Leonard Cheshire in conversation with Bridgend College and Members of the Senedd

We were delighted to welcome Leonard Cheshire representatives, Roxanne and Joshua, and both Sarah Murphy MS and Huw Irranca-Davies MS to the STEAM Academy, as part of a discussion group with 50 Bridgend College students.

The event was held as part of Leonard Cheshire’s ‘My Voice, My Choice’ programme, designed to provide people with a platform from which to express their views, develop advocacy skills and make a positive impact within the community.

The Q&A session centred around matters relating to transportation, volunteering and social inclusion. The event gave students from our Independent Living Skills courses and Weston House, the College’s specialist residential provision for students with additional learning needs, the chance to voice their concerns and opinions about issues that impact them regularly.

Students also expressed their enthusiasm for becoming more involved within their local communities, keen to enact change and increase awareness on issues surrounding accessibility. Both Members of the Senedd heartily encouraged the students to use their voice for change and pledged to take the insightful discussions further on the students’ behalf.

Leonard Cheshire is an organisation which operates on a nationwide level to support and empower disabled people to live independently. With care homes located across the UK, the reach of Leonard Cheshire spans far beyond providing social care: they provide digital support to provide access to opportunities, offer employment advice, CV assistance and help communities with care resources.

“I loved being in a room full of students who want to speak up and have their voices heard, in order to create meaningful change in the community.”

Joshua Reeves BEM, Campaign Support Officer (Wales) at Leonard Cheshire
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