The Greater Manchester community is brimming with talented individuals with learning disabilities who are making a positive impact! Here are a few examples to inspire you:

  • Artistic Expression: Many with learning disabilities have a unique way of seeing the world, reflected in their artistic talents. Art cafes and workshops like those supported by organisations like Manchester CREATE, provide a platform for people to showcase their creativity through painting, music, or other mediums.
  • Employment Initiatives: Supported employment programs are helping individuals with learning disabilities find meaningful work. Companies like Great Places Housing Group offer supported employment opportunities, allowing people to contribute their skills and gain valuable work experience.
  • Sporting Achievements: People with learning disabilities are excelling in the sporting arena. The Greater Manchester Learning Disability Athletics Network organises events where individuals can compete and celebrate their physical prowess.
  • Advocacy and Self-representation: People with learning disabilities are increasingly advocating for themselves and their communities. Groups like the Greater Manchester Self Advocacy Network empower individuals to have their voices heard on issues that matter to them.
  • Volunteering and Community Service: Many contribute their time and talents to volunteer initiatives. This can range from helping at local charities to assisting with community projects, fostering a sense of belonging, and giving back.

These are just a few examples, and countless others are making a difference in Greater Manchester. By showcasing their talents and contributions, we can challenge stereotypes and celebrate the unique strengths individuals with learning disabilities bring to the community.

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Bridging the Gap: Learning Disabilities and South Asian Communities

South Asian communities in the UK face a unique set of challenges when it comes to learning disabilities. While research suggests a higher prevalence of Learning Disabilities within these communities compared to the general population, there's often a disconnect in identification, support, and understanding.

Cultural Factors at Play:

  • Stigma: Cultural stigma surrounding disabilities can lead to families being hesitant to seek diagnosis or support. Terms like "learning disability" might be unfamiliar or carry negative connotations.
  • Focus on Academic Achievement: Emphasis on academic success can overshadow signs of learning difficulties. Struggles might be attributed to laziness or lack of effort.
  • Communication Challenges: Language barriers and cultural differences can make it difficult for families to communicate effectively with professionals or access information in their preferred language.

Consequences of the Disconnect:

  • Delayed Diagnosis: Late identification of learning disabilities leads to missed opportunities for early intervention and support, impacting development and future prospects.
  • Mental Health Issues: Individuals with undiagnosed learning disabilities are more susceptible to anxiety, depression, and feelings of isolation.
  • Limited Access to Support: Lack of awareness within communities and limited culturally sensitive services can leave families feeling unsupported and unsure where to turn.

Building Bridges:

  • Culturally Sensitive Outreach: Programs and resources need to be tailored to the specific needs and languages of South Asian communities.
  • Raising Awareness: Initiatives within communities can help to challenge stigma and promote understanding of learning disabilities.
  • Empowering Families: Providing culturally sensitive support to families, including information and advocacy training, can empower them to access appropriate services for their loved ones.

Looking Forward:

By acknowledging the unique challenges faced by South Asian communities and working towards culturally sensitive solutions, we can bridge the gap in support and ensure that everyone with a learning disability has the opportunity to thrive.


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Supporting the Wellbeing of Loved Ones with Learning Disabilities: A Guide for loved ones and Carers.

Living with a learning disability can present challenges, but loved ones and carers can play a vital role in fostering well-being and a fulfilling life. Here are some key tips and resources to guide you.

Communication is Key:

  • Active Listening: Pay close attention, be patient, and allow them time to express themselves. Use open-ended questions and avoid interrupting.
  • Tailored Communication: Consider individual needs. Use visual aids, short sentences, and clear language. Be mindful of sensory sensitivities like loud noises or bright lights.
  • Respectful Communication: Treat them with dignity and respect, avoiding infantilization.

Empowerment and Independence:

  • Focus on Strengths: Help them identify and build on their strengths and abilities. Encourage them to make choices and participate in decision-making whenever possible.
  • Developing Skills: Support them in acquiring new skills that promote independence in daily living tasks. This could include cooking, managing finances, or using public transport.
  • Building Confidence: Celebrate their achievements, big or small. This fosters confidence and a sense of accomplishment.

Promoting Mental and Physical Wellbeing:

  • Healthy Habits: Encourage a healthy lifestyle with balanced meals, regular exercise, and adequate sleep.
  • Mental Health Awareness: Be aware of signs of potential mental health issues like anxiety or depression. Encourage open communication about their feelings.
  • Building Social Connections: Help them find opportunities to socialize and build relationships with friends and family. Social inclusion promotes well-being.

