Local children and young people’s charity, Chailey Heritage Foundation invited local Lewes MP, Maria Caulfield, to visit Chailey Heritage to meet young people, parents and team members as part of an initiative to help raise the profile in Parliament of disabled young people and the challenges faced by families on a day-to-day basis.
The visit that took place this Thursday 6th December supported the work undertaken by the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP), a coalition of charities that includes Chailey Heritage Foundation. https://disabledchildrenspartnership.org.uk/
Helen Hewitt, Chief Executive of Chailey Heritage Foundation, comments, “We were delighted to welcome our local MP Maria Caulfield to Chailey Heritage to hear the stories of our children and young adults from their families and those who work with them. It is so important to have their voice heard on a political level to help raise the awareness of young disabled people, to heighten their rights and the outcomes for them in society.”
Alison, parent Governor and Mollie’s mother, who uses the Life Skills Centre at Chailey Heritage continues, “It was great to meet Maria and talk to her about the challenges we face as parents of children with complex health and physical disabilities.
“Life is a constant battle against bureaucracy and funding cuts, in order to try to provide the best healthcare, education and accommodation for our children. It is crucial for the public and those in government to really understand the reality of living and looking after a disabled young person – and see and hear their experiences and challenges first hand. Raising awareness on a local level and having someone who can discuss our concerns with Ministers is so important.”