Communities in Focus: Adults with Learning Disabilities

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The ‘Communities in Focus ’ series aims to enhance the University’s engagement with specific communities through internal collaboration.

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The event image shows Magnus Turpie, who has performed at many Gig Buddies events, including St Cecilia's Hall. Image courtesy of St Cecilia's Hall.

A new offshoot of the University of Edinburgh's Community Engagement Forum, the 'Communities in Focus' series aims to enhance the University’s engagement with specific communities through internal collaboration!

Led by University's Community Team in partnership with the Centre for Research Collections and Museums, Communities in Focus Forums will run monthly, from January to April 2021 to begin with. Coming up are:

  1. People getting back into employment (February)
  2. People seeking non-clinical support for mental health and wellbeing (March)
  3. People with learning disabilities and difficulties (April)

The aim of the sessions is to it is to increase awareness among the University's community of who else is working with the same communities as them. Any University staff member or student who works or plans to work with the focus community of the month is welcome to attend.

Communities in Focus Forum: Adults with Learning Disabilities

Join us on Tuesday 20th April 2021, 3.00-3.50pm, to hear about and share your experiences of working with adults who have learning disabilities.

The event will open with a presentation of a UoE/Community partnership in action. Ruthanne Baxter, UoE Museums Manager, and Sam Maggs, GiG Buddies Project Manager at the Thera Trust, will give us an overview of the work they are doing together to support social and cultural experiences for adults with learning disabilities.

This event is restricted to UoE staff and students only and will provide a superb awareness raising and networking opportunity for all those across UoE, particularly those who work in the areas of health and social care, mental health and wellbeing and community development.


3.00-3.05pm Introduce yourself

3.05-3.20pm Presentations from Ruthanne and Sam

3.20pm Breakout rooms on 2 key questions posed by speakers

3.40pm Feed back top 3 points from each breakout room

3.50pm End

Please register to attend using this Eventbrite event. A meeting link will be sent to registered attendees.

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