Council launches disability engagement service to better understand needs of disabled people

Council launches disability engagement service to better understand needs of disabled people

A new engagement service, launching today by Somerset County Council and AJM Healthcare, aims to make it simpler for people with disabilities in Somerset to make their voices heard.

For the county council and its partners Sedgemoor District Council, Mendip District Council, South Somerset District Council, and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, the service will offer opportunities to better understand the requirements and issues of handicapped communities in order to improve services to them.

The Somerset Disability Engagement Service, run by AJM Healthcare, will deal with Somerset County Council to deliver its engagement and assessment with handicapped people throughout the county for the next two years.

Councillor Clare Paul, Somerset County Councils Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, stated: “It’s actually important we involve more disabled people in decisions which impact their everyday lives. This partnership will make a big distinction in making certain we actively engage with all people to create more reliable and inclusive services.”

Becky ODonovan, Partnership and Engagement Officer at AJM Healthcare, added: “We are thrilled to have been given this opportunity to utilize ingenious ways to engage disabled people in Somerset and we anticipate working in collaboration with regional organizations to enhance availability throughout the county.”

The Somerset Disability Engagement Service says there is numerous support system for handicapped people in Somerset covering a wide spectrum of different types of impairments. Through the new service, AJM Healthcare will be constructing relationships with existing disability groups in the area to assist create a network, empowering people with disabilities to have a say on a large range of concerns.

New online channels, consisting of social networks, will serve as key forums for individuals to swap information and offer their views.

The brand-new service will likewise work with handicapped individuals to make certain regional structures and services are available, with training offered for companies to help improve accessibility for everybody in Somerset.