Meeting for people with learning disabilities to help shape future support
Wednesday 10th January 2018 @ 10:04 by Adam Higgins
Glossop Chronicle News

People with learning disabilities and their families in Glossopdale are being given the chance to help shape their future support by attending an event in Glossop next month. 

It’s part of a series of workshops being held by Derbyshire County Council, designed to encourage people with learning disabilities to express their ambitions for a fulfilling life.

The ‘My Life My Way’ engagement events will give them and everyone involved in their lives, including interested agencies and groups, a chance to have their say to help achieve their personal goals – rather than trying to fit people in to services that are available.

It will be taking place on Tuesday, February 13, at Bradbury Community House on Market Street between 10am and 3pm.

Glossopdale councillor Jean Wharmby, who is DCC’s Cabinet Member for Adult Care, said: “Everyone deserves a fulfilling life which focuses on their goals and ambitions – whatever their abilities.

“We want to work with people with learning disabilities to make sure our support in the future encourages them to fulfil personal goals, be part of their local community and to be treated as equals.

“This may mean being more flexible to give people with learning disabilities greater choice focusing on life skills, social activities, volunteering and, in some cases, paid employment.”

All views will be considered and a plan will be drawn up for the future development of day services and day opportunities, which will be discussed by the council’s Cabinet.

Councillor Wharmby added: “It’s important we work together to make the best use of our resources and come up with a plan for the future that is shaped by the people it affects most.

“However I’d like to reassure people that no changes would be made to the services we provide without consulting people first.”

Meetings will also be held for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and for people with behavioural support needs who may require a different approach and methods of communication.

To book or for more information about the engagement workshops, call 01629 531063/531307/532354 or e-mail [email protected].