Hundreds expected at conference in Kettering

Cllr Andrew Grant

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Hundreds of people are meeting at Kettering Conference Centre today (Tuesday) for a special event focused on disabled people.

The Transitions Big Event was open to disabled young people, their families, carers and others who work closely with them to learn about Northamptonshire County Council’s new approach to supporting young people with disabilities and learning difficulties.

The new Transitions service intends to improve the development from childhood to adulthood in disabled people aged 14 to 25.

Cabinet member for public health and social care, Cllr Robin Brown, said: “We want to make sure all of Northamptonshire’s disabled young people have a positive experience as they grow up and transition in to adulthood.”

The county council is one of the first in the country to embark on this new approach.

Cllr Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children, learning and skills, said: “Part of our ambition in creating the new transitions service is to make sure that as young people with disabilities grow older and become adults, they are successfully moved on to education, employment or training opportunities.”

Everyone attending the Big Event will take part in workshops and sessions to find out information about the new service, there will also be a chance to give feedback on what improvements they would like to see.

It is believed that the event will be very worthwhile and those who attend will go away with knowledge on employment pathways, apprenticeships, colleges and volunteering opportunities.