Text size: A A A A




NCAS Conference
12th October 2017 in Bournemouth

Community Catalysts are delighted to be running a workshop at the NCAS conference entitled “Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.” The workshop will challenge perceptions about people with a learning disability who tend to be seen purely in terms of what they need, rather than what they can do. Sian Lockwood and Helen Allen will be joined by entrepreneur Jen Blackwell, the founding Director of DanceSyndrome, who has a learning disability. The workshop will feature our work in Kirklees, where people with a learning disability and /or autism have been supported to use their assets and passion to set up their own activity groups which has led in some cases to volunteering and self-employment opportunities.

National Independent Advocacy Conference
19th October 2017 at The NEC Birmingham

Self advocacy as a positive challenge – the impact of relating to people with a learning disability as more than just users of services. Helen Allen will be enabling people to recognise that people with a learning disability have talents, skills and the ability and motivation to make a difference to their own lives and the lives of others. Focussed self-advocacy with additional mentoring can be a way to unlock all this potential and help people to be seen as active citizens rather than users of services.

BASE Conference 2017 (British Association of Supported Employment), 8th and 9th November 2017 at Jurys Inn Hotel, Kings Road, Brighton

Helen Allen will be running a workshop with delegates to share the great outcomes of our Do Your Thing project run in partnership with the council and CCGs in Kirklees. Delegates will hear how the project has supported people with a learning disability and/or autism to look at their assets and talents and set up their own activities in the community. In many cases this has led to voluntary work or self-employment, and a positive working relationship with REAL employment (Realistic employment for adults with learning disabilities) has helped both organisations to support people in new and meaningful ways. Helen is really pleased to be joined by Jayne Lodge from REAL employment who will share her experience of working alongside Community Catalysts.



“Your presentation on community enterprise was a real hit… The event aimed to be a springboard for action, clearly your contribution has been a catalyst for change – Thank you! Dave Martin – The Centre for Policy on Ageing

“Just a quick note to say a very sincere thank you for presenting at our conference yesterday. Feedback has been excellent, and it has to be said, you were a real hit.
Conference organiser

Excellent thought-provoking presentation
Conference attendee

“On behalf of everyone here at CCPS to say thank you for your fantastic contribution to our Making SDS Happen event.  You brought great enthusiasm and positive ideas as well as a great reality check on where things are with Self-directed Support.”
CCPS – Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland

“Can I just formally thank you for all of your energy and expertise over the last two days.  The workshops ran brilliantly and you have managed to bring out a lot of good thinking across our managers in terms of community networking.  The workshop has achieved its aim and with you on board it made a real difference. Our Transformation lead also wanted me to pass on her thanks, she was very pleased with the overall impact of the conference and the workshops all received good feedback. Thanks again and hope to be able to work with you again in the near future”  Ian Ware Head of Practice, Interserve plc