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Members’ Publications

Brandon Trust - 100 Voices 2013 - Personal Safety - The Report

Brandon Trust LogoOn June 15, learning disability charity Brandon Trust successfully staged its third annual conference – this year the theme was personal safety - held for and by the people it supports.

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Brandon Trust - Personal Safety - Survey results

Brandon Trust LogoFollowing on from the 100 Voices conference on personal safety, Brandon Trust publishes a new report and survey and makes a call for Government action.

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Papworth Trust - Home solutions to our care crisis

papworth trust logoA radical shake up of the Government's home adaptations system, including supporting GPs to prescribe home improvements for older and disabled people, could save millions of public money and change lives according to a major new report by Papworth Trust.

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The Disabilities Trust Foundation - Briefing on Brain Injury and Offending

The disabilities trust logoAlmost half of adult male prisoners have a brain injury which could be contributing to their repeat offending, a new study carried out by Dr Ivan Pitman on behalf of The Disabilities Trust Foundation.

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Sue Ryder - The Forgotten Millions

sue ryder logo'The Forgotten Millions: reforming social care services for people living with neurological conditions', presents an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of local authority neurological care provision.

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Choice Support - ISFs in Action

Choice Support LogoWritten by Choice Support manager Sian Hoolahan, 'ISFs in Action' explains how Choice Support is working in partnership with Southwark Social Services to de-register services.

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Mencap - Death by indifference: 74 deaths and counting

Mencap LogoA new report (Pub: Feb 2012) looks at what progress has been made since the publication of Mencap’s original ‘Death by indifference’ report in 2007. It confirms that, although some positive steps have been taken in the NHS, many health professionals are still failing to provide adequate care to people with a learning disability.

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RNIB - Guide to getting great service

RNIB LogoWe've developed, 'Your guide to getting great service' which is a free guide that includes:
- hints and tips about getting the best level of service for you 
- features on some of the providers offering great customer service to blind and partially sighted people 
- information about how to challenge poor customer service.

Download 'Your guide to getting great service' (PDF 572Kb)


RNIB - The estimated prevalence of visual impairment among people with learning disabilities in the UK (Report)

RNIB LogoResearchers from the Centre for Disability Research (CeDR) at Lancaster University used prevalence rates from a major study of adults with learning disabilities in the Netherlands, and a study of children carried out in Denmark. The report describes the key findings.

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MacIntyre - 'Great Interactions'

MacIntyre Logo‘Great Interactions’ is our project to improve interactions of all our staff, first by observing a group of ‘natural’ facilitators who instinctively had a creative approach to interaction, and then using this information to develop a recruitment, training and development strategy that would help all frontline staff to emulate the practice of these naturals.

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Sue Ryder briefing on VAT and the provision of Healthcare Services
(Pub: Jan 2012)

Sue Ryder LogoThe NHS can recover VAT on certain non business supplies that charities cannot. This includes: catering supplies, laundry and cleaning supplies, staff training, vehicle costs, waste disposal, maintenance and repairs. Read about Sue Ryder's campaign to create a level playing field.

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Life Support – the difference between a daily existence and a fulfilling life

United Response‘Life Support’ is a report created by VODG member United Response in collaboration with the Campaigns Panel, an informal network of people United Response supports, and their families who want to speak out on issues which are important to them.

The report explores what good support means to people with learning disabilities and why it is crucial that any reforms to social care lead to better quality support. ‘Life Support’ was created to inform the Government’s reform of social care.

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