We held the last Forum of the year on the 28th of November 2018. The focus of the day was loneliness and relationships and how these affect people with learning disabilities.

The day looked at loneliness as a health and wellbeing issue and to think about community solutions for the problem.

We had several speakers from Harrow Council including the Mayor Cllr Kareema Kairul, the former Mayor Cllr Jean Lammiman, Cllr Sue Anderson who works on Community Engagement & Accessibility and Cllr Simon Brown who works on Public Health. Our Trustee David House also joined the speakers.

Our members took lead for a lively question and answer session about how the council can help people with learning disabilities who are lonely and want to find relationships.

    

Members, staff and volunteers had group discussions and made a list of barriers that stop people with learning disabilities from finding partners and thought up ways of addressing these.

We had different organisations in attendance who spoke to our audience and set up stalls for giving out leaflets and information on different subjects including sexual health and home-sharing.

Jordan, our Participation Manager who organised the forum said the event “gave people the opportunity to see how councillors were tackling the issue of loneliness and relationships for people with learning disabilities. I felt there was some really good discussions and ideas people want to put forward after the event and maybe start some campaigns from the forum.”