Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

12/06/08 MP hails cash boost for West Lancs Positive Living

LABOUR MP Rosie Cooper has hailed a government cash boost which has secured the future of a local organisation.

Rosie Cooper MP raises a glass to celebrate WLPL’s grant boost along with Tess Reddington and members of the organisation

West Lancs Positive Living, which helps people with learning disabilities, has been awarded £50,000 of Government funding from the Investing in Business scheme. Coupled with a charitable donation from the Baily Thomas Foundation, WLPL is now set for a bright future.

West Lancs Positive Living, which is based at Certacs House, Westgate, Old Skelmersdale, is a supported living scheme for adults with learning disabilities run by family members. Its aim is to maximise social inclusion, life choices and independence for people with learning disabilities and their families.

Rosie, MP for West Lancashire, said: “West Lancs Positive Living does fantastic work in the community and this money from the Labour Government is a real vote of confidence in what they are doing.

“They support more than 20 people each month through a range of social activities designed to build confidence and increase independence which is great for the service users and their families.

“In the past, WLPL’s funding has meant that it could only plan ahead for six months at the most. The cash injection now means the organisation can set some real long-term ambitions.

“I’m delighted for Tess Reddington who has put in so much hard work since starting up WLPL in February 2005 to make it such a success, as well the membership.”

If you would like to know more about person-centred support for people with learning disabilities, contact 07518 347559 or email wlpositive@gmail.com

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