Speaking up for learning difficulties

August 28, 2007 9:41 AM

David Howarth, MP for Cambridge, is backing a local charity which provides support for people with learning difficulties.

David visited Speaking Up, the charity behind the Cambridgeshire Parliament, a forum which speaks up for those with learning disabilities. The Parliament contains 25 MPs and 10 Cabinet Ministers all with learning difficulties who are elected by the 1,500 people with these difficulties in Cambridgeshire. Speaking Up also runs a Next Steps project which provides mentoring and training to improve confidence and help develop life skills.

David spoke to the Speaking Up MPs about some of their campaigns. He commented:

"The Parliament supported the Cambridge Evening News' campaign to get free bus travel for elderly and disabled residents across Cambridgeshire and campaigned successfully to save the hydrotherapy pool at Windmill School earlier this year, a campaign which I was pleased to support.

"I was very concerned to hear that there are currently no public toilet facilities for people with severe disabilities in Cambridgeshire and I will be finding out more about the Parliament's Changing Places campaign which is pushing for these facilities to be provided in the county."

The Cambridgeshire Parliament is also looking into the County Council's review of day care provision. David added:

David Howarth with staff from Speaking Up

David Howarth with the Speaking Up team

"I fully agree with the Cambridgeshire Parliament that it is crucial that people with disabilities are properly consulted on the future of day centres."

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