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Yoga session starts Bishop’s Stortford Learning Disabilities Forum meeting

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Stakeholders joined forces at Bishop’s Stortford Learning Disabilities Forum’s latest meeting.

The event at Rhodes Arts Complex was attended by people with special needs, their families and support staff, care providers, social workers, businesses and community groups to discuss their concerns.

After an introduction with coordinator Jools Abrams, whose 46-year-old brother Rob is a user of Hft’s services in the town, around 20 attendees kicked off proceedings with a yoga session lead by carer Sara Kent.

There were also brief presentations from Ann Tinker, of Hertfordshire County Council’s Work Solutions, which offers tailored support to help people with learning, physical or sensory disabilities; autism and mental ill health find and stay in work, and both Actability and Bedazzled – two inclusive drama and performance groups offering classes in the town to young people with special needs.

There was also a visit from Police Community Support Officer Adam Pemberton.

Sid Perry, who runs the Wiggly Willow café in Crown Terrace which supports people with learning difficulties, entertained with Christmas carols and after a hot drink and festive mince pies, the Purple All Stars - a group of Hertfordshire people with special needs who use creative arts to campaign for better health care – performed.

The forum’s next meeting will take place from 1pm to 3pm on March 21, back at the Rhodes Arts Complex.

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