Exciting opportunity to create new ways of working alongside people with learning disabilities

The Department of Health is committed to making sure that the voices of people with learning disabilities are heard and acted upon.  Consultation in a meaningful way is a challenge and people with learning disabilities are often marginalised and unable to participate in consultations and discussions on the services they need.

NHS England have announced the introduction of an Accessible Information Standard and by July 2016 all organisations that provide NHS or publicly funded adult social care must have fully implemented and conform to this standard.

The Department of Health Innovation Fund has awarded VoiceAbility, an advocacy, involvement and participation charity, funding to design, implement, and trial a digital platform for people with learning disabilities. The funding is for two years and brings together a team of designers of social impact solutions, web design  and experts in involving and communicating with people with learning disabilities to co-create a digital platform that is accessible and can provide high quality information to service providers.

The pilot will be trialled in three local authorities and VoiceAbility are inviting Expressions of Interest from Local Authorities across England. We invite you to be part of this exciting new project.

Further details and an application form can be found below. If you would like to have an informal discussion about the project please call Sue Reed, Project Manager on 07557 851505 or Ali Fawkes, Creative Communications, 07710 098915.