Mark meets with Preston Learning Disabilty Forum(June 17, 2015)
Before the event Mark met members of the Preston Learning Disability Forum on Friday 19th June as part of Learning Disability Week which runs this week from 14th to 20th June 2015.
Mark was invited to speak to members on a range of issues, following a local hustings event which took place during the General Election at the Disability Equality North West in Preston. Mark, who was a parliamentary candidate at the time, fielded question from members of the Learning Disability Forum who raised many issues around health and welfare policies. He was invited back as part of a week long campaign to raise awareness about issues for people with learning disabilities and to highlight their achievements.
A range of fun and informative events will be taking place throughout Preston as part of Learning Disability Week 2015, including cycling sessions for all abilities, Rainbow Zumba, five-a-side football, art and craft activities and a disco. The full list can be found at: http://www.disability-equality.org.uk/news/programme-for-preston-learning-disability-week-2015
Rosemary Trustam, Volunteer Supporter said: ‘We know that Mr Hendrick is aware of some of our main concerns, but there is continuing anxiety about whether the Green Paper ‘No voice unheard, no right ignored – a consultation for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions’ will now progress.
We are also concerned about the lack of sufficient adjustments in hospitals and health to prevent avoidable deaths and in the benefit system to ensure people get their needs met. The cuts to local authorities are obviously of particular concern given the impact on adult social care and hence on carers and people with learning disabilities.’
Before the event Mark said: ‘I am looking forward to returning to Disability Equality to meet with and talk to the members of the forum. Although, we are not in government following the election, I will be continuing to champion the rights of people with learning disabilities and tackling some of the issues they have already raised with me such as health inequalities, fair treatment and cuts to adult social care.’