Latest news from the Learning Disability and Autism Information Hub

Surrey Fire and Rescue Community Survey closes on 2 February 2O23

Surrey Fire and Rescue are preparing their service plan. They want to know what really matters to residents and what they think its most important. The Surrey Fire and rescue survey is available in large print and easy read.

Go Big and Get Friendly Club Night on 3 February 2023

A clubbing night for people with Learning Disabilities at the Bluebird Club at The Hawth, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ

7.30pm to 11pm and tickets cost £10 per ticket

To get your ticket call 01293 553 636.

Y Mania Disco on 10 February 2023

YMCA East Surrey are having a Y Mania club night for adults with disabilities over the age of 18.

  • This will be held at YMCA Sports and Community Centre in Redhill.
  • You can pay £6 in advance or £8 at the door.
  • Carers and support go free.
  • Cash for bar.
  • Must be over the age of 18 and provide identification.
  • Fancy dress is optional.

Please email Russ Bewley at for more information.

Hold the date! Surrey People's Group Event Thursday 30 March 2023

We are busy planning the next event for Thursday 30 March 2023 at Ashtead Memorial Hall, more information to come.

We have started making improvements to our Surrey people's group page and now have an online membership form. So take a look and join up to get your voice heard, meet new people, and have some fun.

Consultation regarding the closure of Arundel House residential care home for people with learning disabilities open until 18 April 2023

A proposal is being considered to close Arundel House and the services which operate from the site. This is a formal consultation, and we want to get your views.

What is considered a good care environment for people with learning disabilities has significantly changed since Arundel House was opened. Arundel House as a building does not have the facilities found in modern care environments and will not be able to provide a model of care that enables a greater degree of independence with appropriate support. As a result, there have been difficulties in attracting new residents to Arundel. There is a need to consider whether there may be other options for care and support which are better suited to meeting the individuals' long-term needs. This will impact of everyone living on the Arundel site.

The Consultation on the closure of Arundel House Residential Care Home will include talking to the people we support, families and carers, staff, advocates and social care workers. There is information available in a range of formats including easy read.

At the end of twelve weeks a report will be shared with the Cabinet of Surrey County Council who will make a final decision whether to close Arundel House.

Surrey Coalition feedback on bus services

Surrey Coalition are working with Surrey County Council on improvements to bus services in Surrey and would like your feedback on the service in general and also if you have experienced problems with the driver pulling off before you have sat down, drivers not stopping at bus stops, or other people using wheelchair spaces on the bus.

If you have any feedback good or bad, please contact Yasmin:

Dramatize Tea Room

The Dramatize Tea Room in Charlton Village gives adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to get work experience and training to set them on their way to paid employment. It is a great place to meet and chat but can also host groups and events.

Warm hub welcome at Surrey's libraries and other venues around Surrey

As thousands of people face a challenging winter due to energy price increases, these community spaces are offering warm places to drop in for free.

You don't need to be a library member to come along, sit a while, get warm, have a free hot drink, and meet others.

There will be activities on offer to pass the time including, puzzles, colouring packs, card and board games, crochet sets and even knitting.

Photo ID or Voter Authority Certificate will be required when voting for elections

From May 2023, people in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.

You can check if you have the right type of Photo ID. If not, you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate. This will need to be done by 5pm on Tuesday 25 of April for local elections.

Financial help for people who live in Tandridge

People with low incomes can apply for a small grant through the Tandridge Household Support Fund to help with the financial pressure they may face this winter.

The funding is limited, so only applications can only be made by people who haven't previously received a grant from the Household Support Fund. You can apply online or call 01883 722000.

Surrey Coalition Virtual Reality Project, Do you want to take part?

Surrey Coalition have a virtual reality project where the reality experiences are based within natural and or green areas in Surrey.

Please note if you have a medical device such as a pacemaker or hearing aid or have significant visual impairment that limits the ability to engage with the VR, you will not be eligible.

There a few places left so please email Charlotte Payne as soon as possible if you want to get involved:

Learning from the lives and deaths of people with a learning disability (LeDeR)

The LeDeR report for 2021 to 2022 and the LeDeR strategy for 2021 to 2024 are available together with the easy read versions. This is important work that is going on that aims to help people with a learning disability live longer, healthier lives.

