H&SA 2015 Annual Conference

Rising to the Challenge

Independent Living and People with Learning Disabilities

Manchester, 19th November 2015

Our Exhibitors:

Golden Lane Housing (GLH) provides individually tailored, high-quality and flexible housing services across England and Wales. We were established by Mencap as an independent charity to help tackle the immense challenges people with a learning disability face in finding a home.

GLH are here to make sure that more and more people with a learning disability can live their lives as they choose, are valued equally and listened to. Using the supported living approach we have housed over 1,400 people in a location of their choice.

Time designers Ltd is a small company co owned by Rachel Mason, a family carer with 2 sons with Autism and Learning disabilities. The products and resources that TD offer in the area of social care, Education and health have been built from personal experience and first hand knowledge so they will always be practical, meaningful and are designed to make a real difference. 

The 247grid is a perfect resource for service professionals and care providers to have in their tool kit when working with individuals and their families Along side traditional Person centred planning tools, this visual mapping tool is really effective to support a client to look at the structure of their daily lives, identify the barriers and the support they need to achieve their goals.

The 247grid is then a key resource to aid the deployment of services and other innovative use of assistive technology and community solutions to address the barriers effectively.

Those clients with few literacy skills can be engaged in every aspect of their support delivery using the 247grid's visual display and empowering format. It is very helpful in explaining where their funding is being spent.

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation We are the charity for people with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges. We’re making a difference to the lives of children and adults across the UK through:

  • information about challenging behaviour
  • peer support for family carers and professionals
  • supporting families by phone or email running
  • workshops to reduce challenging behaviour
  • speaking up for families nationally

Our vision is for anyone with severe learning disabilities who displays challenging behaviour to have the same life opportunities as everyone else.

We work to improve understanding of challenging behaviour, empower families with information and support, and help others to provide better services and more opportunities.

Future Directions CIC is a high quality social care provider based in Chadderton in Oldham. Our intention is to drive the personalisation agenda so that each individual who we support has their own contract/service agreement to meet their individual support needs. 

We currently provide services in Manchester, Stockport, Trafford, Rochdale, Oldham, Halton, Warrington and Lancashire.Future Directions CIC is registered with the Care Quality Commission to provide personal care, supported living, domiciliary care and care homes without nursing.

Future Directions CIC has been developed to provide the innovative services which individuals want and need.Future Directions CIC has extensive experience of working with Local Authority Commissioners and Primary Care Trust Commissioners in delivering high quality services, working differently and meeting the cost efficiencies required in the present financial climate.

We have recently worked in collaboration with commissioners and local responsible social landlords to identify and develop different housing models that better meet the needs of the people who we support whilst at the same time are also more cost effective.

We've just celebrated 30 years together 

Choice Support is a leading social care charity providing support to disabled and disadvantaged people with a wide range of needs throughout much of England. We've been around since 1984 and our aim is to support people to live better lives of their own choosing.

We were one of the first providers to have helped disabled people and their families to take control and have 30 years experience of improving the lives of the people we support.

Insane Logic
is the owner-run company behind MyChoicePad, a language development platform for mobile tablets using symbols and signs to reinforce language. Insane Logic not only creates the technology, but with its three resident Speech and Language Therapists, it devises projects and training programmes to help embed the tool across national social care organisations.

Their flagship product MyChoicePad is a tablet app that uses Makaton signs and symbols in combination with user generated content and structured games to deliver measurable language development for people with communication difficulties. MyChoicePad is a flexible tool that can be tailored to the user – it can act as a voice output communication aid, a staff training tool, a storytelling support, a social communication starter, a choice facilitator, or all of these, depending on the individual's needs and capacities.

Insane Logic has worked with some of the biggest social care charities and organisations in the UK including Choice Support, Real Life Options, United Response, Certitude and WCS Care Group, MCCH and Avenues Group.

MacIntyre was established in 1966 by Kenneth Newton Wright, the parent of a disabled child, MacIntyre has grown to become a leading national charity, highly respected and committed to setting standards and increasing choice.

We provide learning, support and care for more than 900 children and adults with learning disabilities, at more than 120 MacIntyre services across the UK. Our diverse range of services includes registered care homes, supported living schemes, accredited training schemes and lifelong learning services, as well as residential special schools and a further education college.

iplanit is a leading cloud-based support planning service. This award winning solution has been implemented by over 70 social care services providers who support people in the disability sectors, older people, mental health and supported living settings across UK, Ireland and in partnership with National Disability Services in Australia. iplanit helps providers, funders and service users by evidencing value, driving inclusion and supporting co-production. It provides a transparent platform which allows management to create and measure a culture of accountability and greater service quality whilst promoting outcomes based on person centred practices. Find out more on www.aspirico.com

You Know is a free online unbiased information and guidance site for Health, Social Care and Housing with support matters. We are pleased to be providing some of the best advisers nationally on this site. We will be building up resources to make this site the nations one stop shop for those interested in getting expert help and knowledge in these areas.

We are an ethical business operating in the commercial sector and our funds will be raised by sponsorship and advertising.

Our goal is to include a rating section where you can find out about good and poor services and eventually get an advocacy service that is truly independent.
Your support, subscriptions. advertisements and help will make this interactive site the most sought after and effective portal for information, guidance and advocacy nationally.

“Paradigm is a leading learning disability and training development agency. We have a passion for connecting people, ideas and action to ensure an ordinary life for all.

We love supporting people to discover their potential and to live the lives they choose. We have a team of talented, committed and experienced Associates, including Associates with learning disabilities who design training and consultancy in response to our customer’s needs.

For more information about Paradigm visit www.paradigm-uk.org

CHANGE is an international human rights organisation led by disabled people. We work to create opportunities for people with learning disabilities to become empowered citizens who can succeed, grow and participate equally in the community. We have a team of award winning designers and illustrators working alongside experts with learning disabilities who together create bespoke easy read resources and accessible materials in alternative media. In addition we offer training courses which aim to improve working methods as well as working on grant-funded and commissioned projects that promote equality, inclusion and the human rights of all people with learning disabilities. Our co-working method ensures that people with learning disabilities co-lead on all of our work, with an equal salary and status to their non-disabled peers.

Exhibitors Offer

We offer a range of attractive promotional options

  • Exhibiting products and services at events, with extensive opportunity to interact with delegates 
  • Logo on conference material
  • Promotion on our social media network currently over 4,050 followers
  • Inserts in delegate packs distributed to all delegates
  • Article in the conference newspaper
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