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Tenfold Awards 2020 nominations now open

The fourth Tenfold Learning Disability Awards are taking place on Friday 19 June at the Royal Armouries Leeds.

The evening will include a drinks reception, three course meal, band, DJ, and the presentations to the award winners.

The evening will mark the end of Learning Disability Week 2020, where a wide range of events and activities are held to raise awareness of learning disabilities.

Nominations Open!

If you know someone who you think deserves recognition please think about making a nomination.

Nominations are now open across eight categories:

  • Volunteer of the Year, Employee of the Year
  • Team of the Year
  • Making a Difference
  • Going the Extra Mile
  • Tenfold member of the year
  • Partnership of the Year and
  • Outstanding Contribution Award.

Go on, make someone’s day by nominating them!

The nomination deadline is 9:00am Monday 6 April


Awards Criteria and Guidance

Nomination form

Completed forms should be sent by email to: TenfoldAwards@aspirecbs.org.uk

or posted to Forum Central c/o Suite C24, Joseph’s Well, Hanover Walk, Leeds LS3 1AB

About Tenfold

Tenfold is a network of third sector learning disability organisations in Leeds.

Established in 1991, as Leeds Voluntary Sector Learning Disabilities Forum, Tenfold operated as a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, until Feb 2020, when it merged with the PSI-Volition forum. The work of Tenfold continues under Forum Central, a collective network of health and social care third sector organisations.

Tenfold supports the work of its forum of membership organisation to improve services and opportunities for people with learning disabilities in Leeds.


The Tenfold network includes over 100 third sector member organisations, all voluntary, community and faith sector organisations who work with and for people who have learning disabilities in Leeds.

We facilitate strong relationships across our membership by working across all sectors, using partnership working, facilitating collaboration, bringing members together and connecting with decision makers.

To find member organisations and services you can search the Forum Central members directory, or open a list of Tenfold members (pdf, 111KB, updated July 2018).

For more information on joining contact us.

What we do

Tenfold’s aim is to drive positive change for people with learning disabilities. We do this by developing the network of third sector organisations working for positive health and care outcomes for people with learning disabilities in Leeds.

We do this practically by connecting people, sharing information, campaigning, hosting events, networking, representing members and influencing health and care strategies in the city.

We have built up excellent working relationships with partners in the third sector, with the council, including care management teams and commissioners, and with colleagues from across all areas of health services in the city.

We work in ways that ensure people with learning disabilities voices are heard and that services are designed to be person-centred and tailored to priority and individual needs.

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Learning Disabilities – Strategic Information

Tenfold Members Meet Ups

We hold regular Tenfold members meet ups and strategy sessions, open to everyone with an interest in the learning disability third sector. These meetings are an opportunity to network, get the latest strategic updates and hear from guest speakers.

In 2020 we will have a commissioner at each member meet up to encourage direct conversation between member organisations and commissioners.

You can find information from the last members meet-up here:

Notes from Learning Disability Member Meet-Up – 6th February 2020

Member Organisations Info and Update – Learning Disability Member Meet up – 6th February 2020

Learning Disability Member Meet Up – 6th February 2020 – Slides

You can find information from the meet-up in November 2019 here:

Notes from the Member Meet-up 5 November 2019

Slides from the Member Meet-up 5 November 2019

Notes from the Quickfire Development activity 5 November 2019

Meeting dates for 2020:

  • 7 May 2020, 1:00 – 4:00pm at The Vinery, 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds LS9 9LU
  • 23 July 2020 – 10:00 – 12:00 at The Old Fire Station, Gipton Approach, Leeds LS9 6NL
  • 5 November, 1:00 – 4:00pm at t George’s Conference Centre, 60 Great George St, Leeds LS1 3DL

To confirm attendance at member meet ups or for more information please contact hello@forumcentral.org.uk

Tenfold Pop Up Sessions

The Pop Up sessions with the Care Management Team at Technorth provide a great opportunity for Tenfold members to talk to the Care Managers about your services, and what you can offer people with a learning disability in the city, in an informal setting.

