Bristol LD carers discussion group June 18

There will be a lunch discussion group for Bristol carers of an adult with a learning disability at Carers Support Centre on Tuesday 18th June, 10.30am–12.30pm, with sandwich lunch provided.

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Demands on LD carers are unrelenting

We have 2 specialist workers who support carers of adults with learning disabilities (LD) across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. In the past this work was funded by statutory services, however since April 2018 we have had to find this funding ourselves from alternative sources. This costs us £45,000 per year; and we are extremely grateful to the charitable trusts who have supported us so far. In the last year, funds from John James Bristol Foundation and James Tudor Foundation have helped us towards the costs of delivering this vital specialist support. We will continue trying to raise funds to keep this valuable service going.

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Bristol Assistive Technology Service

Bristol City Council are providing a new service called the Assistive Technology Service to support people with a learning disability and/or autism to live more independently with the help of assistive technology (AT). To deliver this the council will be working in partnership with WE care and Repair and Hft.

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New eligibility criteria for blue badge

The government has announced that the eligibility criteria for the blue badge scheme will be changing to include those with ‘hidden’ disabilities. This will benefit people who are autistic or have a learning disability, dementia or a mental illness.

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