Category: Events and meetings

All Age Learning Disability and Autism Strategy

Five committee members committed their selves to work on the strategy.

From attending an initial   planning meeting on 9.10.18 facilitated by Lucy Virgo (Inclusion North) and Sally Fergerson (Rotherham Speak Up) they continued to attend further meetings with Council members and Carers to ensure that all comments were noted and were made into questions to gain the views of the people it was relevant to.

It was very important to ensure the wording of the questions were to the point, easy to understand and covered all areas of Housing, Employment, Health and Education which were required. And that there was sufficient scope for people to enter any other issues they may have.


After the training was complete the committee members took it in turns to facilitate sessions with members of the council and CCG to the peers they represent at Doncaster Hub, Stirling Smile, Rossington Smile, and Stainforth Smile. The feedback was good with many people referring to relationships as a subject they would like more help with.

The strategy is now in is final stages with ChAD being askedto submit ideas for the front cover by DMBC Commisioners. They  have also been approached to be involved in the scrutiny panel which will take shortly.

As we have a good relationship with Rotherham Speak Up, they have approached us to see if we would be interested in working on future projects together.


A committee member and support met with Hate Crime lead Alison Atkinson and Claire (the designated police engagement officer for schools) to see if they could help us get access to more schools to deliver the Hate Crime presentation with Rossington Smile. Claire has contacted schools on ChAD, s behalf and we are hoping to visit some early in the year.

Due to this work we have been contacted by Theresa Stothard (facilitator and investigations officer from the South Area team) who contacted us to ask if we are able to deliver this to 2 primary schools as part of their multi-agency Junior Citizen Programme in Edlington.

The aim of this is to educate children early in a range of different subjects to help reduce ASB, Crime, Alcohol and drug abuse etc. in the long run.

They would like the programme to incorporate people who have a LD as they feel it would be beneficial for the children to work on a project alongside clients who can show how SEN doesn’t prevent individuals from achieving anything. Sessions have been arranged for April, May and June

Partners in Learning

Partners in Learning

One committee member continues to represent ChAD at this meeting (which has run for 10 years) at Sheffield Hallam University.

They have had two meetings with the governing bodies and are presently facilitating LD training to 3rd year student Social Work/Nurses.


LD Partnership Board Meeting

ChAD representatives attended the Partnership board meeting on 2nd October at Rutland house where the meeting now has a new co-chair David Heckerskill who shares the role with James from ChAD

As usual ChAD fed back all the current work they were involved in to which many people from differing organisations commented on

Laura Quarmaine from Transitions and Sarah Walton gave an update on the work they do. They asked ChAD if they would like to attend one of their team meetings to meet their new members of the social work/Assessment officer team to explain ChADs work. This will enable them to share any relevant information with the people they work with.


Public health also asked if they could attend a future ChAD meeting.

Further feedback and discussions were held on LD Strategy Update and transforming care.

As ChAD have concerns around Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery they asked if someone in the council managed this. The Partnership board have since given us the relevant contact and we have arranged for them to attend our February meeting.

Care Navigation Events

ChAD had an information stall at The Care Navigation event at The Early of Doncaster where Sue Millward, ChAD Support and ChAD member Mark Johnson explained the nature of ChAD’s work and the projects they were involved in.  As the target audience were primary care providers many were aware of our easy read cards, cancer awareness posters and annual health check information and those who were not aware took posters and information back to share at their practice.

Barnborough practice had already requested by email a further supply of appointment and took the opportunity to collect them at the event.  Another practice said they were very happy with them and one particular lady requests them each visit as she finds them so much easier to use.

Practice Manager Jacqueline Harper from the Nayer Practice, Edlington requested that we send Annual Health Check information to her by email, other practices took copies as they felt they were better than the existing ones they had.

We also had a very lengthy conversation with Richard Harris from Weldricks Pharamacy/GP practice about issues people have had with Pharmacy2U and the work ChAD is involved in.  We exchanged contact details as we felt Richard would be a good contact to speak about pharmacies at a future ChAD meeting.

We also had the opportunity to network with other organisations to find out more information about the work they do ie.  Choose Well Doncaster, Your Life Doncaster, Creative Support Doncaster, Talking Sense and Citizens Advice.

A further Care Navigation event was held at the Keepmoat Stadium and attended by ChAD who again engaged with primary care staff from differing practice areas.



Training Day

Jacqui Brewster from Sheffield Hallam University came to deliver training to the committee and Volunteer support.
Firstly Jacqui explained to new members that ChAD were formed in the year 2000 because people with learning disabilities were fed up of other people making decisions for them. The fact that ChAD were Independent was of great importance to allow them and the people they represent to make their own decisions.
We then went on to identify different behaviours that people display in various meetings and agreed which were and were not acceptable.
Jacqui said that for any group to be successful they need to work as a team , work together and respect each other.  Here is Stewart and Pat doing a fun exercise to show how when something doesn’t seem possible on your own, team work makes it much easier ( unless of course you have extremely long arms like Raymond).


Keeping Safe Event

On 18th December 5 committee members attended the Keeping Safe event at The Keep Moat Stadium.
There were interactive activities where people spoke about how communities can help each other to keep safe, and painted their ideal visions on canvases.

The lost Voice Guy who won Britain’s got Talent attended to give a talk about his life and how he has overcome barriers to achieve what he has.
Here is a photo of Fay. Mark and Craig from ChAD with John Woodhouse (Chair of the Adult Safeguarding Board) and Toyah Wordsworth.