HackneyLondon > Hackney POhWER has worked in Hackney since 2006. Last year over 200 Hackney residents took part in POhWER events or attended our workshops. We offer the following services in Hackney: Self Advocacy Empowerment service for adults with Learning Disabilities What is the Self Advocacy Empowerment service? Learning Disability Self Advocacy Empowerment Group is a service which empowers adults with Learning Disabilities who live within Hackney, to advocate for themselves or for others with Learning Disabilities. We have regular groups to help our self advocates improve social and practical skills, and to grow in confidence. Our regular groups are: Newsletter Speaking Up Self Advocacy Multi-media Reading As a group or as individuals POhWER self advocates are involved in many other groups in Hackney, as well as regional and national including: Learning Disability Partnership Board NHS England Choice Plan Toolkit Engagement event - Regional Accessible Information Standard Implementation Workshops User Engagement Group at Homerton Hospital Homerton Hospital Learning Disability Working Group Learning Disability SIG with Hackney Community Voluntary Service National Mental Capacity Forum – POhWER self advocate Israel was a speaker Self Advocates interviewing POhWER staff Self Advocates as part of the panel and creating own questions when interviewing senior Hackney Local Authority and NHS staff Hackney support worker training meeting London Regional Forum Election for Chair preparation meetings – Self Advocates Maria Barrett is standing for election as Chair of the Regional Forum in Greenwich and will represent London in the National Forum if successful Patient and Public Involvement Committee at St. Leonard’s Hospital TFL Valuing People Big Day Network We also host quarterly forums at a venue in Dalston which are based on a theme decided by the self advocates, and is open to anyone with a Learning Disability, their carers, friends or family as well. We have had forums on safeguarding, employment, working with NHS such as GP receptionists and pharmacies, and all information collated gets fed back to Hackney Local Authority and NHS Hackney. The forums are usually in March, June, September and December and everyone is welcome. Annually we also plan, create and host the Big Do, which is whole day event created by people with Learning Disabilities for people with Learning Disabilities. We have had theme days such as ‘Looking After Me’ and ‘My Voice My Choice’ which incorporates stalls from numerous local charities, organisations and Local Authority and NHS teams, and also workshops and interactive stage sessions all aimed at empowerment for those attending. Self advocacy is 'Big' in Hackney Israel is the chair of the Hackney Self Advocacy Support Group. This group aims to ‘represent everyone with learning disabilities in Hackney.’ Supported by POhWER the group is successfully supporting others to have their say and be heard. The group is very active and holds regular meetings and events, including the Hackney ‘Big Do.’ Read Israel's story here Read more stories here Announcing the launch of H.I.V.E. a new social enterprise within London Borough of Hackney For the last six years we have worked with LB Hackney and Hackney NHS CCG on the following areas of work; Easy read, Disability awareness training for staff to work effectively with adults with learning disabilities Planning and facilitating The Big Do and quarterly Forums Supporting interview panels, Facilitating consultation exercises. Our mission is to; Ensure people with a learning disability have access to the same opportunities and services through the provision of accessible materials. To support the raising of awareness around issues affecting people with a learning disability across the services that people use. H.I.V.E will be offering services such as: Translate documents into Easy Read Mystery Shopper Scenario training Disability awareness and Safeguarding training Forums and all day events such as The Big Do On 23rd February we held our launch day at the Trinity Centre in Dalston. We had invited lots of people from Hackney from all different types of services, and we were very well supported on the day. The day was started with an introduction by Councillor Jonathan McShane who talked about how happy he was to be invited along, and how he could see H.I.V.E. being a huge success, such is the need for the services we will be offering. Next the H.I.V.E. Members gave a presentation about why they wanted to start a social enterprise, and what services we will be offering. We then performed some scenarios we had created ourselves about real life experiences, and which we will be offering as a service. They included one about a support worker not allowing the person who was paying them to do what they wanted, and how this was not acceptable under the Care Act. Another where a friend was abusing another by using their Freedom Pass and not returning it, and a third where someone was suffering abuse by her family who refused to take her to see a doctor when she was poorly, because they were using her benefit money themselves. After lunch we had a presentation by Lucy Howe, Lead Nurse Adult Safeguarding and Learning Disability Acute Liaison at Homerton University Hospital. She talked about how H.I.V.E. members had worked with her before to help GPs and GP receptionists to understand the needs of people with learning disabilities, and how one approach to support does not work with everyone. Lucy showed us the Easy Read registration form we had helped her create, and she informed how successful it had been when trialled at GP surgeries across Hackney, and was useful for many differing clients groups not just those with learning disabilities. Finally we had a presentation about the Mystery Shopper exercise we had undertaken with Transport for London about accessibility and environment for the 2 train stations in Dalston, and what we had discovered. The representative from TFL was unable to make it on the day, but she did send some information about how our feedback and report had influenced the remodelling of Dalston Kingsland station with bigger route maps and displays, and electronic timetables being higher and larger. We had a wonderful day and we made many new friends, and some very promising enquiries about purchasing a service from us, and we would like to thank everyone who supported us. Our website is live and can be accessed at www.hive.uk.net so please have a look at what services we offer and be in touch to find our more.