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Sexual Health Week Sep 14

This week (14-20 September) is Sexual Health Week and this year’s theme is relationships and sex education; two very important topics for the wellbeing of people we support.  As Mary Schumm tells us: “We know through our own lives and through our work supporting people that relationships are one of the single most important things […]

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A Carnival that brings our city to life Aug 28

Notting Hill Carnival is London’s biggest street party, with costumed dancers, performers and music that brings the city to life in a colourful celebration of West Indian culture. It is a weekend to be proud of the diversity and culture of London, the very thing that makes our capital city the amazing and vibrant place that it is. Attracting more than […]

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How we’re making Certitude COVID-19 secure Aug 06

Aisling Duffy, Certitude’s CEO, has written a statement on how we’re making Certitude COVID-19 secure:    As an organisation, we have put in place new risk management procedures to protect people we support, family members and colleagues in response to COVID-19.   We have collaborated with people we support, family members, colleagues and commissioners to […]

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People with learning disabilities are dying 25 years younger than the general population Jul 29

In this blog, Mary Schumm, Certitude’s Director of Learning Disabilities, reflects on the shocking things she has learnt from the recent Learning Disability Mortality Review report and how we can do better moving forward. Fact: people with learning disabilities face poorer health outcomes and shorter lifespans than the general population. The Learning Disability Mortality Review […]

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A testing time for learning disabilities service Jul 22

After months in lockdown Melissa Layton, our Learning Disabilities Head of Service, reflects on her COVID-19 experience and her hopes – and fears – for the future. At the beginning of this pandemic – which feels like a long time ago – it all felt very, very scary. It was certainly, the biggest challenge I’ve ever […]

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The Mayor of Hounslow visit Jul 07

The Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Tony Louki, visited one of our respite services last week. During the socially distanced visit, the Mayor gave the residents a geranium as part of his ‘Gift a Geranium’ initiative and said he was delighted to come out and meet people, including Short Breaks manager, Juan, and Julie who is […]

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Our Voices Jul 06

Covid-19: Valuable voices not vulnerable people Certitude has teamed up with four other social care providers – Camphill Village Trust, Choice Support, MacIntyre and United Response – to launch an online initiative to share the voices and creativity of people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health support needs during lockdown.   Our Voices shares […]

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You! Me! Us! We! Jun 18

This year’s annual London Pride Parade was due to take place in June, but as with many things planned in our calendars over recent months, it has been rescheduled to take place next year. In February, the event organisers had announced this year’s theme was ‘You! Me! Us! We!’, saying that, “In a climate where […]

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Black Lives Matter Jun 08

It’s been truly sickening to bear witness to the horrific killing of George Floyd in the US. Racism and discrimination are not just issues for the US, as has been amplified so clearly in protests over the past 10 days in the UK too.  The detrimental impacts of racial inequality affecting Black, Asian and Minority […]

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Certitude’s Response to Easing the Lockdown May 28

Certitude remains driven by its mission to keep everyone we support and colleagues as safe and well as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.  We recognise that there are many challenges in coming out of lockdown and as such we will implement any changes very carefully, seeking the views of people where we possibly can and […]

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