Somerset Disability Engagement Service launched

A new service to make it easier for people with disabilities in Somerset to make their voices heard, has been launched.

The Somerset Disability Engagement Service, run by AJM Healthcare, will work to improve engagement and consultation with disabled people throughout the county for the next two years.

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For Mendip District Council and partners, Sedgemoor District Council, South Somerset District Council, Somerset County Council and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, the service will provide opportunities to better understand the needs and concerns of disabled communities in order to improve services to them.

They will be doing this through:

  • Building relationships with existing disability groups in the area to help create a network, of organisations and people to feedback on how we are doing and what we are asking
  • Improving the use of online and social media to engage with a wider range of people and get their thoughts
  • Empower disabled people to have their voice heard
  • Working with disabled people to audit buildings and service on how accessible they are
  • Providing training and awareness for businesses and service to improve how accessible their services are.

Statistics show that almost 100,000 people in Somerset have a long-term condition or disability which limits their day-to-day activities.

Becky O'Donovan, Partnership and Engagement Officer at AJM Healthcare, said: "We are delighted to have been given this opportunity to use innovative ways to engage disabled people in Somerset and we look forward to working in partnership with local organisations to improve accessibility across the county."

For those interested in getting involved, information about the Somerset Disability Engagement Service can be found by visiting the website at https://somerset.disabilityengagement.services. or phone Sue Harris on 07851 250148.