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Covid Resources

This leaflet is to give you information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccination.

It is really important to keep ourselves and others safe from coronavirus.
Coronavirus is sometimes  called COVID-19.

One way we can keep ourselves safer and healthier this winter is by having our coronavirus and flu vaccines to help  stop us getting very poorly.

Most people can have the coronavirus booster vaccine safely.

The booster vaccine doesn’t stop everyone from getting coronavirus, but if you do get it, it should stop you becoming very poorly.
If you were very poorly after having your other coronavirus vaccines, you should talk to your doctor.

Here are some easy read guides:

Booster vaccine easy read Dec 21 (1) 



You may need an NHS Covid Pass letter to travel abroad.  This tells will have your details and the dates when you had your booster vaccine.

You can ask for a letter by visiting the NHS website www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Or you can download the NHS app on your phone and keep a copy on your phone.

Or you can call 119 for free.

Please talk to your support or staff at Winchester Go LD if you would need help with this.

Please download the easy read Easy Read Covid Pass for more details


Information about coronavirus from Mencap

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new type of illness. There are now a number of people in the UK who have got it and it is spread easily.

Because of this we have created information about coronavirus for you to use, including:

Beyond Words has some great picture books and free resources about COVID.


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Resources for Carers

Here are some health resources given out at our Parents and Carers evening in March 2022

Health Resources for Parents and Carers

Hampshire County Council are extending their carer grant scheme to March 2022 to reach more people who would really benefit.  The grants are for anyone providing regular unpaid care to an adult who lives in the Hampshire County Council area, including young carers providing care for an adult.

Information on the grant can be found on the Connect to Support website:

Project Choice

Who we are:

Project Choice is a Specialist Post-16 College providing a person-centred, individually tailored Supported Internship to young adults with learning difficulties, disabilities and/or Autism. Through the Internship, 16–24-year-olds gain work experience, develop independence skills and increase their employability.

What we do:

Our service is bespoke, offering tailored support to each Intern, and employment opportunities are matched to the individual’s skills. Project Choice aims to empower Interns and build their confidence as individuals in the workplace, while also offering life experience beyond their home and school environments.


What is the engagement process?

Project Choice holds formal awareness sessions at schools and other local authority venues, but we are also happy to come and speak with interested young people and parents and/or carers in other settings, e.g. at home or school on a one-to-one basis.

Who can apply for the Internship?

The Internship is for 16–24-year-olds with learning difficulties, disabilities and/or Autism. There are no academic requirements to join the Internship, however individuals will need to have an aspiration to work and a current Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in place. Project Choice will need to be named in the EHCP, so parents and/or carers will need to be in discussion with the local commissioning authority for this to be arranged.


What is the assessment process?

Potential interns will be invited to a fun day for us to meet the young person and assess whether Project Choice can meet their needs.

How long is the Internship?

The Internship comprises up to three placements, lasting 10-12 weeks each, throughout the academic year. Students who successfully complete their Internship will leave the College with an employability qualification accredited by NCFE. And where appropriate, a math and English qualification at a level higher than previously achieved.

What support is provided?

Interns are supported by a Workplace Mentor, Project Coordinator and a Project Manager.


What kind of work experience roles are available to Interns?

The Project Choice Supported Internship is delivered within NHS organisations, the independent sector and private business. Project Choice Interns have provided valuable assistance in a huge variety of roles, including:

  • Care
  • Pharmacy
  • Clinical Coding
  • Human Resources
  • Information Services
  • Education
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Receptions
  • Domestic Services
  • Catering
  • Post Room
  • Central Stores

What does a typical week look like for a Project Choice Intern?

Interns spend four days per week in work, with one day in the classroom. In the classroom, Interns learn about employment and develop employability skills, as well as having study time to improve Maths and English.


How are staff trained to support Interns?

Project Choice offers robust stakeholder training which can include:

  • Mentor training
  • Mental health first aid
  • Autism awareness training
  • Training in systematic instruction
  • Job coach training

We also use job coaches where Interns require additional support.

