Learning disabled people empowered to support each other

Published: Friday, May 15, 2020

The council’s partnership with Generate, which has already seen the launch of a shopping service for vulnerable people, has been expanded to include a service in which people with learning disabilities deliver hot food to other learning disabled people.

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Tooting-based Generate, which supports people with learning disabilities, already runs a volunteer shop and drop scheme with the council for vulnerable people who were struggling with shopping during the lockdown.

Generate noticed that people with learning disabilities who were in receipt of food parcels sometimes did not know what some of the items were or how to cook them. Generate and the council contacted the charity Share Community to see if they could help.

Share runs a catering service run by people with learning disabilities and jumped at the chance to help. In just days, they have set up service delivering more than 125 meals to around 25 service users and three carers, making their first delivery this week.

The food is delivered by people with learning disabilities from Generate. It’s anticipated that in the future all meals will be cooked by people with learning disabilities who attend Share’s cooking programme.

The service is offered to all people with learning disabilities and family members and carers that live with them. They can be referred by their day services and/or social workers.  This service is being offered free of charge during COVID-19.

Cllr Melanie Hampton, cabinet member for social care and health, said: “It is heartwarming to see the community’s response to COVID-19 and I am delighted that Generate and Share are working with those with learning disabilities and their family and friends to help others.  The speed of engagement and the collaboration between the council and the voluntary sector has been of real benefit to so many.”