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Inclusion North Bulletin

Issue Number 53
29th October 2013

In this bulletin you will hear about some of the work Inclusion North is doing and information about what is happening across the country.

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Stockton Safe Place Scheme

Inclusion North have been working with the Councils, Self Advocates, Police and Fire Brigade in Cleveland to set up a new Safe Place Scheme. You can read about the launch in the paper Places like shops, sports centres or libraries can display the Safe Place sign to show that they are a good place to go for people who feel scared. The Safe Places scheme has been tried in other places and people have thought it was a success.

Anyone who wants more information on the Safe Place Scheme, or who wants to get involved is asked to call: Scott Cunningham on 07767776125 or email

Winterbourne View Joint Improvement Programme

The Joint Improvement Programme was set up after the terrible abuse that happened at Winterbourne. It is there to try and make sure that the abuse does not happen again and that services for people are personalised, safe and local. The Local Government Association and NHS England have done a stocktake to see how things are going with the programme, and have released a progress report.

You can read the full report here: Or a short summary version here: There is also an Easy Read version of the summary: If you have queries about the programme you can send them to Marie Coffrey:

Angelas Secondment with Winterbourne JIP

Angela has gone on secondment to the Winterbourne View Joint Improvement Programme until March 2015. This means she still keeps her job at Inclusion North but we have agreed she can work for them until then. Angela is going to still lead the Tomorrows Leaders course until it finishes in March next year - she is just coming back to work for us on those days We are in the middle of choosing someone new to join the team will let you know when we know who it is. If you have any questions or want to talk about this do get in touch with Sam.

Report on Social Care in Ordinary Residence

Linkage Community Trust have made this report about what happens when people who receive care or support move home.

They have made this to show that people sometimes lose services when they move, or that things can go wrong when different areas cannot agree who should pay for services. You can read the report here:

You can get more information about linkage from their website:

NHS England Carers Consultation

This is about making the NHS better at involving patients and their carers in making decisions about their care and treatment.

NHS England want to find out more about what carers need and want from the NHS.

They will be asking a question or set of questions each week.

There is a list of websites here where the questions will be posted:

The questions will also appear on Twitter on the NHS IQ feed: And you can join the conversation using the hashtag #NHSThinkCarer:

There is a questionnaire that you can complete online:

Or you can email your views to:

Promoting Family Led Support

Family Carers know a lot about how to set up and manage support for relatives that have a learning disability. They know a lot about what good support looks like. With the changes that are happening in the way that support is funded or bought for people, more families may need to think about providing support themselves. The Family Carer Network want to find out more about families that have developed their own support, and what help or resources families might need to do this. They have set up a survey to find this out: To find out more about the work or request a paper copy of the survey, please contact Paul Swift: 07740 946564 / 0117 9294365 Or email

Arts and Social Care Animation

Skills for Care, The Baring Foundation and Creative & Cultural Skills, commissioned some research to make a report on the role of art in adult social care. They made this animation to give people an idea of what the report has to say, which you can watch on their website: The report shows lots of people are really talented whatever their support needs or conditions.

Love Your Vote

Dimensions are launching their Love Your Vote campaign to tell people more about voting and to try and get more people to vote.

There are going to be a series of workshops about what happens when you vote. They will use Easy Read materials and presentations.

Inclusion North and Connect in North are working together to plan a workshop for self advocates or supporters who want to train others in the New Year we will tell you more soon.

Each workshop lasts either a morning or afternoon. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

There are only 20 places available at each workshop so please book early.

Workshops in Yorkshire & Humberside and the North East are: Sheffield Friday 1st November 2013

Darlington Thursday 20th February 2014

Hartlepool Friday 21st February 2014

Tyneside March 28th March 2014

The workshops will also tell people about how to lobby their Member of Parliament about issues that affect their lives.

You can find out more information about this or book your place on the Dimensions website: Or you can follow them on Twitter @DimensionsUK #LoveYourVote

Self Advocacy Group

Self-advocacy voice are having a forum for people who have a learning disability and who want to speak out about what life is like for them.

The next forum will be on: Thursday 7th of November 1.30-3.00pm at Mayfield centre, Broadway Avenue, Bradford

You can see the flyer for the forum here:

If you would like to come then call Gillian, David or Craig on 01274 744151 or email

Dont worry if you cant make it, they have forums every first Thursday of the month.

Accessible Banking Research

ICM Research have asked by some major banks to find out how accessible people find their services. The banks want to try and improve their services to give people equal access. ICM will pay people 50 for taking part in their research by answering some questions. They mostly want to speak to people who use Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) or Natwest, but a few people who are with other banks is ok. They also mostly want to speak to people who are in Greater London, Greater Manchester, Greater Birmingham, Norfolk, Suffolk, Greater Glasgow, Greater Edinburgh, or Dundee.

There will be a chat by phone or email followed by a meeting. At the meeting someone from ICM will accompany people doing a task which involves contacting a bank. Afterwards there will be a follow up interview.

The interviews will take place between now and the end of November. Some of them will be filmed so people must be ok with being on camera.

To get involved, contact Natalie Compas on

0207 845 8303 Or email

National Learning Disability and Autism Awards The awards are presented for excellence in caring for people. If you think that your care or support is excellent you can nominate them for an award. You can read the flyer which tells you about the categories for the nominations and which contains the nomination form. The gala dinner where the awards are presented will be on Thursday 16th May 2014 in Birmingham.

If you would like any information on any of our meetings, training or projects you can contact the office on:

Tel: 0113 262 6409


Or you can write to us at: Inclusion North 191 Belle Vue Road Leeds LS3 1HG

You can visit our website at:

Or you can contact any member of the Inclusion North team:

Samantha Clark Tel: 07823 536 603 Email:

Scott Cunningham Tel: 07767 776 125 Email:

Kellie Woodley Tel: 07876 145 390 Email: