Latest news from the Learning Disability and Autism Information Hub

Surrey People's Group 6 December 2022

On 6 December from 10am to 2pm, we are hosting a Surrey's People Group event at Ashtead Memorial to find out what's important to you.

If you would like to attend, send an email to ldcommunications@surreycc.gov.uk and ask for an event flyer.

Not long to go! If you want to test some virtual reality equipment and get involved get in touch! We will be really happy to see you!


Y Mania Disco

On Friday the 16 December YMCA are hosting a disco at their Sports and Community Centre in Redhill, RH1 6JJ.

Tickets are six pounds per ticket and carers and support go free.

Bring some cash for the bar and proof of identification. You must be over the age of 18.

Fancy dress is optional.

For more information contact Russ Bewley at: Russell.bewley@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk or call on 01737 779 979.


Free STOMP STAMP Training for families, carers and parents

MindEd's is an only training platform available for families, carers, and staff to help STOMP out over-medication. Find out about how to get the right support and medicine on their webpage.


Dorking Gala Night

This takes place on the 1 December in Dorking High Street from 6.30pm. The Christmas lights will be switched on and there will be stalls. Make sure you visit Cups & Co, a café that offers training and support to adults with learning disabilities.


Pegasus Card Scheme

Surrey Police have a Pegasus card scheme that allows people to communicate with the police easier if they are having difficulties.

Surrey police will require some personal information, which they will safe and confidential, this will allow them to quickly access your details so they can help you.


UK Disability History Month

UK Disability History Month is an annual event creating a platform to focus on the history of our struggle for equality and human rights. From 16 November to 16 December.

This years theme is Disability, Health and Well-being!


Sunnybank SWAG Xmas Disco 6 December

Sunnybank are hosting their Xmas Disco in Epsom on Tuesday 6 December 2022 from 7pm to 9pm.

Entry is £5 and you will need to bring extra money for drinks and snacks.


Cost of Living Directory of Support

Look out for the Surrey County Council Directory of Support landing on your doorsteps from 31 October 2022. We know that people all across Surrey are feeling the impact of the Cost of Living crisis. The Directory of Support is designed to help, by pulling together all the financial and welfare advice on offer in the county.

The Cost of Living Directory of Support is also available online.

In addition, alternative versions of the Cost of Living Directory of Support (Screen Reader Accessible, Large Print and Easy Read) are available online as well.

However, if you require a hard copy of the alternative formats or require the document in another language, please contact us as follows:

Telephone: 0300 200 1008

SMS: 07860 053 465 (for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community)

Relay UK: 18001 0300 200 1008

British Sign Language: via SignLive Video Relay Service

Email: contact.centre@surreycc.gov.uk


Priority Services Register

It is very important to make sure that utilities keep going if there is a problem with your gas, electricity, or water supply. People with a learning disability and autistic people may qualify for this service that is free and can help to stay safe, warm, and independent at home. To find out more about priority registers you will need to contact each of your utility providers.


Getting medicine right for people

An event open to autistic people and those with a learning disability in January: Getting medicine right for people NHS England Events


New Coffee Shop Cups and Co in Dorking

A new coffee shop has opened in Dorking called Cups and Co, pop down with your friends to support them and enjoy a coffee prepared and served by people with Learning Disabilities.


Surrey Coalition new Social Group for disabled and/or neurodivergent for young adults aged between 18 and 25

Surrey Coalition are providing a Young Adults Social Group, meetings started on 24 October but will be running every other Monday 7pm to 8pm via Zoom.

If you are interested in joining contact Charlotte via email: Involvement@surreycoalition.org.uk or call/SMS text 07492 249 513.


SILC – Training

Surrey Independent Living Charity (SILC) is a voluntary organisation led and run by disabled people, they have some free personal assistant training coming up in November and the courses can be booked easily online.

Most online courses are 2 to 3 hours, and they are currently planning more training for 2023.


ECL Allsports Sport and Social Club for 16+

ECL, based in central Walton on Thames, has opportunities for a small number of younger people on the autistic spectrum and/or with mild learning disabilities aged 16 plus to join their Allsports sports and social club sessions on Tuesday evenings between 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The sessions are run at a sports hall by a facilitator and enthusiastic local volunteers.

An opportunity to make friends and play various high-energy sports and games in a safe space.

As this is a well-established group, they offer a free taster session to see if it is a good fit. If there is a mutually good fit, then the cost is only £6 for the weekly two hour session thereafter.

Please contact their Charity Co-ordinator, Pier Markham for further details:

Email: coordinator@eclwalton.org.uk

Phone: 07981 450320

The EBC website can provide you with additional information on their Activity Timetable, most recent Annual Report and the latest newsletter.


NHS England Learning Disability and Autism

NHS England have a lot of useful information on their Learning disability and autism webpage, and you can find details about Coronavirus, autumn booster vaccines and flu vaccines on their Improving health page.


CQC - Training staff to support autistic people and people with a learning disability – Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training

The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism. Enables the health and social care workforce to better support people with a learning disability and autistic people.

As part of the rollout of the Oliver McGowan training, there is a new requirement from CQC (Care Quality Commission) for all Health and Social Care providers to have training in autism and in learning disability.

Care Quality Commission can provide further information.


Surrey Adult Learning

Surrey Adult Learning provides a variety of courses and workshops for adults to partake in, to learn new skills and give your career a boost. Courses and workshops include:

  • Arts and photography
  • Crafts and textiles
  • Languages
  • Business, employability, and digital skills
  • Cookery
  • Healthy living
  • Humanities and social science

They also offer free or subsidised courses:

  • Essential Digital Skills
  • Getting into work- Refresh
  • Functional English and Maths
  • GCSE English and Maths
  • ESOL (English speakers for other languages)
  • Family Learning
  • Passport to well being
  • Supported Learning

If you would like to take part in Surrey Adult learning you can book an Adult Learning course online.

Email Surrey Adult Learning: adultlearning@surreycc.gov.uk


Surrey Autism Champions Training – by Autism by Experience

Surrey Autism Champions Training, by Autism by Experience.

Autism by Experience is a new Community Interest Company that will start trading in September 2022. They have been operating for 2 years under the umbrella of The Clear Communication People Ltd.

Autism by Experience Community Interest Company will be running a new Surrey Autism Champions Programme starting in October 2022. The training is free. For anyone working in the NHS, public service for example police, local council, supporting service or other service.

The training is to ensure services in Surrey have a good understanding of the needs of autistic people, and offer approaches, adjustments and strategies that help autistic people access services, support, and community facilities.

The training will be taking place online, once a month over 6 months on a Wednesday afternoon 1pm to 5pm.

If you would like to apply or would like more information, please email Mike Leat: info@autismbyexperience.co.uk