1 November 2018
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1 November 2018,

Bradford Talking Media (who make documents accessible for the Council and for other organisations) have been working with The Department for Health and Wellbeing from Bradford Council to find out what people with learning disabilities, autism and Asperger’s think about the lives they live. They want this to help them develop the ‘Happy Healthy and at Home’ way of working. This is some work the Department of Health and Wellbeing are doing to make sure people’s choices and needs are listened to. Specialist Autism Services and other organisations have been involved in the development of this project.

The Council would like to find out the views of people across the Bradford district. They want to talk to lots of people so that they hear lots of people’s opinions. There are two parts that people can get involved in:

  1. Questionnaire – Health Equalities Audit

They would like individuals to be supported to work through a questionnaire which was developed with Lancaster UniversityThis will help the Council find out what makes for a good life and how social workers might help people with this. If you complete the below questionnaire please return to Bradford Talking Media by 19th November.

2. ‘The Big Conversation’ – Choice, Rights, Capacity

There will be workshops called ‘Big Conversations’. There will be conversations at different venues.

 The conversations will be run by people from the Department for Health and Wellbeing and Bradford Talking Media, and some staff from each service holding the conversations will be there too. The conversations are designed to find out how people with a learning disability and people with autism and Asperger’s feel about their lives. There is a lot to talk about so there are going to be some workshops before Christmas and some after Christmas to make sure people have the opportunity to talk about how they are feeling.

The conversations will include different activities including watching short videos, talking to each other or writing down ideas (whichever you are comfortable with), and watching role plays. The aim is to find out;

  • what makes individuals happy
  • what makes them sad,
  • what they do now
  • what they might like to do in future,
  • the support they might need to do these things.

The conversation workshop at Specialist Autism Services is for members of the Bradford service, with a limited number of spaces to make sure it is not overwhelming for individuals.

If you are someone with a learning disability or autism and live in the Bradford district who would like to get involved, but who does not attend Specialist Autism Services, please have a look at the list of venues which you can attend (see below).You can also contact Bradford Talking Media (BTM) for more information; Email: enquiries@btm.org.uk Telephone: 01274 848 150 Text/WhatsApp: 07535 120222.

Venues for the Big Conversations

There are currently 6 places that will hold the Big Conversations for people to have their say.

  • Specialist Autism Services – closed session
  • Thursday 22nd November 1:30-3:30pm – Bradford People First at the Mayfield Centre
  • Monday 26th November 1-3pm – HFT at Learning Zone
  • Thursday 29th November – Waddiloves
  • Tuesday 4th December 10:30am – 12:30pm – People First Keighley and Craven at Central Hall Keighley.
  • Wednesday 5th December 1-3pm – Equality Together at Manningham Mills


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