05 June 2013

People are invited to a celebration event planned to officially mark the launch of the new Rights Charter for people with learning disabilities.

What is the Rights Charter?

The new charter details what people with learning disabilities should expect when using services in Northamptonshire. It has been produced by the Learning Disability Partnership Board and aims to make sure disabled people are treated in the same way as everyone else.

The document has been signed by various local organisations as part of their commitment to ensuring people are treated equally and they have agreed to work to it in their dealings with customers who have a learning disability.

How to attend the celebration event

The celebration event will be hosted by Northamptonshire County Council chief executive Paul Blantern and will include stalls, a play, a workshop and a buffet lunch. There will also be speeches by Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds, disability equality campaigner Jane Cordell and Richard, a young man with learning disabilities, who will speak about his experience of hate crime.

The event will take place on 26th June at Kettering Conference Centre from 9.15am to 1.45pm.

To book a place, people should fill in the form on the learning disability partnership board website or telephone Lisa Cousins on 01536 532884.

Councillor Suresh Patel, county council cabinet member for adult social care said: “Everyone has the right to be treated in the same way, including people with learning disabilities. On behalf of the county council, I am very happy to support the launch of the Rights Charter and commend all the organisations who have also signed this important document.

“The celebration event will be a great opportunity for everyone to gather together and mark the launch of the charter. I hope as many people as possible come along and enjoy the day.”

Who has signed up to the charter?

The organisations who have signed up to the charter are:

  • Corby Borough Council
  • Corby Healthcare Commissioning
  • East Midlands Ambulance Service
  • East Northants District Council
  • Kettering Borough Council
  • Kettering General Hospital
  • Nene Commissioning
  • Northampton Borough Council
  • Northampton General Hospital
  • Northamptonshire County Council
  • Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
  • Northamptonshire Police
  • South Northants District Council
  • Wellingborough Council