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Learning Disabilities Resources

Our teams of consultants, Inspired Services and the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities with the Sharing Caring Project at Sheffield Mencap, have produced the following resources. Further information, tools and resources will be added to these pages over the next few months.

Guidance for Learning Disability Partnership Boards

The Family Carers programme of Valuing People Now, through their work with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care, commissioned this booklet, Supporting Learning Disability Partnership Boards to Implement the National Carers Strategy (648 KB). The booklet was written by Christine Towers and Hazel Morgan (Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities) and Dalia Magrill (Sharing Caring Project at Sheffield Mencap).

This booklet offers guidance to Learning Disability Partnership Boards to help them ensure that carers of people with learning disabilities, and carers with learning disabilities are:

  • supported in their own right, and
  • involved in local service developments which affect their lives, and the lives of the people they care for.

The booklet covers:

  • key facts about family carers of people with learning disabilities
  • what the National Carers Strategy is, and how it relates to the work of Learning Disability Partnership Boards
  • the responsibilities of Partnership Boards to ensure the National Carers Strategy’s aims are fulfilled for carers of people with learning disabilities, and carers with a learning disability
  • important questions for Partnership Boards to ask in reviewing, devising and implementing services for people with learning disabilities and their carers, to ensure that the needs of carers are taken into account
  • links to resources to support Partnership Boards’ ongoing work with carers
    Copies of the Guidance have been sent to all Learning Disability Partnership Boards.

Literature Review and Resource Pack

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities and the Sharing Caring Project at Sheffield Mencap have put together a resource pack, Supporting Family Carers of People with Learning Disabilities (2.1 MB), to help workers and volunteers within The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care’s networks to continue to develop and provide the best information and support to family carers of people with learning disabilities.

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Training for the Trainers pack

To accompany the Literature Review and Resource Pack, The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has produced a Training for the Trainers pack, a PowerPoint presentation aimed at Carers’ Centre and Crossroads Care scheme staff and volunteers who are intending to improve or develop services for family carers of people with learning disabilities and carers with learning disabilities.

Training for the Trainers Pack (2.9 MB)

How to... Guides

Inspired Services have produced their final set of resources for network members. The series of How to... guides are aimed at Carers’ Centre and Crossroads Scheme staff and volunteers, who are intending to improve or develop services for carers of people with learning disabilities and carers with learning disabilities.

The three guides are:

• Affecting change locally, which explains the processes by which all family carers (including marginalised groups) may become involved in influencing change at a local level and how their voices can be heard from local to regional and national level.

How to... affecting change locally (757 KB)

• Making services accessible to people with learning disabilities, including family carers, which is aimed at Crossroads Care schemes providing services for people with learning disabilities to give their carers a break, and for The Princess Royal Trust Carers’ Centres and Crossroads Care schemes who provide, or plan to provide, these kind of services for family carers who have learning disabilities.

Making services accessible (96 KB)

• Outreach, which provides practical advice to The Princess Royal Trust Carers’ Centres and Crossroads Care schemes on how to find and promote services and support to ‘seldom-heard’ groups of family carers of people with learning disabilities.

Outreach (110 KB)

• A useful introduction to getting a carers assessment is Carers Assessments - What's in it for you? produced by the Valuing people Support Team and the Care Services Improvement Partnership

Carer Assessment Sep 06 (2.3 MB)

• An easy read pack, Being a Carer and Having a Carers Assessment, produced by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, will help Carers' Centres and others to support carers with learning disabilities with carers assessments.

Being A Carer And Having A Carers Assessment (2.7 MB)

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