People who have a learning disability have the same rights as everyone else. However, we live in a society where the rights of people with a learning disability are continually reduced and denied.
We work to ensure that people with learning disabilities are valued as equal citizens, making decisions about their lives at every available opportunity, no matter the level of their disability.
We have been making a positive impact and improving the quality of life of learning disabled Londoners for over 50 years. Read what some of the people we have supported have said about us and how we’ve made a difference in their lives.
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Cecilia, one of our team managers won the Judges’ Special Recognition award at the Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards 2019. "Cecilia is clearly highly skilled at person centred care. In an alien situation, she excelled, organising support for an individual with learning disabilities so that they understood and could make choices about their end of life experience. Cecilia went the extra mile, having the difficult conversations, building new relationships with clinical teams and helping other people in the service to come to terms with their friend’s death. The judges were blown away by her extraordinary story."
We are delighted that our CEO Gabby Machell won the ‘Making a Difference Award’ at the Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards on Friday 6th December 2019. "This winner’s dedication shone through to the judges. They described this winner as ‘exceptional’, leading with their heart and their head in terms of strategic details. The winner is a role model for their employees and has inspired loyalty and trust within their organisation, expecting the values to be embedded by all the ‘family’ of staff."
We are pleased to announce that we are the Skills for Care Accolade 2019 Winner of Best Employer of over 250 people. Skills for Care Accolades celebrate adult social care employers committed to delivering high quality care. "We are delighted – and wanted to thank our teams for the value they place in providing care"
"I have been with the Society for only a short time, but have had more experiences in that short time than I would have thought possible. I had heard of the Society through the grapevine and was interested in learning more as its values chimed with my own.
Right from the start I could see that the Society was service user led and focused. It is no coincidence that the first person I met at Head Office on the day of my interview was a service user, with whom I had a long chat that put me more at ease for the coming interview. There aren’t many other organisations like that!"
"It’s really good – just go for it and do all you can."
"I started in November 2017 as a support worker, after studying health and social care, public health, at university. I attended all the training. It’s really nice working with service users, completely different – in a good way – from studying. You get to know the service users and get to know them better. WSPLD push you too – they encourage you. "
“Since the Westminster Society started supporting me I have been going out loads more than I used to. I had my first holiday in years and went for an activity weekend in Cumbria – it was a great weekend.”
“Rainbow is a lovely nursery environment where my daughter was very happy. The nursery has a lot of different rooms where my daughter could go when she felt overwhelmed and needed some quiet time, especially the sensory room. The standard of care my child was given was amazing from all of the staff, especially her keyworker. My daughter progressed enormously at Rainbow and I will always be grateful for all that they did for her.”
“My child was showing signs of autism and the keyworker was able to spot it. He’s now waiting for a diagnosis after being referred to a professional. He was not verbal when he started, now he is starting to talk. We have been blessed and fortunate to have found Rainbow in our neighbourhood”
"I came to know the Westminster Society as my brother, who is autistic, attended the nursery in the late 1990’s. We also both attended the playscheme during the half-term which was fun and I have kept many good memories"
“When my mum died I wanted to die and be buried with my mum, I did not know what to do, I was very unhappy and anxious and fed up. Gabby, Carol and Sharon from The Westminster Society helped me; they brought me to Croxley Road and found me a job to do.”
The Westminster Society calling for equal rights for learning disabled people.
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