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Giving people with learning disabilities a voice

Hear Our Voice event in Carlisle.

Hear Our Voice is a national campaign by MENCAP, aimed at giving people with disabilities a voice in the run up to the General Election.

The aim is to make sure that learning disabilities are firmly on the agenda of all political parties.

There are 1.4 million people across the UK who have a learning disability and they want their issues to be heard by local and national politicians.

Today was the launch of a film they've produced, which you can watch here.

The campaign aims to give people with learning disabilities a voice.

Carlisle MENCAP film encourages disabled people to vote

The aim is to encourage disabled people to vote. Credit: Carlisle MENCAP

A film made in Cumbria to encourage disabled people to vote will be distributed across the UK.

500 copies will be sent to disabled people and groups ahead of May's general election.

That's because the quality of the film, and message behind it, have been approved by the Cabinet Office, which has agreed to fund it.

The film called "Voting - hear my voice" was made at Carlisle's MENCAP centre.

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New West Cumberland Hospital to open in Autumn

West Cumberland Hospital

The new West Cumberland Hospital is expected to open this Autumn, it has been announced.

That's a boost because progress on the £90m hospital suffered a setback earlier this year, when a fire damaged the energy centre.

The hospital itself wasn't damaged, but was left without any source of electrical power or heating.

A fire damaged the energy centre.

Following the fire it has been important for us to carefully consider and test all of the options we had in order to allow us to move forward both quickly and, most importantly, safely.

We are very pleased to say that we are now back on track and the hospital will be opening to patients in Autumn this year. This is a real testament to the hard work and determination of our staff.

We look forward to arranging public open days in the coming months to allow members of the local community to come and view their fantastic new hospital before we open the doors later this year.”

– Les Morgan, director of redevelopment at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
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