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  • British Institute of Learning Disabilities


    Hft is a member of BILDone of the leading learning disabilities organisations in the UK. 

    BILD works to ensure that people with learning disabilities are valued equally, are able to participate fully in their communities and are treated with dignity and respect. Our membership of BILD helps ensure that we're kept up to date with the latest thinking and development in the field of learning disabilities to inform our practice, and help us to improve people’s lives.

    BILD also campaigns for proper funding for support for people with learning disabilities and their family carers, and against bad practice as witnessed at Winterbourne View.

  • Voluntary Organisations Disability Group


    Hft is a member of the VODG, a group of over 80 leading voluntary sector and not-for-profit disability organisations that works on behalf of its members to influence and develop social care policy, build relationships with government and other key agencies, promote best practice, and keep members up-to-date on matters that have an effect on service delivery.

    VODG members work with around a million disabled people throughout the UK providing services that promote independence, choice and control. The VODG’s vision is a world where everyone with a disability has full choice and control.

  • The European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive Society


    The ENTELIS project brings together nine partners from across the European Union plus one partner from the United States, with the goal of addressing some of the issues around accessing assistive technology and information & communication technologies that are experienced by many people with disabilities and the elderly. Other organisations have joined the consortium as Associate Partners.

    ENTELIS aims to reduce this digital divide by developing a sustainable network of organisations that collaborate in the development of strategies and policies which will help ensure that people of all ages, with or without disabilities can access and benefit from technology.

    Hft is an Associate Partner in ENTELIS. We provide knowledge and expertise in Personalised Technology and how this can be applied to different groups.

  • Learning Disability Voices

    LD Voices

    Hft is a founder member of Learning Disability Voices, a coalition of charities, not-for-profit and independent sector companies that provide learning disability services in the UK, and that together represent 20% of the total sector provision.

    In recent years the sector has had to cope with increasingly damaging local government cuts and has been forced to drive operational efficiencies to keep fees static. However, as we are paid for the hours of care we deliver, and as we support vulnerable people who often require 24-hour support delivered by one or more carers to ensure that their needs are met, we cannot reduce frontline staffing to cut costs further.

    Learning Disability Voices was launched in response to the funding challenge this represents and exists to champion the learning disability sector and push for crucial policy changes to ensure a sustainable future for quality learning disability care.

    You can download the Learning Disability Voices Manifesto here.