30 years on the job!

12 July 2018
​This month My Life My Choice member Steve Mansell is celebrating 30 years of work at the Abingdon Tesco.

Award Winning Members!!!

9 July 2018
MLMC member Ruby Pepper attended the ERSA employability awards ceremony and was highly commended in the significant achiever category.

MLMC member is the newest co-production board permanent member!

4 July 2018
Our member Ben McCay has been appointed as a permanent member of the co-production board of SCIE. Read his account of how he got on…

"Tiring but worth it!" The #CaminoLB

4 May 2018

On 11 April MLMC members Gina and Dawn flew to Spain with MLMC staff member Jess to walk the Camino de Santiago for the last few days of the Camino LB.

The HSE Prosecution of Southern Health

6 April 2018

A group of My Life My Choice members went to Oxford Crown Court to hear the HSE Prosecution of Southern Health NHS Trust. Here's what Paul Scarrott, Jackie Scarrott, and Pam Bebbingon thought about it.

An open letter to the Chief Executive of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

30 March 2018

Here is an open letter from the MLMC trustees to Dr Nick Broughton, following the HSE sentencing at Oxford Crown Court earlier this week.

The Unforgettable Soldiers of WW1

27 February 2018

In 2017, Dr Lee Humber received Heritage Lottery Funding to find out about the role that people with learning disabilities played in the First World War. He approached My Life My Choice, who recruited three young people with learning disabilities - Tommy, Shane and Tyrone - to be part of the research team. The researchers have been supported by Jess Tilling, Power Up Coordinator at MLMC.

People with learning disabilities and families are transforming care in Oxfordshire

22 February 2018

Transforming Care is the government’s national programme to improve services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, who display behaviour that challenges. The aim is to make sure more people are living in the community, with the right support and close to home.

People with Learning Disabilities in World War 1

16 February 2018

Over the past 18 months, members of the Power Up team have been carrying out research into the contribution people with learning disabilities made during World War 1, in partnership with Lee Humber from Ruskin College.

Sara Ryan is MLMC's new Patron!

8 February 2018

We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve asked Sara Ryan to be our charity patron… and she has said yes!

Not just about the bus! How Travel Buddy changes lives.

23 January 2018

In the few years that we have been running our Travel Buddy project, we have learnt that learning to travel independently is about so much more than being able to take the bus.

We Won an Aviva Award!

17 January 2018

Thanks to the votes of our supporters, My Life My Choice is one of the winners of the 2017 Aviva Awards.

Catch up with our stories on the QCS website

5 January 2018

You might be wondering why we've been so quiet on here - it's because we've also been blogging for Quality Compliance Systems (QCS).

Wellness Week with Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue

21 November 2017

Last week many of our self-advocacy groups visited the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service to learn about keeping safe.

A Choir Where Nobody Makes a Noise!

10 November 2017

MLMC Trustee Paul Scarrott tells us about his experience in a sign-singing choir...

A Day Centre on a Farm? We Loved It!

3 November 2017

As well as saying “Don’t Lock Us Away” our Champion’s group are thinking about what good support in the community is. This means visiting other services and charities, and meeting the people who they support.

Meet the new MLMC Consultants

18 September 2017

We recently advertised for a small number of consultants with learning disabilities.

Staying Safe on the Internet

7 September 2017

Yesterday the Oxford self-advocacy group learnt all about being safe on the internet. This is because our Power Up trainers have joined forces with Thames Valley Police to deliver internet safety training to all of our groups.

Pam and Dawn Made Zines

1 September 2017

Over the summer, some of our members were invited to take part in the “Oxford Zine Workshops” – a project organised by Oxford Brookes students Andy, Natasha, Tania, and Mark.

What went right for Paul?

24 August 2017

Recently, MLMC trustee Paul Scarrott went into hospital to have his gall bladder removed. Paul was very nervous before going into hospital, but he was very pleased with the service he got.

Don’t Lock Us Away!

7 August 2017

Following the Dispatches Documentary Under Lock and Key, the My Life My Choice Champion’s group have been running a campaign about people with learning disability in long stay hospitals. This is what they have been up to…

We Won The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service!

2 June 2017

We’re very excited to have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Described as the MBE for volunteer groups, it is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities.

Record-breaking pay for people with learning disabilities

3 May 2017

Through projects such as Travel Buddy, Quality Checkers, and Power Up, we provide our learning disabled members with paid work opportunities.

Travel Buddy Success: Katie

10 April 2017

Katie is 19 years old and works at the Oxford Yellow Submarine café once a week. Before being part of Travel Buddy, her mum drove her to work. But after a couple of months of doing the journey with her Travel Buddy, Dawn, she can now do the journey alone.

Meeting The New Providers of Learning Disability Services in Oxfordshire

30 March 2017

Following pressure from campaigners (including My Life My Choice) Southern Health NHS Trust will no longer be running services for people with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire.

Travel Buddy Success: Rebecca

20 March 2017

Rebecca is 28 years old and volunteers at a local florist once a week.

