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Learning Disability Partnership Board

Come and join a group for carers who care for someone over 18 with a learning disability

The Learning Disability Partnership Board (LDPB) ensures adults with a learning disability and their families have their voices heard about things that affect their lives. It promotes choice and control for people with learning disabilities, improving their quality of life.

The LDPB meets 6 times a year – 3 forums for everyone and 3 board meetings with an invited membership. The forums are fun and interactive. Anyone over 18 with a learning disability, their family carers and professionals who work with people with a learning disability can come together to discuss key issues that have been selected by adults with a learning disability.

If you would like to come to a forum, please contact Sally Whitehead at info@swindonadvocacy.org.uk ortelephone 01793 542266 or 07907043473.

The board meeting membership includes two elected LD Carer Reps. The Reps are elected by members of the LD Carer Group. The group provides friendship and a listening ear in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. The carers who attend the group understand the ups and downs with caring for an adult with a learning disability. The group offers kindness, help and support. It can also take a problem or issue to the LDPB on a carer’s behalf.

It’s a place where experiences can be shared and suggestions given if a carer is dealing with a similar problem. It’s an opportunity to explore and discuss ideas with like-minded carers, encouraging each other to gain confidence and self-belief if they’ve been struggling with something. The LD Carer Reps may also be able to put them in touch with a person or organisation, who may help a carer with a specific issue. We know that some carers can feel so alone and may not have anyone to talk to who really understands what it’s like with the challenges they can face. The LD Carers Group may be just the place you need.

The next LD Carers Group Cuppa is Wednesday 24th March 2021, 11am at Christchurch Community Centre. If we are unable to meet face-to-face due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will plan an online alternative so please register your interest regardless. For more details and to sign up, please contact Heather Goldsmith, Senior Groups and Activities Coordinator, Swindon Carers Centre.

Email: heather.goldsmith@swindoncarers.org.uk Tel: 07841 503849