Helping to make lives better for residents with a learning disability and their families

As part of the borough-wide “Live Well with a Learning Disability” strategy, jointly developed by Telford & Wrekin Council, local partners and people with lived experience, drop-in activity sessions are taking place across the borough in the coming months to help adults with a learning disability access a range of local community-based support available for them and enjoy a full life.

Helping to make lives better for residents with a learning disability and their families

Telford & Wrekin Council, Telford and Wrekin CVS and a range of local partners are inviting all residents aged 18+ who have a learning disability to the launch of “Café Aspire”, on Thursday, 21 July, QEII Arena, Telford Town Park.

People with a learning disability, their families and carers can drop by anytime between 10am and 2pm to find out more about the “Café Aspire” offer available for them, which includes health checks and wellbeing support.

The café’s aim is to reduce health inequalities for people, support them to aspire and to learn something new.   
On the day, participants can also enjoy adapted cycling and sports activities as well as crafts and free refreshments. 

 For more information about this event, contact Telford & Wrekin CVS at sam.vickers@tandwcvs.org.uk 


Councillor Andy Burford (Labour), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult social care and health, integration and transformation said: “We are delighted to be well progressed in implementing, together with our local partners and residents with a lived experience, the borough-wide “Live Well with a Learning Disability” strategy.

"This strategy is about ensuring that all people with a learning disability in Telford and Wrekin easily access the wide range of support available to them in the borough and get the skills they need to live as independently as possible.


As part of the “Live Well with a Learning Disability” strategy,  a range of drop-in activity sessions are taking place across the borough over the coming weeks:
- starting on 21 July, in Telford Town Park, QEII Arena (10am-2pm) and then

- every Thursday

       -10am-12pm, at the Skills and Enterprise Hub (Council Unit 10,  The Bridges Business Park,  Bridge Road,  Horsehay , Telford TF4 3EE)
        and
       - 2pm-4pm at Telford and Wrekin CVS (2nd floor, Hazledine House, Central Square, Telford Centre, TF 3 4JL)


“At each of these sessions, people with a learning disability, their families and carers are welcome to come by and benefit from information and guidance from a range of our partners who will be on site. These include health and wellbeing support, annual health checks, volunteer placements, training and employment guidance and learn more about community based support whilst making friends with their peers.


“These sessions are designed as a one-stop shop to facilitate access to a wealth of information people with learning disabilities can use to improve their health and wellbeing.”
 
Debbie Gibbon, CEO at Telford and Wrekin CVS said: “We are really exciting to work together with Telford & Wrekin Council and a range of partners to launch our weekly drop-in Café sessions for people with a learning disability, their families and carers.


“Please contact Sam sam.vickers@tandwcvs.org.uk or give the team a call on 01952 458059 for more information. We want as many people as possible to take part and benefit from these free activities and information sessions, where they get everything they need about the support available to them. 

 
“Increasing people’s health and wellbeing and making lives easier for people with a living disability and their families, upskilling them for work and supporting their independence is something we are keen to drive forward.

 
“We hope many local organisations and businesses will join us on this, by providing for instance, volunteering or work placements opportunities for people with a learning disability. Should any organisation be interested to get involved, please contact sam.vickers@tandwcvs.org.uk


For more details about the four-year borough-wide strategy for people with a learning disability in the borough and the consultations that have taken place, visit www.telford.gov.uk/LD


Photo (right to left): Jennifer Tinkler (Telford & Wrekin Council’s My Options Service Leader), Stacey (Co-Chair of Learning Disability Partnership Board), Cllr Andy Burford  (Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult social care and health, integration and transformation) and two other members of Telford Voices group




 

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