MP opens new service for disabled people in Cornwall

Scope has launched a new service in Mevagissey, Cornwall on Friday, which will support disabled people to become more involved in the community.

The service, which was opened by Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell & Newquay, will support disabled people in the area to make friends, develop new skills, and get involved in community activities and projects, alongside other local people.

Stephen Gilbert MP was joined by disabled customers, community organisations and commissioners, for the launch on Friday 17 January. The MP said that he was proud to have a service in his constituency that promoted integrated services for disabled people. He posed for photos with two local disabled football teams.

Scope is working in partnership with the Mevagissey Activity Centre, and will work closely with local activity and community groups and businesses in Mevagissey and the surrounding area, to ensure that a range of existing activities, from sport to cooking to drama, are made accessible to disabled people.

Scope research has highlighted that 40% of people in the UK do not know a disabled person, and that 90% of people have never had a disabled person over to their house.

The new service in Megavissey was designed and developed with disabled people, their families and Scope staff, who previously attended Scope’s service in Lanlivery. They wanted more choice and more opportunities in the community and a wider range of things to do.

Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell & Newquay said:

“Disabled people in the area want to be able to take part in the activities in the heart of the community, alongside other local people.

The new Scope service will make sure that the exciting activities and groups already taking place in Mevagissey and the surrounding area are accessible to everyone, and that disabled people have much more flexibility and choice.

This is the way forward for services for disabled people, and I am proud that this innovative service has launched in my constituency.”

Sue Pegler, Service Manager, said:

“Over the last year, we have been developing a new service that will support disabled people in Cornwall to be more involved in community life.

“A clear message from the disabled people we work with is that they want to be able to take part in the same activities as everyone else in the area.

Mevagissey is the ideal base for this, and we are already working with local groups, centres and businesses, to make sure activities in the area are accessible for disabled people.”

“Thank you to everyone who’s supported Scope to change the service so it makes a difference today.”

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