A ‘Big Day’ for Learning Disability in Somerset

More than 100 people took part in the second annual ‘Big Day’ event organised by Somerset’s Learning Disability Partnership Board this week.

The ‘Big Day’ event was supported by Somerset County Council and the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and attracted people with learning disabilities, carers, service providers and other organisations that have an interest in supporting people with learning disabilities.

They were able to find out more about the Learning Disability Joint Self-Assessment, which helps people with learning disabilities and their families discuss what services are working well for them and what needs to get better.  Speakers this year included people who use direct payments to organise their own care and people who have bought their own home with help from a government home ownership scheme.

Attendees also had a chance to browse stalls about local support services, activity groups, health advice and employment opportunities, and an opportunity to ‘try out’ some assistive technology which can help with everyday tasks.

Councillor William Wallace, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “The ‘Big Day’ event was a great chance for people to find out about local services available to them, ask questions and have their say. It was also an opportunity to celebrate the great work that is going on in our communities to support people with learning disabilities.”

Watch a short film from the Big Day:

Theresa Jefferies attended the event, she said: “Today has been really helpful. I’ve found the information useful and found out about different living options.”

Tim Davis and Jon Collier said: “We enjoyed the event. It has been interesting learning about independent living options and direct payments.”

Clemma Fleat said: “The event has been really good. I’ve spoken to lots of different people to talk about local services, listened to interesting presentations and I’ve been able to ask questions.”

One attendee said: “I have found the event really useful and I am so glad I came. I am excited about my son’s future.”

Partnership Board members have an interest in improving services for people with learning disabilities and their families and work with and give advice to councils, health, service providers and other groups to make things better for people in their community. The board are actively seeking more members to help with their work and hope to increase membership following the day.

Somerset County Council and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group supported the Learning Disabilities Partnership Board to organise the ‘Big Day’ event.