Following a successful pilot scheme, Leonard Cheshire is set to expand its reach across Wales with the roll out of a new disability support scheme.
The charity has secured a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund in Wales which will be used to help disabled individuals create change in their communities as part of a new My Voice, My Choice campaign.
The campaign will be rolled out across Wales over the next three years and has been given the green light following a successful pilot scheme in Swansea which led to the creation of the area’s Disability and Inclusion Panel.
A dedicated panel will now be formed in 12other parts of Wales and will allow people to discuss the difficulties that disabled people face and implement changes to make places more accessible.
The projects will help disabled people learn campaigning and advocacy skills to raise issues which affect them and explore options to create change.
Speaking to In Your Area, Kat Watkins, the panel chair for the Swansea Disability and Inclusion Panel said: “It is wonderful that My Voice, My Choice is going to run in other areas of Wales.
“Each area of Wales has specific needs that only the citizens of that town or city know about.
“Too often the voices of disabled people are drowned out and never given a platform to help make a difference: it is only through using the voices of disabled people that real changes happen.”