On Friday 3 May, the Teign Housing Disability Forum welcomed MP Anne Marie Morris to their Disability A Go event. The multi-agency event showcased what services are on offer in the area and acted as a ‘one stop shop’ for people with disabilities.
The event brought together representatives from a variety of local providers such as: TeignCare, HomeSure, Newton Abbot Community Transport, Citizens Advice Bureau, Exeter Disability Centre, Credit Union, Arthritis Care, Independent Living Centre, Teignbridge Senior Forum and Teignbridge Access Group.
Anne Marie Morris, MP said: “I was really pleased to open such a useful event. Disabilities affect most of us at some point during our lives, so it’s fantastic to see so many practical advice sources coming together under one roof. It makes getting advice in the community easier, and raises awareness of the barriers that need to be overcome.’
The Teign Housing Disability Forum, who hosted the event, pride themselves as a group of tenants and staff who really care about improving the quality of everyday life to those who sometimes face very difficult challenges.
Francis Bourke, Chair of the Teign Housing Disability Forum said: “The tenants on the forum all have disabilities themselves, so have first-hand experience with all aspects of disability, including identifying barriers that impact on people with disabilities and looking at ways of tackling and overcoming these barriers. This event is part of the group’s work to create more awareness around issues relating to transport, benefits and access to care services.”
Denise Bell-Stacey, Teign Housing tenant and member of the Disability Forum added: “People with disabilities often struggle on a daily basis, not knowing that help maybe at hand and could improve their life for the better. That’s why, as a disabled person myself, I feel it is so important to let people know what help is available.”