Council leader James Alexander meets self-help group

Council leader James Alexander, left, visiting York People First, a local independent self-advocay group run by people with learning disabilities, at the York Eco Business Centre, Clifton Moor, where he was pictured talking to staff members

Council leader James Alexander, left, visiting York People First, a local independent self-advocay group run by people with learning disabilities, at the York Eco Business Centre, Clifton Moor, where he was pictured talking to staff members

First published in News

YORK’S council leader has been given a first-hand look at the work of a group which is run by and for people with learning disabilities.

Coun James Alexander visited York People First, a local independent self-advocacy group, to learn about how it provides a place for York residents with learning difficulties to speak up about their rights, abilities and strengths and transmit these to the local community.

He met its chair, Becca Cooper, and members Shaun Lavery, Andy Pollin, Kate Hardcastle, Michael Scott, Martin Lee and Sandra Gilpin.

Coun Alexander said: “I was keen to learn more about York People First, their challenges and how we can work together to improve services for people with learning difficulties in York, as well as listening to their inspirational way of working.”

Becca said the group discussed issues such as the living wage, payments for personal assistants and changes to bus services used by those York People First helps.

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12:41pm Wed 21 Nov 12

atorycouncil2014 says...

Its a shame that Cllr Alexander has just abolished the council committee this group used to sit on!

I'm sure they'll be very happy that rather than having quarterly meetings to advise the council and affect policy they now instead have the pleasure of being in a one off photo opportunity.
Its a shame that Cllr Alexander has just abolished the council committee this group used to sit on! I'm sure they'll be very happy that rather than having quarterly meetings to advise the council and affect policy they now instead have the pleasure of being in a one off photo opportunity. atorycouncil2014
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3:31pm Sat 24 Nov 12

M.Lucas says...

atorycouncil2014 wrote:
Its a shame that Cllr Alexander has just abolished the council committee this group used to sit on!

I'm sure they'll be very happy that rather than having quarterly meetings to advise the council and affect policy they now instead have the pleasure of being in a one off photo opportunity.
It's not a very good photo opportunity...

It looks as though Cllr Alexander is angrily lecturing them...
[quote][p][bold]atorycouncil2014[/bold] wrote: Its a shame that Cllr Alexander has just abolished the council committee this group used to sit on! I'm sure they'll be very happy that rather than having quarterly meetings to advise the council and affect policy they now instead have the pleasure of being in a one off photo opportunity.[/p][/quote]It's not a very good photo opportunity... It looks as though Cllr Alexander is angrily lecturing them... M.Lucas
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