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6. Working with our partners

The Learning Difficulties Partnership Board

South Gloucestershire Learning Difficulties Partnership Board (LDPB) is a multi-agency/professional group who work to make sure that people with learning difficulties have the same rights, choices and opportunities as everyone expects and deserves.

The Board ensures that it works in partnership with people with learning difficulties, family carers and staff from the council and other agencies across South Gloucestershire to deliver the agenda of Valuing People Now.

The Learning Difficulties Partnership Board Co-chairperson is now employed directly by South Gloucestershire Department for Children, Adults and Health to get other people involved in the work of the LDPB and Valuing People Now.

The Co-chairperson’s role also involves making sure:

  • information is accessible to people with learning difficulties
  • money given to Learning Difficulties Development Fund projects makes positive changes for people with learning difficulties
  • people with learning difficulties have the chance to have their say about the services and support available to them
  • people with additional and complex needs and people from minority communities have the same opportunities as everyone else.

The LDPB meets 6 times a year and each meeting has a theme.  In the last year, the themes of the meetings have been:

  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Care and Support
  • Learning Difficulties Development Fund Awards
  • Hate Crime

The 2015/16 Learning Difficulties Development Fund (LDDF) supported a number of projects and initiatives including an advice and advocacy service for people with learning difficulties, a programme of awareness raising in schools and a Sex, Relationships and Parenting Education Project.

This year the LDPB has again been able to award £87,850 from the Learning Difficulties Development Fund to projects that will work to achieve the aims and priorities of the Board. For more information see here:

https://www.southglos.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/care-for-adults/health-matters-and-disability/learningdifficulties/learning-difficulties-development-fund-lddf/

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