Council set to consult people with learning difficulties

Adults (aged 18 and over) with Learning Disabilities and their family and carers are being invited to talk about their experiences of living in York as part of plans to improve services.

People are invited to attend one of two engagement sessions on Monday 14 September at Tang Hall Community Centre from 1-3pm or at the Priory Street Centre on Monday 28 September from 11am-1pm.

The sessions, which will be run by Inclusion North – an organisation promoting the inclusion of people with learning disabilities, their families and carers – will focus on a wide range of issues including:

  • Travelling in York.
  • Leisure activities and keeping healthy.
  • Keeping safe and hate crime.
  • Growing old and planning for the future.
  • Getting a job and learning new skills.
  • Young people moving into adulthood.
  • People being placed in services outside the local area.

The sessions have been organised by the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Partnership Board, which is part of York’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

The results of the engagement sessions will be used to form a picture about life for people with Learning Disabilities and their families and carers in York now, so health and adult social care professionals can look at how services can be improved in the future.

Councillor Carol Runciman, the council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “It’s really important that we make sure that local services enable people with Learning Disabilities to be fully integrated into life in the city. I hope the engagement sessions will help us to understand what’s working well, as well as areas we need to improve in the future.”

The work forms part of York’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), which analyses and identifies the health and wellbeing needs of the local population.  It is used to identify needs in order to inform the local health and wellbeing strategy, commissioning plans for health, wellbeing and social care services and reduce health inequalities.

Anyone who is unable to attend one of the sessions can complete a short online survey to share their views at Responses should be received by 2 October.

To book a place on one of the sessions please call 0113 2444792 or email


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