CHANGING attitudes towards disabled people is one of the aims of a new group set up in town.
The county council-funded service will help people with learning disabilities learn new skills and develop their abilities, with courses ranging from computer training to healthy eating.
It will also help people with learning disabilities sign up to college courses, employment services and activities at leisure centres.
The opening of the Community Hub in Albert Street on Tuesday was attended by Cllr Izzi Seccombe, the county councillor responsible for adult social care. She said: “The Paralympics has dramatically changed public perception about disability and opportunity. We need to build upon this so people with disabilities are able to develop and achieve in all areas of life.
“This includes supporting people to learn, work and pursue a wide range of interests and activities.”
The centre is run by Individual Support Solutions, a new company set up by Sarah O’Shaughnessy and Alison Malcolm in response to changes in social care which mean that disabled people can get individual help.
Once a person’s needs have been assessed, the county council gives people their own budget so that they can spend the money to meet their own needs.
Sarah said: “Being awarded this contract is brilliant because it means we maintain strong links with the county council and they continue to benefit from all the experience and training we have gained from them over the years.”
ISS is working with Henley College and Hereward College in Coventry to offer courses. For more information visit individualsupportsolutions.org.