Cabinet councillors and parliamentary hopefuls joined to discuss what the future holds for people with learning disabilities in Northamptonshire this week, before taking part in a sing-along.
The event on Thursday, hosted by the Caring and Sharing Trust at its base in Cotton’s Farmhouse, Cogenhoe, saw members of Northamptonshire County Council’s Conservative cabinet field questions from an audience on the future of disability funding in the county.
Following a short questions and answers session, the panel was invited to take part in a sing-along with some of the trust’s service users and its patrons, including Northamptonshire South’s standing MP Andrea Leadsom, borough council leader David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm) and Northampton Labour group leader, Councillor Les Marriott (Lab, Semilong).
Founder of the trust, Lena Davis, said the event, named ‘sing from the same songsheet’ was about showing a united front towards disability care in the future.
She said: “The big message here today is that we are all working together.
“The point was so the councillors, the parents and the people who come here, could voice their appreciation for this place.”
The Caring and Sharing Trust in Cogenhoe sees around 20 people use the facility every day and holds regular events and meetings, which always end in a sing-along with its patrons and service users.
The facility opened 29 years ago, helping people with learning disabilities to find “friendship, acceptance, belonging and opportunities to flourish and grow as individuals”.
The converted farmhouse features a theatre, an art studio, library, therapy rooms and a music room.
For more information, visit its recently-launched website www.cottonsfarmhouse.org