The Don’t Lock Us Away campaign was started to raise awareness of those with learning disabilities that are left or trapped in hospitals, where their needs are neglected besides the basics.
Our members felt that everyone with a learning disability should be able to live in their own home, or in places that are right for them, close to the people that are important to them. They felt that they have the opportunity to have a good life and want to see the same for everyone with a learning disability.
Our Champions group started the Don’t lock us away campaign to raise awareness of this issue with the public and bring it before decision-makers and influencers to try to make a difference.
In the last three months of this project we have been able to work with several different groups to further the campaign.
Oxford Health who run the county’s mental health services helped us to
Share the information about the number of people that were locked away, and where they were.
Secure funding to produce a 10-step guide on how to help get these people released from hospital, so professionals, friend and relatives could take action.
We are also working with fellow self-advocacy groups Inclusion London, and Sunderland People First to set up and launch a national network to share stories and ideas about getting people out of hospital and home.
MLMC Champions are also supporting the National advocacy charity VoiceAbility with their plans to lobby the Minister of Health and Social Care about the ‘Building the Right Support’ report. An action plan to strengthen community support for people with a learning disability and autistic people, and reduce reliance on mental health inpatient care.
How can you help with the campaign?
Find out about how many people are stuck in hospital where you live and share it on social media and anywhere relevant, so others know about it.