Minority Ethnic Communities and Specialist Learning Disability Services

Download the report of the Faculty of the Psychiarty of Learning Disability Work Group:

July 2011

Download:  Minority Ethnic Communites Report

What is Giving Us a Voice all about?

In this video, Bridget explains what the Giving Us A Voice project is all about.

Giving Us A Voice Carers Guide

GUAV Getting Involved Guide for families and carers of people with learning disabilities from minorithy ethnic communities.

This guide has been written to help more BME families get involved in planning the services they need. Although some of the laws mentioned cover the UK, most of the
detail applies to services in England. This guide is full of information that families and carers will find helpful.

Presentation by the Department for Communities and Local Government

Matthew West, from the Department for Communities and Local Government spoke of the government's plans Read the rest of this entry »

Giving Us A Voice Advisory Group

Giving Us A Voice was supported by an Advisory Group who made helpful suggestions and gave direction to the work.

We would like to thank them for all their help.

Hugh Constant, SCIE

Sue Davies, Family Carers Support Services, HFT

Vivien Cooper, Challenging Behaviour Foundation

Yasmin Surti, Valuing People Ethnicity Lead

Oi Mei Li, Independent Consultant

Helpful Resources Suggested at our Meetings

This list gives a few examples of resources that will give you some more information and help:

• ‘Leading the Way to Race Equality – a guide to good practice’ (Network for Black Professionals, 2011) – this can be found by visiting the website:

• ‘Is Information Enough?’ (Mencap, 2011) – this can be found here:

• ‘Carers and their Rights’ (4th edition Carers UK, 2011) – this can be downloaded here: Carers and their Rights by Luke Clements 4th edition 2011

• ‘Achieving equality in health and social care: a framework for action’ (Afiya Trust, 2010) – visit their website at to find out more

• The National Learning Disability and Ethnicity Network (run by ARC) – visit the website here:

• The National Ethnicity Training Network (run by the University of Leeds) – visit the website here:

• The Briefing Papers published by the Race Equality Foundation – visit the website at:

• The revised ‘Framework for Action on Ethnicity 2011′ (DoH, 2011) – visit the website at for more information

• ‘Reaching and Supporting Diverse Communities: a guide to meeting the needs of people with learning disabilities and family carers from newly arrived Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic (BME) Communities’ (HFT, 2011) This can be found here:

• ‘Caring for all carers’ – a survey of services for BME and seldom heard carers in Carers’ Centres and Crossroad Care schemes (Princess Royal Trust, 2010) – this can be downloaded here: Caring for all carers

• For information on working this website may be useful to you:

• DotComUnity gives information for your region for people with disabilities:

• Dobsons Choice gives useful information for people with learning disabilities. Its creator, Martin Dobson, made the videos for this website. You can visit Dobsons Choice here:

• Lookup! helps people with learning disabilities access eye care. Visit their website here:

• People First is a national network that supports people with learning disabilities. You can view their website here:

• Help for carers is provided by Carers Direct. It is available in several languages:

Call Carers Direct on 0808 802 0202

Free, confidential information and advice for carers. Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines and mobiles or you can request a free call back. You can also ask for a call back in one of more than 170 languages including ربي, বাংলা, 中文, Français, ગુજરાતી, Polski, Português, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Soomaali, Español, Türkçe and .اردو. Find out more about the Carers Direct helpline.

Use of the Charter

"I will use this to inform our own inclusion strategy which we are developing with the people we support. I will make sure that our self-advocacy groups and ambassadors are aware of the charter so that they can tell others too, and check we are achieving the goals."

"We will be looking to adopt the National Charter for Inclusion as part of our own updated single Equality Scheme, which will in turn recognise the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty, which places additional obligations on public authorities and those who provide services through public money."

"We will build the principles of the Charter into project planning and improve our outreach into the community."

"I will ensure that the charter is circulated and enforced by other professionals when working with all members of the community."

"We will provide a copy for our service users, families and staff and plan to refer to the Charter in Induction and Diversity training."