Following a successful bid to the Big Lottery Research programme in 2010, the Association for Real Change and the University of Wolverhampton joined forces to address the gap in knowledge about the future health and social care needs of people with learning disabilities from new migrant communities living in England.

This national project aims to estimate how many people from this population are in need of support and what their service requirements are likely to be. In order to do this we are looking at the needs of people from current ethnic minority communities. ARC was successful in this bid because of its history of innovative work in this area and this project continues that work.

At the moment, we are seeking to collect views of those who are working in the services for people with learning disabilities.

If you work with people with learning disabilities we would like to ask you to complete a survey. We would like to encourage you to participate even if you do not directly work with people from all ethnic backgrounds. The survey takes about 10 minutes and is also accessible from our project website

Information that you provide will be used to inform a national consultation to produce guidelines how to make learning disability services more visible and accessible to this population. Therefore, it is very important to hear from as many service providers as possible so that we could take into account variety of experiences and views from around the country.

If you are a service manager, please encourage the members of your staff to complete the survey too.

If you think that you could help us further by hosting a focus group at your organisation, please contact Ms Bridget Fisher to discuss it further. We would be happy to visit you and join one of your staff meetings to discuss your (and members of your staff) experiences and opinions on providing services for this population. We very much hope that you will help us in addressing these issues.

Please click here to access the survey.

For more information about the project visit our Here to Stay website or email Bridget Fisher.