Introducing our conference speakers – meet Raana!

Stay Up Late’s (un)Ordinary conference in London on March 26th is a conference with a difference. While the majority of those in the audience will be professionals working in the social care sector, all of those giving speeches, leading workshops or making presentations will have a learning disability.

In the run-up to the conference we’ll be introducing a number of our speakers. Today we say hello to Raana Salman who will be speaking in our session on communities.

“I am part of the Lantern community in in Hampshire. Being able to contribute to the different activities the Lantern community has to offer allows me to be who I am. It provides security and stability, which is really important to me. The support I get from living in the lantern gives me confidence to be able to go out into the wider community and enjoy it (instead of being anxious and afraid). I also take part on the interview process when new members of staff come to work with me in the lantern. We have a lot of social events at the Lantern and get to go out to different activities in the wider community.”

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