rory congratulates extraordinary success of disability information day
Local MP Rory Stewart had praised the extraordinary work of local carers and other non-profit organisations that help those with disabilities, after attending the Disability Information Day held in Rheged. Setup and coordinated by Cumbria Learning to Change, the event was the largest free exhibition in Cumbria, North East and the Borders dedicated to those with disabilities and additional needs, and the families and professionals who work with and support them. Rory Stewart spoke with nearly all of the event’s 100 exhibitors who had gathered to showcase and promote the work they do across the county, and had the chance to discuss at length with the event’s coordinator – Kerry-Anne Hunter – what more needs to be done to support these organisations going forward.
Among the service providers and charities taking part in the event included the Children With Disabilities Team, Parent Partnership Service, Cumbria-DeafVision, Barnardo’s, Cumbria Cerebral Palsy, Carlisle and Eden Autism Support, Carlisle & Eden Mencap, Eden Timebank, Aidservice, Creative Support, Bendirgg Trust, Ullswater Commuinty College, Underley Garden and many more.
Speaking at the event, Rory said:
“Disability Information Day has been a really important reminder of the incredible work carried out by countless carers and volunteers, whose care and support not only saves this country millions of pounds every year, but enriches the society in which we live. Cumbria has some truly fantastic care organisations, and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to speak with so many of them today, to learn about the work they do, and to share their concerns about the future of care provision. I will continue to offer whatever assistance I can to care organisations in difficulty, and to urge government to do as much as possible for carers in this tough economic climate.
I would like to offer a huge thanks to Kerry-Anne Hunter and her team who have delivered a really first-rate event. The value and importance of today was immediately apparent from speaking to exhibitors, and they should make no mistake in recognising the significance of what they have accomplished.”