Supported Living:
a service or a life?

Tuesday November 22nd 2016 – 9.30 - 16.30
Manchester Conference Centre

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Our Speakers Included:

  Gary Bourlet - Co-Founder, Learning Disability England

Gary has been a self-advocate for over 30 years and is Co-Founder of Learning Disability England. Before LDE he founded People First England, a self-advocacy organisation which lobbied politicians, did a lot of work with the press and developed media training for people with learning disabilities. Gary has extensive experience in working with the media and has appeared on Channel 4 and in the Guardian. He is a dedicated civil rights campaigner and has set up many self-advocacy groups during his time in the self-advocacy movement.
   Alicia Wood - Co- Founder, Learning Disability England

Alicia is a qualified biodynamic psychotherapist who has worked with people with mental ill health and learning disabilities who have labels of ‘challenging behaviour’. Alicia has worked in the statutory and voluntary sectors. She has led strategies to create more housing for people with learning disabilities and managed a pilot project to test home ownership options and natural supports

  Suzie Fothergill, Skills for People, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Chairperson, Association of Quality Checkers

“I have been employed as a Quality Checker for many years now, and trained a lot of people with learning disabilities to do the same.  I am so pleased that health services across the country will be able to have NHS Quality Checkers.  Our work inspires health professionals to makes services better, so that people with learning disabilities can have better lives where they are healthy, happy and safe. 
  Sally is Paradigm’s Managing Director. 

Sally believes that too much of what underpins support is based on what you must NOT do.  She works with people to connect their hearts and minds so they can focus on what we “MUST DO’ for each and every person. As the co-author of Reach Support for LIVING an Ordinary Life, much of Sally’s time and that of her team at Paradigm, is geared toward working with people, families and organisations to re-focus on the founding principles of Supported Living. Working alongside teams, Paradigm recognises the challenges in the current climate but unapologetically supports people to connect with each other in creative and brave new ways. Together we can step forward – not backward. 
  Sammy Butcher  is an expert by experience,

Sammy is a woman who loves life and who has, in recent years, truly grabbed her rights to live a good life!  Sammy shares her experience powerfully and tells the story of how, with the support of her sister Hazel and friends she now chooses where she lives, who she lives with and who supports her.  As Sammy says ‘Everyone should be able to do that!!’ Sammy has worked with Paradigm at a number of events but is now working as a co-facilitator on our Reach Support for LIVING courses really bringing all aspects of Reach to life.  She’ powerful, so watch out!
  Rachel Mason is a mother of 2 adult sons with autism and Learning disabilities 

Rachel manages their DP packages which engages local Personal Assistants to enable them to live a good and meaningful life in their local community in Somerset.
Rachel has been a national speaker on ‘working in partnership with families’ for 18 years and has worked in a voluntary and consultancy capacity locally, regionally and nationally for many National organisations, Local Authorities, the DoH, CQC, iHaL and Norah Fry research projects like the Confidential inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities. 
  Carol Robinson is NDTi’s Community Inclusion lead  and the regional advisor for Preparing for Adulthood in the South West.

Carol began her career as a social worker in Essex working mainly with children. She became interested in families with disabled children and was active in developing community projects to support them. In 1980, she moved to Bristol to do a PhD and then followed an research career specialising in studies looking at support services for children and their families. She was a founder member of the Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol and was a Reader there until 2001.
Carol has recently worked on guidance for NHSE relating to support for children and young people whose behaviours challenge. Carol has published a number of books and articles and is best known for her work on short breaks and support for families.
   Dr Thomas Doukas Involvement Team Leader of Choice Support

Thomas has worked with people with learning disabilities for over 13 years focusing on active involvement and communication systems. The Involvement Team supports people with learning disabilities to develop and deliver a range of training and information sessions delivered to other disabled people or their supporters. 
In his spare time Thomas is a linguist and researches how children acquire language at a very young age. He has teaching experience in a variety of universities in UK and he has presented his research in many international conferences. He is also the managing editor at Linguistics Unlimited (http://linguistics-unlimited.co.uk/index.php/index/index).
  Shalim Ali is a Quality Checker and Expert by Experience and he has now have a new role working in Choice Support’s Involvement team.

Shalim is a blogger (https://shalimali.wordpress.com/) and a Trustee for Heart and Soul (http://www.heartnsoul.co.uk/) and he is also DJ-ing for their events. He is a creative film-maker and disability champion. Shalim is also a member of Our Rights’ Group (Choice Support’s inclusive group). He lives in SE London and in his spare time he likes football, swimming, boxing and cooking and he is big foodie!  
  Rob Greig has been Chief Executive of the NDTi since May 2008.

Before that Rob spent six and a half years as the Government's National Director for Learning Disabilities, providing national leadership on the delivery of the cross-Government Valuing People Now policy.
He was the creator and original manager of the Valuing People Support Team and the prime author of Valuing People. Whilst working for Government, Rob was also involved in the work of the Office of Disability Issues, including as Vice-Chair of the Expert Panel that oversaw the development of the Independent Living Strategy. He also was a contributor to many other elements of health and social care policy - seeking to promote their relevance to people with disabilities and others who are marginalised in society.
   David Brindle is Public Services Editor of the Guardian.

David specialises in social policy issues and has won a number of awards for his coverage of health and social care and the voluntary sector. He is a regular conference chair and speaker. He is chair of NDTi, the National Development Team for Inclusion, a not-for-profit social change organisation, and is vice-chair of the Recovery Focus group of mental health and addiction charities, founded by Richmond Fellowship. He is a member of various advisory committees, including those of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the School for Social Care Research.
  Deborah Holland is Head of Inspection for the CQC.

