North West charity the Together Trust has joined the Disabled Children’s Partnership to work with like minded organisations to improve health and social care services.
The Disabled Children’s Partnership is a group of disability and children’s charities, which was formed in 2015 and is the successor of the Every Disabled Child Matters campaign (EDCM).
This year the partnership will be working with young people and their families to start a new public facing campaign in England.
Children and young people across England are facing a critical time in terms of the support services they receive as the general election approaches and a new government is elected with a new manifesto.
The Together Trust has joined as a supporter of the group alongside 25 other charities including Mencap, Scope and the National Autistic Society.
Together Trust chief executive Mark Lee said: “It’s a relaunch of the agenda that EDCM led for more than ten years.
“It’s about ensuring disabled children and families’ needs are recognised in legislation and policies in their local areas, so they have access to becoming the citizens they want to be.
“As a collective group we will be able to have more impact than any charity could do on their own.
“Public awareness about the experience and opportunities for disabled people is limited because half of the population don’t know anyone who is disabled.”
He added: “The starting point is raising awareness with government, policy makers, local and national heads of department to build a groundswell for change.
“We will have real involvement in taking this forward across Greater Manchester.”
The Partnership is planning to launch their new campaign in the summer after gathering the views of young people, their families and carers across the country.
Chair of the Disabled Children’s Partnership Amanda Batten said: “Our campaign is all about sharing the experiences of disabled children and those caring for them, and we want to make sure we get it right.
“We want to understand more about the day-to-day lives of disabled children, young people and their families and use this to help our campaign.
“With your help we can tell the stories that need telling.”
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For more information about the work that the Together Trust do to support more than 2,600 vulnerable children annually across the North West visit: https://www.togethertrust.org.uk/