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Published 20 May 2019

A special event highlighting the excellent care and support available to adults with learning disabilities in West Dunbartonshire has been held to mark National Learning Disability Week.

The event, organised by West Dunbartonshire’s Health and Social Care Partnership (WDHSCP), welcomed service users, carers, families and community groups to Clydebank Town Hall to showcase activities and supports available to those with a learning disability, and their carers.

Group show their feelings at the Learning Disability event

WDHSCP welcomed many of the Council’s partnership organisations who help provide care and services for adults with disabilities. The day also gave families and carers the opportunity to share good practice and also their common goal of delivering first-class services.

The day also reinforced the WDHSCP’s commitment to improving and supporting the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities to support and encourage independence. Along with discussing services available to residents. The event included dancing, leisure activities, first aid and personal massage. The Learning Disability Services provide essential services to more than 500 adults in West Dunbartonshire and encourages residents to live independently with support.

Sporting group at Learning Disability event

Allan Macleod, Chair of West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “This event allowed residents and organisations to come together to share information on services and supports.  It is important for families and for the people who use the many services to be kept abreast of what supports are available to them, their carers and their families.”

Councillor Marie McNair, Vice Chair of West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership opened the event and welcomed everyone to the Town Hall.

Cllr McNair, said: “This event was a great opportunity to showcase the great services being delivered by the team.  I was delighted to attend the information day and hear some inspiring stories of how our dedicated staff have helped transform the lives of our residents and their families. Our carers are committed to ensuring the needs and choices of the people they care for and their families are listened to and through their support they encourage people to live as independently as possible. The event gave a platform for service users to give their feedback on existing services and also offer their suggestions on where we could make improvements if necessary. ”