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Tenfold Members Network – September

09 September 2015, Shine Business Centre | 10am - 12 noon

Network Debrief

We had a really enjoyable Tenfold Members Network on 9 September, with some very interesting sessions from our speakers, Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Liz Cable, and Alison Petherbridge.

 
Councillor Lisa Mulherin is the new Executive Member for Health, Social Care, Wellbeing and Sport, replacing Councillor Adam Ogilvie in this role, although he will remain as the co-chair for the Learning Disability Partnership Board. Councillor Mulherin, who has previously worked at Wakefield Metropolitan District Council and Leeds Metropolitan University, talked about the challenges of juggling her new duties with also being a ‘hands on’ time mum.

She outlined the massive demographic and funding challenges facing the council who are facing a £65m funding gap. Further cuts are likely to come in the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review in Autumn 2015, on top of the 43% reduction in government funding the council has faced over the past 5 years. Lisa suggested writing to local MPs to ensure they are aware of the impact cuts to council funding are having, because the decisions about funding are made a Government level.

Councillor Mulherin also talked about the Health and Wellbeing Strategy, and the need for partners from the NHS, local authority and third sector to pool resources under the ‘Leeds Pound’ approach, and work together more effectively, to avoid duplication and improve outcomes. Councillor Mulherin closed by saying that she looked forward to working with Tenfold members and that she looked forward to attending future Tenfold Member Meet Ups in the future.

 

Next up was Liz Cable, Senior Lecturer in Digital and Social Media at Leeds Trinity University, who gave an extremely entertaining and knowledgeable insight in to the world of Twitter and how using it effectively can support the sector deliver its business plans. Liz runs a free on-line Twitter Course called ‘The 12 Days of Twitter’, which some members may have taken part in earlier this year. Because of her personal experience and interest it is obvious that Liz is passionate about supporting the third sector, and her enthusiasm certainly rubbed off on members, although she might have lost them when she started talking about Hit Me Up, ‘micro boredom and augmented reality! However, an App called ‘Never Walk Home Alone’ captured the interest of many people and is something we will be looking in to more closely. We will definitely be working with Liz in the future to support our members to make the most of the opportunities that social media can offer them, and we hope to support her to deliver a Social Media Conference early next year, with some additional themed development workshops for Tenfold Members to help them explore the wonderful world of social media.

 
Finally, Alison Petherbridge from Dark Horse Theatre talked about the innovative work they are delivering for people with a learning disability. Previously called ‘Full Body and Voice’, they were renamed Dark Horse three years ago, (Dark Horse: a person about whom little is known but who has extraordinary talents and abilities). They are a touring theatre company based at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield and offer a range of courses for adults with learning disabilities, ranging from 2 to 3 year long courses, which are ALRA (Academy for Live and Recorded Arts) affiliated, to entry level courses which are a day a week for 1 year, (cost £10 per day). The next cohort of the 1 year course starts on October 2015.

 

The meeting also had contributions from Leonie O’Dwyer from Leeds Beckett University, who is working in a team that has been commissioned by Norman Campbell to explore barriers to Respite Care and gather feedback from service users, carers and supporters. John Preston promoted a job vacancy with the Conservation Volunteers at Hollybush, and Lauren Lewis from the Contract Team at Leeds CC gave an update on their work, and how third sector organisations can engage with them via the LD Provider Forum and the Mental Health and Physical Disabilities Forum. Lauren also promoted the Good Lives Leaders Scheme, where people with a learning disability receive training to go into services to talk to service users about the provision and provide a feedback service. She made a plea for people members to identify more people with a learning disability to be part of this scheme.


 

Network Invitation

We hope you can join us for this Tenfold Members Network.

We are delighted that Councillor Lisa Mulherin, the new executive member for Health and Social Care at Leeds City Council, is able to join us. Lisa has taken on this role replacing Councillor Adam Ogilvie, who will still remain the co-chair at the Learning Disability Partnership . It is your chance to ask Lisa any questions you may have about the Learning Disability Sector in the city, share your news and views, and, of course, showcase the amazing practice going on in Leeds!

If you have any questions for Lisa, please send them to us no later than Friday 4 September – email info@tenfold.org.uk.

Also joining us is Alison Petherbridge, from Dark Horse Theatre and Liz Cable, Senior Lecturer in Media, Film and Culture at Leeds Trinity University.

Alison has recently joined Dark Horse and will tell us about their new project providing opportunities for people with learning disabilities to learn drama and acting skills as part of their Studio A project. Liz is a Twitter ‘aficionado’ and is joining us to talk to members about what support they need in order to use Twitter more effectively, with a view to delivering Twitter training tailored to members interests and needs in the Autumn.

 

 


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