Healthwatch Surrey want to hear about your experiences with breast screening in January or February 2023

Have you recently been invited for routine breast cancer screening in Surrey?

If you have been invited for the first time, have additional needs or access requirements or simply have a breast cancer screening experience you would like to tell us about, we would be particularly keen to hear from you.

We want to understand your thoughts and experiences to improve screening and access for all, by talking to you about:

  • Location and how easy it was for you to get there
  • How easy it was for you to make / change your appointment
  • Information / advice you were given
  • Any additional needs / access requirements you have and how these were or were not met
  • Your experience on the day of your appointment
  • Any other thoughts, suggestions or concerns you have around your breast cancer screening appointment

How will we talk to you?

You can share your views online over Zoom or ms teams, a telephone call or face to face. Interviews will take place in January or February 2023. However, feedback can still be submitted until the end of March 2023.

To share your experience:


Telephone: Health watch Helpdesk: 0303 303 0023

SMS text only: 07592 787533


Free Training for Autistic People in February 2023, Become a Health and Wellbeing Champion

Surrey Community and Prevention team have developed free training co-designed with autistic people and health professionals to improve knowledge about health and wellbeing, support friends, family and other people and learn about how to overcome barriers that autistic people face with health services.

If you know of a group that would like to take part in the pilot sessions, contact

Take the bus for just £2 January to March 2023

From 1 January to 31 March 2023, a single bus journey will cost no more than £2 on selected routes. Local bus operators so far signed up to the Department for Transport scheme, which aims to help people save money and reduce car journeys, include:

  • Compass operating in Cranleigh, Dorking, Godalming, Guildford, Redhill and Reigate
  • Metrobus operating in Banstead, Caterham, Epsom, Horley, Leatherhead, Lingfield, Redhill and Reigate
  • Southdown operating in Caterham, Horley, Lingfield Oxted, Redhill and Reigate

For more information about all the bus operators and for other help for transport costs you can visit the government's Help for Household web pages.

Get involved with Surrey's 2030 plan for people to live well in later life, closes 31 December 2030

Shaped from the views of hundreds of residents, carers, staff and care providers, Living Well in Later Life is the county council's plan for making Surrey the best place it can be for older people.

The plan sets out how the council, working with its partners in the NHS, care sector and districts and boroughs, will support people to live and age well in Surrey over the next decade.

At the heart of the plan is a commitment to improving opportunities and care choices in local communities so that older people can be as active and independent as they wish.

The council engaged with residents and their families, as well as staff and partners, to draw up the strategy and is now seeking input to help shape how it's put into practice.

Get involved

The council's keen to continue to gather residents' and partners' input as it works towards meeting the commitments in the plan. There will be opportunities to take part in workshops and surveys.

If you, or anyone you know or work with, has an interest in shaping services for older people, sign up is via the web page or by calling 0300 200 1005, SMS (for the deaf or hard of hearing) 07527 182 861, text relay 18001 0300 200 1005 or BSL video relay.

There is an easy read version of the survey and a paper copy with a stamped envelope can be requested from the information and advice service.

Important free training for domiciliary and family carers

Restore 2 Mini Training was developed to help carers recognise when someone they care from may be unwell.

The course was developed as it was found that some causes of death in people with a learning disability could have been treated or prevented.

It is 90 minutes long and can be done online or face to face during the day, evenings, and weekends.

Taking Charge help through the energy crisis

Taking Charge is a free campaign to help people who work in social care, and the people they support, to save hundreds of pounds on their energy bills.

This includes free interactive webinars and accessible resources.

Sunny Sessions Radio

The Surrey Hills Radio twice-weekly radio station is a great way to find out what is happening. DJ Jon welcomes guests from across Surrey and beyond to share their stories.

Tune in every Monday and Thursday to Surrey Hills Community radio at 11am and on the first Monday of each month at 9pm to listen to their shows.

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.

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.

New Activities Relaunching in 2023

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:

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:

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