New learning disabilities programme

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A new programme aiming to give people with learning disabilities more opportunities, choice and control over their lives is being introduced.

The Community Lives programme will lead to increased educational, leisure, housing and employment opportunities as well as more of an involvement in the local community for adults with learning disabilities. It was agreed by the county council’s Cabinet this week and will run for three years.

The programme will also offer people with learning disabilities and family carers the opportunity to tell the council what’s important to them in the future and how care and support could be changed to better meet their needs.

Carers and families of people with learning disabilities, county council staff, health bodies and voluntary sector organisations will all be asked what they think and how more options could be offered or provided.

The information will then be used to draw up a plan which will set out what the council can offer people or what it can help them to do during the day.