Blog Archives

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Situation

We understand how important it is to keep everyone safe.

Key House - Skills for People Office in JesmondDue to coronavirus, there will be no activities at Key House, and we are closed to visitors. We will update you as soon as possible.

Many of our staff will be available, so do get in touch if you are worried or need help.

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Dimensions Leaders List 2019 Winner!

Suzie group photoWe are very happy to announce that Suzie Fothergill has been chosen as one of the winners of the The 2019 Michael Ludlam Award for Advocacy, policy and the media in this year’s Dimensions Learning Disability and Autism Leaders List.

She has also been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award 2019!!

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Carolyn and Barry on Zetland FM – Redcar & Cleveland Safe Places Scheme

Skills for People are managing the Safe Places Scheme in Redcar and Cleveland with help from Independent Voices, a group who speak up for people with a learning disability.

Carolyn and Barry were on Zetland FM discussing the scheme. Carolyn works for Skills for People in Redcar and Barry is part of the Independent Voices Redcar &

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Stripped of Our Human Rights

Press Release

Stripped of Our Human Rights

To coincide with national action taking place in London, Liverpool, Birmingham,
Brighton and Leeds we will stage a protest at Grey’s Monument, Newcastle
upon Tyne, on Wednesday the 26th of June at 12pm – 1pm.

It has been eight years since the Government and NHS England made promises
to provide homes instead of hospitals for people with learning disabilities,

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Have Your Say! Newcastle Community Model Engagement Event

We are holding an event on Tuesday 15th January at The Beacon (Westgate Road, NE4 9PQ Newcastle upon Tyne) 9:45am till 2:45pm.

Have your say poster

Are you a parent of a child who has a learning disability, autism, or both?

Are you an adult who has a learning disability,

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Pottery Celebration – 12th October

On 12th October 2018 we are celebrating a extremely important member of our pottery group that we lost this year. Come and have a cup of tea, cakes and a chat with the pottery group as they celebrate Malcolm. There will also be an exhibition of their work. There is also a raffle for some work created by the pottery group which will be drawn that afternoon.

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Mindfulness for Life Funding

We have just been awarded funding that includes developing our course for young people with learning disabilities and/or autism.  We are in the early stages of planning this. We will be updating our events page when the new course will be going ahead.

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Self Advocacy in Cumbria and the North East

We have been finding out about self advocacy (speaking up) groups in the North East and Cumbria.  We are working with our colleagues in these organisations to highlight the challenges they face, and to make sure they survive into the future.

You can read our reports here:

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