As Learning Disability Week continues we are very proud to share the amazing and strenuous achievements gained by some of the students at ‘The Ridge Employability College’ on completing their silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards
As we have discussed this in detail before and the committee were very concerned about it Bill Hodkiss was invited to a meeting (as his job includes Crime, antisocial behaviour, domestic abuse Human trafficking and modern day slavery).
to see if there was anything ChAD or the general public could help with
. He explained the following.
1.It affects every county and everyone should be made aware of it.
People are promised a new life, house, job etc. and it is all lies.
Once people are taken by the people who promise everything they then find themselves like virtual prisoners, treated as slaves, used as prostitutes, beaten, living in houses where it is unfit for people to live with far too many people living in the same house/flat/caravan etc.
4, Many may work shifts and have to share beds or floor space, as one person comes home from work the other gets up and goes to work.
They are tricked and have very little money, most of it goes to the people who are running the trafficking and slavery who get the workers into a lot of debt’
The workers (who they refer to as horses) are so scared to say anything as many don’t speak the countries language and they and their families are threated.
Bob urged anyone who saw anything unusual to contact them. People should not think that they are wasting anyone’s time, it is important to investigate and check peoples back grounds to make sure people are safe.
He informed everyone that if they have any concerns then the police should be called on 101 or 999
There is also a National Helpline 0800 0121 700
He gave reassurance that people who are found to be living in these conditions are taken to safe places.
As we have worked with Sheffield voices in the past, they have invited us to their August Meeting.
It was not what we expected, as it was more of a social event.
It was at the virgin money shop where different community groups are allocated the use of a room free
every two months for 2 hours at a time.
This includes free drinks and biscuits i.e., lattes, cappuccinos etc. and the following activities for free:
A 2-lane bowling alley.
Play station / sky games
A meeting area
Other floors have free drinks, fruit, and biscuits for anyone to meet with friends and socialise.
We have met with Katy Turner to see if there is a possibly of getting something like this in Doncaster to help people socialise, not feel isolated and feel part of the community. Katy joined us on the following meeting on 3rd October. She spoke with facilitator Kathryn Littlewood to find out more information and we discussed similar possibilities .
We have also mentioned this at the P/B meeting and the scrutiny panel and were informed that there may be a possibility that a presently unused building could be used for social interaction in a similar way.
Nicola attended a ChAD meeting to talk about what Luv2meetu do and how you can become part of the group if you are interested.
Luv2meetu is a friendship and dating agency for adults with a learning disability.
Nicola explained if you would like to sign up to be a member of Luv2meetu you will receive a newsletter each month with gives details of where the group have met each month and where they are intending to go next.
When attending each social event you do have to pay for yourself however, it gets you out and socialising with different people.
Nicola brought along some application forms, if anybody would like one please contact her at Luv2MeetU on 07774 335841
Julie and Adele from Victim Support came to speak to the committee to let them know what to do if they have been a victim of crime.
Victim Support is based at the Police station in Doncaster and they are a charity-based organisation.
When Victim Support get your case through as a referral, an assessment will be made.
Everything that you say is confidential however if something said is a safeguarding issue, that will need to be reported.
When you are a victim of crime Victim Support can support you as an individual for any length of time you feel you need.
Julie and Adele brought in some alarmed key-rings, safe bags, extension for your phone so you do not lose it of get it stolen.
The committee were made aware that they could have some dummy cameras sent out. The cameras do not work however when a criminal is near your property, they will think the camera is real as they look like a real one.
If anyone would like anything that Victim Support brought along, contact Sue so she can get some handed out to people who want it.
Members of ChAD attended this networking event, which proved to be beneficial in sourcing an organisation who help people complete benefit forms as well as maintaining relationships with the Job Centre and various other organisations.
Five committee members committed their selves to work on the All Age Learning Disability and Autism 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.
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
Following this work ChAD were invited to attend the Scrutiny panel at the Civic building where Councillors and DMBC Commissioners were present. ChAD members were asked a series of questions around difficulties people with LD may encounter around benefits, experiences of diagnosis, finding appropriate services as well as what other services were needed in Doncaster.
Three ChAD committee members were Patient Assessors at the Annual PLACE Assessments at the three hospitals where their role is to consider aspects of the care environment marking in categories of Fail, Pass or Qualified pass.
The purpose is to be independent to give patients a stronger voice by identifying what is important to them and focus on any improvements which could be made.
They are looking for good environments which are clean, in good condition and support privacy, Dignity and Well-being as well as being mindful of Disability and Dementia use.
On the 17th October, the first of the PLACE assessments commenced at Montegue Hospital.
Our team firstly visited Physiotherapy, which was very impressive; the environment was spacious with plenty of room for wheelchair access, clean and at an appropriate temperature.
Any negative findings of the care environment were few and minimal and consisted of a few stained ceiling tiles, a missing curtain and an old toilet seat (none of which would constitute to a fail).
From there we visited the Rockingham Day Unit where again only a few observations were made one in particular about privacy and dignity.
The final places were Rehab 1 and Rehab 2 where the group split into two to enable all areas to be seen and the serving of food to be observed.
In Rehab 1, there were 29 patients in total, some of whom were having their hair done or taking part in a group activity.
When the food was delivered, we ensured that all people were sat up in preparation regardless of whether they were at the bedside or in the communal areas and hand, wipes were given. After the patients had been discreetly observed, the team sampled every food option for taste, texture and presentation.
A regular issue in this ward was the lack of cutlery, which resulted in soups bowls and spoons having to be washed to enable sufficient for dessert to be served.
DONCASTER ROYAL INFIRMARY
On 22nd and 23rd October we visited Doncaster Royal Infirmary. Five groups separated to different areas of the hospital. The areas our groups visited over the two days were Communal areas, Children’s Observation and the Children’s ward. External areas, South Block, Out Patients and Physiotherapy.
It was very interesting in the Children’s ward where the food delivery was observed and sampled, whilst the catering team make very attempt to make more nutritious versions of chicken nuggets and pizza the children don’t particularly enjoy them.
Whilst the general feeling of the areas assessed over the two days were good the following more serious issues were raised. One particular corridor was extremely dirty, a full sharps bin was accessible to the general public, confidential information was left out in an area were patients passed and cleaning materials were left unattended in the children’s ward.
The final assessments were at Bassetlaw Hospital on 29th October where we visited SCABO (Special Care Baby Unit) and A2, which is the Labour and Maternity ward.
A common theme throughout the days and indeed the years of doing PLACE is around signage, terminology , inconsistency and the need for symbols depicting each department. We were informed that a business case would be put forward to see what can be done about this issue.
Plans are to collect information electronically and hold mini PLACE assessments on a more regular basis either monthly or quarterly.