HealthFirst Liverpool’s 1st Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone who came along to our 1st Coffee Morning since we began our new project – HealthFirst Liverpool.

People have been asking for us to do our coffee mornings again as the ones in Wetherspoons in Liverpool City Centre were so successful in the past.  We decided that we would hold them in the Hunger Control Café which is in the MPAC Building.

Jenny Carter and Vicky Buckingham from Together All Are Able were our guest speakers and we were so pleased they agreed to come along.

Together All Are Able are a Self Advocacy Group in the Wirral and a social enterprise.  Jenny and Vicky are Directors of Together All Are Able and are looking for more people in the Wirral to get involved.

Jenny and Vicky told us about the ICE Conference they had been to at Ribby Hall.  ICE stands for Inclusive Communities Experience and this conference is truly that – it isn’t just for people with a learning disability, it isn’t just about learning disabilities it is about true communities.  Jenny told us “It isn’t a conference – it is an experience.”  You get to meet people from all over and people you wouldn’t usually get to meet.  Jenny and Vicky particularly liked the “Mix It” Inclusive Drama Group who were at the event and said “they were absolutely fantastic.”  Jenny and Vicky have promised to send us details of the next conference as some of our members were really keen to get involved.

Together All Are Able have also contacted the Wirral Disability Partnership to get involved and make sure people have a voice – they are hoping to hear from the Wirral Disability Partnership soon to let them know how they can be involved.

Together All Are Able were also at the launch of the Housing and Support Alliance who are based in Liverpool – this is a national charity and help people with housing and support.

Jenny and the team were also at the Learning Disability Alliance launch and has advised us that we should join – everyone should and it is free.

Paul Eastwood is currently cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End for MacMillan which is amazing.

Vicky is a qualified zumba instructor and runs 3 sessions a week over in the Wirral.

They are also working with the “Staying Up Late” project – whose aim is to help people lead real lives and be able to stay out in the evening and not have to leave when staff have to.

It all sounds really exciting!  We came away feeling a lot more informed and energised – thank you Vicky and Jenny!

Thank you to our guests for coming along, for Richard in Hunger Control for the gorgeous unlimited tea or coffee and a slice of cake only £2.50 offer.  We will be sending out dates for our future coffee mornings soon – we hope to see you there!

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