Tag Archives: Learning Disabilities

Discovery report highlights success and challenge

Employment success, staffing challenges and more inclusive venues for day services have been set-out in a report on one of Somerset County Council’s key care providers.   The report, which was considered by the Council’s Scrutiny Committee today (13 March), gives an update on the performance of Discovery, the social enterprise providing support for around […]

Join the Somerset Libraries Learning Disabilities conversation

Somerset libraries are on a mission to get our communities talking about learning disabilities and they want you to join in. As part of an exciting new project, The Library Takeover: Creating a Space For All, local residents with learning disabilities have been volunteering in Somerset County Council’s libraries in Bridgwater, Street and Glastonbury, and […]

Cabinet agrees to continue transfer to new social enterprise

Key Somerset County Councillors today agreed to continue with the transfer of its in-house learning disabilities service to a new social enterprise next month. A meeting of the council’s Cabinet considered but rejected a request from a Scrutiny committee earlier in the month to delay the transfer and review the original decision to move to […]

Cabinet to consider compensation boost

A boost to compensation for staff transferring from Somerset County Council to a charity supporting vulnerable people will be discussed at a key meeting next week. Around 1,200 members of staff in the learning disabilities service are on track to transfer to a new social enterprise charity created in partnership with Dimensions in April. Dimensions […]

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 […]

‘Big Day’ for Somerset Learning Disability Partnership Board

Partnership work to improve services for people with Learning Disabilities will be show-cased at the second annual ‘Big Day’ event this month. The Somerset Learning Disability Partnership Board, of which Somerset County Council is a partner, is holding its annual ‘Big Day’ on 13 February at County Hall in Taunton. It gives members of the […]

A starter for ten thanks to £1.2m LD homes cash

People with Learning Disabilities will have a helping hand to own their own homes thanks to a successful Somerset County Council bid for Government funding. As well as securing £1m to help home ownership, the authority has also been awarded £214,000 towards the cost of new technology that will help people with Learning Disabilities live […]

Employer of Choice award goes to Yeovil B&Q

The Yeovil B&Q store has been awarded an Employer of Choice award for its commitment to employees with Learning Difficulties. Somerset County Council’s ‘Aspire Support for Employment’ service hands out the award to Somerset employers who provide opportunities and support to their employees who have learning disabilities. Aspire helps adults with learning difficulties find employment. […]

Celebrations for adults with LD following major care home refurbishment

Adults with learning disabilities are celebrating major improvements to two residential care homes following major thanks to Somerset County Council. On Tuesday 4 October clients and staff at Selwyn and Russet in Yeovil will mark the refurbishment of the premises with a ribbon-cutting and celebration event. The work started around six months ago represents a […]

A ‘Big Day’ for Learning Disability in Somerset

More than 100 people took part in an event organised by Somerset’s Learning Disability Partnership Board this week encouraging people to champion the rights of people with learning disabilities. 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 […]