News and Events
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Tuesday 18th December 2018
Safe Places Update
The Safe Places Team have had a very busy year and there are now 42 places signed up across the borough displaying the Safe Place sticker. To find out more about the scheme go to the Safe Places page.
Greenwich Safe Places are also now part of National Safe Places so we are linked to all the other Safe Place schemes across the country. It also means you can downlaod a free phone app and be directed to your nearest Safe Place. To find out more about National Safe Places click here.
Accessible Information about The Care Act
The Care Act Group have spent the last 6 months making some really useful easy read leaflets and films about The Care Act. These will make The Care Act easier to understand.
Click here to see the leaflets and films.
Advocacy In Greenwich is on Twitter
Advocacy In Greenwich are now on Twitter!
Follow us @AdvocacyInGreen
Association of Quality Checkers
Advocacy in Greenwich is now a member of the Association of Quality Checkers. This means we meet their requirements to carry out quality checks of health and social care services. You can visit our page on their website here: http://qualitycheckers.org.uk/
MPs meet with Councillor David Gardner and Councillor Averil Lekau
On the 28th June the MPs met with Councillor David Gardner and Councillor Averil Lekau. Councillor Lekau is the new Cabinet Member for Adult's Social Care, Health and Anti-Poverty. The MPs are looking forward to working with Councillor Lekau at the Partnership Board.
Citizen Forum - Local Election Hustings
The MPs held a Citizen Forum on Wednesday 25th April. They invited along Councillor David Gardner (Labour) and Councillor Matt Hartley (Conservative). They held a hustings and people asked questions to help them decide who to vote for in the local elections on the 3rd May 2018.
People with a learning disability in Greenwich have said they can feel scared, intimidated and unsafe when out in the community and do not know where to go for help if they need it.
We have received funding from MOPAC (The Mayors Office for Policing and Crime) to set up a Safe Places Scheme in Greenwich. A Safe Place is somewhere like a shop, café, pub or community building that will display a window sticker so people with a learning disability know they can get help in there if they need it.
A group of people are meeting weekly to get the scheme going and will put more information on the website soon.
NHS Newsletter Group
A group have been working with NHS England to make sure that thier new style newsletter for people with a learning disablity and Autism is easy read.
Learning Disability Mortality Review
Robert has been going to the Learning Disability Mortality Review Steering Group in London. All deaths of people with a learning disability should be reported to the LeDeR Team at Bristol University.
Click this link for more information http://www.bristol.ac.uk/sps/leder/
Involving People with a Learning Disability in Improving Healthcare Services
We worked with NHS England to facilitate an event for people with a learning disability to have thier say about healthcare services.
Housing for People with a Learning Disability in Greenwich
Robert has been working with Golden Lane Housing to help find out what kind of housing and support people with a learning disability want in Greenwich in the future. They hosted an event at Charlton Athletic Football Ground on the 24th November to find out what people think.
Quality Performance Mark
In May Advocacy in Greenwich was awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark. We were assessed and the assessors agreed that we provide a quality advocacy service and follow the Advocacy Charter.
London Living Wage Accreditation
In April 2016 we became an Accredited Living Wage Employer. This means that we pay all our staff at least or more than the Living Wage.
Tfl Big Day
On Friday 26th February Robert went to a big meeting about Transport for London.
At the meeting we were told about how Transport for London are trying to make life easier for people with disabilities that use public transport in London.
Employment Ambassadors visit GLLaB
On 10th February two of the Employment Ambassadors, Abdul and Carrie Ann, went to the GLLaB office in North Greenwich. They went to check that the online resource centre was accessible for people with learning disabilities.
We looked at three quality standards – accessibility, easy read information and well trained staff.
We met with one of the managers of GLLaB to talk to her about the service that they provide.
The Employment Ambassadors met together to write a report about what they saw. The report was sent to GLLaB with a list goals that would make their service better for people with Learning Disabilities.
Training to Public Health
On 20th January Carrie Ann and Denise from the Health Quality team delivered I'm a person too Health Training to Public Health. This is the second time that we have delivered training to Public Health. The staff from Public Health told us that they found it very useful. We were told that the training was "an excellent course" "enjoyable and informative" "I learnt things I didn't know before".
The elections for the People's Parliament took place on the 25th November 2015.
To meet the new candiates visit our Parliament pages.
People's Parliament Wins Community Cohesion Award
The People's Parliament has won the Community Cohesion Award in the GAVS Sector Awards. The certificate and £200 were presented to the MPs by the Mayor at the Town Hall on the 15th October.
Advocacy in Greenwich are partners with Metro and Greenwich Mind. We are called the Greenwich Advocacy Project and the council have given us money to provide Independent Advocacy to people who need it in Greenwich. We will be mostly working with people with learning disabilities.
We think that by working together we will provide a better advocacy service to more people who need it and our organisations will learn from each other.
The project will soon have a new website.
Parents Present at Conference for Barristers
On the 1st June Eveline from Greenwich and Kevin from Camden gave a presentation about working well with parents with a learning disability at a conference for barristers and solicitors near Kings Cross.
Speak Up Stay Strong work at Atlas House
Eveline and Robert worked with a group of patients at Atlas House, an Assessment and Treatment Unit. The group were working on the idea of 'Looking Out for Each Other'. The group made a folder of 'Top Tips for New Patients from Older Patients'. The folder gave new patients infromation about things like the local buses and shops, visiting times, food and making phone calls.
Sadiq Khan MP visits Advocacy in Greenwich
Sadiq Khan MP for Tooting visited us on Friday 4th April 2014. He met with some of the MPs who told him about the People's Parliament and representatives from the Health Quality Checkers and the Training Project.
Sadiq is running the London Marathon on Sunday 13th April for the Evening Standard's Dispossessed Fund that funds the Training Project. To read the article in the Evening Standard click here.
The Womens Group get The Forum cafe menu changed
The group started talking about the menu at The Forum cafe because it was not easy to use, the writing was too small, there were no pictures and it was not clear.
After a meeting with the manager of The Forum the menu has been changed. It is much better and clearer and easier for everyone to use. The pictures help you choose what you want. It changed because we spoke up, we are proud of ourselves.
The Group who want to start a Music Group get their first bit of money
A group of people who want to start a music group have been meeting up to apply for funding. They have just got their first cheque towards starting it up and are going to carry on applying for more.
The Womens Self Advocacy Group finish their Friends film
The Womens Self Advocacy Group have spent a long time making a film about Friends. The film is about what a friend is, where to meet friends and how to meet up with friends. The group are very proud of the film and showed it for the first time at the Citizen Forum on 6th March. It was also shown at the Partnership Board in May. If you are interested in seeing the film contact Alice.
Parents speak at the Working Together with Parents Network Event
On the 28th February 2013 parents from the London Network of Parents with a Learning Difficulty, including a parent from the Greenwich Parents' Self Advocacy Group, spoke at an event for the Working Together with Parents Network in Birmingham. The Parents told the conference about the London Network and their work on the Parenting Toolkit.
Greenwich People's Parliament MPs visit the Houses of Parliament
"On 20th February 2013 we went to the Houses of Parliament. We were shown round by a tour guide called Frank. We went in the House of Lords and the House of Commons. We saw where the Queen puts the crown on and where she sits to open Parliament. We saw lots of pictures and statues. We all thought it was really good."