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Council awarded funding to support residents with learning disabilities

Mobile device being used outdoors

Herefordshire Council is delighted to have been awarded £285,500 from the Department of Health to help residents with learning disabilities live more independently across the county.

The funding, which is part of the Department of Health’s housing and technology capital fund, aims to encourage the expansion of suitable housing for people with learning disabilities and will enable the council to provide assistive technology such as automated doors, video door entry and personal lifeline systems.

It will also provide residents with ‘Just Checking’ equipment, an easy to use online activity monitoring system, which helps people be more independent in their home and ‘Brain in Hand’ mobile technology, which offers support when people are out and about.

The funding will help residents across the county but will focus on 12 current supported housing schemes for those with learning disabilities in Hereford, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye, which will benefit up to 90 individuals.

Martin Samuels, Herefordshire Council’s director for adults and wellbeing, said: “We are delighted that our assistive technology scheme has been recognised by the Department of Health with the award of such substantial funding. It is a truly worthwhile scheme which will benefit a number of residents across the county with learning disabilities.

“The use of assistive technology will provide residents with greater choice, increased confidence and independence and enable them to feel safe and secure in their own homes and communities. It will also provide peace of mind for family and friends, knowing their loved ones are fully supported to live more independently.”

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