The College employs specialist tutors directly. We have an ESFA-approved curriculum, and all of our education provision is subject to Ofsted Inspection and DFE regulations. In January 2020 Project Choice was awarded a Good Provider Rating by Ofsted.


What support is available at the end of the Internship?

Our staff continue to support our Interns post completion of the Internship. Sustaining employment is key to us, and we are committed to helping Interns achieve their goals.

This support includes:

  • Pastoral support
  • Professional support in meetings, e.g. appraisals, occupational health, etc.
  • Coaching preparation for progression interviews


“Project Choice has made me have hope and also it gave me an idea of what I want to do when I leave the course”

“I feel like an adult. I have travelled to work independently, done my job and travelled home independently – just like the other workers.  I’m so proud of myself, I want to keep working”

Parents and Carers:
“The Project Choice Team have gone the extra mile to help him, and I can’t thank the programme enough for helping him make steps to increase his chances of not just having a job, but of reaping all of the benefits that having a job bring”

“We are very grateful to Project Choice for the very caring and down-to-earth way they have provided for our daughter who has moderate learning disabilities and is on the autistic spectrum…  We have been especially impressed that she was found a very appropriate work placement at the local hospital and that there appears to be close cooperation and coordination between the Project Choice staff and its management”

“The difference in my son is enormous; he is proud and excited to go to work.  He has a purpose, and it has transformed his life.”

“The student we have worked with fitted into the office atmosphere with ease. It was a great experience for both us and for him too. It was a pleasure to see his confidence grow as he became more involved in the day-to-day operations”

“Without exception, Project Choice students have showed an unparalleled work ethic.  The time invested in their training has shown dividends in the department and it has been a pleasure working with them”


Contact: for the local offer information contact

Ian Wheeler

Project Choice: Area Manager

Unit 4, Millennium House

Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust

Priestley Road

RG24 9GZ

Mobile: 07741834006 – please note my new number

Email: ian.wheeler1@HEE.nhs.uk

This Southern Health  information pack is aimed at family carers and care providers supporting adults with
learning disabilities through the steps of having the new Coronavirus vaccination.

There are keys aspects which need careful consideration and planning in advance to enable a smooth, successful administration of the vaccine for everyone with a learning disability.
People with learning disabilities depending on their age, specific syndrome and health needs have been placed into different priority groups of the vaccination roll out programme
(groups 1-6). The majority of people with learning disabilities are in group 6. It is important steps to prepare the person/service user are implemented as early as possible before they receive the vaccine and this guide will aid this.

FINAL Coronavirus Vaccination Information Pack Feb 2021


Connect to Support has lots of useful resources.  Including information for unpaid carers that we think would be useful for parents/families and supporting friends.



 You can find local groups, activities and services within your community as well as  care providers and other paid services that may help you.

There is lots of useful information here in this information guide from Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth (SHIP).  Aimed at anyone providing direct support to people with learning disability and/or autism 


This booklet is designed to support carers and care workers (hereafter referred to as carers) who live and
work in the Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth (SHIP) area. Carers should recognise
changes in a person’s condition by monitoring them and/or recognising any deterioration in their wellbeing.
The aims of the SHIP STOP LOOK CARE booklet are to:
• provide a guide for people with a learning disability and/or autism who are supported in the SHIP area
• improve quality of care, maintaining and improving health and wellbeing
• be a Care Certificate companion.
This booklet promotes basic awareness and knowledge of certain needs and conditions and advises where to
refer to, if needed. It highlights:
• why different aspects of observation and care are important
• what to look for
• what action to take

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If you have a disability that may not be immediately obvious but would appreciate support from staff in UK airports, certain railways, shops, hospitals and other public venues, then you may be interested to know there is a lanyard you can wear to signal this.

The lanyard, which is entirely voluntary for people with hidden disabilities and their families, acts as a discreet sign for staff that additional support or help may be required.

The hidden disabilities lanyard is also called the “sunflower lanyard” because of its appearance – a strip of green with a pattern of yellow sunflowers. Once you get one, it is yours to keep and use for future travels, visits and outings where the scheme is recognised.

In 2016, Gatwick launched the first-of-its-kind lanyard for passengers with hidden disabilities who may require additional support when travelling through the airport.

