Aspire STOMP Day

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Aspire welcomed over 100 people to its community hub for a workforce development day, which aimed to share good practice and encourage people to make a pledge to STOMP.

Following a short introduction from Karen Hall (CEO) and Ian Harper (Service Quality Director), Jill Parker, national learning disability lead for STOMP, gave an introduction and update about the progress of the national strategy.

Jill told attendees: “People with a learning disability are experiencing harm and sometimes dying as a consequence of their medication. However, by acknowledging this one fact, we’re launching ourselves together on a journey to change it.”

Following Jill’s speech, MiXiT Theatre Company performed the STOMP story as commissioned by NHS England. It was fantastic performance which received a standing ovation.

Aspire Growing catered for the event with a selection of delicious homemade soup and rolls for lunch and freshly baked cakes during the break. The produce was grown at the hub’s allotment.

Following lunch, Katherine and Jayne from Hereford NHS Trust presented results from their pilot project to support a small number of people with a learning disability to reduce their medication. In addition, Debbie and Darren from Aspire spoke about the benefits of a positive behavioural support (PBS) approach. Neil and Luke, who are supported by Aspire, also shared their personal stories throughout the day.

So far we have collected 21 pledges to STOMP and we hope to receive more in the coming weeks.

If you would like to make a pledge, contact karen.pritchard@aspireliving.org.uk.