Dr Tania Mathias MP visits us in Richmond

On Thursday 8th December, Dr Tania Mathias MP visited Cross Street and The Lodge, popping in for a mince pie and a cup of tea.

Cross Street (Hampton Hill) and The Lodge (Whitton) provide supported living to people with learning disabilities and autism.

Aisling Duffy and Eleri Ebenezer, Chair of the Certitude Board, talked to Dr Mathias about staff’s commitment to supporting people to live the best life they can. Dr Mathias – who is an NHS doctor herself – was -particularly interested in understanding how people can be supported to be active in the local community.

Staff at The Lodge prepared a short video which demonstrated the progress one person has made since moving in, in February. Dr Mathias was clearly moved by the video and impressed by the changes which had taken place.

Aisling Duffy commented: “It was lovely to have a visit from a local MP who was so genuinely interested in what we are doing. The teams at Cross Street and The Lodge are really inspiring and we are delighted with the progress people have made there. People with learning disabilities have much to contribute and benefit from living within their local communities. However, there is a lot more we can all do to ensure adults with learning disabilities are better understood and are able to live a more fulfilling life, connected with the wider community.”