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Portsmouth City Council 2011Portsmouth is building on its nationally recognised outstanding work around learning disabilities by hosting the city's first event to celebrate and teach people about the subject.

Portsmouth's learning disability service is inviting people with learning disabilities, their carers and professionals who work in the region to attend a free event on Wednesday 10th October.

The event will showcase the services available to people with learning disabilities in Portsmouth and will also feature a series of workshops for learning disability professionals, families and members of the public.

Portsmouth's learning disabilities team, which is a joint service run by Portsmouth City Council and Solent NHS Trust, has transformed the way it works with people with learning disabilities in the city. It is one of a handful of services in the country recognised as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, the care watchdog.

Anita Godson, founder of Lily and Lime, an award-winning social enterprise supporting people with learning disabilities into employment, said: "Within the innovative transformation, social enterprises have been supported to be part of both choice and change in Portsmouth for anybody with learning disabilities. This has brought exciting new choices to the offer and we have seen first-hand how this work transforms lives and futures."

Cllr Matthew Winnington, the council's Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care said: "Portsmouth's learning disability service is first rate. The team have taken a bold approach to how we work with people with learning disabilities in our city. We've brought together health and social care professionals to deliver more person centred care that aims to help people reach their full potential, supporting all to lead healthy independent lives within their own community.

"I'd encourage people from all walks of life to attend this event - not only will practitioners, service users and their carers benefit, members of the public might learn something new about the enormous potential of people with learning disabilities."

Mandy Sambrook, Operations Director for integrated Adult services in Portsmouth from Solent NHS Trust said: “We are incredibly proud to be part of such a pioneering service. The work they do to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities in Portsmouth is admirable. This service brings people together from different organisations and specialisms, enabling them to keep the patient at the heart of everything they do. This event will be fantastic for people in the city”.

The celebration and learning event will be held from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday 10 October at the Gunwharf Quays training academy, opposite Marks and Spencer. The event is a drop in format, so attendees are invited to attend at any point during the day. Full details of the day, including details of the workshops available, can be found by visiting healthandcare.portsmouth.gov.uk/celebration

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