Learning Disability Celebrations 2016

This June, Redbridge and Waltham Forest will once again be celebrating Learning Disability Week with three free events.

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 information


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 more.

Venue: The Peter May Sport Centre, 135 Wadham Road, Waltham Forest, London E17 4HR

Time: 10.30am - 3pm

Call: 020 8496 2710 for more information


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 same theme.

Venue: Starr Gallery and Auditorium, Tate Modern, Bankside London SE1 9TG

Time: 11am - 4pm

Call: 020 8551 8800 for more information


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 and support.

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

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 more information visit MyLife website.

Improving health and social care services for Redbridge residents

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 and are:

  • vulnerable older people
  • adults with a learning disability and/or on the autistic spectrum
  • adults with a physical and/or sensory disability
  • 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 Kings.

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 benefit.

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 website
  • 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 financial help

‘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 environment.

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.

View the 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 Group (RAWG).

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.


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