Housing for People with Learning Disabilities: Renting Your Own Place Research launch

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Presentation notes and slides


The project, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, School for Social Care Research, is a collaboration between researchers at the universities of York & Bristol; housing provider Riverside; Learning Disability England; doodler and community printmaker, Stephen Lee Hodgkins; and, the Housing LIN.

The launch drew on these experiences, the importance of home for a good life, and how some housing providers are supporting their residents to live well at home.

This session follows May's virtual launch.


  • 10:30am – Registration and refreshments
  • 11:00am – Co-chairs Welcome and Introduction – Paul Scarrott, ‘My Life, My Choice’ Trustee; Lois Beech, Senior Research Officer, Housing LIN
  • 11:10am – Keynote speaker – Becca Cooper, Self-Advocate, York People First (20mins presentation + 10mins Q&A)
  • 11:40am – Renting Your Own Place Research (20mins presentation + 10mins Q&A)
    • Deborah Quilgars, Senior Research Fellow (Associate Professor), School for Business and Society, University of York;
    • Dr Eppie Leishman, Research Associate | School for Business and Society, University of York; and
    • Paul Scarrott, ‘My Life, My Choice’ Trustee
    • Becca Cooper, Self-Advocate, York People First
    • Andy Pollin, Self-Advocate, York People First
  • 12:10pm – 13:00pm – Lunch & Networking
  • 13:00pm –  ‘Action Towards Good Life’ – Rachael Hall, Membership and Engagement Lead, Learning Disability England (20mins presentation + 10mins Q&A)
  • 13:30pm – Panel Debate + reflections on the day
    • Ian Gilders, Director of Housing, Advance
    • Clare Skidmore, NHS England
    • Gail Hanrahan, Family Support Network
  • 14:15pm  – Final remarks – All
  • 14:30pm – Close

How to get there

The Town Hall is situated in the centre of the City on St. Aldate’s, a short walk from Gloucester Green bus station and Oxford Railway Station. There is easy access from the M40 and regular rail and bus links from the rest of the country.

Park and Ride services 

The five City Park and Ride services offer a convenient way for motorists to avoid city centre parking. Visit the Park and Rise webpage (opens new window) for full details. For those wishing to park in the centre, Oxford Town Hall recommends Westgate car park. 

A lot of main roads in Oxford operate on Bus Gates, and as Zero Emission Zones (ZEZ). A bus gate is a short section of street in which only buses and other authorised vehicles can go through. ZEZ are roads on which all petrol and diesel vehicles, including hybrids, will incur a daily charge. For more information on bus gates and ZEZ, visit Oxford City Council's website (opens new window)

Accessing the building

Oxford Town Hall has a main entrance with eight steps leading you into the Reception area and a step-free entrance that is approximately 28 metres to the north side of St Aldate's. The step-free entrance has automatic doors that welcomes you to an inner entrance. Please use the call button on the left side of the glass door and their receptionist will let you in.


Important notice: this event provided free of charge to those registered in advance to attend and who subsequently attend. However, we reserve the right to charge those who register and subsequently fail to attend. This is due to the Housing LIN's incurring irrecoverable costs based on numbers of those registered in advance to attend. Non-attenders will be invoiced and pursued for payment. By registering you unreservedly accept these terms and conditions. The cost of this event is £150 plus VAT per head.

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