News 2020


CoronaVirus Update

As with many training and consultancy providers, we have been affected by the Coronavirus epidemic. All of our external  and in house courses in March, April, &  May are now postponed until further notice.

It is anticipated that we will be running again from June 8th 2020.

If you have booked a course and postponed, you will not be charged as long as the course intends to be re scheduled after June 2020. If the course is not rescheduled our cancellation fees will apply.

If you are a participant on one of our courses and you have paid you will be reimbursed the full amount of your fee.

MGA is still undertaking consultancies, supervisions and  other work that can be undertaken by video link & telephone and other ways of remote working.

We have invested in Zoom Technology and we currently looking at launching a suite of ON LINE  ONLY training from September 2020

Thank you for your patience at this time and stay safe.

New Courses Announced

Mark will be running another Thomas Pockington Lighting Course in Scotland on the 3rd June (postponed)

and a Dementia and Sight Loss Course in Newcastle on the 4th June 2020  Both Courses are £100 +VAT (postponed)

To book Email For a booking form.

Mark has also been commissioned to run Courses on Autism for Cartrefi NI In St Asaph Wales on the 2nd April , 19th May  18th June for details contact Jean Perkins in their Training Department

He will also be working with Shrophire Joint Training to run two courses  the PMLD masterclass on the 30th April

and Visual Impairment & learning Dificulties on the 22nd September to book on to these courses go to the Shropshire Joint Training Link


Mark  Gray  Speaker at Sex, Relationships -Rights & risk Conference 2nd March 2020

Mark was one of the keynote speakers at Sex, Relationships Rights and Risk Conference in Shrewsbury on the 2nd March 2020

Other speakers on the day Included Neil Allen, Brad English, Dr Darren Carr, Professor Claire De Than, Michelle Davis, and Gillian Leno.

Mark’s talk was  about keeping vulnerable people safe on line.


Photo (Graham Currie)


Azerbaijan “Employability of People With Disabilities Project” 2019

Mark Gray returned to Azerbaijan in November of this year, as part of phase two of an international project between The British Council Azerbaijan, The British Consulate, BP and The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection. The project is called Developing the Employability Skills of people with disabilities. Following a successful launch two years ago, the project has expanded to pilot training and education schemes, and changes to equality legislation in Azerbaijan.

Mark was commissioned to go on a fact finding tour, to evaluate the progress so far and the effectiveness of current schemes and government legislation. Meeting with people with disabilities, Service providers, and government officials. The visit culminated in a Conference celebrating acheivements so far, and a vision for the next steps to take based on the UK experience. A further workshop, for over 70 officials from the ministries around reasonable adjustment, tax incentives, and monitoring accessibility. took place towards the end of the visit. The final phase of the project was the publication of Mark’s report to the British council with many recommendations and plans for a  Ministry visit  to meet with HM Government Ministers and visiting current UK Rehabilitation service providers such as Remploy and DNRC. 




Mark Gray at Raising the Bar III October 2019









Mark was  one of the many exciting speakers who took part in the Third Annual conference on Profound & multiple Disabilities, at Birmingham University. Speakers included Dr Sheridan Foster, Professor Melanie Nind, Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Joanna Grace (pictured Left)  and Sally Phillips (Pictured Right).

Mark ran a packed  workshop on Eye Brain & Vision Development. Exploring the implications for people with PMLD for communication and learning development.

The conference was so sucessful the Raising the Bar team are looking to run it again in October 2020.

Mark Gray Associates Launch Legacy Tour 2019

With over 100 new LD students trained last year. Mark Gray Associates aims to offer the Legacy tour to double that in 2019. To all Universities across the UK offering Learning Disability Nurse Training  programmes

For details go to the Legacy Section






Mark Gray Associates Launches Learning Disability Nursing CPD Events On Visual Impairment & Learning Disability

After the success of the Legacy programmes, the time feels right to re launch our supporting people with Learning disabilities and visual impairments Courses. We will be  running six CPD events around the UK, for more details click on the Link button 

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New courses added for 2019

Due to demand, a further Thomas Pocklington lighting course is being run  in Glasgow on the 22nd October 2019.

To book this course contact me direct for a booking form on

For more courses visit the Courses & Events Page

Mark’s work recognised at Raising The Bar II Conference in Birmingham

Mark was recognised by one of the keynote speakers at the recent “Raising the Bar II” Conference at Birmingham University. The Conference was run by PMLD Link to promote the  Core and Essential Service Standards for People With profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.

In a moving presentation, by Elly Chapple. She spoke of her journey with her daughter Ella, who is Deafblind with multiple disabilities. Mark was acknowledged for his early assessment of her daughter, that formed the start of their journey to designing a service suitable for her. Without that intervention, she was in danger of being written off by education services in her area.

To find out more about Elly & Ella’s fantastic story Please visit them at

If you know someone that might need a sensory functional assessment or  a Specialist Section 7 Deafblind Assessment follow the link

Elly Chapple At Raising The Bar II Birmingham November

Legacy Tour Reaches University of Wolverhampton October 2018

Mark Gray concluded the 2018 “Inspiration Legacy tours”, at Wolverhampton University, Walsall Campus.

With over 30 learning disability nursing students in attendance.

The day was based on Profound & Multiple Learning Disabilities, one of the two choices available Free to UK & ROI Ireland Universities who have an LD/ ID Branch.

for details go to the Inspiration & Legacy Links .

New Role with Home Care Direct

Mark is currently working in a new role with Home Care Direct as their new Lead Nurse in Transforming Health Care.

This is part of an ongoing contract with the specialist Home Care Company. 

The role involves working with individuals, currently in Assessment and Treatment settings to find housing and personalised care support. If you think you know someone you’d like to refer, contact Mark direct, with your expression of interest, or via a call to the office numbers, or email me


Working In Azerbaijan

Mark Gray is currently working with the State University of Azerbaijan In Baku.  Where they are developing courses to support children & young People with Autism as part of a wide ranging move to change the countries delivery of social care.

The move comes following the conclusion of two successful conferences hosted by the British Council, to which Mark was invited as a guest Speaker on Disability and Employment  Issues. His talks were attended by senior officials in the Azerbaijan Government and diplomats from the USA & UK

Mark Launches the Legacy Inspiration Tour at Positive Choices Conference in Dublin April 2018

Mark Gray (Pictured with Joanna Grace) of the Sensory Stories project is apparently an inspiration to its inception! 

One of many services that Mark was a catalyst in bringing about including, Postural Care UK , CHANGE,  & the See-ability information resources. As a result Jo inspired Mark to launch the Legacy & Inspiration Tour of Universities in Great Britain & Ireland at the Positive Choices conference in April 2018.

For more details of the tour and how to get it to your school of nursing go to the Legacy Tour Page 

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