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Manchester Learning Disability Partnership Board

Fighting fit

Sports for people with a learning disability (see back page)

January meeting Partnership Board web site launched Issue 11 • Mar ch and April 2006

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Welcome to issue 11 of ‘Together’–the newsletter from Manchester Learning Disability Partnership Board. Our new web site is up and running a t: We want people to tell us what they think about the web site, so we can make it better. We will put a survey in our next issue.

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Our Address Partnership Board Newsletter Manchester People First Unit 21 Wilson Park Business Centre Newton Heath M40 8WN

January meeting 1. Introductions Everyone introduced themselves.

What was said

2. Minutes from the last meeting These were agreed. 3. Matters Arising No matters arising. 4. Person Centred Planning 4.1 Presentaion on PCP Bryan Smith, the Person Centred Planning Co-ordinator from Royal MENCAP, told people how the project was going and gave out papers about it. The PCP Co-ordinator has to give the Joint Commissioning Team information on: • PCP and facilitator training • Numbers of facilitators actively planning • PCP plans that have, or are being developed • Dates for reviewing plans for the Department of Health. A sub-group of the Partnership Board called the PCP Implementation Group meets regularly to look at the role of the co-ordinator. It was noted that when the PCP Co-ordinator’s job ends, it will be difficult to carry on the work. In 2000, the Partnership Board started a Valuing People PCP framework. We agreed that a new policy and way of working was needed. This should be done b y the PCP Implementation Group for the Partnership Board.


Mencap took over the PCP Project in July 2005. Bryan sent out questionnaires to the 27 trained facilitators to see where we were up to. Just under half were returned. There were some problems about the availability of facilitators that made it hard for them to do their work. Bryan set some goals: 1. Speed up training of PCP facilitators. 2. Find new ways to share PCP with families. 3. Get reports on how Person Centred Planning is done. 4. Make stronger links with self-advocates and families. 5. Check what more needs to done for people from black and minority ethnic communities. Bryan also listed his next steps: The ‘Path’ training for self-advocates is to start in February. Bryan will be helped by a social work student who will do some research. The income from the student placement will be used t o fund, facilitator training in partnership with Warrington. 12 more facilitators will be trained in Manchester. It was suggested that young people who are currently coming through transition who need their Person Centred Plan reviewed should be highlighted at the Transition Strategy group. This would allow more involvement and support. Mark Burton felt that it is important to have a way to see where efforts needed to be made. There are only 3 out of 27 trained facilitators actively working at the moment. This meant no t many Person Centred Plans would be made this year.


Actions: Paul Cassidy agreed to look at this problem and report to the next meeting. It was also agreed that the Person Centred Planning Implementation Group look at what needs doing most and tells the Board. 4.2 PCP - planning with parents Helen told the group that 10 plans have been developed through the first session of ‘Planning with Parents’. Each parent had found it very rewarding. Another course to develop another 10 plans is ready. 5. Refreshment break

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6. Fighting Fit – inclusion in mainstream sports Mike Craven, Fighting Fit Co-ordinator, told the Board about the work of the project steering group, which meets every 3 months. The ‘Fighting Fit Directory 2005’ gives information about what has been done and what Fighting Fit activities there are. Mike Craven asked for a contact list for all areas to help him pass on information about Fighting Fit. Jean Roper agreed to forward Mike contact details for Partnership Board members and service providers across Manchester. It was agreed that accessible information should also be put in the Partnership Board Newsletter and website. Mark Burton also agreed to pass on GP information to Mike. It was agreed that a citywide audit of all learning disabled people needs to be done to see if the Fighting Fit projects are working. Bernie Woods said that despite there being a lot of opportunities, the majority of these take place during week days when most people are at school, college or day services.


So, a suggestion was made for activities to take place in the evenings or weekends, possibly within schools and college campuses. Parents/carers might be happy with this arrangement and the uptake might be better. Mary Shaw suggested offering taster sessions to people, before any commitment is made. Mike accepted and acknowledged the comments from Board members. Julia Herring from Leisure Services, agreed that information needs to be spread and that the Tag Rugby project is not doing well despite lots of publicity and free transport. Paul Cassidy agreed to arrange a meeting with Councillor Basil Curley, Councillor Sue Cooley, Mark Burton and the Lead Officer for Leisure Services to see what could be done. Actions: • Jean Roper to meet Mike Craven to see how FF/Leisure information gets to people within learning disability services. • Paul Cassidy to arrange a separate meeting to talk about the low uptake of Fighting Fit projects.


7. Stepping Stones Hazel Holmes and Julie Jones attended the Board meeting to give the members an outline of the project, which has been funded by Manchester until March 2007. It was noted that 40% of all residents of working age within Manchester are not in employment compared to the national average of 25%. The project, ‘Steppingstones into Work’ is delivered and managed by Jobcentre Plus and is the onl y scheme of its kind in the country. The project is for people who have health related problems or a disability, including mental health issues. Advisors only work on work training. If training is not available through Manchester City Council, private training can be used. Work placements or work experience opportunities are also available.

Partnership working is key to the success of this project, but there are barriers in terms of policies, processes, data protection, etc. and time is needed to sort these out. Inclusion on the project is completely voluntary and benefits are not affected whilst taking part in the project. 3,000 people have taken part in the project. 800 of these have got jobs. The project is recognised as the best in the country for management and retention. But no referrals have been made for anyone with a learning disability. Concerns were raised that once a person is recorded on the Jobcentre Plus database; pressure will be put on them t o get them into full time work. A representative from Stepping Stones was asked to join the Employment Sub-group. Action: Julie Jones agreed to take on this role and her details will be recorded onto the Employment sub-group records. 8. Any Other Business 8.1 Housing sub-group The Housing sub-group met last week and the Housing Strategy and Action Plan are currently being reviewed to show where targets have been met and what needs more work.


8.2 Audit of the Partnership Board Councillor Cooley suggested that it was time for the Partnership Board to undergo another audit. It was agreed that this could take place during an ordinary Board meeting. Action: Jean to organise for the audit to take place. 9. Date of the next meeting Tuesday 7 March 2006, 10.30 a.m.

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Tag Rugby A non-contact form of rugby. Saturdays 9.30–11am North M/cr Boys High School (North) Chorlton High School (Central) Parklands High School (South) Free and Free transport Info: Emma Clegg 223-9901

City in the Community Football coaching sessions with MCFC Academy Coaches. Tuesdays 10–11.30am ML Sports Development Denmark Rd Hulme Free Info: Caroline Shockledge 205-1364

Wheels for all Cycling for disabled people of all ages. Now at Debdale Park, Wythenshawe Park and Boggart Hole Clough Info: Hermine Briffa 745-9966

Professional sports coaching in Basketball, Boccia, Curling, Athletics, Football and many more! The group will be entering competitions all year. Saturdays 3–5pm Belle Vue Leisure Centre Pink Bank Lane Free Info: Emma Clegg 223-9901

Together issue 11  

Manchester Learning Disability Partnership Board newsletter March and April 2006

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