New services for people with learning disabilities

A NEW service to support people with learning disabilities to be more independent in Tewkesbury is opening its doors.

People with learning disabilities, or care for someone who does, are invited to find out more at open day at the county council’s newest drop-in service at The Library, Sun Street on Tuesday from 10.30am to 4pm.

Information will be available about the council’s services to people with a learning disability.

The Drop-In is for adults with learning disabilities and helps them to go out and about independently.

The service aims to support people to find out more about activities in their area, help them with making friends and build on social networks where they live.

A variety of support is available, including emotional, financial and practical help and advice, completing forms, educational workshops, developing social networks, internet and computer advice.

Councillor Kathy Williams, cabinet member for learning disabilities, said: “Working closely with our health partners, one of the council’s top priorities is to help people live more independent lives and these services are doing just that.

“Enablement services are making a big difference to the lives of the people who visit them, with many growing in confidence and self esteem.

“Tewkesbury is the latest Drop-In in Gloucestershire, and it’s great to see the service reaching more people here.

"I would encourage anyone who feels the service would benefit them to go along to the open day in Tewkesbury to find out more.”

Drop-In services are also available in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Coleford and Stroud. For opening times visit gloucestershire.gov.uk/dropin.

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