Disability, Health and Labor Minister Chloe Smith hailed Warrington as a benchmark in disability care during a visit to the town to speak to disability champions and partners.
The Minister for the Department of Work and Pensions, who was joined by Warrington South MP Andy Carter, spent the day at the Warrington Disability Partnership, meeting its chief executive Dave Thompson and a number of local community groups and organizations from all over Cheshire.
She also took the time to try out a disability scooter on a special track developed by the Warrington Disability Partnership, to provide training for new users or people buying scooters from their disability-related business, Warrington Disability Trading. Company.
His visit came as the government announced a £2.5million package to help people with disabilities traveling with more confidence on the transport network when it reopens after coronavirus.
During her visit, the Minister also met players from the Warrington Wolves Physical Disability Rugby Leave (PDRL) team at Victoria Park. PDRL is a modified version of the game for anyone with a physical disability and/or an acquired brain injury that would typically prevent them from playing Rugby League.
Warrington South MP Andy Carter said: ‘We had an absolutely packed agenda here in Warrington today with Disability Minister Chloe Smith. Meeting with different partners from across Cheshire, he highlights how much work is being done in the disability sector here and the Warrington Disability Partnershipin particular, should be very proud of his achievements.
“Raising awareness of disabilities and promoting well-being through sport is also something I believe in. We want to be able to attract support from all sections of society, so it was great to take the Minister to Victoria Park to show her the great work the Warrington Wolves Foundation does and to meet some of the players.
“We all have a role to play in changing the mindset around disability, and employers and organizations in Warrington are rising to the challenge by creating more inclusive workplaces and communities.”
Disability, Health and Labor Minister Chloe Smith MP said: “It was fantastic to visit Warrington and see the wonderful work of the Warrington Disability Partnership in supporting people with disabilities to lead independent lives.
“It was also a real pleasure to meet some of the Warrington Wolves Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) team and see firsthand the value and transformative power of sport in the local community.”