Chief executive of Turning Point, Lord Victor Adebowale, visited a number of learning disability services in Bedford to see first-hand the support the social care enterprise provides to people in the area.
Turning Point provides eight services across Bedfordshire, supporting people with a range of needs including those with profound learning and physical disabilities, to live as independently as possible.
Lord Adebowale said: “It was very inspiring to see all the ways in which people are being supported to live as independently as possible. People with learning disabilities often face significant challenges in their lives including health inequalities and barriers to accessing community services. However, services like these break down those barriers and empower people to live full and rewarding lives.
“For example I spoke to Wilmer, who we support. He is an aspiring chef who hopes to work in the catering business one day. I also spoke to Tara, who enjoys arts and crafts and hopes to sell her work at the upcoming Autism Conference in Birmingham, and David, who is a keen gardener and regularly tends to the garden at the service where he lives.
“I sincerely hope the support provided by Turning Point staff will continue to help these people achieve their dreams, along with every other person we support.”