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Manchester Learning Disability Partnership Board

Health and well-being

Issue 26 • Free • Every two months September and October 2008

In this issue: Minutes of July Meeting w w w. p a r t n e r s h i p b o a r d . o r g

Meetings for 2008 Meetings start at 10:30am Tuesday 9 September Tuesday 11 November We now meet at Manchester People First’s new offices.

3 Broughton Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M8 8RF


Phone or Fax: (0161) 839-3700

Email: Web:

1. From Piccadilly Gardens, walk to Lever Street Bus stand E. Get bus number 135 or 59 (First Bus run the service about every 10 minutes). 2. Get off at Cheetham Hill Road / Derby Street stop just before The Jewish Museum and before you get to Manchester Fort shopping park. Woolworths

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July Meeting Matters arising from the last meeting Sergeant Kate Crompton from Greater Manchester Police, will be invited to become a member of the Partnership Board. Safety in the community is a big issue for learning disabled people, and it will help the work of the Board to have someone from the Police.

Sports programme for learning disabled adults Nicky Boothroyd is the Council’s Strategic Disability Sport Manager. She works for Manchester Leisure. Nicky told us about the sports programme for learning disabled adults, which started in 2006.

Learning disabled people were asked what they wanted to do. A multi-sport programme was started that mixes fun things and competitive sport. People can be aged from 16. It runs on Saturday mornings, at clubs in Blackley, Burnage and Wythenshawe. About 15 people come to each session. Funding from Fighting Fit and Manchester Leisure will go on. To go on it, you can get referred through Fighting Fit or refer yourself. Each session is run by two qualified coaches, who have all been involved with the programme for some time. Transport is available for those who need it. Individual and team sports on offer, include: badminton, cricket, tennis, rounders and football. Sessions run in six-week blocks of 1 sport, such as football, and end with a competition match with other clubs. There is a disability sports programme for children, who are encouraged to start going to the adult programme once they leave school.


The funding of the sports programme for learning disabled adults has now been agreed until June 2009. People who came on the programme will have the chance to volunteer as mentors to other learning disabled people. City-wide clubs are due to start for people aged over 50. New referrals are welcome, and Nicky is keen to include people with physical disabilities people as well. Nicola Jennings asked if coaches could come out to services to explain about the programme for over 50s? Nicky said this could happen. Paul Brannick asked about trampoline sessions? Nicky said there is a lack of qualified coaches, and there are health and safety issues. There is a trampoline session at Barlow High School and Nicky will find out about it. Richard Hughes asked about a cancelled bowling competition? Nicky said coaches were busy that week, with the Learning Disability Athletics Championships. People asked about week day sessions? Nicky said coaches already work full time, and they do the weekend sessions on a casual basis. Mark Burton asked what information is recorded about the people who came to the sessions. Nicky said that names and service details are known for everyone who comes. Paul Cassidy said about putting the sports programme on My Manchester Services, which is the Council’s new online resource that gives details of services to support adults and older people. The website is:


The European Football Championship for learning disabled people starts next week. Nicky has some free tickets.

What’s happening with Individualised Budgets? Paul Cassidy said over the next 2 to 3 years everyone getting care services will have an Individualised Budget. This means that people can either have the cash to buy the services themselves, or they can tell the Council how they want the money to be spent on their behalf. 800 people have individualised budgets. 100 are learning disabled people. By the end of this year the Council aims to have 2,500 people with Individualised Budgets. 400 will be learning disabled people. From 30 June 2008, all new people needing care services get an Individualised Budget. This includes about 70 learning disabled people each year moving from Children’s to Adult services. People who are already getting care services will transfer to Individualised Budgets when the annual re-assessment of their care needs takes place. Paul said the Council has decided to pay the cost of Police checks for Personal Assistants. This will help with concerns about safety, and will apply to all Personal Assistants, even if they are family members. Some people have had problems finding a Personal Assistant, so the Council has asked Manchester Solutions, which is a not-for-profit company, to set up an agency to employ Personal Assistants. The agency will give training, sort out Police checks and pay the Personal Assistants. They will make sure the client and Personal Assistant are suited to each other. The cost to the client is £11 an hour.


The Council will set up 2 other agencies so people have a choice of which one to use. Mary Shaw asked about the Independent Living Fund? Paul said at the moment the Trustees of the Fund do not agree that money from the Fund can go into people’s Individualised Budgets. This is something that the Government is working to overcome. Paul Cassidy and Mark Burton are there to help with any problems or general questions about Individualised Budgets.

Access to adult education Rosemary talked about the problems she had getting on a computer course at Wythenshawe Forum. She has asked her Member of Parliament to help her, but has still not found a course that she can get on. Paul Cassidy said that since last year, courses are more about getting people into jobs. Funding for general interest courses has got less and charges are made. Some people at the meeting said they were frustrated at how hard it was to get a course. Action: Mark Burton will get Rosemary’s Care Manager to find out if there are any computer courses in Wythenshawe. People First will help Rosemary contact her Member of Parliament again to ask for more help. Councillor Curley will write to the Learning and Skills Council and Manchester College to get an explanation about funding of courses.


Health and Wellbeing Conference Stephen Hughes said that Manchester Alliance for Community Care asked People First to put on a Health and Wellbeing event earlier this year. The event also got help from other groups including Zest and Venture Arts. Stephen said it was an interactive day, which used a sense of fun to get healthy messages across to people. Workshops covered things such as drama and magic to look at things such as the environment. A washing line was used to hang people’s feedback about the event. All comments were written on underwear! Goodie bags, with a range of items to help health and wellbeing, were given out. Stephen showed the Partnership Board a presentation of pictures about what went on at the event. Information from the event has been sent to Manchester’s Health Inequalities Network, and will feed into the Council’s Health and Wellbeing Committee.

Letter from Rob Greig Paul Cassidy said Rob Greig was the Government’s National Director for Learning Disabilities, and was responsible for introducing Valuing People in 2001.

Rob has moved on to a new job, and has written to every Partnership Board about what has been done and what still needs to be done to make the lives of learning disabled people better.


Some of the things in the letter were: • Learning disabled people and families make decisions. • Individualised Budgets for learning disabled people. • Person centred planning is wide-spread. There are still a lot of things to do, particularly about better health and paid work.


Partnership Board review and planning day Andrea Libman gave some feedback about the event which was held on 12 June 2008. The event was held to help people think about what the Partnership Board has done, and to discuss what still needs to happen to improve the lives of learning disabled people. 50 people came, including learning disabled people, carers, commissioners of services and service providers. Everything that was talked about on the day was written up as a picture plan, known as a PATH. The Partnership Board will use the PATH to come up with a plan that says the things we need to do in the future. This plan will link in with the Government’s main aims in Valuing People Now. Subgroups of the Partnership Board will help to make the plan happen.

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Together issue 26  

Manchester Learning Disability Partnership Board newsletter September and October 2008

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