New initiative to support young people with disabilities
- 08 May
A new initiative has been launched in Lichfield which will provide education, training, social and leisure activities for young people who have learning disabilities.
Liberty Staffordshire Community Interest Company have been developed to maximise opportunities for young people due to growing concern they could be left isolated following the withdrawal of services, reports The Lichfield Mercury.
In conjunction with Sherratts Wood, Liberty aims to "support independence" and "promote active citizenship and active lifestyles".
Liberty will offer "peer mentoring and peer education packages", "healthy lifestyle programmes", "independent travel training", "recreational activities", "self-esteem and confidence building sessions", "weekend sessions" and "daytime sessions for NEETs" (those "Not in Education, Employment, or Training").
In its business summary Liberty states: "Those young people and adults aged 11-25 who are vulnerable because of their disabilities or learning barriers should still have access to facilities and provisions to support their inclusion within their community, and their transition into adulthood and independence.
"Liberty Staffordshire CIC believes that any development should be young person/adult centred, resulting in programmes and provisions that offer meaningful choices and support identified needs."
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