Monday, February 14, 2011

a series of half-day learning disability themed conferences on housing, employment, sexuality and hate crime

Birmingham on 30-31 March 2011, the conferences are £125 to attend, and a limited number of free bursary places available.

Attached is the programme and booking information – if you could post this information onto your website and blog, we would be most grateful.

30th March AM: Learning disabilities and employment: what needs to be done to help people with learning disabilities into work?


  • Chair: Chris Scholl Regional Lead, Valuing People Now
  • Kathy Melling, National Employment Lead, Valuing Employment Now, Department of Health
  • Deborah Parker, Chief Executive, Progress
  • Gary Clarke, Youth Outreach Worker, Skill
  • Jane Martin, Area - Occupation and Employment Services, Self Unlimited
  • Keith Smith, Chief Executive, British Institute for Learning Disabilities

Sessions on:

  • Government attitude to people with learning disabilities and employment
  • Attitudes of employers to people with learning disabilities
  • Training to prepare people with learning disabilities for employment
  • Schemes helping people with learning disabilities to find employment and achieve their best potential
  • Case study: 'Give us a job' - enabling people with learning disabilities to get a foothold on the job ladder

Full details and booking information at:

30th March PM: Learning disabilities and housing: private and social housing options

  • Chair: Ian Copeman, Director of Housing and Support Partnership, Housing Options
  • John Hardy, Policy Manager - Special Needs, Birmingham Council
  • Mark McGoogan, Housing Lead, Mencap
  • Dave Cusack, Chief Executive, Moseley and District Churches Housing Association
  • Grenville Hague, Assistant Director (Landlord Services) Advance Housing
  • David Wolverson, Chief Executive, Dimensions UK

Sessions on:

  • Creating a real range of housing options
  • Helping people with learning disabilities to get on the housing ladder
  • Having choice and control over where you live and who you live with
  • Case study: Making tenancy agreements easy for tenants to understand using easy read guides and DVDs
  • Private housing options for people with learning disabilities

Full details and booking information at:

31st March AM: Hate crime! Mate crime! Increasing awareness and access to justice

  • Chair: David Grundy Safety Net Project Worker (Calderdale), ARC
  • Rose Simkins, Chief Executive, Stop Hate UK
  • Katherine Quarmby, Author of 'Getting away with murder'
  • Stephen Brookes, Co-ordinator, National Disability Hate Crime Network
  • Sue Thurman, Speech and Language Therapist and Registered Intermediary, Ann Craft Trust

Sessions on:

  • What is hate crime? An overview of the problem
  • Sentencing for hate crimes
  • Increasing evidence of mate crime
  • Working with potential future offenders
  • Case study: Witness Intermediary Scheme – a voice for people with learning disabilities within the criminal justice system

Full details and booking information at:

31st March PM: Sexuality and people with learning disabilities: supporting and educating people with learning disabilities to explore their sexuality and relationships

  • Chair: Ceri Evans, Senior Sexual Health Adviser, West London Centre for Sexual Health
  • Louise Wallis, Policy & Campaigns Officer, Respond
  • Bryan Mellan, Consultant
  • Miguel Tudela de la Fuente, Project Manager, Learning Disabilities, Family Planning Association
  • Hannah Wolstenholme, Mates n Dates Coordinator, Guideposts Trust
  • Chris Jones Principal, Clinical Psychologist, Oxfordshire Learning Disability Trust (Ridgeway Partnership)
  • The Revd. Jane Fraser, Manager, Bodysense

Sessions on:

  • Sexuality issues for women with learning disabilities
  • Sexuality issues for men with learning disabilities
  • Young people with learning disabilities and taking care of sexual health
  • Overprotected? Balancing responsibility towards vulnerable people with their rights to relationships
  • Case study: Enabling people with learning disabilities to develop relationships that bring them acceptance, love and pleasure

Full details and booking information at:


We hope to welcome you at these events.

Many thanks,



Helen Charlton

Events Marketing Manager



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