New borough-wide strategy supporting adults with a learning disability is approved
Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet approved a borough-wide four-year strategy helping adults with a learning disability to live well and enjoy a full life, as independently as possible.
A borough-wide four-year strategy for people with a learning disability has been developed by the Council and its partners following extensive engagement activities throughout the last year with over 460 responses received – including from people with learning disabilities and their families as well as carers, advocates and staff from various organisations supporting people with learning disabilities.
-The Council asked people with learning disabilities, as well as those supporting them, for their views on a range of topics, such as “being healthy and independent”, “having a job”, “having friends and relationships”, and many others.
-During the consultation, people could also share their views and examples on what more can be done for all people with a learning disability in Telford and Wrekin to live well and enjoy a full life, as independently as possible.
-The feedback and comments received from people helped shape the draft four-year borough wide strategy for adults with a learning disability living in Telford and Wrekin.
-A further consultation with people whom this strategy affects took place earlier in the year to ensure that the strategy will indeed make a positive difference.
The “Learning Disability Strategy” report that Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet is asked to approve on 23 September highlights that the majority of people are supportive of the areas of improvement outlined in the draft strategy.
Councillor Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
“We are determined to do everything we can to make sure all people with a learning disability in Telford and Wrekin live well and confidently enjoy a full life, as independently as possible.
“Over the past year, despite the pandemic, we have put together a draft four-year Learning Disability strategy, through extensive engagement and co-production with people with lived experience, parents, carers, family members and those who work with or support people with a learning disability.
“The voices of all of them have been integral to developing our future actions which will benefit every single person with a learning disability in our borough and make their lives and those of people who care for them easier. I would like to thank everyone who got involved and shared their views.
“Following a consultation on the draft four-year Learning Disability strategy, we are pleased to hear that the majority of people are supportive of the areas of improvement outlined:
•Getting Out and About in our borough
•Having the right support in place
are key areas identified as being among the most important ones for people with a learning disability and we will be focusing on these together with our partners.
“We also know that when people with a learning disability have access to the right support and digital developments, then greater independence, increased levels of employment and improvements in their health and wellbeing can be achieved –and these are our main aims for the next four years.”
Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet report on the “Learning Disability strategy” can be viewed on the Council’s website.
More details about the draft 2021-2025 strategy for people with a learning disability in the borough and the consultations that have taken place are on www.telford.gov.uk/LD
The finalised 2021-2025 strategy for people with a learning disability (and easy read version) will be published on www.telford.gov.uk/LD, with a detailed action plan.