Could you shape the future of Somerset’s Learning Disabilities services?

A brand-new group tasked with overseeing the future of learning disability services for people in Somerset is being set up by Somerset County Council.

The County Council is now calling for anyone with a passion for, interest in, or experience of these services to become a non-executive member of its Learning Disabilities Shadow Board.

This key team will guide the transition of the Council’s Learning Disabilities Provider Service into an independent Social Enterprise Partnership that is separate from the Council.

The change will mean that the funds generated by this new Social Enterprise Partnership will be reinvested straight back into these services and the people who rely on them.

Individuals interested in playing a key part on the Shadow Board, overseeing this transformation, have until Monday 27 October to apply.

Cllr William Wallace, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Services to People with Learning Disabilities, said: “We are looking for passionate Somerset people, with a broad mix of experience, who are keen to commit to being part of a forward-thinking team that is both impartial and open to new ideas.

“This is a critical and exciting time for Somerset’s Learning Disability services, and we are committed to doing the best we can for those in our county who need support.

“The most effective boards are ones where members have a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets between them, which is why I am encouraging you to apply, even if you don’t think you match the criteria down to the last letter.”

Interested individuals can:

  • Attend an open evening for potential candidates on October 20 2014 at Six Acres Resource Centre, Six Acres Cl, Off Roman Road in Taunton. You will be able to find out more about the Learning Disability Provider Service and ask questions about the role of members. Email ASweeting@somerset.gov.uk by Friday 17 October if you wish to attend