Cloverleaf reveals plan for learning disability conference
A dedicated team within Cloverleaf has recently begun planning and fundraising to host a new conference specifically designed for adults with a learning disability who live in Yorkshire and The Humber.
Drawing on our experience of working with self-advocacy groups - and with the valued input of our self-advocates and staff with lived experience - we aim to deliver an interactive, informative, and fun day of learning, knowledge, and best practice sharing.
An event that empowers and opens up new partnerships and opportunities to access information and services across the region.
Andrew Greenwood, Apprentice Administration Assistant explains the idea behind the conference and where you can help and get involved;
"As part of my work for head office, working as a team (with Joanne and Kate) we are raising funds to hold a self-advocacy conference for people with learning disabilities across the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Through our existing groups and networks, it has become clear that the pandemic has had an ongoing negative impact on people with a learning disability and their ability to speak up for themselves. During the extended lockdowns, people with a learning disability did not have access to the usual community and social interactions.
These are the things that support people to maintain their well-being and ability to communicate effectively. Many people with a learning disability have told us that they have lost confidence in their skills. They are reluctant to get back out into the community because of this. We want to put on a conference to support people to regain their skills and give them the confidence to speak up for themselves again.
The day will be full of fun, inspiration, and positivity. We will have speakers, workshops and fun activities that will allow participants to create new friendships and networks and rebuild the skills that may have been lost during the last two years.
We have set up a GoFundMe page with a target of £5,000. If you feel that this is something that you are able to support, please do donate using the link below. All money raised will go directly to the costs of hosting the conference.
We have also had the following attached donations from local businesses in my area, which we hope to raffle off to raise funds.
We thank you for your support."
Further information on the conference will be announced in the coming weeks. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for updates.