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The Gr8 Support Movement at the House of Lords

David Towell, a friend of Paradigm and international inclusion worker, invited eight Gr8 Change Makers to be part of an afternoon workshop with his Centre for Inclusive Futures board and an evening reception with colleagues.

Here is a snapshot of some of the conversation.  So much more to share over the coming months!  Click below to see the presentation:

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First LIVE Gr8 Get Together hosted at the Houses of Parliament

An invitation for Gr8 Support Change Makers!  Have a read, check your diary and let us know if you want to join us!   Info on 10 May Gr8 Get Together

Gr8 Support Webinar March 28th: Community Circles in Action!

Many Change Makers have talked about the desire to offer Gr8 Support and real opportunities for people supported to live good lives as part of their community. ‘To have a life…not a service.’

No one wants to be surrounded all the time by people paid to be in their lives. We also know that in reality support hours are being cut so dramatically that paid support to live a full live just isn’t available. So many people are isolated and lonely.

We hear how organisations struggle to find ways of connecting with community members in a way that supports them to develop meaningful, Gr8 relationships with the people supported. What is it that limits us? What are we scared of?

Well Community Circles, a relatively new network/organisation is working to break down the barriers and connect people to ensure more and more opportunities and friendships are created.

We are really glad that Cath Barton from Community Circles has agreed to join us for a Gr8 Support Movement Webinar.

A Community Circle brings two or more people together around someone who wants a little help to make a change in their life. That change can be anything – from getting out and about more, to starting a new hobby or restarting an old one, or creating opportunities to spend more time with friends or family.

Everyone then works towards making this change happen with the support of a volunteer Community Circles Facilitator. The Facilitator keeps meetings flowing, following a tried-and-tested, step-by-step process that ensures that conversations are focused and lead to actions.

So…how is this different to a Circle of Support? WELL….JOIN THE WEBINAR AND FIND OUT!

You can see more about Community Circles here:

Go on….join us! 1pm on Wednesday 28th March.  If you are a Gr8 Support Member just e-mail and we’ll send you a link to join.  You just need a computer connected to the internet or a phone to join by phone.

In Support of Loving

Many Gr8 Change Makers are aware of the Supported Loving Campaign and Network. The Choice Gr8 Change Makers have hosted a couple of Gr8 Supported Loving events. Thanks to a Change Maker at Three Cs we have this list of London London based dating agencies to share with you all.

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Supported Loving the and Gr8 connection (Radio Interview)

Wonderful interview about supporting people to find Love with Claire Bates! Claire founded the Supported Loving Network and we at Paradigm are so pleased to be working with Claire and supporting it’s development.

Claire covers so many important issues and essentially focuses on the desire of all of us to belong and to be loved. Claire also celebrates the wonderful support workers across the country making great stuff happen!

Listen from about 11 mins. (ps… Claire manages to mention the Gr8 Support Movement!!)

Here is the link: Supported Loving Radio Interview

Scottish Commission for Learning Disability. Support Worker awards and more!

We’ve only just caught this in time BUT it’s not to late for our Change Makers in Scotland to nominate someone in this and other categories. You may of course, already have done this. Here is the link:…
It’s great to see such thought and action focused on celebrating young people with learning disabilities. You can see all the info here:…

Here is a snippet from the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD):
‘2018 marks the ‘Year of Young People’ in Scotland, and the theme for Learning Disability Week reflects that. ‘My Generation’ will focus the country’s attention on the experiences of young people with learning disabilities in Scotland.
The ‘My Generation’ theme is also a great way for older people with learning disabilities to highlight how much Scotland has changed during their lifetime. We will be encouraging people with learning disabilities of all ages to reflect on the things that summed up their younger lives.
What problems do young people face, and what needs to change to make sure this generation is able to reach their goals in life? What are the best parts of being a young person with learning disabilities in Scotland today? Are there opportunities that there might not have been in the past? How can young people overcome the barriers they still face? Have attitudes changed and what role has technology played in people’s lives?
No matter what young people want to focus on during Learning Disability Week, we will be sharing lots of exciting opportunities to get these messages out there.’

The Change Makers Voice

The first ever Change Makers Voice bulletin reporting on the thoughts, concerns and action of the Gr8 Support Change Makers from accross the UK!

Click here to read: Gr8_Our_Voices_Sept_17_Final Compressed

Gr8 Support is Friendly

Thanks to our friends and Gr8 Support Change Makers for sending us this film. We agree Gr8 Support should be friendly. Can you imagine being supported by someone you don’t connect with, who you sense doesn’t like you? It’s a reality for far too many people. Gr8 Support is Friendly

The Gr8 Support Map

We are still in Phase 1 working with Founding Members to co-design the Movement. Already we have a good spread of Gr8 Change Makers accross the country. We are looking forward to seeing the connections grow as we move into Phase 2 and invite others to join us!

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