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A project about Research

Thinklusive and Autism & ADHD are doing a project to hear what people think about research. This is part of the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System’s Research Engagement Network. They are doing this work as research projects often do not include people with a learning disability or who are neurodivergent. They are running a small workshop on the 18th of March, open to people with a learning disability, people who are neurodivergent, parents and carers. The workshop will run from 1:30…

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Suffolk People First March 2024: Voting and your democratic right to express yourself!

Get your FREE ticket here: http://tinyurl.com/SuffolkPFMarch24When: 1st March 2024Time: 10:30 – 2:00Where: Kesgrave War Memorial Community centre, Ipswich, IP51JF Suffolk People First is a county-wide self-advocacy event for people with a learning disability and autistic people. Hosted by Ace Anglia. Suffolk People First brings together self-advocates, family carers, support workers and health & social care professionals from across Suffolk. We have guest speakers from local, regional and national organisations. Don’t miss out on all the fun! Get your free ticket…

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Self-advocacy groups in Suffolk

Ace Anglia are running self-advocacy groups in Suffolk. Join the free self-advocacy groups that are open to people with a learning disability and autistic people. These groups empower people to express themselves freely and safely while discussing any topic of their choice. These groups are the first step towards becoming a strong and confident self-advocate or an expert with experience. There is no formal membership, and you can come and go as you choose! If you would like to come…

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2024 Suffolk Learning Disability Strategy Focus Groups

Register for our 2024 focus groups throughout the year by clicking the link below! https://suffolkordinarylives.co.uk/events/ The Four Focus Groups called My Home, My Health, My Life and My Voice were created to drive the strategy. They are held four times a year and are open to anyone including people with a learning disability, autistic people, families and carers, provider organisations, members of the public, key organisations and businesses. It is really important that people with a learning disability and autistic…

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SEND Strategy consultation

Parents, carers, young people and professionals – we need your help! We need to know what works well for you and what doesn’t to influence and shape the SEND strategy from 2024. What is your experience of SEND in Suffolk as a parent, carer, young person or as a professional? Please click on the link below to complete our short survey SEND Strategy consultation (smartsurvey.co.uk) More information can be found on the link here: Suffolk InfoLink | Improving SEND services in Suffolk:…

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Suffolk People First: Relationships

Sign up to the FREE Suffolk People First event: https://tinyurl.com/SPFDEC23 DateFriday 1st December 10:00am – 2:00pm VenueKesgrave Community CentreTwelve Acre ApproachIpswich, Suffolk IP5 1JF United Kingdom  Suffolk People First is a county-wide self-advocacy event hosted by Suffolk based advocacy organisation Ace Anglia. The quarterly held events bring together self-advocates, family carers, support workers and health & social care professionals from across Suffolk. We have guest speakers from local, regional and national organisations. In December Suffolk People First is about Relationships It will be…

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Suffolk Learning Disability Strategy: My Life Focus Group

Sign up to the next My Life Focus Group: https://tinyurl.com/MyLifeFGNov2023 24th November 2023 10:30 – 12:30 On Zoom The My Life Focus Groups are for anyone who has an interest in the Suffolk Joint Learning Disability Strategy this could be people with a learning disability, autistic people, families and carers, provider organisations, members of the public, key organisations and businesses. There are 4 My Life Focus Groups a year: online and face-to-face. The My Life Focus Group is co-chaired by:…

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National Trust Ickworth Estate Light Nights

A magical light trail | 10 – 26 November 2023 Don’t miss out on this winter walk and a chance to see Ickworth in a new light. Pre-booking is essential. Timed Tickets available from 4.30pm. Please note that due to the nature and location of this event, assistance dogs only are welcome. Winter National Trust Images / Jim Woolf https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/suffolk/ickworth-estate/ickworths-light-nights Book tickets for Monday to Thursday nights Tickets for Monday to Thursday nights are priced at £11.50 per adult (18…

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Area SEND inspection for Suffolk Local Area Partnership

 Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are visiting your area to inspect the local arrangements for children and young people with special education needs and disabilities (SEND). The inspectors want to know about the help and support that children and young people with SEND get. You can tell us by filling in a survey below. Your answers are confidential. The surveys will close at 9am on 7 November 2023. Children and young peopleIf you are a young person with SEND please fill in this survey.…

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Disability Action Plan: Consultation Session

The Government are currently running a consultation to find out what people think should be in the Disability Action Plan 2023/2024. This Action Plan aims to improve disabled peoples lives and focuses on the work that will be done in the next two years. The Government wants to hear about what they should prioritise. This is a Learning Disability England Members session, you can join the membership for as little as £12 a year

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Grow Your Future at ActivGardens – for people aged 16+

If you are looking for a new direction come and take part in our programme to develop practical skills and build confidence on your way to further learning, training or employment! In this free 12-week course, you will learn about gardening, horticulture and nature conservation in our safe, welcoming and inspiring community gardens. Grow Your Future is for anyone aged 16+ who are unemployed or economically inactive, and not engaging in education or training.