Deborah is a qualified social worker and has worked in health and social care for over thirty years. She worked in a variety of posts in Derbyshire and Shropshire social services departments before moving into regulation at a time when local authorities held this responsibility. Deb has held management posts within NCSC, CSCI and CQC and currently heads up the inspection teams that work across Birmingham and the Black Country, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Telford, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Deb has particular interests in services which provide support into people’s homes and services for people living with dementia. In her spare time Deb does lots of dog walking and breeds pedigree Southdown sheep.
  Aisling Duffy is Chief Executive of Certitude.

Certitude is a not for profit organisation providing a range of person centred support options for 1,500 people with learning disabilities and mental health needs in London. Previously Chief Executive of Southside Partnership, she led the merger of it with Support for Living to form Certitude in 2010.  Aisling started her career in psychology and has spent the past 20 + years working within not for profit organisations, seeking to improve life opportunities for people with learning disabilities and people with mental health needs. Born in Ireland Aisling has lived and worked in London for 25 years. 
  Sarah Burslem is the Chief Executive of MacIntyre Charity.

Sarah is proud of the fact that she has worked for MacIntyre since 1992. Sarah trained as a specialist learning disability nurse after leaving school but apart from a brief spell as a nurse learning practitioner have always worked in social care and for third sector organisations.
"I have a real affinity with MacIntyre and have enjoyed being involved with the growth of the organization. I have a huge amount of experience in operational leadership and management and believe we should always strive to be the best."
  Steve Scown is CEO of Dimensions.

Steve trained as a learning disability nurse at the high security Rampton Hospital and worked in a number of NHS management positions before joining the voluntary sector in 1993.
Before being appointed as CEO in 2011 Steve led Dimensions’ organisational development work in championing the personalisation agenda. A speaker at UK and international conferences, he co-authored the award winning books Making it Personaland Making it Personal for Everyone.’
He has an MSc in Public Service Administration and a keen interest in understanding how organisations undertake change and how they contribute beyond their organisational boundaries. He is chair of the Voluntary Organisations for the Disabled Group (VODG).

  Tim Keilty is a special project manager for New Prospects

Tim has worked with people with a learning disability for 20 years, as a support worker in a village community, as a supporter to a People First group, an advocate, as a Person Centred Planning Co-ordinator and now as a Special Projects Manager. Tim has recently joined New Prospects Association based in North Tyneside.

Please find below the presentations

Suzie Fothergill               A service or a Life?
What supported living should be.pdf

Sally Warren
Sammy Butcher

A service or a Life?
Lets not pretend.pdf
Rachel Mason
Carol Robinson

 A service or a Life?
NDTi Successful social inclusion.pdf
Dr Thomas Doukas
Shalim Ali

 Quality Checking -a service or a Life?
Rob Greig

 The Supported Living Policy Context 
The Supported Living Policy Context.pdf

Deb Holland
Suzie Fothergill

Shalim Ali

 Driving Up Quality Awards
DUQ award winners.pdf
Tim Keilty

 Conference Film

Please find below our Seminar presentations

Seminar A

Dr Thomas Doukas 

The role of disabled people in checking and improving quality-

We will look at the impact Quality Checking has on the Quality Checkers and on the people who had their support checked. We will see what people say from both sides and also how organisations who had their services checked responded to the report they received from the Quality Checkers. With group exercises we will get a taste of the observational skills the Quality Checkers have and we will explore what’s good and what’s bad support. This workshop will give you a flavour of a day at work of Quality Checkers and it will help you understand the importance of their job. 

Seminar A.pdf

Seminar B

Paul Richards

Something better change

This will be a hands-on workshop where participants will be encouraged about what they want to change locally to make sure that people with learning disabilities are supported to lead great lives and Stay Up Late (if they want to). We'll be thinking about practical activity that we can all do where we live, whether we're people with learning disabilities, managers, support workers or commissioners of services.

We'll also be thinking about who we need to talk to for us to make real change happen.

At the end of the workshop the aim is that we'll have a load of practical ideas which we can all share with each other, take away and put in to action.

Seminar B.pdf

Seminar C

Deborah Holland

How we can improve our approach to inspecting supported living

This seminar is being run by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who will update participants on their work to improve their inspections of supported living services. Participants will hear about the work of CQC and be able to contribute their thoughts on how CQC, providers and people who use services can make the inspection process more effective

Seminar C.pdf

Seminar D

Alicia Wood
Ann Kenney
Graeme Jackson

A house is not a home

The seminar explores how “a house is not a home” and how the holistic and person centered approach can turn a house into an active and happy home. Given the current political and economic climate this is not without its challenges.  

Ten years on halow exists as two organisations – halow project and halow care who together provide a varied and comprehensive range of services that combine to both nurture and enable young people in Surrey, between 16 and 35 years old to live a full and active life in the community.

Graeme Jackson from Advance Housing will discuss the latest developments for home ownership for people with learning disabilities.

Seminar D.pdf

Seminar E

Kate Whittaker
Rhianon Gale

Independence doesn't mean cut out the family!

This seminar combines rights/involvement with or solely focus on future planning, family involvement in developing circles of support, community connecting etc. to support people to live great lives.

As always, our session will include some real life examples and practical info and tips people can start using/ putting into practice straight away.

Seminar F

Helen Allen

Helping people to use their gifts and talents to be valued and contributing citizens

Community Catalysts nurtures community micro-enterprises and ventures, including those run by people with a learning disability or autism. Helen will share the inspiring stories of how Community Catalysts has helped people with a learning disability to use their gifts and talents in enterprising ways so that people start to be seen as contributing citizens rather than “service users”. In the seminar Helen will get people thinking about what they could do themselves or how families and support organisations could help people to look at what they are good and start to think in enterprising ways.

Seminar F.pdf

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