Yesterday Gemma was invited along to Learning Together Northwest to meet the team and share some Leapfrog tools. Luckily for me the whole team came along and were in high spirits as they had just won the Lancashire Small Social Enterprise of the year award 2015! The story of Learning Together is an inspirational one. They first got together in 2001 as a group who wanted to tell people like supermarket staff, GPs and the people they meet every day not to treat them differently because they have a learning difficulty. Over time this evolved into the group being trained to deliver courses themselves. Since 2002 they have been involved in developing and delivering interactive training sessions in Disability Awareness and Inclusivity for Lancashire County Council, Lancaster University staff and students, carer groups as well as doing consultancy work for the NHS and Psychologists at Lancaster University.
In 2013 they set up as a social enterprise focusing on delivering training and consultancy aiming at breaking down barriers to inclusion. The training sessions they run focus helping people feel what it feels like to be treated differently through thought provoking activities and scenario based activities, quizzes, discussions and reflection. They particularly saw the potential in using the Visual Voice tool as often they use flip charts and they could see the Visual Voice working well to engage people in activities and discussions in a professional, engaging and fun way, as well as other tools which they will browse on Leapfrog’s web site in their own time to see what else might be adapted to suit their needs.