We’re excited to announce the dates for our free online community events for 2022-2023

All events will include showcases with opportunities to ask questions and share best practice. These events will be of particular interest to people working in Education (especially leadership with SEND responsibility and SENDCOs), Health and Social Care professionals, and families and carers.

Here’s what you can expect…

  • Hear from practitioners, families and carers who use RIX software to manage successful transitions
  • Find out how the RIX Multi Me toolkit can support young people through transitions
  • Network with professionals working in the education, health and social care sectors
  • Connect with carers and service users for a first hand account of how they use RIX and Multi Me software
  • Special offers for attendees including free software surgery slots and free trials of our software

Autumn 2022

Even better EHCPs | 17 November | 11am-12.30pm | Teams

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Even better EHCPs

Education Health and Care Planning is now firmly integrated into the culture of schools, social and health care provision. But how can we make the process better, more person centered and meaningful to the people we support?

Hear how professionals using RIX and MultiMe technology in education, health and social care are changing the way EHCPs are developed and reviewed.

We look at how EHCPs can be co-produced with parents and young people – so they are active participants in planning and designing support that fits their needs.

Book now – Even better EHCPs

Spring 2023

Unmute now! | 2 February | 11am-12.30pm | Teams

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Unmute now!

We’ve all experienced speaking while on mute – it’s embarrassing and frustrating! Now imagine you can’t unmute your voice when people are planning and designing your support. Many families and young people experience this feeling, because education, health and care services often lack the technologies and processes to press unmute.

We explore digital approaches that can be used to amplify the voice of people who receive care and support. Communication experts will share strategies and technologies that can be integrated into your existing processes, offering new ways to capture the thoughts, feelings and aspirations of people we support.

Book now – Unmute now!

Summer 2023

SEND technologies in 2050 | 11 May | 11am-12.30pm | Teams

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SEND technologies in 2050

Technology has completely transformed our home lives. Most people now have access to the internet at home. Voice enabled assistants like Alexa and Siri are everywhere, in our homes and cars, in a way we could never have imagined. In this community event, we look to the future. What technologies will we see in our homes, schools, hospitals and social care spaces? How can new and emerging technologies transform the quality of education and care? How can they help to improve the daily lives of those we support? We discuss concepts, from the most innovative and cutting edge, to small changes and simple technologies that could make an immediate, positive impact today.

Book now – SEND technologies in 2050

Preparing social work students for practice by involving young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in teaching and learning

This recently published article (see below), co-authored by Gosia Kwiatkowska from RIX and Kathryn Stowell from Charlton Park Academy, describes the Advocacy Pathway for social work students at UEL and looks at how the RIX Multimedia Advocacy model benefits students with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) as well as trainee practitioners.

The Advocacy Pathway

In 2018 a new Capabilities Statement was produced by the British Association of Social Work, BASW, highlighting the need for social workers to develop robust advocacy skills based on values, ethics, personal behaviours, knowledge, skills and interventions, through critical reflection.

To support people with lived experiences, social workers need to:

  • get to know people with lived experience as individuals
  • listen and know how to communicate effectively
  • support their family and friends
  • help them lead the lives they choose
  • show respect and treat them as equal citizens

The Advocacy Pathway is a 12-week programme during which social work students are paired with a young person who has lived experience of PMLD.

The aims of the pathway are twofold: to equip social work students with a new set of skills and to empower learners with the lived experience of PMLD to build relationships and provide opportunities for them to be listened to, respected and included.

It makes you discover who you are, it helps you grow as a person and learn about people’s individualism, that people regardless of whatever challenges they might be facing, they have dreams, they have aspirations, they know who they are and what they want out of life, and I think it is just an enriching pathway where you learn to grow. (social work student, 2019)

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Charlton Park Academy

Following 20 years of research and development, RIX have established a new way of working with people with lived experience of learning disability using multimedia, called Multimedia Advocacy.

The Multimedia Advocacy approach is based on the values and principles of person-centred practice, and it supports collaboration between the person with the lived experience, their family, and education, health and social care professionals.

Multimedia Advocacy learning resources are available for free on Open Learn Works platform within our course Multimedia Advocacy: Making Plans with People with Learning Disabilities

Multimedia Advocacy learning resources

Through active listening, and observation I have learnt to realise all behaviour is also communication. (social work student, 2022)

We were hand-picked by the Mayor of London’s Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm to deliver a training workshop for heritage practitioners to share our expertise and support them to develop their walks, talks and tours to be more inclusive and accessible for wider audiences.

We were really excited – not only would our workshop be part of a day organised to celebrate London’s community heritage practitioners and the launch of their new website, it was also going to be held at a place very close to our hearts, the Museum of London.

Being passionate advocates for London and London’s heritage, we were all motivated to start thinking about how we could deliver our workshop in our unique purpleSTARS way.

We identified what we felt were essential nuggets of information to share, our top tips for a more accessible and inclusive talk and tour. We created a public Wiki and an easy read version of our top tips to accompany our workshop.

Top Tips Wiki

The group thought it was important that heritage practitioners think about how to make a walk, talk or tour, sensory and interactive. A sensory bag containing items relevant to a particular walk, talk and tour would be the most practical solution.

The purpleSTARS members presented their top tips at the workshop, during which practitioners were able to look at, listen to, touch and smell different objects.

Practitioners were then invited to create their own sensory bag. To get their creative juices flowing, purpleSTARS showcased the bags they had made. A member of purpleSTARS supported and facilitated the seven practitioner groups and shared ideas on the types of items they may want to include, like scents, objects, edible items, photos and audio clips.

The heritage practitioners enjoyed creating their bags. There were lots of discussions and questions asked around how they could make their walk, talk or tour include sensory elements. It was fascinating to hear the practitioners, who run a walking tour of the Welsh Harp in Brent, discuss, whilst working on their bags, how to include smells and items to touch as part of their tour.

It was encouraging to hear that our top tips had clearly been taken on board. The delegates who were presenting after us, acknowledged that their slides were not in easy read, were not clear enough and contained jargon. It was reassuring to hear that they would bear these top tips in mind for future presentations.

“You were all amazing, your presentation, practical session and the members were brilliant, you made this event a real success.”
Vanessa Ansa, Producer, London Heritage Walks & Tours

As part of the Mayor of London’s Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm, there are a series of free walks and tours taking place between July – November 2022.

London Unseen free walks and tours

purpleSTARS website

Kanchan Kerai, The RIX Centre