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Working and Planning with Families Dec 12

We recently carried out a piece of work with families who have young children with learning disabilities. Our aim was to understand better the experiences and challenges that families face and how this shapes the support they want and need from us. We are really grateful to the 30 families who were involved and in […]

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Action Learning – many heads better than one? Nov 21

Mike Bloodworth, Certitude’s Service Manager blogs on the Helen Sanderson Associates website and talks this month about Action Learning – based on the premise that many different heads are better than one.  Read more.

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Prison gates mentor plan for released inmates Nov 20

Every prisoner released in England and Wales should have their own mentor to help them get their lives back on track,  says Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary.  At Beyond Prison we know how valuable this is.  Our award winning Beyond Prison service has been working for over 10 years supporting people who have mental health needs […]

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A Voice For Our Future Oct 16

Read VODG’s latest case study report A Voice For Our Future produced in partnership with VODG member VoiceAbility.  Certitude’s report is on pages 14-15 and thanks are expressed to Tracy Penfold, House Manager, for her involvement in the Partnership in Advocacy article on pages 14 and 15.   This report powerfully underlines the importance of advocacy.

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Paralympic Board Games! Sep 06

Philippa Laughton, one of our Board members, is a volunteer Games Maker at the Paralympics. Philippa says she has been having a wonderful time and feels she has been really lucky to have been given the chance. Philippa has been based at the Riverbank Arena in the Olympic Park. Her role has been to help […]

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Brent Fanon Leadership Programme Sep 04

If you are interested then come and get involved……..  See below for details and who to contact.   The programme will start on the 13 October 12-1 pm with our first workshop that will last for four weeks. What is the Fanon Leadership Programme? The Fanon Leadership Programme is tailored to give support and ideas […]

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Australia Minister visits Shared Lives Sep 03

Australian Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, visited the Shared Lives Service and Certitude at our Balham offices. Shared Lives services are currently not being offered in Australia. The Minister, who was in London to attend the Paralympics Games, contacted the national umbrella organisation Shared Lives Plus to learn more about the scheme.  Certitude – […]

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Beyond Prison event – summary report now available Jul 25

A summary report of the Beyond Prison event held in June is now available here. This event brought together leaders in the field to share questions, ideas and opportunities.  Four roundtable discussions were held, addressing: Mental health and learning disabilities in the criminal justice system Resettlement and life beyond prison Young people and early intervention […]

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The Challenge Network comes to Greenford Jul 24

Just thought you would like to hear about the a new project we are embarking on with The Challenge Network over the summer! The Challenge Network is an organisation which exists to help young people make a difference to their local communities and connect with people from different backgrounds . Last week, a group of […]

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Exciting Personalisation Project begins Jun 18

We’ve started an exciting Personalisation Project which will transform the way we work and see a real increase in: •    Choice and control for people we support •    Clearer links between the quality and quantity of the service we provide and each individual’s outcomes Individual Service Funds (ISF’s) are one of the ways Personalisation can […]

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