Minister hears views of disabled at Exmoor centre

DISABLED visitors to the Calvert Trust outdoor activities centre on Exmoor were able to share their views and experiences with a Government minister yesterday (Monday). Minister for Disabled People Jonathan Shaw is visiting disability organisations and di

DISABLED visitors to the Calvert Trust outdoor activities centre on Exmoor were able to share their views and experiences with a Government minister yesterday (Monday).

Minister for Disabled People Jonathan Shaw is visiting disability organisations and disabled individuals across Britain to learn about the experiences of disabled people.

He called at the Calvert Trust to talk about the Government's work towards disability equality, including the Access to Work programmes and the Green Paper consultation exercise Right to Control, which is aimed at giving disabled adults more choice and control over the services and funding they receive from the state.

Mr Shaw said: I was impressed by the commitment of the Calvert Trust team on Exmoor and the facilities they provide. We are committed to delivering equality for disabled people by 2025 and we have a full programme of work across Government towards that goal We also offer a wide range of support to help disabled people get jobs and stay in the workplace.


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"It is important that I see for myself how the Government's programmes are impacting on the lives of disabled people and hear about disabled people's experiences and expectations. I will take this opportunity to encourage people to help us design the Right to Control. I will also find out more about the real help people are getting through our Access to Work programme.

"Disabled people are the experts in their own lives, so it is vital we continue to involve them in our decision-making, so that our policies and services meet the needs of those who will be affected."

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Commodore Tim Harris, Centre Director at the Calvert Trust, said: "I was delighted to welcome Jonathan Shaw to the Calvert Trust. It was great for our staff and visitors to have the opportunity to talk about the great work that we do here and to share their views and experiences with him.

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