On Friday 20th January, Justin Madders MP visited four of his constituents in Ellesmere Port, to find out more about their lives and discuss the challenges facing young people with learning disabilities.

United Response is a national charity which supports people with learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities and mental health needs, to live their lives to the fullest.

As a disability charity with over 40 years’ experience of transforming people’s lives, United Response seeks to show how tailored support for young people with a learning disabilities removes many of the barriers they face on the journey from childhood into adulthood.

The charity offers young people a combination of housing options, further education, social inclusion and employment opportunities all within an individual’s local area.

In Ellesmere Port, United Response provides an innovative care service, which mirrors a mainstream student experience. It enables young people to leave their family home and enrol in local mainstream colleges, increasing their independence and skills, whilst being supported in the community.  

Mr Madders met four young people, Tom, Alisha, William and Sarah, who are all supported by United Response to live independently in their community, mirroring the experience of many other people in their early twenties.

They welcomed Mr Madders into their home and talked to him about their day-to-day lives and the things which matter to them in their community, including their local youth clubs and the maintenance of their road.

Carol Sheperd, Senior Support Worker at United Response, said: “The visit was a fantastic opportunity for Tom, Alisha, William and Sarah to talk to their MP about the things that matter to them. They really enjoyed meeting Mr Madders and telling him about their lives.”

Justin said, “It was a pleasure to visit these young adults who all had a positive outlook on life and were determined to play their part in the community.”

To find out more about the support United Response offers to people with disabilities across England and Wales, visit: www.unitedresponse.org.uk