The Judith Trust celebrated our 15th Anniversary in style, at Learning Disability Today on 29thNovember 2012, thanks to our friends at Pavillion.

We hosted a well-attended seminar on ‘Stopping Hate Crime Together’, in partnership with Respond, Mencap, the Metropolitan Police and the National Forum for people with learning disabilities.  Participants took a quiz and were surprised to learn that 1 in 5 people with disabilities have been victims of hate crime, that hate crime comes in many forms and is carried out by many different people, including friends, family and carers.  We will be posting more information about Hate Crime on our website soon, so please come back to find out more.

Our ‘birthday tea’ was a great success, with many of our staunch supporters joining with new faces keen to find out about our work.  Annette Lawson, Chair of the Judith Trust, spoke about the importance of considering mental health and learning disability together, as well as the emphasis we place on women’s issues and the Jewish community.  Unfortunately our guest speaker, Baroness Hollins, was called to make a statement in the House of Lords and was unable to join us.  Judith Trust Advisor, and Founder of Pavillion, Jan Alcoe, stepped in and spoke about our work, including our first project on women’s experiences of leaving institutions, and forced marriage, the needs of staff supporting people with both learning disabilities and mental ill-health, and our current Inclusion Campaign.

Everyone enjoyed afternoon tea and a chance to network.  We would like to thank everyone who came to the seminar and the tea and hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.  Jewish Online Magazine made a great film about the event which you can watch here