To mark St David’s Day, Carolyn Harris, Member of Parliament for Swansea East, attended an event in parliament on behalf of Leonard Cheshire Cymru, a charity that supports disabled people across Wales to live, learn and work as independently as possible.
2018 marks the 70th birthday of the charity, which provides social care across Wales, as well as running innovative programmes such as Can Do to help build the skills and confidence of young disabled people to support them on their journeys to independence. The charity also recently launched their Untapped Talent campaign to remove the barriers to employment for disabled people.
Speaking after the event, Carolyn said:
“I was pleased to meet with Leonard Cheshire Cymru, who do such important work supporting people here in Wales, including right here in Swansea, and to discuss the issues facing disabled people.”
Glyn Meredith, Wales Director for Leonard Cheshire Cymru, added:
“We know that good quality support can transform disabled peoples’ lives. At Leonard Cheshire we are committed to supporting peoples’ journeys to greater independence.
It was great to have the opportunity to showcase our programmes, like Can Do and Discover IT, which are having such a positive impact on hundreds of young disabled people across Wales and I look forward to working with Carolyn on issues of importance to disabled people in the future.”
Leonard Cheshire is the UKs largest voluntary sector provider of social care. Through its social care services and programmes the charity directly supports over 1,000 disabled people across Wales every year.
Can Do is a programme for young disabled people between the age of 16-35 to undertake volunteering opportunities in the local community aimed at building the skills and confidence of those taking part, offering a city and guilds qualification to help bolster CVs.
Discover IT is a programme that gives disabled adults access to computers and helps develop their IT skills. All Discover IT centres have adaptations to make the computers accessible to disabled people and helpful advice is on hand when needed.
Can Do and Discover IT both operate in Swansea.