This week, during Learning Disability Week, the Treat Me Right team at Certitude facilitated discussions with London Fire Brigade to help build understanding of the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of people with learning disabilities, autistic people and people with neurodivergent conditions when developing their policies and practices.
A group of people, that are supported by Certitude, joined the discussions at Hammersmith Fire Station. The event included meeting with members of the station watch and talking about what it takes to ensure their needs are met by the London Fire Brigade and that they feel safe. Plans to also tour the station were cut short when the fire crews were called out to tackle a local fire. However, the group were still able to see a reserve fire truck during their visit.
As well as building mutual understanding, Anthony, who attended the event said
“I think that it will be great to have more discussions with firefighters explaining to communities what to do in a fire. My favourite part was finding out about how to keep safe and avoid a fire if something does happen in your home.”
The Treat Me Right! Team have been ensuring greater access and fairer treatment for people with our Learning Disability Training and consultancy for over 10 years. Organisations are realising the importance of ensuring what they do is accessible to all people in our communities. Who is better to understand that than people with lived experience who know first-hand what good or poor support and services look like. Certitude’s Treat Me Right! Manager Helen Watkins added
“We have increasingly been doing more consultancy with outside organisations about how to ensure greater access for people with learning disabilities, autism and neurodivergent conditions. This piece with London Fire Brigade is a great example of how people with lived experience can talk directly to organisations and influence at policy level. We hope we can do more together in the future”