Statement in response to DNR orders for people with learning disabilities
16 February 2021 - 1:30pm
People with learning disabilities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and the news at the weekend about DNR orders has highlighted just how far this goes. We, like Mencap, would like to see this group prioritised for the vaccine rollout.
Tips and ideas to look after your mental health during COVID-19
15 February 2021 - 10:45am
Like the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19), infectious disease outbreaks can be unsettling and impact the state of both our physical and mental health. While it is important to stay informed, we can also do things to support and manage our wellbeing during such times.
In the resource below, we have put together a comprehensive wellbeing guide to help you and your family look after their your health during the current pandemic and lockdown.
Being an apprentice at the Together Trust: You’re never too old to learn
12 February 2021 - 11:00am
It’s National Apprenticeship Week this week. The annual event highlights the work being done by employers and apprentices across the UK. We had a chat with Mandy Conduit, Learning and Development Advisor at the Together Trust to tell us how we future proof our workforce through apprenticeships and the fantastic opportunities we have to upskill, regardless of whether you are at the beginning or more established in your career.
What I want to see from the Children's Social Care Review
5 February 2021 - 3:00pm
Jakeb has been talking to us about what he wants to see from the Independent Children’s Social Care Review. Over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing Jakeb’s reflections on his care experience and his ambitions for the review.
Vaccination visual support materials for people with communication difficulties
2 February 2021 - 4:00pm
With the UK's vaccination programme in full swing and the government aiming to offer the vaccine to 15 million people by mid-February, those most at risk will be shortly, or potentially already be going through the process of getting vaccinated. Further news has now reported that everyone on the GP learning disability register should be prioritised for a Covid vaccine.
Our services going above and beyond to offer full-time support
30 January 2021 - 12:00pm
Over the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, staff members at one of our short breaks home, Meridian, have gone above and beyond to look after our young people and help a family in need of extra support during the lockdown.
Bridge College collaborates with LuxAI to develop QT Robot software
28 January 2021 - 4:00pm
Bridge College is excited to announce they have a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with LuxAI to develop robotic software. QT the Robot is designed to remove barriers to learning for students with autism and provides innovative opportunities for students to learn new skills.
The ability to organise, sequence and prioritise helps young people to plan their activities and manage their time effectively. However, some autistic people may find this difficult. As many students are learning at home, without the support of their usual school staff and resources, we have found some students asking for help to organise their schoolwork.
Emily Lees: what it is like to be an autistic speech and language therapist
25 January 2021 - 8:00am
Emily Lees is a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) at one of our specialist schools, Inscape House School. However, what makes her stand out is that Emily shares the same diagnosis as the young people she works with. We had a chat with Emily about how being autistic complements her in the workplace, job interviews and her mission to change society's approach to autistic people.
In the UK there has been a strong critique of the voluntary and community sector. Charity So White has highlighted institutional racism and challenged the sector to question whether it can say it is demonstrating best practice.
The evidence is clear that much has yet to be done.
Our residential services demonstrating resilience and commitment during Covid-19
19 January 2021 - 9:15am
Following the Christmas period, some of our staff at Woodlands residential home, along with two young people living there, tested positive for Covid-19. Despite the unfortunate events, a group of amazing colleagues volunteered to create a core team and moved into the home for the week to ensure a supportive environment for our young people.
Six Greater Manchester-based artists selected for ‘Making of Us’ at The Turnpike
17 December 2020 - 7:30am
Making of Us brings together the expertise of partners across the arts, social care and education sectors. Artists will work with young people from the ages of 13 to 25 years facing adversity, to initiate mutual learning opportunities and new ways of collaborating.
In October the Ladies Section at Marple Golf Club presented Together Trust with a cheque for £2,770 raised through a charity of the year partnership from 2019-2020.
Carol, the Lady Captain at Marple Golf Club said she chose to support Together Trust because "they do such wonderful work in the local community and my niece has been helped by the trust". We spoke to Carol to find out more about their fundraising efforts in 2020…