Learning Disability Week: ask your local councillor to support #NoBedtimes
Will your local councillor support #NoBedtimes?
“When we go out to gigs we want to stay for the whole thing not leave when the carer says it’s time to go.” – Daniel Randall-Nason, Stay Up Late Ambassador
Having a learning disability should never stop anyone enjoying a great night out. But we find that lots of people with learning disabilities are unable to lead full and active social lives. People are often told there isn’t the staff to support them to be out late. As lockdown restrictions ease and venues begin reopening we want to make sure people with learning disabilities are not left behind.
Write to your local councillor
County councils and unitary councils in each local area are the bodies responsible for social care and for setting up contracts with support providers. Our ambassadors have written to all of these councils asking them to make sure that all of their contracts make it clear that support providers must operate flexible rotas. This is so that people with learning disabilities can do the things that they want to do and stay out late in the evening if they want. We would love you to write to your own local councillor(s), too. You can email them from this website here.
All you need to do is type in your postcode. If you live in an area with a county council just click to select your County councillor. If you live in an area with a unitary council or in a London borough then click to select your local councillors. Please send a message to them and ask if all the social care contracts they have with support providers operate flexible rotas so that people with learning disabilities can stay up late. Ask your council to support our campaign and become a No Bedtimes Council!
Our Ambassadors’ letter to local councils
You can read our letter to local councils here
More information on our #NoBedtimes campaign here