We started the month off with a really good meeting with Sophie from Conwy Connect, a wonderful organisation set up in 1997 to help promote the rights of people with a learning disability living in North Wales. Its aims include ensuring people have equality of choice and opportunity in the community they live in. We are really looking forward to meeting up with them when we come to our roadshow in Llandudno Junction next week, November 7th, and working together in the future.
All plans for the roadshow are going well, our bags are packed and we are ready for our road trip to North Wales! We have 12 stall holders confirmed for the day, ready to share information and advice and show the support that is available for people with a learning disability, their families and carers, when they access healthcare. We hope you can join us. Please do share the event if you know anyone in the vicinity who you think could benefit from attending.
We have carried out three lots of training this month. Two online, with Champion training for community health students at the University of South Wales, and Paul’s Story with Masters in Nursing students at Swansea University. We also travelled up to Aberystwyth University for a morning of learning disability awareness training for over 90 first year nursing students. We were delighted to share the training with learning disability nurses, and a member of the Health Action Team from Hywel Dda UHB. We always encourage people to see the person not the disability, and so it always makes such a difference to the students to hear from a person with a learning disability who can share their real-life experiences with them.
We had a meeting with a lecturer at Swansea University and we are delighted that from December we will now also be sharing Paul’s Story with the Physician Associates Masters course. We are so grateful for the help we have received in making new contacts at the University, it really makes a difference.
We were delighted to welcome Paul Harris to the office, who has offered to help us with some work. Paul is an amazing gentleman who before retirement worked in the Princess of Wales hospital, Bridgend as a Theatre Specialist Trainer, so we are very grateful for his support! He is a passionate supporter of equal healthcare for people with a learning disability and he won awards for the amazing care and systems he helped put in place at the hospital. To find out more click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKDGeVPh42s&ab_channel=NHSWalesAwards