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Manchester Learning Disability Partnership Board


Getting a Life

Issue 28 • Free • Every two months January and February 2009

Minutes of November 2008 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 2009 Meetings are on Tuesdays and start at 10:30am 13 January 17 March 19 May 14 July 15 September 17 November We meet at Manchester People First’s new offices: 3 Broughton Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M8 8RF

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November 2008 meeting Bernie Woods has had an operation. We wished her well, and will send her some flowers. Minutes of the last meeting Were passed, with the following matters arising. Paul Cassidy has written to Anne Williams, the Government’s new national director for learning disabilities, to invite her to a future Board meeting. He has not had a reply yet.

David Abbey, is a mortgage broker for disabled people, he will be talking to the Physical Disability Partnership Board early next year. Paul Cassidy invited people to go to the meeting if they want to find out about shared ownership for disabled people. The Department of Work and Pensions had a consultation event for disabled people in Manchester about the government’s Green Paper on welfare reform. Manchester People First and MLDP’s Think Quality group went to the event, which was to find out how disabled people could have more choice and say over their lives. Everyone was paid a one-off consultation fee of £30. The Department of Work and Pensions will come back to Manchester in a few months to tell us how they get on. Welcome to new office Joseph Rooney welcomed us to Manchester People First’s new offices and told us about the work they do. The offices are shared with an older persons group run by Landridge House.


Getting a life project Mark Burton said the project is about making the move from school to adult life, better for learning disabled people. Services call this move ‘transition’. In the past it was assumed young people would go into day services. The Getting a Life Project is a national project by 4 government departments: • Department for Children, Schools and Families • Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills • Department of Health • Department of Work and Pensions It looks at choices for young people including work and education, to try to make transition better. It brings together funding from: • Adult Social Care • Supporting People • Independent Living Fund • Learning and Skills Council and the way decisions are made. Manchester and Oldham are pilot schemes. Hydrotherapy Joe Ranson said that hydrotherapy is a warm water treatment for disabled people. There has to be accessible changing rooms and ways of getting in and out of the water. Physiotherapists from MLDP are looking at these needs, so they can be part of any new developments that are built. The hydrotherapy pool at Manchester Royal Infirmary is being refurbished.


There are some pools at special schools that can be used in term-time. There is no funding to have a pool at Withington Community Hospital, but the Health Authority said they would have this service when the old hospital closed. There is a plan to work with a private developer to build a wellness centre next to the hospital, which will have a pool. Stephen from People First said they have talked with the developer of Withington Community hospital about the plan for a lifestyle centre. Learning and Skills Council Jane Cowell and Hooshang Rahmani came from the Leaning and Skills Council. They said the government has given more funding for the education of young people and for adults learning in the workplace. Funding for adults learning in the community has stayed the same. The government want to mainly fund courses where: Adults do courses worth the same as Level 2 GCSE and Level 3 A Level. Skills for Life Courses about literacy, numeracy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The Learning and Skills Council agree with colleges about how many students will be funded at these levels. The number of students getting Additional Learning Support has fell by 32% since 2004. Funding has stayed the same at ÂŁ3.5 million. The number of people who have been on short developmental learning courses has gone down by 16% since 2004.


There is a budget of £3 million a year to pay for personal development courses. This money is run by a partnership chaired by Councillor Keegan and bids can be put in. It was agreed to invite someone from Manchester Adult Education Service to a future meeting. The Manchester College John Cannon and Jane Pudney came to the meeting from The Manchester College. This started in August 2008 when Manchester College of Arts and Technology and City College Manchester joined together. There are 92 specialist places at 4 sites: • Ardwick • Moston • Northenden • Openshaw There are plans for the Bridge College in Stockport to work on the Openshaw site next year.


Courses are for young people 16–18 years of age and adults from 19–25. Courses are for different levels, from pre-entry for people with complex needs to entry level 3 for people getting a job. The courses are to help people be more independent, get practical skills to get a job and about making new friends and trying new things on residential weekends away.


There is support such as support workers, accessible buildings, easy read information and communication systems such as Widgit and assistive technology. People can study vocational subjects and work to get City and Guilds qualifications such as catering, fashion and information technology.

Members of the Partnership Board said they were worried about the lack of service in some areas and the need to support students over 25 years of age. The college is working with the LSC and the council to meet these needs. It was agreed that someone from Manchester College will become a member of the Partnership Board. Any other business Manchester People First is advertising for a learning disabled person to work as a Service Audit Assistant inspecting services for adults with learning disabilities. Manchester People First and Mencap are holding a jobs fair for disabled people on 5 February at Manchester Conference Centre.

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Manchester Learning Disability Partnership Board newsletter January and February 2009

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