Minister of State for Disabled People visits Hertfordshire Action on Disability

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The Minister is joined by HAD board members Nigel Dotchin, Liddy Lawrence, Justin Patten, Dave Cocks and Chief Executive Annabelle Waterfield

Newly appointed Minister of State for Disabled People, Mike Penning, visited Hertfordshire Action on Disability (HAD) on February 6.

The Minister spent two hours at the Welwyn Garden City charity following an invitation from their Chief Executive Annabelle Waterfield.

The MP for Hemel Hempstead chatted to staff and looked at the organisation’s key services – an equipment centre, 24-hour accessible transport service and driving centre.

Mr Penning said: “It is vital that disabled people are given the same access to opportunities as non-disabled people. Travel can sometimes be a barrier to this.

“So I was very impressed with the support HAD gives to people with disabilities, particularly the work they do through their transport service.

“We are working hard to break down barriers through schemes such as Access to Work.  This provides financial support towards the extra costs faced by disabled people at work and can include travel costs, as well as support workers and specialist aids.”

Annabelle Waterfield was encouraged by the visit: “It was a really positive meeting with the Minister confident that some of his staff can come and work with us in the future. Our relationship with Hemel Hempstead is already a strong one as we have developed a good association with the town over recent years. This was enhanced when we launched a seating clinic in Alston Road, Boxmoor, last year.”

For more information about HAD’s seating clinic and all their other services visit www.hadnet.org.uk or phone 01707 324581.

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