On national learning disability nurse day I wanted to be able to celebrate our 100 years anniversary with a nice pint of Leffe but the recent Panorama show around Whorlton Hall made it clear to me that there is no time to celebrate as there is work to be done. How can we be eating cake when there are vulnerable people being abused on a daily basic I asked myself.
I have decided to work along side the self advocacy group 'Dudley Voices for Choice' to start a #NotintheBlackCountry imitative that will aim to make the Black Country a safe place for vulnerable adults to live within and for staff working within the health & social care sector to be given the support to report bad practice. We feel the best way to create workable solutions is to get the people who can make it all happen to be involved at the very start.
So on the 4th July to coincide with Independence Day we will be inviting people to take part in an event that will develop solutions to what we all know is a very complex issue to resolve. The flag you see below is that of the Black Country, an area that covers Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Walsall. So look out for the invite and become a change agent.
People have already suggested we should make this a national campaign but I feel that we need to ensure the solutions fit the needs of our local area first. We will be more than happy to share our work with anyone but we want to keep it local this time.
An easy read version of this launch document will be available shortly.