17 February 2014
Friends and family meet learning disabilities team
The Learning Disabilities Intensive Team held their
first friends and family event on 22 January, providing a
forum for carers to meet with others who support relatives with a
Involvement Coordinator Jess Wright attended the evening to talk
about the value of the Triangle of Care through which the service
user, carer and service provider work together.
The event gave the team the opportunity to meet carers
informally and to explain how this relatively new team was created
last year following the closure of the local Learning Disability
It was also an opportunity for the team to share the way it
gathers information from the past and present into one place to
help the team have a better understanding about what is happening
for the service user and what they need. Carers were able to share
their experiences of living with a person with a learning
disability, and there was home-cooked food available for all to
Wendy Wright, lead occupational therapist, says: "It was really
valuable to hear the experiences shared, as friends and families
are the only 'constant' in the person's life as they move through
many different services.
Their involvement can help us to plan and develop better
services. We all felt it was a good evening and plan to meet again
every couple of months."