Kingston appoints disability champion

Kingston Council has appointed Chessington and Lib Dem Councillor Christine Stuart as their first Disability Champion.

Christine's role will involve supporting the objectives of the borough’s first joint health and social care All Age Learning Disabilities strategy.

This strategy was approved by the Children’s & Adults’ Care & Education Committee in November.

Christine Stuart, Councillor for Chessington South, said: “It is an honour to be chosen to champion this cause. I understand the many challenges that those with disabilities and their families face, and I believe it is our responsibility to make sure that they have a say in decisions which affect them.”

“People with disabilities, and their families and carers, will benefit from more flexible, integrated and responsive services, empowering people to remain as independent as possible by accessing the right level and type of support when they need it.”

Cllr Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council, said: “Thank you to everyone who contributed to this strategy. Together we have created a vision for the future. Now working together, we must all deliver the vision.”

Cllr Stuart will be working with our disabled communities and relevant local groups to further understand the needs of people with disabilities, and ensure that their voices are represented in how we shape services.

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