Saba writes…‘People in Essex with learning disabilities and autism are working with health and care staff on new methods of support.

Louise Sayer is a disruptor. The 28-year-old from Essex is among 24 learning disabled or autistic people who have been working with local health and care staff to design new methods of support. Council managers have been so impressed with Sayer that they recently offered her a permanent job as a co-production support officer.

During the collaborative project between April and July, Sayer helped Essex county council create a health and care “one-stop shop” at a community venue in her Saffron Walden neighbourhood. This encourages learning disabled or autistic people to get help and information without visiting council offices. At a single session, 20 people got advice from professionals including social workers, voluntary sector care providers and employment advisers. The sessions now run monthly.’

Click here to read the full Guardian article…‘A chance to have my own voice.’


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