Kingston Council has appointed a new Disability Champion to coincide with the International Day of Disabled Persons (3 December).
Councillor Christine Stuart, who is a ward councillor for Chessington South, will be taking on the role to be an advocate for children, young people and adults with disabilities who live in the borough.
Cllr Christine Stuart, said:
“It is an honour having been 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, 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.”
The champion role supports the objectives of Kingston’s first joint health and social care All Age Learning Disabilities strategy that was jointly developed by the Council, Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Achieving for Children (AfC) and Your Healthcare. The strategy was approved at Children's & Adults Care & Education Committee in November this year.
Cllr Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council, said:
“Thank you to everyone who contributed to creating 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 and ensure that their voices are represented in how we shape services.”
The appointment will be confirmed at Full Council on 11 December.