People with learning difficulties 'Get Involved'

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People with learning difficulties 'Get Involved'

Posted: 23/01/2007 20:28:11

People with learning difficulties who live in Norwich are being asked if they would like to Get Involved in the Norwich Get Involved Group on Wednesday 31st January 10.00am - 2.00pm at Norman Centre Bignold Road.

Norwich's 'Get Involved' group gives people the opportunity to come together to talk about things that are important to them, this could be anything from employment opportunities, housing, leisure or anything else that people want to talk about.

Sabrina Bartram who is the Involvement Officer for the Norfolk Learning Difficulties Service has been working with people with learning difficulties to set up 'Get Involved' groups throughout Norfolk. There will be five 'Get Involved' groups so that local people can talk about local issues.

Chris Mowle, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services said: "I am really pleased that I have had the opportunity to 'Get Involved' and would urge people with learning difficulties to do so to, this is a real opportunity to change things in Norfolk."

In June 2007 a People's Parliament for Norfolk will be set up with people from the 'Get Involved' groups voting for their representatives on the People's Parliament so that people from all over Norfolk can work together to make things better for people with learning difficulties. Members of the People's Parliament will in turn vote for people to sit on the Norfolk Learning Difficulties Partnership Board so that they can tell the Partnership Board directly what life in Norfolk is like for people with learning difficulties.

Sabrina Bartram Involvement Officer for the Norfolk learning Difficulties Service said: "I am really excited about having the Get Involved Groups this will be the chance for lots more people with learning difficulties to be able to have a voice. The group of people from all over Norfolk that I have been working with have worked really hard to make the Get Involved Groups happen. The development of a people's parliament will also give real power to people with learning difficulties so that we can make a real difference to people's lives."

Please come and join us to find out more about what we are doing. Anyone wanting to attend can telephone Marlene Culf (01603) 481141 or email sabrina.bartram@norfolk.gov.uk.

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