Robert votes in the General Election
At Heathcotes, we are hugely passionate about providing a better quality life for people with learning disabilities, and ensuring that the people we support are able to play a full and active part in society. Promoting dignity, citizenship and social inclusion is a crucial part of that mission, so we strongly believe that people with a Learning Disability should be supported to have their say in the upcoming general election.
For this reason, we made it our mission to encourage everyone we support to register to vote, and have a say in shaping the future of our country. A person with a learning disability has exactly the same rights to vote as anyone else, yet many individuals with a learning disability are not exercising that right and as a result, are significantly underrepresented at the ballot box.
Our team have been working hard over the last few weeks, producing easy read information and explaining the question and the process. We hope that this will enable our residents to make a more informed choice at the polls. Of course it was important that we were clear that there is no right or wrong answer, and we worked hard to ensure that the support staff who were passing this information on, did not express their own views.
One of our residents in particular, Robert, who lives at Blythe Bridge has previously suffered with social anxieties and was very reluctant to access the community. Robert and his staff team have worked very hard to overcome this and last June Robert overcame his fears and went to his local polling station to take part in the “Brexit” vote. Since then Robert has developed an interest in taking part in local politics and is a familiar face at the polling station!
After looking at the various available options Robert went to vote in the Staffordshire County Council election, he was very proud to have played his part in deciding who will be the next Councillor for his area. Robert is now looking forward to voting in the General Election vote on the 8th June.
If you have experience of promoting citizenship and social inclusion for people with Learning Disabilities, we’d love to hear from you.