New strategy will help those with a learning disability

The North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Board is celebrating national charity MENCAP's Learning Disabilities Week (19-25 June) by launching its new Live Well, Live Longer strategy.

The North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Board is celebrating national charity MENCAP's Learning Disabilities Week by launching its new Live Well, Live Longer strategy.

Live Well, Live Longer outlines the board's commitment to give people with learning disabilities greater choice and control over important life decisions, and sets out how it will go about delivering this ambition.

Over the next five years, the strategy will give people with learning disabilities the tools and support to enjoy longer, healthier and more independent lives. This includes ensuring they can:

  • have more choice and control over decisions;
  • access better health care;
  • play an active role in their local community;
  • live in a home they can call their own;
  • have support for their carers; and
  • prepare for adult life.

Live Well, Live Longer is the result of a consultation to find out what people with learning disabilities living in North Yorkshire have said they want. The Health and Wellbeing Board is now working with the county's Learning Disability Partnership Board (which represents people with a learning disability in North Yorkshire) and the Learning Disability Provider Forum (which represents organisations that provide services to people with a learning disability) to produce an action plan to deliver the strategy's key commitments.

The strategy will be launched during national Learning Disabilities Week from 19 to 25 June and can be downloaded from www.nypartnerships.org.uk.

This story was published 26 May 2017