Wow what a busy month November has turned out to be!
We began the month meeting with the Deputy Minister for Health for Social Services for Wales, Julie Morgan, with Wayne Crocker from Mencap Cymru and others, to discuss the uptake of the Paul Ridd Learning Disability Awareness training within the seven health boards in Wales. We have been delighted with the responses from some of the health boards, but incredibly disappointed that some do not appear to have taken on board the seriousness and the value of this vital training. We are keeping a close eye on things and feel grateful for the full support of the Deputy Minister in this matter.
Later in the week I was joined by a volunteer who helped me to produce 80 ward logo packs for Aneurin Bevan health board, who are busy restocking all their wards and departments. If you would like to volunteer with us on occasion please do get in touch!
It was a pleasure to join the Rhondda Cynon Taff People First at their Health Promotion Day in Merthyr. We met with lots of great people, chatted with some enthusiastic nursing students from the University of South Wales, and handed out our Access to Healthcare booklets to lots of happy attendees!
Swansea University invited us to share Paul’s Story with over 165 first year adult & mental health nursing students, at a learning disability awareness workshop online. Kara Knowles the liaison nurse from Morriston Hospital also joined us and shared her role and the many resources that are available, and also spoke about the difference that Learning Disability Champions can make within the hospital. We had some amazing responses, great questions and lots of interest in further training.
Towards the end of the month, we invited people to host their own Coffee & Cake sales to help raise funds for us and we are so grateful to everyone who took part. Lots of cakes were sold in various venues and several USW students also held an online quiz to raise money! We are still receiving money so will let you know the total on social media as soon as we have the figure! .