Philip and Derek on the dry stone wall they helped rebuid back in February 2020 1 red
Derek and Philip, who Discovery support, repairing a dry stone wall as part of the Somerset Nature Connections project

Discovery launch consultation for people with learning disabilities and autism

DISCOVERY, the organisation which supports people with Learning Disabilities and Autism across Somerset, is calling for everyone living with a learning disability or autism in Somerset, and those that support them, to help shape its Community Fund by taking part in a county-wide consultation.

Organisations as diverse as People First, the Somerset Wildlife Trust and the Calvert Trust are among a wide range of organisations and groups that have successfully bid for funding ranging from £500 to £50,000 through the Fund in the past.

Helen Orford, Managing Director of Discovery, said: “Under our contract with Somerset County Council, half of any surplus we make is reinvested back into the county via the Community Fund.

“In that way, Discovery aims to make life better for everyone with a learning disability or autism across Somerset.”

Ruth Hobbs, Director of Somerset’s Parent Carer Forum which is conducting the consultation, said: “Hearing from individuals with learning disabilities and/or autistic people that live in Somerset is essential if we want to design services that support their needs.

“Things have changed a lot over the last year and it’s important to understand this. We want to see as many people as possible get involved so the way the Discovery Community Fund is used is shaped by them.”

How to get involved:

Visit the Parent Carer Forum website for all the details and support

Take the Survey

Take the symbols-based survey

Join a group chat

Share your views by phone or post

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