Oxfordshire Family Support Network (OxFSN) actively participated in consultations about Oxfordshire County Council’s Adult Learning Disability Strategy for 2015-2018. You can read OxFSN’s response here:
- Are you a family carer who is currently unemployed because of caring responsibilities?
- Would you like to gain confidence and gain skills and knowledge that would help you and your family?
- Maybe you might be interested in helping share information and support with families who have children or adults with SEN and Disabilities local to you?
- Interested in getting an accreditation that would help you with volunteering, training or even help you to think about getting a job?
Would you like to find out more about :
- Learning about how to make good plans to support you and your family – the essentials of person-centred thinking
- Personal budgets and managing the money
- Social and health care system basics and where to get help
- An introduction to the key bits of community care law – how it affects you and your family to enable you to get the right support and to keep them safe
- Planning for the future
How we will run the course:
- We will run the course for family carers with experienced family carers as trainers
- We will offer small groups and also the opportunity for some flexible mentoring
- Age is no barrier- over 50s welcome!
- A short course comprising of 6 sessions, running from January 2015 to end of March 2015, to be held at The Charter, Level 2, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3LZ. (travel expenses may be paid).
Course dates: 10 am to 2 pm, on Mondays: 19 & 26 January – 2 & 16 February – 16 & 23 March
To find out more information about the course, meet OxFSN, and enrol you are invited to drop in to our open mornings to be held at:
West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road. Oxford, OX2 0BT
- Wednesday 10th December 2014, 10AM to 1PM
- Monday 12th January 2015, 10AM to 12PM
Course content: View the outline description for the Creating Family Champions Course
A new scheme will launch in Banbury next month aimed at making the town a safer environment for vulnerable people.
It is hoped local shops, businesses and facilities – such as libraries, museums and leisure centres – will sign up to provide a safe place if someone is feeling lost, worried or threatened.
The project aims to help vulnerable groups of people, such as elderly people with dementia, or people with learning disabilities and mental health needs.
The launch event will take place at the Banbury Museum Education Resource Centre in Castle Quays Shopping Centre on 5 December. There will be a presentation at 11am from Hannah O’Neill, from the Milton Keynes Anti Hate Crime Group and a role play to show why Safe Places are necessary by self advocates with learning disabilities from My Life My Choice.
Businesses that take part in the scheme will be identified with a distinctive logo in the window (see attached), which will be issued with the approval of local Thames Valley Police officers and periodically checked by Safe Places volunteers.
Those who might benefit from the scheme will be issued with a contact card, providing a named person to contact if they are in need of help.
If someone shows the card in a Safe Place, the business or shop will contact the helper named on the card and keep the vulnerable person safe until their supporter arrives.
Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire County Council, Cherwell District Council, Oxfordshire Family Support Network, My Life My Choice, and the management of the Castle Quays Shopping Centre and Styleacre have come together to set up the project.
Recently, The Mid-Counties Cooperative Society has also joined the partnership and is keen to roll out Safe Places across the region because they have a network of local shops that are open in the evenings.
Maria Breen who’s son has Aspergers Syndrome said:
“Launching Safe Places is wonderful news for vulnerable people like my son who is 19 and has a learning disability. He has been bullied in the past by strangers in town and felt he had nowhere to turn to. He badly wants to be independent and Safe Places will enable him to go out with the confidence he will have somewhere to go if he feels he is at risk whilst out in the community.”
Superintendent Katharine Lowe, Area Commander for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire, said:
“This initiative is a really simple but effective idea to help people who may need a little extra support when they are out, should they get confused or anxious. It is really great that businesses and organisations feel they want to and are able to support this scheme and my thanks to them for this support.”
Bee Maidlow, who works in Oxfordshire County Council Community Connecting Team, said:
“Oxfordshire County Council wants to enable more people with learning disabilities to be present and take an active part in the community. It is important that everyone is safe while out and about. The Safe Places scheme is a way in which Banbury people can support vulnerable people in their community and help them feel safe.”
Karen McNeill, communities co-ordinator from the Mid-Counties Cooperative, said:
“Our stores are at the heart of many local communities across Oxfordshire and have a strong commitment to support local people in lots of different ways. We’re very pleased that our stores in the area will extend the Safe Places network and increase awareness and visibility of the scheme.”
Jan Sunman, from Oxfordshire Family Support Network, said:
“This scheme came about in Oxfordshire because local older family carers had said that they wanted the peace of mind of knowing that there were people who would look out for their relatives with a learning disability, whilst out in their local communities. The scheme offers support to all vulnerable groups of people. Please join us for a cup of coffee and to find out more at the Banbury Museum on 5 December.”
Verita who are conducting an independent investigation at the request of NHS England, into Southern Health Services including the supported living services at TQ21, will be holding two days of interviews in Oxford. If you have experiences of Southern Health Services that you want to share – positve or negative.
Please email email@example.com to obtain details in order to set up interview times on Tuesday 25th and Wed 26th November 2014.
Oxfordshire Family Support Network – Moving Into Adulthood Event
Tuesday 4th of November 2014 – 9.30am to 4.30pm – Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Rd, Oxford, OX4 4XP
For the last five years Oxfordshire Family Support Network (OxFSN) has held a large information fair at the Kassam Stadium Conference & Events Centre. This year instead of the Fair we held a ‘Moving into Adulthood’ (Transition) event specifically for families of disabled young people and the professionals who work with them.
Planning for the future with young disabled people can be a stressful time for families. To add to this we are currently in a time of major changes in all services, with new legislation and policies. This event provided an opportunity for parents and professionals to hear about these changes and what they mean for young people moving into adult life and their families.
The event consisted of a conference, with expert speakers and presentations on key issues such as:
- The law (including the Mental Capacity Act)
- Support planning
- The SEND reforms (including what’s happening locally)
In the breaks there were opportunities to visit the exhibition, with stall holders from a range of different organisations and service providers.
At the event OxFSN launched the first in the series of our Moving into Adulthood and Getting a Life guides – Getting Started. Download a copy of the guide here:
Please follow the links to view the speaker profiles & presentation slides:
- Moving Into Adulthood Programme
- 1-Moving-into-Adulthood-2014 – Steve Broach
- 2-Moving-into-Adulthood-2014 – Nicola Gitsham
- 3-Moving-into-Adulthood-2014 – OCC SEN Reforms
- 4-Moving-into-Adulthood-2014 – Oxfordshire Online Community
- 5-Moving-into-Adulthood-2014 – Liz Wilson
- 6-Moving-into-Adulthood-2014 – Yellow Submarine
- 7-Moving-into-Adulthood-2014 – Kathy Melling
- 8-Moving-into-Adulthood-2014 – Golden Lane Housing
Oxfordshire Family Support Network