City’s learning disability champion makes a difference

Over the weekend Cllr Stephen Morgan had the pleasure to meet with the city’s learning disability champion to find out about his work in the city and offer support.

untitledJohn Attrill (pictured) is the city’s first learning disability champion.

He is supported by Portsmouth City Council to raise awareness of the needs and aspirations of people with a learning disability across the city and promote their rights and support fair access to all public services in Portsmouth.

As the city’s champion John also supports strategic planning and the development and commissioning of local services, representing views at relevant meetings and engages with employers (in the voluntary, public and private sectors) to develop and support access to work opportunities.

Cllr Stephen Morgan said:

“It was great to catch up with John and hear the things he has been up to on behalf of people with a learning disability.

I was very impressed to hear the positive partnership working in place with South West Trains supporting station staff and providing opportunities for people with a learning disability to learn new skills and gain experience for the world of work. I am pleased to learn there are plans to roll this initiative out to other stations in the city.

John is passionate about his role as the city’s learning disability and I congratulate him for all his hard work on behalf of the community”.

If you would like to know more about how the learning disability champion can help you, or would like him to attend meetings to represent people with a learning disability, you can contact him in the following ways:

John Attrill, Kestrel Centre, St James Hospital, Locksway Road, Portsmouth PO4 8LD. Tel: 023 9268 4600 or email: john.attrill@portsmouthcc.gov.uk