campaign focuses on helping older Londoners claim the
benefits and financial help they may be entitled to.
This year’s campaign is urging pensioners not
to miss out on their pension credits in the face of worrying
figures, which reveal that at least one in five pensioners is
living in poverty across the capital.
In the bid to tackle the problem and
raise awareness among older people, Age UK have partnered with the
Mayor of London to organise the campaign.
Pension Credit, is the most under-claimed
benefit, but the most vital. Without pensioners being able to
demonstrate that they are receiving this allowance, they become
automatically excluded from claiming Housing or Council tax
The Know Your Rights campaign last year helped
pensioners to claim an estimated £1.2 million in benefits that
would have otherwise gone unclaimed. The campaign aims to ensure
older Londoners don’t miss out on the £470 million worth of
benefits not being claimed each year.
- Find out more about Pension
Credit on GOV.UK
- Contact Age UK Redbridge,
Barking & Havering on 020 8220 6000 to find out if
you or someone you know is eligible for Pension Credit or other
‘Mourning Coffee’ for those recently bereaved
Come and have an informal chat over coffee with
others who are recently bereaved. The aim is to provide a group
which supports one another through a difficult time in a friendly
If you think this is something that will help
you, then come along on the first Thursday
of every month at the Cherry Tree
Café, 25 Woodbine Place, Wanstead, London E11 2RH from
10am to 12pm.
leaflet on the 'Mourning Coffee' group (PDF 283KB)
Draft ‘Think Autism’ Refresh of the Redbridge Adults with
Autism Plan 2016 - 2019
The refreshed Redbridge Adults with Autism Plan 2016-19 has
been jointly developed by the Redbridge Adults with Autism Working
The plan builds on the work which has taken
place to implement the previous Redbridge Plan in 2012-2015 and
reaffirms our ongoing commitment to do more to improve the lives of
people with autism and their carers. This draft document sets out
how we intend to take forward the priorities outlined in the
national ‘Think Autism ‘Strategy at a local level.
We would like to know what you think of our
plans and would welcome your thoughts and ideas on what further
actions you think will help us to continue to improve and achieve
our vision for the future.