New Monthly Social Group for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Make new friends, have your say and have fun are the key aims of a new Taunton monthly peer support group for adults with learning disabilities launching this month.

Taking place in Taunton Library, the first meeting is due to take place on 15 March from 11am to 12.30pm and is free to attend.

As well as making new friends, the group is a great way to access support and information, gain new skills and confidence and practice independent living skills.

The sessions are funded by Somerset County Council and will be run by People First Dorset who successfully run similar sessions in Yeovil.

Councillor David Fothergill, Leader of Somerset County Council said: “We are delighted to fund a new monthly Peer Support Group for adults with learning disabilities in Taunton. People First Dorset run a similar session in Yeovil which is well attended and provides a great place to talk about matters important to adults with learning disabilities. Feel free to come along to the first session on 15 March at 11am, make new friends, have fun and find out more!”

Lisa Dixon from People First Dorset said: “The Yeovil group has been so well received! The group have made stronger friendships and have started to address different issues that members have been affected by such as housing and transport. Group members have recently started meeting up independently, in addition to the monthly-facilitated group meeting which is a fantastic achievement so early in the delivery of the project!”

The group will meet once a month at Taunton library thereafter so come along and have fun! The next sessions will take place on Friday 12th April and Friday 10th May. Some of the group will be heading for lunch in Taunton after the session and anyone attending is invited to bring money for refreshments.

Please note that if you need personal care, you will need to bring someone with you to assist you.

For more information, contact People First Dorset on 01305 257600 or email office@peoplefirstdorset.org.uk.

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