Hampshire County Council scoops award for putting people first

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A HAMPSHIRE County Council training programme that helps people with learning disabilities has won a care award.

The Friendship, Assertiveness, Choice, Empowerment and Social Skills (Faces) programme won the Putting People First category in the Great South East Care awards and is through to the national finals.

The programme trains staff in the council’s learning disability services to support people with learning disabilities to develop their life and social skills, helping them to communicate how they would like to live their life and what is important to them.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, executive member for adult social care and public health, said: ‘It is vital that, whatever their disability, people are able to live the life they choose.

‘Faces gives people with learning disabilities the skills and confidence to make their thoughts, feelings and choices known.

‘Faces is part of our approach to helping people to live more independently, with greater choice and control over their lives.’