ChAD were approached by D.M.B.C commissioners to produce a list of questions to ask the companies who were applying to run the supported living homes .
After discussion with the committee and people they represent they forwarded the questions , These questions were then asked to the companies .
ChAD members were invited to the Civic Building to view power point presentations of what the companies policies and practices were answering the questions of both ChAD and the commissioners
The committee members then marked the presentations on the content of how good or poor they felt it was. These scores were added when the commissioners gave their overall ratings of the content of what they required .All the presentations were anonymous so ChAD did not know what company they were marking .
At a later date Committee members were invited back to ask further questions to the companies who had scored highest who had to give a another presentation .From these several companies will be awarded the contract .
ChAD were invited back in September 2018 to go through the same process .
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ChAD (Choice for All Doncaster) and Rossington Smile have written this song about Social Media Safety. They would like to thank Mark Coley for supplying the vocals and recording. This song will be used when engaging with schools and LD services around the Borough.
Years ago people were very upset about the abuse witnessed at Winterbourne View, so were alarmed to hear of the more recent abuse at Whorlton Hall ( as shown on Panarama) therefore we wrote a joint letter of concern with Sheffield Voices to send to members of arliament.
We attended a very good LD conference at Sheffield Hallam University which was hosted by the third year Social worker/Nurse students .
ChAD members Mark and Raymond are part of the excellent Partners in Learning group who work alongside the students learning from each other .
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ChAD were invited to attend Sheffield voices meeting on 1.8.19
We were pleasently suprised that when we arrived the venue was amazing and provided by free by The Virgin Money Shop . The meeting room, drinks and facilities were all free for a two hour period to allow people with LD to socialise, network take part in all interactive games.
During the morning there was a period of time to allow guest speakers to talk about their specialist subjects .
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Guests to our monthly meetings so far in 2019 have been
Jacqui Brewster from Sheffield Hallam University
Bob Hotchkiss – Human Trafficing and Modern Day Slavery
Nicola Costello from Luv2meetU which is a friendship and dating organisation in Sheffield
Alison Atkinson – Hate Crime Lead
Caroline Halls -Asda Community Engagement
Julie and Adele from Victim Support
Jane Thompson , Primary Liason Nurse
Fran from the Community Adult Learning Disability Team
Craig and Matt from First Bus
ChAD have continued to Network out and about with The Smile services at Rossington , Stirling , Cantley , Thorne Road and Homescarr , as well as DMBC , Rotherham Speak Up , Doncaster Disabled peoples Alliance, CCG, CHANGE, Sheffield Voices, PFG, R/DASH to name a few
Working together to share information to make thing better for adults with Learning Disabilities
ChAD Vice Chair James Olver appearing in a police training video telling his story after being the target of an Hate Crime
Raymond and ChAD Support worker contacted ‘Doncaster Disabled People’s Alliance’ as we identified by their web page that they had completed similar work around access and matters that are important to them.
3 members of the group were present, Andy Hendry, Barry Smeaton and another gentleman.
They explained that over recent years they had not been involved in many things other than recycling hospital aids and sending to countries in need and access to airports. This was because whilst they had approximately 15 members it was difficult to get them all together for meetings as well as illness, aging etc.
We shared the work ChAD are involved in and Alan said he would still love to be involved in projects like ChAD mentioned, but they have difficulty getting the people. The members were unaware if there was a Physical Disability Strategy or if any of their peers were involved in any input into services.
Raymond asked if Alan would like to attend a future ChAD meeting as a guest to which Alan accepted his offer.
We also explained the work Healthwatch do and how they could possibly help by helping them to promote their work, have a voice in health and social care etc.
Andy Appeared very keen and interested in working as they used to. Everyone present said that if there were any future projects they could be of assistance with they would be happy to help if able to do so
A further letter of concern has been sent to the highways department as people had told ChAD that there was a lot of confusion at pedestrian crossings, as there was no noise indicator of when to cross. The Highways department explained that the crossings in question were because other crossings were in close proximity and more problems would occur if people were to confuse which the sound was coming from. This has been fed back to the people who raised this.