Gig Buddies Survey

Circulated on behalf of Mikaela Paterson


We are working on a funding bid for a project that will match people with a learning disability to a like-minded volunteer who would go out with them, usually in the evenings and weekends, to their sort of gig (whether that’s music, sports or other cultural event). It works well in other areas and is called Gig Buddies.

We need to find out from people with  learning disability, their carers and professionals who work closely with people with learning disabilities if they think that this project is needed in Leicester and Leicestershire.

With that in mind, would you mind completing the really short questionnaire to help us with our bid?

Do not press ‘OK’ after each question. Answer the questions then press submit at the end.

Just click on this link or copy and paste it into your browser:

Kind regards,
Mikaela Paterson
Voluntary Action LeicesterShire | Helping people change their lives for the better


Leicester’s Round the World Challenge launch

The Round the World Challenge is coming to your area.

The Round the World Challenge launch is a free sports session for people with learning disabilities with coaching from Leicester Tigers and Leicester City Football Club.

The free launch day is on Wednesday 29th January 2020 1pm-4pm at Aylestone Leisure Centre.

Come and find out how to get involved in the Round the World Challenge.

The poster also has details of a weekly sports session that will run from the 5th of February.

Click here to view the poster.


Cervical Screening Clinic for Women with LD

Dear all

On Saturday the 21st of March we plan to run an open clinic for women with learning disabilities at Leicester General Hospital to have a cervical smear. We are running this project in conjunction with the colposcopy service. We are looking at different ways to increase the uptake of screening. This approach has recently seen a high level of success for women in the general population.

  • We plan to meet with the ladies in January to provide an education and awareness session, this will be the start of helping the women to make an informed decision and understand the process and the risks of cervical cancer
  • We will meet with them again in February to show them around the room and equipment at the Leicester General and to meet the team who will be doing the smear. We plan to run the clinic on a Saturday so that we can have exclusive use of the department and a suite of rooms and staff. We plan to make it a friendly relaxed environment where the women will be supported by ourselves and their carers and where they will also have peer support from the women they will have previously met at the January session
  • We will also be available for 1:1 conversations and to answer any queries and questions leading up to the 21st of March to help the women and their carers continue the education and awareness

Do you know or support anyone with a learning disability who you think might be appropriate for this supported cervical screening project. Ideally the person needs to be thought to have capacity to consent, although this will be explored in the sessions we do with the women to help consent women on the 21st. They can be women who have never had a smear and think they might like to try or for women who have previously had one but not returned to general practice for any subsequent smears. Please let us know by no later than the last week of January in order for us to make contact and start the ball rolling. We will need to check with the persons GP as soon as their name is put forward that they are eligible/within the time frame for needing a smear

Kind Regards

Siouxie Nelson
Learning Disability Primary Care Liaison Nurse

Please note I work Tuesday -Friday

Adult Learning Disability and Mental Health Directorate
Leicestershire Partnership Trust
Units 2 & 3
Bridge Park Road
674 Melton Road


Self-Care Week: 18-24 November 2019

Winter’s the time when illnesses such as sore throats, colds, coughs and stomach bugs become more common. If you’re generally quite healthy, you can usually treat these illnesses at home with rest and over the counter medications.

During Self-Care Week (18 – 24 November), the NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are sharing a series of animations that give basic advice for treating common ailments, together with more detailed advice online.

Self-care is not the same as no-care, and the local resources and website offer simple practical steps to help you feel better and recover as soon as possible. You can also get advice on how long you can expect to feel ill for and when you should seek medical attention.

You can also view and download a locally produced booklet – the Good Health Guide – with comprehensive self-care advice plus information on the NHS services that help prevent ill health, such as immunisations, and services that can detect early signs of illness. These include NHS Health Checks and screening programmes for certain types of cancer, which can help to find them at an early stage, when they are easier to treat.

Lookout for the hashtag #SelfCareWeek on Twitter and Facebook this week. The Good Health Guide can be downloaded from your local NHS Self-Care website.

To view the communications toolkit click here.