Build for the Future is a group of over 30 people from eight advocacy organisations. They work with BILD to make sure that BILD’s work is rooted in the real life experiences of people with learning disabilities.
The organisations are:
Taking Part, Shropshire
- Taking Part Telford and Wrekin
Our Way, Worcestershire
Talk Back, Buckinghamshire
Options for Life, Walsall
Culture Speak Out, Coventry
People's Power Advocacy, Sheffield
March Build for the Future - what needs to change for people with leaning disabilities?
The Learning Disability Coalition wanted to know how things can be better for people with learning disabilities over the next 10 years.
The Coalition will put this in a report that will go to the Government, councils, services, hospitals and lots of other places to tell people how things can be made better.
Build for the Future talked about this and used posters to illustrate what they thought could and should be done.
Below are photographs of the final posters that were sent to the Coalition.
Build for the Future discusses 'Caring for our Future'
The meeting on 19 October discussed some important subjects.
There was an update on responses to the abuse seen on the BBC Panorama programme about Winterbourne View.
This was followed by group work to give their views to the Department of Health's consutation, 'Caring for our Future', about future planning for social care.
Among Build for the Future's feedback was:
How could care be better?
- People with disabilities to be involved in the training of Social Workers, Support Workers, Carers and other professionals
- Support network for parents and carers - raising awareness that people are free to make life choices
- Changing the attitudes of the general public by disability groups going into schools and working with children
- People should not have to wait a long time to be diagnosed
- Teachers should be trained to spot disabilities issues at early age
- Care should be directed to the need of the individual, everyone is different and that should be recognised
Local care services
How can we make sure there are lots of local organizations which can provide different types of care?
- More local advocacy
- Advocacy and Experts by Experience to be involved in every stage of tendering and contracts with providers, to keep it local.
- Make sure we go for quality service rather than the cheapest.
- Review services – make sure they are doing a good job. Involving people that use services, carers and services users.
Making services work together better
How can we make sure the NHS, social care and other support services work more closely together to make things easier for people who use more than one service?
- Praise good practice by new staff – for example, A young person’s MH unit had a new staff member who suggested that staff take off their badges and all staff and patients to sit together at mealtimes. This helped to stop 'them and us’.
- Sharing of information between the different services so that the individual has consistency.
- For each of the services to have more understanding of learning disability and the problems they face when accessing health services.
- The presumption of the professionals before meeting the patient is often a problem.
Kate and Theresa, who between them have worked for BILD for more than 20 years, cutting the cake at the Build for the Future celebration of BILD's 40th birthday.
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