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Council in running for 4 prizes at learning disability awards

The City of Wolverhampton Council has been shortlisted for 4 awards at the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards, taking place next week.

National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards Logo
National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards Logo

As Learning Disability Week (18 to 25 June) gets underway, it has been revealed that the council is in the running for awards in the Employer, Breaking Down Barriers, Disabilities and Employer of People with a Disability categories.

The National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards, organised by Care Talk magazine, celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and recognises those individuals or organisations who excel in providing quality care.

Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "The fact that the council has been shortlisted in 4 categories at this prestigious awards ceremony reflects well on the way we have transformed the services and support we provide for people with a learning disability over the last few years.

"This transformational service change has increased personal choice, community inclusion, accessibility and employment outcomes for people, resulting in life changing and life enhancing experiences for many people.

"The nominations are also a reflection of the commitment to deliver which is shown day in, day out, by staff members and their teams, and I am very proud of them."

The nominations recognise the hard work of individuals and teams, as well as a wide range of initiatives including the City of Wolverhampton Council's Community Pathways service which supports people who want to maximise their independence, the Supported Employment Service - Enable - which matches up local employers with potential employees, and SupportPlus and CityLinks which form Wolverhampton's new day opportunities provision.

The National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards has a total of 21 categories, representing all areas of care for people with learning disabilities and autism within the care sector, including supporting people in their own homes, the residential care sector or the voluntary sectors. The awards ceremony takes place at the ICC in Birmingham next Friday (29 June).

Learning Disability Week is organised by Mencap. This year's highlights health, with the focus on Mencap's Treat Me Well campaign to transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability in hospital.

For more information about Mencap, please visit Mencap or call its Learning Disability Helpline on 0808 808 1111.

  • released: Monday 18 June, 2018