In 2020 each session will be themed around a part of the Being Me Strategy. Pop up sessions run from 12.30 – 14.00 pm.

 Pop Up Session dates 2020:

  • Weds 29 April 2020 – Being Social theme
  • Weds 29 Jul 2020 – Travel theme
  • Weds 4 Nov 2020 – Being Well theme
  • Feb 2021 – Employment theme

If you would like to host a stall, please get in contact with hello@forumcentral.org.uk for more information.


Tenfold member organisations, staff and service users are involved in all the strategic groups in Leeds. These include:

Leeds Learning Disability Partnership Board

The Leeds Learning Disability Partnership Board meets quarterly and is made up of councillors, commissioners from health and social care, people with learning disabilities, advocacy, reference groups including family carers and the people’s parliament, forums including Tenfold and providers from statutory, third sector and public health services.

The board focuses its work around the Being Me Strategy 2018-2021 and is the strategic board for learning disabilities in Leeds. The aim of the strategy is that Leeds is best city to live in for people with learning disabilities. The board supports Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, Transforming Care Programme Board and the Being Me Project Team.

The strategic work is divided into task groups with themed leads: Being Well, Being Social, Being Safe, Employment and Travel.

The Board has two Chairs – a Councillor from the local authority and a People’s Parliament representative.

Tenfold has five seats on the board and represents the third sector.

Being Me strategy – Employment Task group

Tenfold currently leads on the employment task group as part of the Being Me Strategy.  The task group meets quarterly and the work priorities were set by people with learning disabilities when the strategy was developed:

  • I have lots of opportunities to experience the world of work
  • I am supported to get involved in things like volunteering, work placements, paid employment, starting a business
  • I have the skills I need to help me find a job and keep it
  • I feel valued by local employers and they appreciate my individual skills and strengths

In 2020 the employment task group is working on an employment strategy to deliver to Leeds City Council in October. The strategy will bring together all the great work that is currently happening with some new objectives, including the development of an online learning disability employability hub for the city.

We will keep you updated on the progress.

Employment Hub –Advisory group

Tenfold sits on the advisory group for the development of the learning disability employability hub, current group members include Connect in the North, Leeds City Council, and the DWP.

Lead: Cathy Wintersgill – Director, Connect in the North

Being me Strategy – Health Task Group

The health task group leads on improved health and wellbeing outcomes for people with learning disabilities in the city. The priorities set include:

  • I am supported to have good health
  • I am able to exercise regularly and I have choice about the activities I do to keep fit
  • I have the right support and information I need to eat healthily
  • I am supported to access the right services to keep me healthy
  • I receive a good quality annual health check and health action plan
  • I attend the right national screening programmes
  • I know about cancer and how to check myself
  • I am confident visiting health services like the doctors, chemist, dentist, optician and podiatrist
  • I have good communication with health experts and I receive reasonable adjustments when I need them
  • I am always listened to
  • The information they give me is easy for me to understand

Tenfold attend the health task group and support the work of the group. In 2020 Tenfold and the Health Task group will organise an event to promote Annual Health Checks.

Health Task Group Lead: Victoria Treddenick – NHS CCG Commissioning Manager – Learning Disability and Autism

The People’s Parliament

The People’s Parliament meets quarterly and is a group of adults with learning disabilities. There are around 40 members. They are a reference group for the Partnership Board and have 8 seats. They:

  • Tell the Board what is important to people with learning disabilities and their families
  • Share information about plans and changes to services with people outside the meetings
  • Provide opportunities for people to share ideas and support each other

Tenfold attend the People’s Parliament meetings.

Lead: Claire Nixson – Asking You! Co-ordinator

Being Me strategy – Task Group Themed Leads

Themed lead meetings bring together task group leads and Leeds City Council to share updates on task group progress and trouble shoot problems in the various work-streams.

