One Voice - Stronger Together the North West Regional Forum Conference 2019

The North West Regional Forum were worried about, what feels to be, a lack of investment into peer and self-advocacy groups. The group was worried about the number of Peer Advocacy groups that appeared to be closing down in the North West and nationally. The Regional Forum wants to understand more about what is happening and agreed that it would be good to share the work we do with other groups, outside the North West to offer support and friendship to peers that might be having a tough time and share ideas about what we could do together to help each other out. The North West Reginal Forum Conference has run for 15 years so it felt that our 16th Annual Conference would be the perfect place to RISE up together.

One Voice - Stronger Together the North West Regional Forum Conference 2019 was borne and the Jonas Blue song - RISE - was picked as the sing and sign challenge song for 2019 - http://tiny.cc/5ejr3y

NWTDT/ Pathways contacted our 'old' National Forum Colleagues. The National Forum was closed down when the Department of Health ceased funding for it. In the North West, our regional forum established a NW National Campaign Group, determined that the NW would still Have a voice nationally.

Learning Disability England agreed to work in partnership to help us run the FIRST EVER National Self-Advocacy Convention in Blackpool alongside the North West Regional Forum Conference 2019!

Since then we have worked hard with Advocacy Groups from across the country to make this event happen to not loose what makes #NWRF unique whilst meeting the challenge the NWRF gave us to welcome colleagues from across the country..

Last week we welcomed 250+ delegates and 40+ day delegates with learning disabilities, autism or both for 3 days to the Grand Hotel in Blackpool and 50+ 'bosses'  to come and listen on the final day.

 

12th March 2019

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