‘Our Town’, the innovative project supporting adults with learning disabilities, is now being extended to the Angmering, Littlehampton, Ferring, Rustington and East Preston areas by the Oak Community Project supported by the Partnerships and Communities team at West Sussex County Council.
The scheme was originally established in Horsham and now also operates in Chichester and Worthing. It offers support to adults with learning disabilities who become lost, unsure, or distressed.
All the adults taking part will be issued with a membership card that will have their name and the phone numbers of people who can come and assist them, as well as the local Police. If they need assistance while out, they will be able to go into any shop or business displaying an ‘Our Town’ window sticker.
Shops and venues taking part in the scheme will have training to offer basic help and can call one of the numbers on the card if the person requires more assistance.
Jacquie Russell, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “This is a fantastic initiative involving both local and national businesses who are participating in order to give much needed support to the vulnerable members of our communities and I am delighted to see that the take up of the ‘Our Town’ scheme has been really positive.
“As a Mid Sussex based County Councillor I will be speaking to my more local counterparts to discuss the possibility of extending this offer further north.
“I would like to send my personal thanks to all those involved at all locations who have taken the time and trouble to participate and do their bit for the most vulnerable adults in our community.”
All five West Sussex County Council Libraries in the area are taking part in the scheme alongside a number of shops and offices. It is envisaged that the scheme will be developed to include other groups of vulnerable people such as those with dementia.
To find out more about the initiative or if you want to get your shop, business or office building registered as an ‘Our Town’ location, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01903 859078 for more details.