Latest news from the Learning Disability and Autism Information Hub

Call for action learning disability week

We want to hear about amazing people in Surrey who are living their lives and busting those myths. Send us a photo and a little background and we can build up a picture of good things that are happening across Surrey.

For inspiration, please watch busting myths about fashion models on YouTube and see how Ellie achieved her dream of becoming first Vogue cover model with Downs Syndrome.

Email us ldcommnications@surreycc.gov.uk


Surrey People's Group Event 23 June

The next event is on Friday 23 June in Reigate from 10am to 2.30pm. People will be able to attend in person and online.

We have several people coming along including from the Police, POhWER, Liaison Nurses, Social Work team, Community Transport and Sunny Sessions Radio. Surrey Outdoor Learning (SOLD) will be running some sessions.

We will be sending out a flyer next week so look out for it and make sure you get your places booked!


Menstrual (Periods) Health Day 28 May

On the 28 May it is Menstrual health day, an awareness day focussing on making menstruation a normal fact of life by 2030.

It's a chance to highlight the importance of menstrual care and raise awareness about the issues faced by those who don't have access to sanitary products.

Access to sanitary products, safe, hygienic spaces in which to use them, and the right to manage menstruation without shame or stigma, is essential for anyone who menstruates.

There are some easy read guides on NHS Inform about menstrual health.


New study to shape transport accessibility

Bus Users UK is asking disabled people to share their experiences of bus travel as part of a ground-breaking research project designed to improve transport accessibility and inclusion.

They want to capture the real, lived experiences of people with visible and non-visible disabilities. People who join the study will be asked to log their bus journeys for a month and say what was good and bad.

You can join the bus accessibility research project by filling in their form or contact chiara.sanchez@revealingreality.co.uk


Surrey People's Group record of the day now available!

Our record of the day of our Surrey People's Group March event is now available both in easy read and in a video.

Please visit our Surrey People's Group to take a look.


Door to door bus service expands in Mole Valley

Since Mole Valley Connect launched in June 2022, over 11,600 trips have been taken. The on-demand, shared bus service is now available throughout the district to improve bus provision for residents.

For more information, visit the Mole Valley Connect webpage.


Social tariffs for broadband

Social tariffs are special discounted deals available to certain low income customers. They are generally cheaper than standard broadband tariffs, starting at just £12 a month. They are usually not subject to price rises or exit fees.

Eligibility depends on the broadband provider. Some offer social tariffs to recipients of the following benefits: universal credit, pension credit (guarantee credit), income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance and income based employment and support allowance.

Some providers include other benefits, too. The account holder must be the person receiving the benefit to be eligible.

4.3 million UK households are eligible, but only 5% have signed up.


Free virtual Learning Disability events.

The learning disability liaison nurses are hosting various free events that can be booked on Eventbrite:

For Queries, please contact the Learning Disability Liaison Nurses on: rxx.primaryliaisonld@nhs.net


Physical disabilities survey

Frimley Health and Care ICS have created a survey to understand what gets in the way of accessing services and other activities for people with physical disability and their carers.

This includes the wheelchair service, physical activity, transport and neurology services.

The survey is open until Monday 3 July 2023.


Easy Read Online's Ten ways to save money on food:

Easy Read online have produced a document called: Ten ways to save money on food, giving tips about how to save some money on food.


Health Action Planning Training

This training is aimed at anyone who directly supports people with learning disabilities in Surrey. Priority will be given to family / unpaid carers and independent paid carers.

It will cover:

  • What is a health action plan and why are they important
  • How to use health action plans
  • How to create and implement health actions plans
  • How to involve the individual in building a health action plan
  • Annual health checks
  • Common health issues
  • Local specialist health services

All sessions are from 10am to 1pm at Two Bridges, Guildford Street, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 9AU.

Book your training online:

Contact for any questions on 01932 587080


Surrey Fire and Rescue Service open days

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service have announced that all of fire station open day events in 2023 will have designated early access for those with additional needs and disabilities.

This will help to provide a more inclusive environment for these visitors, with less noise and smaller crowds.


Take the bus for just £2 January to October 2023

From 1 January to 31 June 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.


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: