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for Adult Learning Disability Services in the Western Trust Region

To have relevant events posted here, email details to:

Deirdre.Kelly@westerntrust.hscni.net or Jonathan.Mcguigan@westerntrust.hscni.net


Inter Ethnic Forum and Stronger Together – Disability Strategy WorkshopDisability Strategy Expert Advisory Panel

The Inter Ethnic Forum and Stronger Together Disability Strategy Workshop is taking place on April 15th

The workshop will take place on Zoom on April 15th, 10.00AM -11.30AM

An Easy Read Language translations of the Disability Strategy is available in advance of the workshop:

View the Easy Read Disability Strategy Expert Advisory Panel document published by the Department of Communities.

To Register contact: maire.mccotter@stepni.org


Get Out Get Active (GOGA) Programmes

Get Out Get Active (GOGA) Programmes are available in Derry/Strabane. The programme aims to engage people who do not traditionally participate in physical activity, particularly people with a disability.

More information on the clubs and opportunities.

  • March 2021 - ALD Events and Updates
    Singing

    SignTonicity with Siobhan Heaney

    Siobhan Heaney will be providing a series of 4 SingTonicity sessions via Zoom for Service Users.  They will take place on Tuesday nights from 7-8pm and will be FREE.  The sessions will start on 2nd March and run until 23rd March.

    Songs can help our mood, help boost our energy, and that is the magic of singing.  SingTonicity is a method of looking after your health and wellbeing.  It uses your breath, voice and sound all coming together to help you in times of stress, whenever you’re feeling tired or to just physically give a boost.

    After a SingTonicity session Service Users will experience a feeling of well being, release of tension, lightness of spirit and a great sense of accomplishment and confidence.Girl Playing Maracas

    “It’s like a singsong – the breathing exercises can help if you are feeling stressed and need a bit of time out – it’s like a vocal stress ball!” – quote from participant

    “I have found SingTonicity to be most invigorating yet relaxing, in a totally unique way – the combination of body and vocal movements provides gentle therapy in a most humorous manner.” – quote from participantBoy Playing Drum

    If you would like to find out more about joining the SingTonicity sessions contact Deirdre on:

    028 7186 4323

    Remember the old Zimbabwen proverb “if you can talk you can sing!”

  • February 2021 - ALD Events and Updates

    Horticulture Therapyhorticulture therapy

    During February and March 2021, we will be facilitating an 8 week course in Horticulture Therapy focusing on gardening, nature and their associated benefits.

    To access the course all you will need is a small green space (your garden or shared outside area).

    A horticulture pack will be posted in advance direct to your home with everything you will need to take part.

    A Horticulture Therapist will deliver the weekly session via Zoom.

    If you are interested in learning how to make your garden grow and develop skills to take you on into Spring and Summer of 2021 please register your interest by contacting Kelly Sheppard on 075 5773 2807 or email Kelly.sheppard@headway.org.uk


    Raising Awareness for Reasonable Adjustments

    Reasonable Adjustments

    Paula McGowan, who is a renowned Autism Awareness Campaigner, will give a talk on the topic of “Raising Awareness of Reasonable Adjustments” on:

    Tuesday 23rd February 2021 

    9.00am to 10.30am 

    Following the avoidable death of her youngest child Oliver, Paula has dedicated her life to campaigning for equal health care for people who have autism and Intellectual Disabilities.  Paula launched a parliamentary petition asking for all doctors and nurses to receive mandatory training in Learning Disability and Autism awareness.  As a direct consequence of her campaigning the Government announced that all NHS and Social Care Staff would receive The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and Autism.

    You can sign up for this free event on Eventbrite 

    “We are honoured to welcome Paula McGowan to the University of Gloucestershire.

    Paula McGowan is the activist behind the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and/or autism for NHS Health and Social Care Staff. An independent review concluded Oliver died an avoidable death. Hear Oliver’s story and what we can all do to prevent avoidable deaths like Oliver’s happening again.

    All staff and students are invited to this special talk to hear Oliver’s story as told by his mother, Paula.”

  • January 2021 - ALD Events and Updates
    January 2021 – ALD Events and Updates

    Connect and Relax Programme

    The nature of this programme is to support Learning Disability service users and carers mental health through connectedness and the ‘Take 5 steps to wellbeing’ to help reduce isolation and stress.Health Improvement Equality and Involvement Logo

    This Programme will run for four consecutive weeks via Zoom from home or participating Day Centres consisting of four sessions lasting 45 minutes each. The aim is for participants to learn how to incorporate practical techniques to help manage stress, feel connected and HAVE FUN!

    Nuala McKeever will facilitate each group and with 30 places per group the allocation will be on a first come first served basis. These places will be in high demand and pre-registration is essential.

    Group 3: Every Tuesday morning at 11.00am starting Tuesday 5th January – Tuesday 26th January

    Group 4: Every Wednesday morning at 11.00am starting Wednesday 3rd February – Wednesday 24th February

    Please contact Gemma Smyth Health Facilitator on telephone 028 6634 4227 or email gemma.smyth@westerntrust.hscni.net or jonathan.mcguigan@westerntrust.hscni.net

  • December 2020 - ALD Events and Updates

    Monday 30 November – Friday 4 December 2020 – Disability Awareness Week NI 2020Disability Awareness Week NI 2020

    Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) in partnership with the Public Health Agency (PHA) are hosting an annual celebration of People with Disabilities through a Virtual Disability Awareness Week 2020, inclusive of International Day for People with Disabilities.

    This is the fifth annual celebration in DCSDC and this year they are going to celebrate in a different way through the development of an online programme of activity, reaching an audience beyond the City & District to support International Celebration of People with Disabilities.

    Join them to promote health and social wellbeing through the arts, during these challenging times so we can help raise awareness of the importance of creating the conditions where people with disabilities experience equal opportunity and face no barriers to participation in any element of their lives.

    All event details will be available here and join in the conversation using the hashtags #idpwd #DCSDCdisabilty2020 #PHA #DAWNI2020


    Fermanagh and Omagh Council Celebrating International Day for People with Disabilities 2020.Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

    The Fermanagh and Omagh Council has organised a series of short, virtual, awareness raising sessions and workshops to celebrate International Day for People with Disabilities 2020.

    Starts this Thursday 3rd December and runs to the 10th December.

    For more information visit the webpage or view the Programme of Events.


    Health Inequalities: Making reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilitiesOnline Seminar for Disability Week 2020

    Free Online Seminar to mark Disability Awareness Week – Wednesday 2nd December 2020 2PM – 4PM

    Speakers Include:

    • Professor Owen Barr, Professor of Nursing and Intellectual Disability, University of Ulster
    • Clionagh McElhinney, Acute Liaison Nurse, Altnagelvin Hospital
    • Louise Boyce, Access Inclusion Officer, Derry City and Strabane District Council will lead a Question and Answer session

    More information on the event and how to register.

  • November 2020 - ALD Events and Updates

    THealth Improvement Equality and Involvement Logoime for you to connect and relax: A 4 week relaxation programme via zoom: Join our new 4 week ‘Connect and Relax’ programme to relax and recharge you!

    The nature of this programme is to support Learning Disability service users and carers mental health through connectedness and the ‘Take 5 steps to wellbeing’ to help reduce isolation and stress.

    This trust wide pilot programme will run for four consecutive weeks via Zoom from home or participating Day Centres with four sessions of 45 minutes each for 30 participants each with an aim for participants to learn how to incorporate practical techniques to help manage stress, feel connected and HAVE FUN!

    Nuala McKeever will facilitate each group and with 30 places per group the allocation will be on a first come first served basis. These places will be in high demand and pre registration is essential.

    Please choose from 2 separate groups as follows:

    Group 1

    Every Tuesday morning at 11.00am starting Tuesday 24th November

    (final session Tuesday 15th December 2020)

    Group 2           

    Every Wednesday morning at 11.00am starting Wednesday 25th November

    (final session Wednesday 16th December 2020)

    Please contact Gemma Smyth Health Facilitator on telephone 028 6634 4227 or email gemma.smyth@westerntrust.hscni.net or jonathan.mcguigan@westerntrust.hscni.net