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