Latest updates from from the Learning Disability and Autism Information Hub

Book Now for Surrey People's Group Transport and Travel Event 8 December

Book now for the next Surrey People's Group event on 8 December at Woodhatch Place in Reigate. Places are limited to attend in person although you can attend online.

Physical activity awareness training on 6 December

Active Surrey is hosting the following online training for professionals and volunteers supporting adults.

'Helping people become more active physical activity awareness training' covers the importance and benefits to all adults of being active, shares national guidelines and tips, positive conversation skills, free national resources and local signposting opportunities. This session is relevant to any professional working with adults in a resident facing role.

The training will take place as follows:

Y- Mania Rocking around the Christmas Tree Disco Night 8 December 2023

Y-mania are holding a Christmas Disco on Friday 8 December at 7.30pm to 10pm at the YMCA Sports & Community Centre in Redhill.

Mayhem Christmas club night 23 December 2023

Mayhem have their Christmas club night on Saturday 23 December 7pm to 11pm at Fiery Bird in Woking. Join them for a mix of current chart hits and the best classics, card only bar.

Sunny Sessions heading into Christmas

Sunny Sessions would love to hear from people by recording a voice note up to 90 seconds. Introduce yourself at the start of the message and tell them what your Christmas wish is this year. Your message may feature on one of the festive shows.

Surrey County Council budget consultation closes 5 January 2024

Surrey County Council are consulting on the draft budget from 28 November to 5 January. This includes proposals for investments and making budget efficiencies in 2024 and 2025 financial year.

The consultation is now open on Surrey Says and an Easy Read version will be available soon.

Learning from lives and deaths – people with a learning disability and autistic people (LeDeR)

Report 7 has been published by Kings College London and is available with easy read and video versions.

NHS England has published LeDeR 'Action from Learning' report number 5 which describes some of the work being done across the country by the NHS to reduce health inequalities and early death amongst people with a learning disability.

Surrey Heartlands has published their LeDeR annual report for 2022 to 2023.

Lived experience conference Wednesday 31 January 2024

The first Surrey and NE Hants Lived Experience Conference organised by Surrey and Borders Partnership (SABP) will be held on Weds 31 January from 10am to 4pm at Dorking Halls.

This will be a celebration of individuals work and a chance for people to meet others who have supported co-production across the organisations within Surrey and NE Hants. The conference is for all people with lived experience.

The day will be packed with speakers, activities and a chance to reflect on what has been achieved by the terrific Lived Experience workforce. If you would like to attend, please contact – please be aware that there are around 50 places left so please email as soon as possible to book your place.

Co-producing standards – Surrey Coalition

Surrey Coalition want to work with residents to create a set standard based on what people expect when they need information or advice or to draw on care and support arranged through Surrey County Council Adult Social Care. Weekly meetings are taking place for 6 weeks on Zoom for 1.5 to 2 hours. One introductory meeting in December and work will start in the New Year. If you are interested in being part of this, please contact Yasmin on Yasmin.

Warm Welcome Venues return to Surrey

Warm welcome venues are open to all residents this winter free of charge. There are 76 venues across Surrey in community spaces including community and church halls, libraries, and leisure centres.

Come inside, warm up, enjoy a hot drink and receive energy advice and much more. To find your nearest venue visit Warm Welcome.

Clinic Standard - Oral Health for Young People with Learning Disabilities

Clinical Standard: Oral Healthcare for Autistic Children & Young People and/or those with a Learning Disability in Special Educational Settings has been published. The clinical standard supports the vision of universal access whereby everyone receives quality health services that meet their specific needs.

The standard is accompanied by a supporting package of tools, resources, and modules that are all freely available online.

Cost of Living Support

Surrey County Council launches new campaign to support residents with the Cost of Living

Surrey County Council has launched a new campaign to support residents with the increasing cost-of-living by directing them to a variety of support and services to help them.

As part of this, the 'Your Essential Services' directory has gone to all households in Surrey. This includes information on a wide range of services that the county council provide, along with advice and support from local and national partners.

The information contained within the Your Essential Services directory is also available online. Professionals are encouraged to direct people to the information via the Shortcut URL:

'Your Essential Services' directory will soon be available in a range of alternative formats including Easy Read, large print and screen reader accessible, if you require this directory in a range of formats, please contact:

Spelthorne Boccia Club

Boccia is a disability sport that is similar to bowls and pétanque. The Spelthorne Boccia Club is aimed at people aged 16+ with disabilities (young people aged 14+ may join with an adult carer present). No booking necessary.

  • Venue: Spelthorne Leisure Centre, Knowle Green, Staines
  • Date: Every Thursday
  • Time: 6pm to 6.55pm
  • Cost: £3 per week
  • Website: Spelthorne Boccia Club

Have your say on specialist cancer services for children

NHS England is asking for your views to help make sure its planning considers the specific needs of autistic children and young people, and children and young people with a learning disability. The Children's Cancer Centre consultation website includes an animation about why things need to change and as well as an easy read version of the Children's Cancer Centre consultation. Both consultations close on 18 December 2023.

Autumn, Winter 2023 flu and COVID-19 vaccination campaign

Flu and Covid-19 spread more easily in winter and can cause serious illness. Make sure you book your flu and Covid-19 vaccinations when invited.

From 11 September, the NHS will offer flu and COVID-19 vaccines to those at greater risk of serious illness this winter. Those who can get both vaccines through the NHS will include also include people with certain health conditions, frontline health and care staff, unpaid carers and household contacts of those at higher risk. Check if you are eligible for a free flu vaccine.

NHS has produced a range of resources for people with learning disabilities in easy read and video: