To celebrate its first year, Wokingham Disability and Sensory Needs Partnership Board is taking to the streets to spread the word on its work at a series of roadshows, being held in partnership with the Mobile Information Centre (MICE).
Taking place in four locations – Woodley, Lower Earley, Twyford and Winnersh – the events will give local people the opportunity to meet members of the Partnership Board and find out more about its work and how to get involved.
An innovative partnership of local Wokingham care organisations, the Partnership Board aims to raise the profile of services for people with physical and sensory disabilities and develop and improve these services in line with the needs of local people.
Launched 12 months ago to improve the quality of lives of physically disabled people and people with a sensory need living in the Wokingham district by driving forward service modernisation and improvement, the Partnership Board includes service users, carers, representatives from voluntary organisations, Wokingham District Council (elected member and officers) and Wokingham NHS Primary Care Trust.
The roadshows are taking place on:
June 7 ASDA, Lower Earley 10am – 4pm
June 26 Outside the Oakwood Centre, Headley Road 1pm – 4pm
July 4 Twyford, Waitrose car park 1.15pm – 4pm
July 18 Winnersh – Sainsbury’s car park 9.30am – 12.30pm
Wokingham Cllr Pauline Helliar-Symons, executive member for community care, said: “The Wokingham Disability and Sensory Needs Partnership Board gives local service users and carers a much greater say in decision making about the kinds of services available to local people and the way in which they will be delivered.
“People should have real choice in the services they use and have a real say in what they do and what happens to them. Services should be tailored to meet individual needs as much as possible and be flexible, accessible, coordinated and modernised so that everyone has the opportunity to live as independently as possible.
“And I am pleased to say that over the past 12 months, a great many good things have been happening, as disabled people have become more involved in helping us lead this service. Not only are we helping them to live more independently at home, we are helping them get into work and training and to access community facilities more easily.”