New organisation for people with learning disabilities opens offices in Stroud
11:07am Thursday 12th December 2013 in News
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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