Latest updates from from the Learning Disability and Autism Information Hub

Autism Friendly Guildford and Waverley - Hold the Date!

A free drop in event is planned for 13 May 2 to 6pm at G Live, Guildford. The event is for autistic people and their families, interested members of the public, local businesses and organisations who support autistic people.

More information about what will be there coming soon!

You can find out more about Autism Friendly Communities in Surrey on our webpage.

Managing My Money Event – Hold the Date!

Surrey People's Group in partnership with the Proactive Community and are planning an event for learning disability week on 21 June at Woodhatch Place, Reigate.

The event is for people with learning disabilities and will include workshops, a marketplace, and refreshments. More information will follow.

The event is supported by Aviva.

You can find out more about Surrey People's Group on our webpage.

Learning Disability Partnership Board & Valuing People Group Minutes

The minutes from our meeting in March are available on the website. We spoke about Adult Social Care, Oliver McGowan Training and Dementia and Aging.

Also available our valuing people group minutes. Read up about your local area and get involved!

Free Sensory Experience at Banstead Library

Banstead library have a magic table that is free to use:

Surrey Libraries UK in partnership with Active Surrey have installed this special interactive projector in Banstead library.

The East Surrey Valuing People group organised a visit so people could try it out and see what they thought. Everyone enjoyed the session and loved it so much they are now visiting regularly.

We will be talking more about our visit at our next meeting in May.

'Really interesting, never knew about it and brilliant I feel relaxed and slept well. It so fun. I really enjoyed paint and music.
I would like to know how book it.'

To have a go, just contact the library to book a session.

Access to Food

Do you struggle to get to your local food bank?

Access to Food provides funding to people struggling with the cost of living who may also have difficulty, due to disability or long-term health condition getting to their local food bank. The scheme covers the cost of a taxi to and from a local food bank or provide a voucher to be spent at a local supermarket. It is open to anyone over 18, with a physical or mental disability who is in need of support but would struggle to travel to their nearest food bank.

To apply for the scheme or to find out more information email, call 01483 456 558, text 07908 671 402.

Before you join, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire to confirm your eligibility.

Helping Autistic people recognise unhealthy relationships

Durham University have created a new healthy relationship guide written specifically for autistic people. These are also available in Easy Read Format.

Health Service Journal (HSJ) Partnership Awards 2024

Big Congratulations to Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care Systems and their partners, especially Emma Jane, who won a silver award at the HSJ awards for their work on Health Inequalities for people with learning disabilities.

New all- inclusive walk and wheel

Elmbridge Borough Council are introducing a new 1km route from Xcel Leisure Complex in Walton on Thames every Monday morning. This new route is suitable for people experiencing limited mobility, a long-term medical condition or disability, visual or hearing impairment, or problems affecting their mental health. We also welcome people with learning disabilities. This is a friendly, welcoming group where you will find support and encouragement to get more active.

Stewarding Opportunities for Autistic People and People with Learning Disabilities at Guilfest

The festival is back in Stoke Park Guildford on the weekend of 29 - 30 June 2024.

There are opportunities for autistic people and people with a learning disability to be stewards, and they can bring a supporter. In return for helping out at the event, stewards are given a free meal and have plenty of time off to enjoy the event.

For more information email: with 'Supported Stewarding' in the subject of the email.

Report about community-based mental health services in Surrey published by Surrey Coalition

Surrey Coalition were funded to employ three staff members with mental health lived experience research community-based mental health support in Surrey and North East Hampshire. The project overview has now been published and includes important information for autistic people.

Care Talent Collective are looking for expert with lived experience co-trainer

Care Talent Collective is an approved provider for Oliver McGowan mandatory training on learning disability and autism. They are looking for people to work with them as an Expert with Lived Experience Co-Trainers. They will train people who work in health and social care about learning disabilities and autism. It is a paid role where you can choose your hours. They will teach you how to do the job.

They are also running train the trainer courses for facilitator trainers.

If you are interested, please email

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