2015 Celebration of Learning Disabilities

This June, Redbridge will once again be celebrating Learning Disability Week with three main events. The main aim of the events is to raise awareness, showcase the talents of people who have a learning disability, recognise the continued contribution they make to the community.

This year’s events are free and include:

Festival in the Park

This year the festival will include live bands, staged music & dance acts, photo booth, sport taster sessions, art & music workshops, vintage cream tea, information & health tents, raffle along with food & drink available to purchase all day.

Friday 19 June at Eton Manor Rugby Club, Nutter Lane, Wanstead, London E11 2JA from 11.00am to 5.00pm

‘Dear Prime Minister’ Art Exhibition

This year’s pre-Tate art exhibition is titled ‘Dear Prime Minister’ messages to the new Government from people with learning disabilities. Winners of the contest will be announced at 1pm on 12 June with winning entries going on display at the Tate Modern, Bankside on 24 June.

Tuesday 9 to Sunday 12 June at Leytonstone Learning Link, 23-25 North Brikbeck Road, Leytonstone, London E11 4JF from 10.00am to 4.00pm

Sport ‘Come & Try it’ Day

A variety of sporting activities will be taking place throughout the day including football, zumba and much more.

Thursday 10 June at The Peter May Sport Centre, 135 Wadham Road, Waltham Forest, London E17 4HR from 11.00am to 3.00pm

For more information call 020 8708 5121.

Fourth local account published

Adult Social Services has published its fourth local account to share information about the work it does, how it is performing and what they and others believe need to be done in the future to improve services.

As part of the Government’s initiative to make local services accountable to local people, Council’s are now responsible for making their own improvements and sharing this work with their local community. It is hoped that this local account builds on the conversation that Adult Social Services continues to have with its residents.

Care Act - care and support is changing

The Care Act is the single largest change to health and social care policy in over 60 years, as it changes the way social care services are delivered.

The Care Act is built around people’s needs and what they want to achieve in their lives. It seeks to re-balance the focus of care and support towards promoting wellbeing and preventing or delaying needs, putting people at the heart of the system.

If you are already using adult social care services, there will be no automatic changes to your support. You are most likely to notice changes in the way we work with you at your review or if your needs change (whichever comes first).

The Council already provides a lot of support that is mentioned in the Care Act e.g. providing information and advice to people and supporting carers. We will be using the national guidance to make sure that our ways of working fully meet the new duties. In particular, carers, people who fund their own care and people with new care and support needs will experience different support in line with the Care Act.

Redbridge Autism Plan 2012-15 is being updated

The Department of Health (DH) has published 'Think Autism', an update to the Adults with Autism Strategy for England: Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives (2010) in line with duties set out in the Autism Act 2009.

In Redbridge we plan to update our existing Adults with Autism Plan during 2014/15 in the light of the priorities in the national strategy and will do this through the Redbridge Adults with Autism Working Group which has proved to be an effective process for the local implementation of the National Autism Strategy and associated activities to date.

Autism Alert Card available

An Autism Alert Card is available to any Redbridge resident who has an autistic spectrum condition.

The card, which is the size of a credit card can be carried at all times and used in situations where you cannot easily give an explanation about your condition. It will also assist the police and other emergency services to identify that they are dealing with someone who has autism.

The card will carry the logos of the Redbridge Disability Consortium, Centre for Independent and Inclusive Living Redbridge (CiiLR) and Redbridge Council so they will be easily identifiable to the emergency services.

How Redbridge is supporting people with dementia

Redbridge Adult Social Services was asked to participate in a film to show how the council is supporting people with dementia and giving residents choice and control in an extra care sheltered environment or in the community.

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