For instance, by wearing the lanyard at Gatwick or other major UK airports, you could receive support with:

getting more time to prepare at check-in and security
getting a more comprehensive briefing on what to expect as you travel through the airport
staff assisting with reading a departure board or sign.
Railways and ferries.

The lanyard scheme is gradually being adopted by railways. It is now being used by LNER, which operates the London North Eastern routes, and c2c, which serves 26 stations in East London and South Essex.

Tescos and Sainsburys Winchester are both signed up to the Sunflower lanyard scheme.  They have given Winchester Go LD a supply for our members.  Please get in touch if you would like one at info@winchestergold.org.uk.

The Trustees and staff at Winchester Go LD are fully committed and signed up in support of the Five Principles Nothing About Us Without Us.


National Voices, the leading coalition of health and care charities in England, have heard from hundreds of charities and people living with underlying conditions, and developed these five principles to underpin and test any policy change. They put people and their rights at the centre of decision-making.


1. Actively engage with those most impacted by the change
People have a right to be consulted about changes that profoundly affect their lives. People most affected by service cuts, lockdown, self-isolation, and difficulties with accessing food and medicine, need to be heard and their experiences and concerns acted on. Policymakers must base their decisions on a deep understanding of how people and patients are affected.
Proper coproduction must be the cornerstone of policy design and development as we are making decisions for the longer term.

2. Make everyone matter, leave no-one behind 

Everyone matters – all lives, all people, in all circumstances. Whether your life is normally unaffected by health issues or you struggle every day with your ill health or disability – your
life matters equally and needs to be weighed up the same in any Government policy. It is essential that decision makers signal that they want people living with ill health or disability
to lead full lives and remain an active part of society. Even if some people need to live with more severe restrictions, we must take steps to ensure they are able to work, earn money,
access clinical care and socialise. We must move through this crisis together, and leave no one behind.

3. Confront inequality head-on

We’re all in the same storm, but we’re not all in the same boat. Mortality and morbidity are higher for those living in poverty and working on the frontline. People from Black, Asian or
minority ethnic backgrounds are disproportionately affected. Life in lockdown is harder for those living in overcrowded or insecure housing than it is for those in spacious homes with
outside space. There has never been a more urgent moment to confront the social determinants of ill-health as we build back better. All policies to manage the next phase must recognise these stark inequalities, taking a proportionate universalist approach.

4. Recognise people, not categories, by strengthening personalised care

We need a personalised approach to how people want to live. Vulnerability should not mean blanket bans. Having a learning disability does not in itself mean people will have a
short life expectancy or poor quality of life, people in care homes are not simply waiting to die. Not everyone over 70 privileges safety over family contact. The category of ‘vulnerable’ needs to be rethought and broadened beyond narrow clinical criteria to include more holistic circumstances that can make people vulnerable, such as domestic violence, poverty, disability or overcrowding. Personalised care is essential to safety and dignity.

5. Value health, care and support equally

People living with ill health or disability need more than medicine. They need care and support, connection and friendship. Social care, charities and communities are part of this vital, life enhancing fabric of life. The siloing, underfunding and neglect of social care, its workforce, users and purpose as a life enhancing public service has to end. Charities and communities need to be enabled to take part in the design and delivery of future care models. Any policy efforts to rebuild services need to actively address and dismantle barriers between sectors that only ever mattered to funders and regulators. The future will be different. Let’s make sure it will also be more compassionate and equal,
with people’s rights at its centre. The many people who died, who lost loved ones or whose lives have been made immeasurably more difficult deserve nothing less.

National Voices is the leading coalition of health and social care charities in England.  We work together to strengthen the voice of patients, service users, carers, their families and
the voluntary organisations that work for them. We have more than 160 members covering a diverse range of health conditions and communities, connecting us with the experiences of millions of people.

For further information:
Rebecca Steinfeld, Head of Policy

Health and Wellbeing Information

Testicular cancer is often not spoken about to men with  a learning disability.

Macmillan have some useful easyread resources.

Click on the image below for the full Easy-read guide.

