Author: ChAD Committee

Christmas Cheer

ChAD embracing their new relationship with the Ridge Employability College.

Enjoying Christmas lunch at the Bev Ridge Cafe, Bullcroft Memorial Hall, Carcroft.  A huge thank you to all the staff for a lovely meal.  Looking forward to working together in the New Year.


Working with the NHS

Following the work ChAD members Mark and Raymond did at a out of area medium secure hospital about Care Treatment Reviews and how people were involved in their future plans, ChAD were approached by the Improving Quality Manager to see if they would like to return to the same hospital to speak with the patients about Advocacy and further work until the end of March 2022

Mark, Raymond and Sue accepted the work as they have now built up some good trusting relationships with both patients and staff.  They returned to do the first workshop where they listened to what people had to say.

This work is being carried out by several Self Advocacy Groups at different hospitals around the country. The purpose is to ensure that people  know what advocacy is ,they have advocacy support if they need it , know about different types of Advocacy and what is available when they are in the community.  All the information collected will be shared, where it is hoped that good practice will be followed.


Thank You To The Peoples Health Trust

ChAD would like to say a Huge Thank you to Peoples Health Trust who have very kindly funded us to pay for a office space at Arendal House for a period of two years , as well as our Monthly ChAD meetings at the Clark Memorial Hall .

This is so very much appreciated.

Members are extremely pleased with the new office space and have been overwhelmed with the friendliness and Kindness of the people who run the Mencap building when working there .It was very emotional on  attending the office one day to find they had had a sign made on the  front of the building as well as the office door to show we were there and welcome us . Other people who use the building are also very friendly and welcoming .

ChAD also restarted their face to face monthly meetings in November , following covid safety measures where members have been pleased to see one another again and get on with the work in hand

Thank you for enabling all the above.



ChAD have done some excellent work during the pandemic and have returned to their face-face monthly committee meetings since October.

It has been lovely to see everyone again and talk about subjects important to the Learning Disability Community.

Due to Covid we have understandably not been able to enter Day Services to interact and speak with people so we thank those that responded to our request in forwarding any news or concerns to us on their behalf.

All measures are being taken to keep our meetings as Covid safe as possible with the addition of Lisa and Sylwia from the Covid Testing Team who kindly attended our meeting yesterday (9 November 2021).  They talked us all through doing the test correctly, where further lateral flow tests can be collected as well as important information to help keep safe.

If anyone would like members of the Covid Testing Team to attend their group or for more information contact







Sport for all

ChAD members enjoying a change from their usual serious topics and discussions.  Craig, Raymond and Stewart thoroughly enjoyed themselves at the Big Health event at the English Institute for Sport in Sheffield where there were interactive workshops and a variety of accessible sports to enable everyone to improve their health and well being – and having fun at the same time.