Additional Resources:

  • Mencap: Offers information and support for people with learning disabilities and their families.
  • The Learning Disability and Autism Rights Movement: Provides resources and promotes the rights of people with learning disabilities.
  • The National Health Service (NHS): Offers information on mental health services for people with learning disabilities.


  • Individualised Approach: Every person with a learning disability is unique. Adapt your support to their specific needs and preferences.
  • Seek Support for Yourself: Caring for someone with a learning disability can be demanding. Don't hesitate to seek support groups or professional guidance for yourself.

By following these tips and seeking additional resources, you can make a significant difference in the well-being of your loved one with a learning disability.


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Barriers to Mental Health Services for People with Learning Disabilities in the UK

People with learning disabilities are more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population. However, they face significant hurdles in accessing appropriate support. Here are some concerning statistics and facts:

  • Misdiagnosis and Overshadowing: A major barrier is diagnostic overshadowing. Symptoms of mental health issues are often attributed to the learning disability itself, leading to delayed or missed diagnoses.
  • Lack of Awareness: Many professionals, including GPs and mental health workers, may lack the necessary knowledge and training to identify and address mental health needs in individuals with learning disabilities.
  • Communication Challenges: Difficulty communicating effectively can prevent people with learning disabilities from expressing their mental health struggles or fully participating in therapy.
  • Inaccessible Services: Mental health services may not be adequately adapted for individuals with learning disabilities. This includes a lack of easy-read information, communication methods not suited to their needs, and inaccessible physical environments.
  • Low Confidence and Stigma: People with learning disabilities may be less likely to reach out for help due to low confidence, social stigma, or a fear of being labelled as "troubled".

The Impact:

These barriers have a significant impact on the well-being of people with learning disabilities. They are less likely to receive timely and effective treatment, leading to poorer mental health outcomes.

Initiatives for Change:

Despite the challenges, there are positive developments. Organisations like Mencap and The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities are advocating for improved services and raising awareness.

By acknowledging these barriers and working towards solutions, we can ensure that people with learning disabilities have equal access to the mental health support they deserve.


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Supporting Independence:

Community Organisations Empowering People with Learning Disabilities in the Northwest.

Across the Northwest of England, a dedicated network of community organisations is working tirelessly to empower individuals with learning disabilities. These groups offer a vital lifeline, providing support that fosters independence, inclusion, and a fulfilling life.

Greater Manchester Focus:

  • Manchester Learning Disability Partnership (MLDP): This NHS service provides specialist healthcare interventions for adults with learning disabilities across Manchester. Their multi-disciplinary team offers support with physical and mental health, communication, and daily living skills.
  • Mencap Greater Manchester: Part of the national Mencap charity, this local branch focuses on supporting families and individuals with learning disabilities. They offer peer support networks, training programs, and advocacy services.
  • Great Places Housing Group: While not solely focused on learning disabilities, Great Places provides supported housing solutions for adults and young people with learning disabilities in Manchester and surrounding areas.

Leading the Charge (Northwest):

  • Integrate (Preston): Founded in 1983, Integrate has been a pioneer in learning disability support. Their person-centered approach focuses on integrating individuals into their communities, ensuring they have the tools and confidence to thrive.
  • Community Integrated Care: This charity provides a comprehensive range of services, from supported living to employment assistance. Their reach spans the entire Northwest, ensuring people with learning disabilities have access to the help they need close to home.

Specialist Support (Northwest):

  • VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group): This membership body brings together various organisations working within the disability sector. Their website includes a directory of members, allowing you to find specialist support tailored to individual needs.
  • Stockdales (Sale): Dedicated to enriching lives, Stockdales offers support to children, young people, and adults with learning disabilities. Their services encompass a wide range, promoting independence and social inclusion.

This is just a glimpse into the incredible work happening across the Northwest. By providing a supportive network and a strong foundation, these community organisations are empowering people with learning disabilities to live their lives to the fullest.


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This week it's Learning Disability Week - When we make sure the world hears what life is like if you have a learning disability.

The theme for this year's Learning Disability Week is "Do you see me?"

"Do you see me?" is about challenging the barriers people with a learning disability face.

We want to celebrate the things people with a learning disability bring to society and will be sharing information and links throughout the week.


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News Date: Monday, 17 June 2024
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Mental Health is a Universal Human Right!

October 10th every year is World Mental Health Day. Here's everything we have going on for this year's event!