Lead: Lana Northey – Leeds City Council – Commissioning Programme Leader

Care Management –Being me project Team meetings

The Being Me Project Team at Care Management mirrors the task groups of the Being Me Strategy.  This project is in its second stage and the project team works to provide strengths based social care in the Learning Disability and Transitions Care Management teams. Sharing of the results, learning and recommendations of the various work-streams is expected in 2020.

Tenfold represents the third sector at the project team meetings.

Lead: Fiona Martin – Service Delivery Manager  – Joint Care Management (Learning Disabilities)

Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR)

People with learning disabilities die younger. LeDeR (The Learning Disability Mortality Review) has found that the difference between the age at death of people with learning disabilities and the general population is 23 years for men and 27 years for women. Yet many of the causes of these deaths are preventable.

In 2019 a local review panel was set up to review cases in the Leeds area. The purpose of the reviews is to help health and social care professionals and policy makers to:

  • Identify the potentially avoidable contributory factors related to
    deaths of people with learning disabilities.
  • Identify variation and best practice in preventing premature mortality
    of people with learning disabilities.
  • Develop action plans to make any necessary changes to health and
    social care service delivery for people with learning disabilities.

Tenfold represent the Third Sector at the quarterly LeDeR Panel Review meetings.

Transforming Care Oversight Meetings

The NHS Transforming Care Programme is about improving health and care services so that more people can live in the community, with the right support, and close to home.

The NHS national plan, Building the Right Support, published in October 2015 set out what they are doing to make sure this change happens.

Locally in Leeds the Transforming Care Partnership is made up of:

Clinical Commissioning Groups

  • Leeds North CCG /  Leeds South and East CCG / Leeds West CCG

Local Authority

  • Leeds City Council

SRO: Tim Ryley

Email: england.fasttracknorth@nhs.net

Tenfold represent the Third Sector at the Transforming Care Oversight monthly Meetings.

Learning disability and autism steering group

The Learning Disability Steering Group is held every 3 months by Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

Helen Christodoulides, Director of Nursing (Corporate), chairs the meeting.

One of the Get Me Better Champions co-chairs this meeting with Helen.

Tenfold represent the third sector at the steering group meetings.

If you would like to have a copy of the terms of reference, agenda or minutes or would like more information about these meetings please contact the Learning Disabilities team.

Email Leedsth-tr.ldautism@nhs.net or phone 0113 2066836.

Learning Disability Week Steering group meetings

Every year in June Learning Disability Awareness Week takes place. Tenfold attends the steering group meeting to plan events and activities across the week.

Learning Disability Awards planning team meetings

Every two years Tenfold hosts the Learning Disability Awards Ceremony as part of Learning Disability Awareness week. This is a celebratory event to recognise all the hard work of individuals working in Learning Disability services across the city. In 2020 the awards will be held at the Royal Armouries on Friday 19 June. Information on the awards, including nomination packs, will be coming end of February 2020.

Tenfold members:

  • Tenfold Members

    Almost 100 voluntary sector organisations are members of Tenfold, Our members provide a wide range of service across Leeds – for more details please see the member directory.

                        Contact Us

                        Jez Coram

                        Development Worker for Learning Disabilities

                        Jez is the Development Worker for Learning Disabilities.

                        Jez joined Forum Central in September 2019. He has worked directly with people with learning disabilities for nine years in the third sector in Leeds, recently in project research and development, project co-ordination, and as a multi-media designer.

                        Over the years he has learnt a lot from the staff and volunteers with learning disabilities he has co-worked with. His role at Forum Central will be to build on the great work that has already been done and connect with member organisations, passing information between members and statutory services in a format members can understand, encouraging partnership working and helping to make sure people with learning disabilities voices, views and experiences are heard and are key to strategy and commissioning in the city.

                        Through his varied projects Jez has built a good understanding of the variety of discriminations faced by people with learning disabilities. He is happy to be a part of the forum central team and looking forward to learning from and working with the member organisations to help them engage with the Being Me strategy for Leeds and build on its inclusivity as a city.

                        When not at Forum Central Jez is usually, either with his family and dog, or watching Netflix.