Meeting the Director for Adult Services

31 January 2017

Yesterday a group of MLMC Champions met with Kate Terroni, the new(ish) Director for Adult Services at Oxfordshire County Council.

What are Care and Treatment Reviews?

23 January 2017

We’ve been helping NHS England with Care and Treatment Reviews for a couple of years, so thought it was time to tell you what they are all about.

How MLMC is providing jobs for people with learning disabilities

28 December 2016

It’s almost 2017, but despite the proven benefits of having a job, just 6.8% of learning disabled people using social care are in work. (VODG, 2016)

A Volunteer’s View of My Life My Choice

23 December 2016

Ria Phillips has kindly spent some of her university Christmas holidays volunteering for My Life My Choice. She tells us how she found it…

Learning Disability and Permitted Work

22 December 2016

My Life My Choice volunteer, Ria Phillips, spoke to MLMC members on the ESA permitted work scheme to find out the impact it’s had on their lives…

Here’s why we’ve started a self-advocacy group in Bicester

28 November 2016

Great news! We have a new group in Bicester.

Shedding our shells on the Camino de Santiago

15 November 2016

My Life My Choice Inspections Coordinator Chris Alexander reflects on walking with the #CaminoLB…

Walking the #CaminoLB

24 October 2016

Early Monday morning, Chris, Paul H, Paul S, Dawn and Shaun will be flying out to join the crew walking Santander to Avilés with a cardboard bus.

How to do Award-winning Co-production

14 October 2016

On Wednesday night, Pam and Dawn went to the National Advocacy Awards, where My Life My Choice picked up the award for Best Co-Production.

Engaging people in Transforming Care in Oxfordshire

11 October 2016

On Friday we put on an event with Oxfordshire Family Support Network (OxFSN), Autism Oxford, and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) to inform people about what’s happening to services and gather their views on how to make things better.

A quick response to Katrina Percy’s resignation from Southern Health NHS Trust

7 October 2016

Some citizen journalism from My Life My Choice Champions, after the BBC ran out of time to hear their views. Paul Scarrott, Michael Edwards and Kevin Preen share their views on the resignation of Katrina Percy and what comes next.

“You Delivered Nothing”: An Open Letter to the Southern Health Leadership

7 September 2016

Below is a letter that we sent to Southern Health NHS Trust today.

What will Brexit mean for people with learning disabilities?

11 July 2016

As part of his work experience placement at My Life My Choice, Tom Ryan has been looking into what Britain leaving the European Union could mean for people with learning disabilities.

Holding public bodies to account: the Hillsborough disaster and Justice for LB

7 July 2016

As part of his work experience placement at My Life My Choice, Tom Ryan has written this reflection on the similarities between the Hillsborough and Justice for LB campaigns.

Experts by Experience Induction Day

7 July 2016

Yesterday we met Kim Arnold from Choice Support, who came to give us training so we can take part in Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections as “experts by experience” – people who have direct experience of using health and social care services.

What Does a Travel Buddy Trainer Do?

9 June 2016

We only met Dean about 8 months ago, but with his can-do attitude and passion for bus travel, he has become a fantastic Travel Buddy trainer.

We met the new Chair of Southern Health

1 June 2016

Today we had a follow up to our meeting with Mike Petter, to talk more about how Southern Health NHS Trust can make things better for people with learning disabilities who need to use their services.

How are we Transforming Care in Oxfordshire?

25 May 2016

On Monday we held a workshop about the Oxfordshire Transforming Care Plan for people with learning disabilities and family carers.

Charity of the Year!

12 May 2016

My Life My Choice had some amazing news last night! We won the Charity of the Year Award 2016 at the Oxfordshire Charity and Volunteer Awards ceremony at Oxford Town Hall.

Being on a NICE Guideline Committee

19 February 2016

Members of My Life My Choice are currently serving on two different NICE Guideline Committees – People with learning disabilities and challenging behaviours: Guide for services and Care and support of older people with learning disabilities – alongside professionals, academics, and family carers. For the next 2 years we will be looking at evidence and answering questions about the two topics.

How much did Southern Health spend on Connor Sparrowhawk’s inquest?

4 January 2016

When we met Mike Petter, Chairman of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, in November he could not tell us how much money Southern Health NHS had spent on legal fees relating to Connor Sparrowhawk’s death and his inquest.

Meeting with the Chairman of Southern Health NHS Trust

25 November 2015

After an exchange of letters, Mike Petter, Chairman of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, came to meet us to talk about Connor Sparrowhawk and the sale of Slade House. With him were Claire Feehily, a non-exec Director at Southern Health and the Chair of Healthwatch Gloucestershire, and Jason Warner, Lead Nurse for Oxford’s Learning Disability Team.

Knitting blankets for charity

7 July 2015

One of our trustees, Jackie Scarrott, knits a lot of blankets. On 31st June she kindly donated 36 of them to newborn babies at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

How do self-advocacy groups help someone who has a learning disability?

29 June 2015

At My Life My Choice we’re all about people with a learning disability speaking up for themselves. So here are quotes from some of our self-advocacy group members, explaining the impact attending a group has had on their lives.

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