West Lothian’s Provost Tom Kerr hosted a Civic Reception to mark the 60th Anniversary of ENABLE Scotland, at West Lothian Civic Centre on Tuesday 29 April.
Around 60 people including service users, ENABLE support assistants and ENABLE trustees. Council officers and elected members also attended the event.
ENABLE Scotland is the largest voluntary organisation in Scotland of and for children and adults who have learning disabilities and their families. The charity has a strong voluntary network with around 4000 members in 44 local branches and via individual membership across Scotland.
Around a third of its members have a learning disability. ENABLE Scotland campaigns to improve the lives of people who have learning disabilities and their families and carers. ENABLE Scotland also provides social care services to more than 2,000 people across Scotland who have learning disabilities or mental health problems.
Provost Tom Kerr said: “ENABLE Scotland provides much needed and innovative support in every part of the country - through early intervention, family based respite, supported living, education schemes, work experience and support for employers. It is a fantastic organisation which does incredible work with people with learning disabilities.
“On behalf of the people of West Lothian and the council I would like to wish everyone involved with the organisation – service users, families, carers, staff and volunteers – best wishes on this special Anniversary.”
In West Lothian ENABLE provides a range of services and support including:
Supported Living services
Three Care Homes
Local ACE Group
Peter Scott, ENABLE Scotland CEO, commented: “ENABLE Scotland is delighted that our work and our 60th Anniversary is being recognised in this way in West Lothian.
“We have a local branch in Livingston which runs activities and opportunities for people who have learning disabilities and their family carers with the chance to come together for peer support and friendship. We help people every step of the way including through difficult times of diagnosis and transition.”
For more information about ENABLE Scotland visit: www.enable.org.uk/aboutus/aboutenablescotland