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SENDIASS Information Sessions for Families Autumn 2023

This information is designed for sharing online and reflects sessions confirmed as of September 2023. Further sessions may be added as the term progresses. You can also direct families to our events calendar and our SENDIASS News and Events webpage for details of upcoming sessions. To increase accessibility, we have created pre-recordings of all SENDIASS online sessions on our SENDIASS YouTube channel which parents, carers and practitioners can access at any time, to watch at their own pace and at…

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Stay connected: supporting people with learning disabilities to use technology

What is the best way to support people with learning disabilities to access and use technology? The Open University have produced a series of videos. In this series of videos, people with learning disabilities and their support workers share their experiences of providing and receiving support to use everyday technologies. This includes tablets and mobile phones to access applications such as the YouTube and Zoom. The interviewees highlight the importance of person-centred support that is informed by a good understanding…

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SCA Care Conference 5th October 2023

The Suffolk Care Association Care Conference theme this year is: social care is the solution – Not the problem. How can we fix it? There will be guest speakers on the day: Professor Will Pope– Chair, NHS Suffolk and North East Essex ICB Board Michelle Dyson- Director, General, Adult Social Care Professor Martin Green- CEO, Care England Ruby Peacock- Policy, Practice and Innovation Director, Homecare Association Kevin Barker- Director SL&V –talks on immigration law and implementation Jonathan Cunningham – MBE–…

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Greater Anglia: Consultation on proposed ticket office changes

Greater Anglia, along with most other train operators, is proposing changes to the way tickets are sold and customer service is provided at stations. A public consultation process is now taking place about those proposals. Comments and feedback can be provided to the relevant passenger watchdogs, Transport Focus and, where appropriate, London TravelWatch, until Friday 1 September 2023. Key principles: Alternative Accessible Versions This information, including the station proposals, is available in alternative formats: For full information on the consultation…

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Autism in Racing: Newmarket Racecourse Saturday 19th August 2023

What is Autism in Racing: August Event Autism in Racing have an upcoming date on Saturday 19th August 2023 at Newmarket Racecourse – this is a day meeting “Summer Saturday” -Love a Grey horse? The Grey Horse handicap takes centre stage as a field of only grey horses come thundering down the track. https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newmarket/events-tickets/summer-saturday-5/ We will have access to the mobile sensory unit with interactive walls. It’s hosted by Racing Together as part of our Autism in Racing programme and full…

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Suffolk Learning Disability Strategy: My Life Focus Group

The Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership Board would like to invite self-advocates, families and carers, provider organisations, board members, key organisations, and wider partnership to the Suffolk Learning Disability Strategy: My Life Focus Group. About this meeting The My Life Focus Group is a group which is part of the updated Suffolk Learning Disability Strategy 2021/22. The re-fresh of this strategy maintains our commitments to work together with partners across Suffolk. We want to work in new and different ways to ensure that…

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SENDIASS Events

Our summer term training plan is available, helpful to see what we have coming up through to July: View SENDIASS Information Sessions for Families Summer 23 Last chance! – to register for our popular online session for parents and carers explaining the process of drafting and finalising an EHC plan.  Please see flyer for details. Online session 8th June 2023              10am – 11:30am Click here to register Parents and carers helped coproduce this session which will be supported by a member of…

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Accessible Information Advisory Group

A new advisory group has been set up to advise the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board about accessible Information. This is to help make sure people receive NHS information that is accessible to them. It is facilitated by Thinklusive. Information needs to be accessible in lots of different ways and the Accessible Information Advisory Group will represent the range of accessible information needs in our communities. The first meeting will be on Zoom on the 25th of…

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My Life Focus Group 19th April 2023 Agenda

The Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership Board would like to invite self-advocates, families and carers, provider organisations, board members, key organisations, and wider partnership to the Suffolk Learning Disability Strategy: My Life Focus Group. About this meeting The refresh of this strategy maintains our commitment to work together with partners across Suffolk, to work in new and different ways to ensure that people with learning disabilities live good lives as part of their community with the right support at the right time, from…

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Making Every Contact Count

One Life Suffolk is offering training called Making Every Contact Count. Making Every Contact Count will provide you with the skills, confidence and tools to have a positive and effective conversation about health and behaviour change; particularly around weight management, stopping smoking and increasing physical activity. Having even a brief chat with someone about what is happening in their life can be all it takes to make a positive impact to their health and wellbeing. That’s where the Making Every…

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My Life Focus Group 22nd February 2023 Agenda

The Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership Board would like to invite self-advocates, families and carers, provider organisations, board members, key organisations, and wider partnership to the Suffolk Learning Disability Strategy: My Life Focus Group. About this meeting The refresh of this strategy maintains our commitment to work together with partners across Suffolk, to work in new and different ways to ensure that people with learning disabilities live good lives as part of their community with the right support at the right time, from…

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New learning framework for knowledge, skills and values for working affirmatively with LGBTQ+ people in later life

This new learning framework for working with LGBTQ+ people in later life aims to provide a base for identifying the insights, knowledge, understanding and skills that the social care workforce need to help them work affirmatively, inclusively and effectively with individuals from gender and sexually diverse communities. This project was funded by Skills for Care and was developed by Dr Trish Hafford-Letchfield (University of Strathclyde) in collaboration with the LGBT Foundation.  The learning framework identifies and articulates more systematically, the…

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