New organisation for people with learning disabilities opens offices in Stroud

Stroud News and Journal: Cllr Kathy Williams cuts the ribbon at the official opening of the new Gloucestershire Voices office on Lansdown Road, Stroud (2880686) Cllr Kathy Williams cuts the ribbon at the official opening of the new Gloucestershire Voices office on Lansdown Road, Stroud (2880686)

GLOUCESTERSHIRE Voices, a social enterprise run by and for people with learning disabilities, has celebrated the opening of its new premises in Stroud.

The self-advocacy organisation, which has around 400 members across the county, opened its new offices in Lansdown on Thursday, December 5.

A special ceremony to mark the occasion was attended by Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet member for long-term care Kathy Williams, who cut a red ribbon to officially open the building.

There was also a performance from the Dramatic Change Theatre Company, which prepared a short-piece of comedy highlighting the work of Gloucestershire Voices for the invited audience.

The not-for-profit organisation provides a range of support services for clients with learning disabilities and also works to ensure their voices are heard at all levels across the county.

Gloucestershire Voices currently has a staff team of 25, 18 of whom live with a learning disability.

Kieran Bright, the manager of the project, thanked the county council for its support and said: “There is a need for an independent organisation that can challenge and support decisions facing the almost 3,000 adults with learning disabilities in Gloucestershire.”

For more information about the organisation, visit: www.glosvoices.co.uk

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