  • Tameside Hospital: Outreach and Engagement

11.30am - 1.30pm - Hartshead South (Near Costa coffee) on the main hospital site


  • Tameside Radio with Mark Andrews:

10am / 1pm / 5pm

Chatting about all thing's mental health and wellbeing


  • Lunchtime information stall at Longdendale High School

Pupils can ask questions and take information away about further support  


  • Onward World Mental Health Day Event, Hattersley Hub

10am - 2pm: Providing information and Mindful activities


  • Launching our new Community Hive Hub at Jubilee Gardens Droylsden

Bookable appointments for children, young people and families


  • Over 50’s Yorkshire Bank Frauds & Scams Session - 10am

At our Ashton Office on Katherine Street. With free hot & cold drinks, toast, and biscuits available throughout!


  • Hearts of Hope - throughout the day

We’ll be encouraging anyone visiting our Ashton Wellbeing Hub on #WMHD 2023 to create a heart or write a message on one already created. These hearts will then be used as carriers for notes of hope that will be displayed in the Hub with a chance for people to leave and take notes as they wish over time. Share some positivity to others or take some strength when you might need it. Throughout the day people can make a heart, write and leave a note, or take a note.

For any further information please call us on 0161 330 9223 or email: office [at] togmind.org.


News Date: Tuesday, 10 October 2023
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Mind Quality Mark - This is to certify that Tameside, Oldham & Glossop Mind has been awarded the Mind Quality Mark. Signed by Sarah Hughes. CEO, Mind. June 2023.


Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind has been awarded the Mind Quality Mark 2023-26.


The Mind Quality Mark is a rigorous quality assurance standard. It sets the bar of good practice and legal compliance for all organisations in the Mind Federation.


Once every three years, local Minds are reviewed against the Mind Quality Mark standards. The reviews are led by people with lived experience of mental health problems and senior leaders from other local Minds. They are based on a robust assessment of documentary evidence as well as interviews with and survey responses from trustees, staff, volunteers, and people who use services.


To achieve the Mind Quality Mark, local Minds must be well-run organisations delivering safe, life-changing support for people with mental health problems.


Learn more about the Mind Quality Mark.

News Date: Wednesday, 16 August 2023
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Next Monday marks the start of #MHAW2023.

We'll be sharing tips, opportunities, free training and a special competition for young people to enter! Please keep an eye on our socials and help us spread the word.


What's happening at TOG Mind!

  • Sessions with the Honeywell Centre Group, Admire Group and Carvan Adab Group around anxiety and mental health awareness

  • Yoga, Walk and Talk, Arts & Crafts and Creative Writing sessions

  • Take 5 and Community Hive - Children and Young People’s Wellbeing and Support Sessions

  • Sharing tips and ideas from staff, volunteers and the public on managing stress and anxiety

  • A special competition for local young people to get involved in – #ShareYou

  • Sessions to support local business around wellbeing and anxiety management  




To find out more or to access activities we have available throughout the week, please connect with us on our social media channels or call our office on 0161 330 9223.

News Date: Thursday, 11 May 2023
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The Lived Experience Panel provides an opportunity to help shape the design and development of our TOG Mind services.

Evidence suggest that the outcomes of individuals experiences, are enhanced through using the expertise of people to develop services.

TOG Mind uses a collaborative approach for all service developments, ensuring the public, volunteers and staff can contribute their experiences and knowledge.


The role and tasks of the TOG Mind LEP:

  • Consultation on service design & delivery

  • Representation – create forum for service user expression of interests and views

  • Support the delivery of training/courses. Can offer insight into personal experience and demonstrate participation

  • Sharing insight to influence service strategy and governance, share feedback at strategy meetings

  • Recruitment & selection of staff


View our full poster below:

News Date: Friday, 17 February 2023
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Jonathan has accessed various sessions at TOG Mind for some time and has recently made a donation to the charity which we are hugely grateful for.


More importantly though, is his inspiring story of overcoming challenges and obstacles to achieve amazing goals.


Jonathan was born with cerebral palsy 34 years ago and developed epilepsy at the age of seven. His epilepsy has been more of a struggle throughout life than his cerebral palsy, as having fits regularly has restricted independence and ability to try new things. Accidents along the way have been common place including burns,  bruises, falls and injury. This led to feelings of exclusion, depression and weight gain.


Nowadays Jonathan has completely turned his life around.

“I had life changing brain surgery. I have transformed my body by losing over 10 stone. I am now very active and want to set a positive example for other people. I want to share my story to inspire people to keep active and work hard to achieve their goals. You can change your life for the better if you just try. If I can do it, anyone can!”.

You can read Jonathan’s full story of overcoming challenges, weight management, running and becoming a local celebrity by clicking here.


News Date: Thursday, 16 February 2023
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Children's Mental Health Awareness Week - Poetry Competition!

