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Disabled express themselves through More Than Words

MP Yvonne Forvargue is welcomed to the More Than Words workshop at Platt Bridge Community Centre by Sue Seager, services manager, and members of the self advocate board Michael Lloyd and Anthony Hobson

MP Yvonne Forvargue is welcomed to the More Than Words workshop at Platt Bridge Community Centre by Sue Seager, services manager, and members of the self advocate board Michael Lloyd and Anthony Hobson

A PIONEERING community interest company welcomed the Makerfield MP to its Platt Bridge base.

More than Words Advocacy CIC gives people with learning disabilities a means of expressing themselves through the Self-Advocacy Board Project and have their say about life in our borough.

The project is supported by the council and the findings are reported back to the Learning Disability Partnership Board to influence future planning.

Group members uses art, drama, dance, games and poetry to explain and express the views of others – particularly those with more complex needs.

Ms Fovargue MP said that according to Mencap less than one in five people with a learning disability work compared with one in two disabled people generally. But at least 65 per cent of people with a learning disability want to work.

Of those people with a learning disability that do work, most only work part time and are low paid.

She said: “More than Words provides an environment where people can express themselves and build confidence and judging by today’s visit they are succeeding and I wish them well for the future.”

More than Words service manager Sue Seager said she was delighted the MP had taken time out to visit the project and has committed to raising people’s issues in the course of her work.

She said: “More Than Words offers a range of services for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities.

“Our dramatherapy ethos is to use whatever works best to support people to communicate and take control in their lives. ”

To find out more about More Than Words phone 01942 735426.

 

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