Here to Stay Consensus Building Event – Birmingham

26 September 2013
BSVC Centre for Voluntary Action
138 Digbeth

Here to Stay is a five year national study to increase our knowledge of the numbers and needs of people with learning disabilities from black and minority ethnic communities, including new migrants in England.

Over the past three years, researchers from the University of Wolverhampton working jointly with the Association for Real Change, have been collecting information from the health, social care and education services about the following:

  • Numbers of people in care
  • Who providers are and the nature of what they offer
  • Practitioners’ views about the effectiveness of the care they provide
  • Service users and family carers views about the effectiveness of the support they are receiving

We are now able to share this information and to widen the debate in terms of improving access, experience and outcomes for service users and their carers. We would like you to join us and other service providers, service commissioners, service users and carers to discuss our findings and help us to develop the consensus necessary for improving access and quality of care and support people from these communities are receiving.

The programme for the day is outlined below. If you would like to join the debate and attend the Birmingham event, please download the booking form. This can be completed electronically and returned via email to

We also have a second event for those closer to London taking place on 10th October  – click for details.


9.30am – 10.00am Registration and tea/coffee

10.00am –10.15am Welcome and opening remarks

10.15am – 11.15am Special Guest Speaker: Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive, Turning Point followed by questions

11.15am – 11.30am Tea/coffee break

11.30am – 12.30pm Project presentation – Findings from the Here to Stay research project followed by questions

12.30pm – 13.15pm Lunch

13.15pm – 14.30pm Evaluation of guidelines on how to make learning disability services more visible and accessible to ethnic minority and new migrant communities

14.30pm – 15.00pm Final remarks