In celebration of Children's Mental Health Awarenss Week, the Community Hive team are collaborating with our Hear Our Stories website to hold a poetry competition!


To enter you must be aged 8 - 18 years old, live or attend school within the Tameside and Glossop area, poems should be around 500 words or less and the topic must be around (but not limited to!) the theme of Children's Mental Health Week. This year the theme is "Let's Connect".


Entries should be submitted through the Hear Our Stories website by the 12th February, our co-production group will review all entires and the winner will be announced Friday 24th February on our social media, so make sure you're following our Youth in Mind Instagram and Facebook pages!


Youth in Mind on Facebook.

Youth in Mind on Instagram.


A voucher prize will be given to one lucky winner and a selection of the poems will feature on the Hear Our Stories website.


Visual poster detailing the event.

News Date: Friday, 3 February 2023
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Undercover footage broadcast during a BBC Panorama programme which aired yesterday evening highlighted alleged verbal and physical abuse of vulnerable patients with mental health problems and autism at the Edenfield Centre, run by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. The programme raised serious concerns about the use of harmful and dangerous practices including unnecessary restraint and seclusion, near-mistakes with medication, falsification of observation records and physical and verbal abuse.


As a result, mental health charity Mind is calling for a full statutory public inquiry into systemic failings of inpatient mental health services across England.


Responding to the documentary, Vicki Nash, Associate Director of Policy, Campaigns and Public Affairs at Mind, said:

“The footage of patients at the Edenfield Centre obtained undercover by BBC Panorama is shocking and extremely concerning. People who have been admitted to medium secure units are likely to be experiencing moderate to severe mental health problems including suicidal thoughts, self-harming and psychosis.

When we are at our most unwell and vulnerable, we need caring and compassionate treatment in a safe and therapeutic environment to recover and we and our loved ones should be able to expect - as a bare minimum - basic humanity and respect.

The fact that footage obtained as part of this documentary has prompted a criminal police investigation indicates just how short of expectations this mental health service may have fallen.


“We are especially concerned about the apparently excessive and punitive use of restraint and seclusion for people with mental health problems and autism. We know these dangerous measures are traumatising, likely to make people’s mental health even worse, and can even be fatal - either directly or indirectly.


“Everyone involved in the running of the Edenfield Centre must now fully cooperate with authorities including the police as part of their investigation to make sure safe and therapeutic care is reinstated immediately. The investigation must also draw heavily on the experiences of patients and those close to them.


“It’s been 10 years since the scandalous treatment taking place at Winterbourne View was exposed. But Winterbourne and Edenfield are not isolated cases as campaigners and families have repeatedly made clear; and the CQC’s restraint, segregation and seclusion review (2020) confirmed. It’s clear we still have a long way to go when it comes to delivering the minimum quality of care we expect – a safe and therapeutic environment conducive to recovery. We now must see a full examination of the systemic failings of inpatient mental health services in England. Mind is also urging the UK government to deliver on its promise of a reformed mental health bill, which aims to give people greater choice and control in the treatment they receive when detained under section."


Original article from National Mind.


News Date: Friday, 30 September 2022
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Everyone is Welcome!

The grand opening of our Oldham office and launch of our wellbeing services for all ages.


About the Grand Opening:

Join us for the official grand opening of our new office in the heart of Oldham.

  • Children and Young People’s Workshops / Taster sessions

  • Come along and attend a drop in support session

  • Find out about our range of support for Adults - local to you

  • Speak directly with our staff and volunteers

  • Get involved with our activity showcasing and taster sessions

  • Visit our new sensory room

  • Enjoy a selection of snacks and refreshments


There will be guest speakers and opportunities during the session to chat with our staff and with our local partners - Age UK Oldham, Changing Futures, Turning Point, Positive Steps, Psychological Medicine, Gtr Manchester Police, Oldham Job Centre and ABL Health. Tour the building and see our new art work and sensory space, learn more about our dedicated children, young people and families service and enjoy some food and refreshments.


A day of celebration and action!

Click here to get your FREE ticket for the event!


News Date: Wednesday, 8 June 2022
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Volunteer Week runs from the 1st to the 8th June and we are incredibly thankful to all our volunteers that help in many different areas of the charity.


We wouldn’t be able to do all we do without them! Through volunteering, people gain confidence, self-esteem, direct experience and often, a greater sense of purpose in life.

If this is something you are interested in, please do get in touch with us here at TOG Mind.


Learn more about Volunteering by visiting: https://www.togmind.org/volunteering or by emailing office [at] togmind.org or calling 0161 330 9223.

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News Date: Wednesday, 1 June 2022
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