Learning Disability Week In Oxford
'Learning Disability Week' is nearly here, a week dedicated to raising the profile of people with learning disabilities, people with rights to independence, to make choices, and to be included as an integral part of society.
I got this over email about some events scheduled to celebrate Learning Disability Week in Oxford. Pop along if you are in the area.
Anyone with information on other events for Learning Disability week can either post it below, or email it to me at thinkingnurseATcoolgooseDOTcom
As part of Learning Disability Week (18-25 June) the School of Health and Social Care at Oxford Brookes University, the Oxfordshire Learning Disability Trust and the Oxfordshire Learning Disability Partnership Board are jointly organising two Open Days.
These days form part of other activities that will take place in the School during the week to promote and highlight Learning Disability issues, and links with similar events throughout the UK under the auspices of Mencap.
Wednesday 22nd June 10 am to 4 pm
Thursday 23rd June 10 am to 4 pm
The venue for the open days is the School of Health and Social Care at Oxford Brookes University, Marston Road Campus, Jackstraws Lane, Marston, Oxford OX£ 0FL.
Who might be interested?
The open days are aimed at:
Any member of the public who wants to find out more about learning disability issues
People with a learning disability, their parents, relatives and carers
Those who work in services for people with a learning disability
Anyone interested in working with people with a learning disability and seeking local employment opportunities in a range of different organisations
Individuals of any age who may be interested in studying for a career in health or social care, be it in learning disability nursing or other associated professional courses.
Local people who are interested in discovering the opportunities and facilities that within the School of Health and Social Care
What is on offer?
An exhibition of Art work produced by learning disabled artists
A photography exhibition with Learning Disability as a theme
Non stop video shows of dramas and documentaries that focus on or feature people with a learning disability
Discover a range of sources of information on learning disability in the Internet information centre
Stalls by local organisations, such as the Oxfordshire Learning Disability Partnership Board and Mencap, who represent the interests of people with a learning disability
Information from local organisations who provide services for people with a learning disability, including the Oxfordshire Learning Disability (NHS) Trust, about current and future employment opportunities
Advise on pursuing a career in learning disability nursing and other associated professional courses on offer at Oxford Brookes University
Information on courses that are available locally to obtain vocational (NVQ, LDAF) or professional qualifications in learning disability, such as Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy.
Advise on opportunities to get involved as a local volunteer in a range of different activities with VOX
Take a tour of the modern skills laboratories and other facilities at the School of Health and Social Care
Attend a range of skills training demonstrations in e.g. clinical nursing skills, communication skills and methods, massage etc.
A chance to practice some of these skills (taking blood pressure, listening to a heart beat, resuscitation) for yourself in 'Have a Go' sessions
A half day Learning Disability Nursing Student conference is organised for Thursday 23rd June, 1 - 4.30 pm on the theme of: 'Opening up New Worlds'. The conference is free of charge, but advance booking is required, and it is only open to learning disability nursing students and tutors. Speakers include:
My Life, My Choice - Advocacy Group
Sue Carmichael - National Valuing People Support Team
Yvonne Cox - Chief Executive, Oxfordshire Learning Disability (NHS) Trust
Eddy McDowall - Oxfordshire Learning Disability Partnership Board
Gail Hanrahan - Parent Consultant
'Thinking Nurse' wishes good luck to the organisers of all these events