MP Jesse Norman attends young person's disability forum

UK Transport Minister and MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, Jesse Norman was just one of the guests attending the county’s first young person’s disability forum, hosted by Herefordshire Council on Friday 7 September.

The forum was organised by Cameron Wood from The Young Person’s Network and gave young people between the ages of 14 and 25, with additional needs and disabilities, the chance to talk and ask questions about the issues that affect their lives.

The event was also attended by young people with disabilities, carers and representatives from Herefordshire Council, including Councillor Elissa Swinglehurst, Herefordshire National Autistic Society and the Wye Valley NHS Trust.

Cameron Wood, the Young Person’s Network project lead said: “I was delighted with the number of young people that came along to the forum and joined in with the discussions and asked some really probing questions, ranging from access to activities and services to educational provision. 

“I would like to thank Jesse Norman MP for taking the time to attend the forum and Herefordshire Council for hosting the event and all of the representatives from the council and the Herefordshire National Autistic Society who came along to answer questions.  The themes of the discussions will be fed back within each organisation.

 “We plan to hold annual forums which we hope will continue to give young people with disabilities the opportunity to discuss the issues that affect their daily lives with the people who can help to make a difference.”

Jesse Norman, MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire added: “I would like to thank Cameron for all of his hard work in organising a successful first forum, and for inviting me along to join the conversation.  I was really grateful for the opportunity to discuss these really important issues that affect young people living with disabilities and their families across the county. 

“I hope that everyone who attended the forum found it useful. I certainly did.”

Councillor Elissa Swinglehurst, cabinet member for children and families said: “Well done to Cameron for arranging the forum on behalf of the Young Person’s Network.  Hopefully the forums will become an important platform to help the county’s young people with disabilities to get their voices heard.”

Anyone aged between 16 and 18 years of age who is interested in getting involved or would like to find out more, email the Young Person's Network project or follow @ypnetworkHerefd on twitter.

Published: 24th September 2018