Council programme praised for supporting those with learning difficulties

Basingstoke Gazette: Council programme praised for supporting those with learning difficulties Council programme praised for supporting those with learning difficulties

A COUNCIL training programme for people with learning disabilities has won a prestigious care award.

Hampshire County Council’s FACES (Friendship, Assertiveness, Choice, Empowerment and Social Skills) programme won the Putting People First category in the Great South East Care Awards. The group are now through to the national finals.

FACES trains staff in the council’s Learning Disability Services to help people with learning disabilities develop life and social skills, helping them voice what is important to them.

Around 50 people are currently supported under the project.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, executive member for adult social care and public health, said: “FACES gives people with learning disabilities the skills and confidence to make their thoughts, feelings and choices known. FACES is part of our approach to helping people to live more independently, with greater choice and control over their lives and the care and support that they receive.

“The scheme is all about putting people first and as such is a deserving winner.”

Winners from the regional awards are invited to attend the national finals in London in April and June 2014.

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