The City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services took the opportunity of Learning Disability Week 2022 to meet people who use adult day services in the city.
The council has worked to safely reintroduce a full range of community and venue-based activities for adults with disabilities whose opportunities were limited because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Community activities and short break opportunities had been reduced in line with lockdown and social distancing guidance over the last couple of years, while some people had to stay home because they were shielding.
People usually supported by these services – the majority of whom live with family or carers – were instead able to receive ‘virtual’ support, along with socially-distanced home visits when guidance allowed.
Councillor Linda Leach, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, met with people being supported at the Neil Dougherty Centre before heading to the Arena Theatre to spend time with a group engaging in a drama session for adults with disabilities.
Councillor Leach said: “We have worked hard to reintroduce a full programme of activities for adults with a disability as quickly as possible, while of course keeping Covid infection prevention very much at the front of our minds.
“We did all we could to stay in touch with people throughout this difficult period and we are very pleased to be able to give them more support options as we all, hopefully, get back to normal.
“It was great to be able to get out and about and meet as many people as possible at the Neil Dougherty Centre and the Arena Theatre.”
Day services aim to promote the health, well-being and independence of disabled and older people by offering a range of social activities based in venues and in the community.
Councillor Leach added: “We know that many people remain concerned about the Covid-19 situation, and I would like to reassure them that safety remains our top priority. Staff working within our Adult Social Care settings are still required to wear face masks and to test regularly for Covid infections.”