Check your balls (testicles)

This is the Bristol Stool Chart - normal is type 3 or type 4.

Some members might find it helpful to have this by their toilets or in their wellbeing folders.

There's also a good video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wv87x9ho9s that we screen shared and then we talked about what's normal and a bit about constipation.
We've put these resources on our website 

The Hospital Learning Disability and Autism Liaison Team at Southampton General Hospital have updated their Hospital Passport which has a few new sections. It looks great!


They are advising everyone uses the attached passport going forward and transfers information from service users existing Hospital Passports onto the new form.


Mencap's Treat Me Well campaign aims to transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability in hospital.

Calling on NHS staff to make reasonable adjustments for people with a learning disability which can help to save lives.

Find out how you can help and sign up here: 



Hampshire Hospitals have some useful information on their website here, including:

  • The Hospital Passport
  • Your visit to hospital
  • What to bring
  • What not to bring


Beth Lyon is the Hospital Liaison Nurse.

Beth Lyon

Hospital Liaison Nurse

01256 319892


(for confidential queries and information)


A -Z of Health Issues

Poster produced by Esia Dean, Health Facilitation Team, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust April 14

The Southern Health Learning Disabilities website has lots of guides, PDFs and videos.

  • All About Me
  • Annual Health Check
  • Blood
  • Cancer Screening
  • COVID19 
  • COVID19 Vaccine
  • Dental
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • And more!


As part of our friendship and relationship sessions we have talked about gender and LGBTQ+.  

Here is the easy-read document: LGBTQ wellbeing project

We've had lots of really interesting discussions about famous people who were gay, lesbian, single sex marriage and non-binary. The group discussions were brilliant!

Resources for Volunteers

Volunteers are an incredible asset to any organisation and at Winchester Go LD people are often our most precious resource. Both paid staff and volunteers are equally important.

We rely on the hard work and good will of our volunteers. These include our Trustees, Fundraising committee, our group activity and social events volunteers, and exercise classes support staff.


We are looking for volunteers aged 18+ with a love of people, who would like to meet up with members for Walk & Talks or support our group activities, whether that be face to face or on-line. You’ll receive guidance and training and will be allocated a member of staff for on-going support. As a volunteer you are part of the Winchester Go LD family, and you will meet other like-minded people to engage and talk with.

As a volunteer you will be recompensed for any out-of-pocket expenses, and we may ask you to complete a DBS check for any of the Adult regulated volunteering roles (this will be explained depending on the role).

What difference will you make?

Our members are adults with learning disabilities. They are sociable and they like to have fun!
Our Walk & Talks help relieve social isolation and promote physical activity. Being outside and having social interaction supports good mental health.
Our online activities provide a fun way to engage with our members through discussion groups, quizzes, and other games as well as sharing IT skills on Zoom.

Current volunteer opportunities

Zoom groups

Online groups are a great option for anyone on a busy schedule, less able to get to our location in Winchester or those continuing to keep their distance from groups of people.

Walk & Talks and Summer Day Trips/ Group activities

The summer 2021 season  is about to start!  If you are interested in volunteering with any of the above please get in touch.

Or if you have any skills that you would like to volunteer that would benefit the Winchester Go LD community, we would be happy to discuss further.

Please do complete our Volunteer profile form if you are interested in volunteering with us.
We’d be happy to answer any questions!

Please email info@winchestergold.org.uk for a chat or more information.

Volunteering Policy Feb 2021

We welcome all new volunteers.

Please find our Volunteer application (profile form) and consent forms below.

If you would like to talk to someone regarding volunteering please email info@winchestergold.org.uk with your name and telephone number and we will get in touch.

Photography and Filming Permission Form

Volunteer profile form

Confidentiality Policy and Procedures and Agreement

Resources for Winchester Go LD membership

Download our membership forms here.  Please return the completed form to info@winchestergold.org.uk

WG Membership Application Form Easy Read – June 2021

If you would like help finding work Go Work application form

Please read our easyread guide to exercising safely at home.easy read guidance for online exercise

We ask all our members to respect each other during zoom sessions. We have set out some simple guidelines here.Zoom Guidelines