Category: News

ChAD spread Christmas Cheer

During the current pandemic the Committee identified that people who would normally be contacted face to face at day services etc were not being reached.  Most people do not engage digitally so some other way was needed.  They applied to the National Emergencies Trust for funding to produce some easy read booklets.  We are proud to say the bid was successful.  The first booklet has been distributed to almost 1,000 adults with a learning disability in the Doncaster area.  This issue contained information regarding where to obtain support if required and some Christmas themed activities and competitions.  The funding awarded will also cover the cost of equipment (Think Pads) to assist members of the Committee in producing and contributing to future booklets and to encourage and engage digitally with some of the people they represent.

A further two issues will be produced around March and June 2021 so watch this space!

A huge thank you the National Emergencies Trust for making this all possible.




ChAD would like everyone to keep safe in these uncertain times.

Please listen to the Government and stay inside unless it is urgent to go out.

If anyone would like to ring ChAD for any information on support available, or if you are in need of a chat please feel free to ring:

Mobile:              07834 686858

Direct Dial:       01302 965452

Email: or 

If no one is available to take your call on this contact in the present situation please use the following alternatives where Healthwatch staff will be able to update you with information or 01302 965450 / 01302 965458 / 07510 590460


ChAD members have been keeping in touch by Zoom meetings ( by video link so we can see if everyone is ok or they are finding things difficult)

ChAD message to all

At a recent Zoom meeting ChAD members offered their words of tribute on the current situation from which we made this poem:

Stay strong and positive

Is our message to you

As we thank all the people

for the jobs that they do


Parents and Carers

Staff in our home

People who ring us

each day on the phone


Community Hubs

delivering food

And other essentials

to lighten the mood


Volunteers, NHS

Truck Drivers too

The list is endless

All working for You


Please show respect

Don’t let them do this alone




Learning Disability Strategy

ChAD committee members are working with DMBC, Doncaster Metropolitain       Borough Council,  The CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) and Family Carers on the Learning Disability Strategy.

This is a plan for the future, based on what people with a Learning disability and Autism need in their lives  to make things better .

There has been several planning meetings,  after which members will be going out engaging with the people they represent to ask them their opinions on subjects like , Housing, Employment, Health, Education, Relationships etc  so people can identify what work needs to be done to improve peoples lives .

The engagement work will be taking place until the end of December 2018 when all the information will be collected in to help write the strategy.

Last Requests

The committee were asked to look at a Last Requests Plan by commissioner Jacquie Griffiths . The plan was was done by Doncaster Advocacy many years ago .and just required updating .

This plan is in Easy Read to help people make decisions about their funeral, care, who they would like to leave personal items things to etc.

If anyone would like a copy we will be happy to e-mail one to you so it can be altered to suit the individual.

(supporting documents to view – to follow)

Mortality Review

This Event was run Rotherham Speak UP at St Georges Church in Leeds.

They started by explaining the importance of having Annual Health Checks, which appeared to be a bit ‘hit and miss in different areas.

We were informed that people with Learning Disabilities had lost their lives unnecessarily for many years.

The  Mortality Review encourages everyone  to report the death of someone with an LD (suspicious circumstances or not) as it  is an ongoing investigation to help to learn and hopefully prevent other fatalities happening.

Two NHS managers were present who informed us that people have actually lost their lives due to constipation.  Whilst most people would look for something to resolve the situation they fear that some vulnerable people maybe would not causing them to lose their lives.




The number to report the death of someone who has a Learning Disability is   T: 0300 777 4774  


For more information on this in Easy Read google Mortality Review Learning Disabilities (LeDaR)