Working together to Inform, Train, Innovate, Represent and
April 2016 - March 2019. Funded by Welsh Government
Sustainable Social Services Third Sector Grant.
From April 2016 we are delivering our Valued
Lives project. Our work is entwined with the vision of the
Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act to promote the
well-being, rights, protection and interests of people with a
learning disability from birth to old age.
Through Valued Lives we want children, young
people and adults with a learning disability across Wales to be
empowered to have greater choice and control over their lives and
are able to live more independently. We will do this through four
Delivering a stronger well-informed voice of people with a
learning disability and their families by providing an accessible
and bilingual information service. We will:
- deliver information and engage with people through a variety of
channels. These include magazine, digital newsletter, website,
social media and events.
- produce easy read resources such as rights and assessment/care
planning for people with a learning disability and their
- use video stories to promote good practice.
- make new photos available for our members to use.
Creating a skilled and knowledgeable workforce by providing a
comprehensive training and events programme. We will:
- deliver courses each year across Wales according to sector
- hold an annual learning event.
- deliver learning sessions around the assessment and care
planning under the Act.
people with a learning disability to help them understand their
rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities. In partnership with All Wales People First.
- hold 4 regional events each year promoting new ways to deliver
services including co-production.
Ensuring new or better service models are introduced for people
with a learning disability. We will:
- set up a 'Stay up Late' network to share good practice in
helping people have the social life at times that suit them.
- work with others to help people a learning disability and
challenging behaviour get better services.
- Campaign to get more people with a learning disability into
Represent and Challenge
Ensure that the voice of people with a learning disability is
heard and responded to.
We will work with others to advise, change opinion and policy on
areas such as:
- additional learning needs
- inequality in early years provision
- looked after children
- person centred planning
- welfare benefits
- mental capacity
- workforce qualifications
- easy read
- parents with a learning disability
- supported living.
We will do this by working with National Assembly, Welsh
Government, statutory sector and voluntary sector. We will provide
information and research based evidence, facilitate networks,
provide briefing sessions and participate in groups.
To deliver Valued Lives we will:
- Work with other organisations.
- Include people with a learning disability in planning and
delivering the project including being a trustee and delivering
- Deliver the project across Wales by our staff and trustees,
in partnership with stakeholders.
- Recognise and respond to the needs of Welsh speakers and
promote the use of Welsh.
- Engage with our members to get their views on how they want us
to deliver the project and let them know, and other stakeholders,
how we are getting on.