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My life, My choice: A strategy for people with learning disabilities in Cheshire East 2019 to 2022

My life, My Choice - A strategy for people with Learning Disabilities in Cheshire East 2019-2022 sets out the vision, ambitions, and commissioning intentions for people with learning disabilities of all ages living in Cheshire East. The main aim of the strategy is to ensure that all individuals with learning disabilities can live a healthy, happy and independent life with choice and control.

An easy read version of the Strategy is also available.

The strategy has been co-produced with individuals who have a learning disability and their parents and carers, as we are committed to listening to and acting on the user voice and incorporating it within the strategy and future commissioning intentions. The strategy has also been produced collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders from across social care, health, education, the voluntary sector and independent providers delivering care and support.

People who have a earning disability in Cheshire East have told us things such as;

We need to be made more aware of things that affect us”,

“I would like to go out more to the disco”,

“I want to stay up later”,

“I live on my own. I have two support workers and my mum and dad live fifteen minutes away. I can walk to the shops and I love being independent”

The strategy will focus on ten key priority areas. Community Inclusion, Early Help, Life Changes, Education and Employment, Short Breaks, Assistive Technology, Housing, Workforce Development, Mortality, Health and Transforming Care and Autism.

An Implementation Plan will be developed and will be monitored and scrutinised by Commissioners from across health and social care. There will be regular reviews of progress against the priorities and actions within the strategy by the Cheshire East Learning Disabilities Partnership Board.

Congratulations to our Co-chair Tom...

Tom on his bike

Tom took part in a fundraising cycle ride on 02 June 2019, he was one of around 400 cyclists of all ages and abilities who departed from Sandbach Rugby club on a 100km charity cycle ride loop of Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire to help raise funds for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at Sea.

After the event Tom said, 'I am a keen cyclist and wanted to raise funds for a great cause, everyone was so helpful and supportive to me. I am already planning to take part again in 2020.' Well done Tom.

If you would like more information about RNLI, please visit www.rnli.org

Learning Disability Conference

Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre 19 September 2018

Learning disabilities conference 2018A conference dedicated to the provision of services for children and adults with learning disabilities was held in Holmes Chapel Community Centre on 18 September 2018, hosted by Cheshire East Council Adult Social Care and Health and the Cheshire East Learning Disability Partnership Board

Over 80 delegates attended the event, including people with learning disabilities and their family and carers, Cheshire East Council staff, Clinical Commissioning Group staff; services providers; voluntary groups who joined together to explore the level of current provision; proposals within the new All Age Learning Disability Strategy consultation and celebrate what we have all achieved through coproduction through the Learning Disability Partnership Board.

Highlights of the event included a contribution from Springfield School Choir, a Special School for children and young people between 4-19 with learning disabilities and complex needs, and a martial arts display from Macclesfield based Urban Warriors, in which children, young people and adults with learning disabilities are supported to go through the national kung-Fu grades. The event also featured presentations from the Learning Disabilities Partnership Board, service users and Council staff.

Having enjoyed the day, Cabinet Members’ Councillor Janet Clowes Adult Social Care and Integration Portfolio Holder, and Councillor Jos Saunders Children and Families Portfolio Holder both stressed how great it was for agencies, service users and their families and carers to get together to share information and experiences of services, highlight local good practice, and be informed of new service developments.

To have your say on the new Strategy, please visit Learning Disabilities Strategy Consultation, view the strategy and contribute by taking part in the online survey. The consultation ends on Friday 05 October 2018.

For more information about the event, contact Email Mark Hughes Senior Commissioning Manager or Email Gerard Buckley Integrated Commissioning Manager.

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