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Forum meetings are Face to Face once more 23rd November 2021

The Bishops Stortford Learning Disability Forum had there first face to face meeting on the 15th September 2021. The session was a mini conference and the focus was about having a job.


The event was very successful with a lot of people enjoying this first get together.


Please look at the September notes for information about: Kickstart Stortford, Steps2Skills, Grove Cottage Mencap and the Money advice unit.

Author: Toni Vyse

Summary 23rd June 2021 Bishop’s Stortford Learning Disabilities forum 17th August 2021

This is a video summary of 23rd June 2021 meeting.

It covers the:

Digi inclusion project and the things we learnt

The good and bad things that happened in lockdown

What we want to focus on in the coming year

Any other business.

the minutes also hold the link  to the Zoom video if you want to watch the meeting .

Author: Toni Vyse

Gavin talks about having his vaccine 17th March 2021

This easy to understand video shows Gavin having his Covid Vaccine. watch it to find out what you can expect.

Author: Toni Vyse

Completing the 2121 Census 17th March 2021

There is good easy read information to help you complete the Census 2121 form. The information explains what Census 2021 is, why it’s important to take part, how to complete and what to do if you or someone you
know needs help.

Look at your emails for more information or click the link to take part in the survey.

Author: Toni Vyse

Questions and Answers about Covid-19 vaccines. 22nd January 2021

Recently a top scientist working on the COVID-19 vaccines answered questions that family members, carers, professionals had about the safety of the vaccines for people with learning disabilities. You can watch the replay here.

You can also find easy to read information about Vaccines by following this link:

Author: Toni Vyse

Tier 5 12th January 2021

Everyone is now in an National Lockdown and in Tier 5. Please find the link to Mencap’s easyread Tier 5 information.


Author: Toni Vyse

Easy Read Information about Tiers 2 and 3 17th December 2020

From Saturday, the Government put Hertfordshire into Tier 4.
A tier is a level. Tier 4 is the highest level of risk.  There are different rules for each tier.  This information will help you to keep safe and well. Click on the link below to find our what you can and cannot do in this Tier 4.,ZC7Z,2UYW4U,4F4WG,1


Author: Toni Vyse

The Coronavirus vaccine 17th December 2020

Mencap have created an easy read document about the Coronavirus vaccine. You can click the link to find out more.


Author: Toni Vyse

Hear ME Now Communication and Support APP 9th December 2020

Hear me now is a communication App for tablets and phones. It has recently changed its name from My Health Guide App because it can do so much more. You can download it from Google play or the App Store. It is a portable communication tool for people with learning disabilities.

You can create ‘boxes’ to store important information in. This could be things like:  someone’s communication needs, a daily diary, memories, health needs, likes and dislikes and step by step instructions. You can easily add and update daily information, create step by step instructions and ‘how to’ videos onto the app for playback when needed. The app can also readback text, which makes it helpful to someone who cannot read. App users can safely share their boxes with people they trust. It helps professionals, carers and support staff to talk to each other.  It puts the person at the center of this process, giving them a voice and helping them to be heard.

If you think this APP will benefit the people you support, as Bishop’s Stortford Learning Disability Forum members you can contact Toni Vyse on [email protected] and ask for a token before the end of January 2021, this will ensure you get a free trial for a year.

For those you have already got the App and want more information about the free training  you can contact Kern at Maldaba on his email [email protected]

The website also has some good information and how to videos to remind and help you learn.

Author: Toni Vyse

Diversity and inclusion survey 2nd December 2020

Hertfordshire County Council is currently developing its Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for Services, Communities and Partnerships and we are gathering views of our stakeholders.

A short survey has been developed and can be found here

An Easy Read version is attached and is also available on Hertfordshire County Council’s website.

If you have any questions regarding this please liaise with Charulata Joshi – Equalities and Diversity Officer[email protected]

Author: Toni Vyse

Rumble awards 2021 2nd December 2020

Nominations are open for the 2021 Rumble awards. You can nominate a person with learning disabilities or differences who lives  in Hertfordshire for the following awards:

The brave heart award

The good spirit award

The healthy living award

the leading light award

You can find out more and download a nomination form at

Author: Toni Vyse

Summary of Strategic Co-Production Board meeting 28th November 2020

Co-Production board

Here is a YouTube link for a short video summary of the recent Strategic Co-production Board meeting. You can click on this click and watch the video now.


Author: Toni Vyse