An event to promote services and raise awareness of the opportunities available for people with disabilities in the Epping Forest district received a good turnout at St Mary`s Church, Loughton on 18 May 2011.
`Disability Aware` was co-ordinated by Epping Forest District Council`s Disability Equality Involvement Group, in conjunction with other local groups and organisations for people with disabilities. The event also aimed to highlight the work of the Council and other organisations in securing equality for disabled people and opportunities for them to become involved in the community.
Vice-chairman of Epping Forest District Council, councillor Ken Angold-Stephens attended the event and took part in showcasing some of the services provided by the council and other agencies. He said: I think this is a really important event and has provided an opportunity for local disabled groups to come together and raise awareness of their different services in the one place. There are many disabled people throughout the district who may not be aware of the services and opportunities available, or how to access them.
Contributors on the day included:
Oak View School, Essex Coalition of Disabled People, Woodredon House, Anglia Ruskin Transcription Centre, Essex Blind Charity, Epping Forest Centenary Trust, Disability Essex, Lambourne End Outdoor Learning Centre, Accuro; Be Safer Group (Guide Posts; Field Rumens; Essex Adult Safeguarding Board; Razed Roof; Swan Floating Support; Be Safer), The Elbow Grease Co-operative Ltd, Essex County Fire and Rescue and Guide Dogs.
From Epping Forest District Council:
Careline, Care and Repair, Disabled Facilities Grants, Tenant Participation, Arts Development, Sports Development, Community Development, Epping Forest District Museum, Benefits, Waste Management, Safer Communities, Performance Improvement Unit and Human Resources.
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