The Weston & District Society is believed to be the only society which supports both mentally handicapped/ learning difficulties and those with cerebral palsy and other allied conditions. The society offers practical help, advice and support to those we represent including carers. This help takes many forms and has been shown to make a substantial contribution to those we seek to support.
The success and growth of this society is due to the way we are financed by our investments and fund raising activities together with the fact we are staffed by unpaid volunteers. Hence our money is used directly to help solve local problems.
With the introduction of The Community Care Act the Society is endevouring to take its full part to ensure that the people it represents are supported in being integrated into the local community so that they may live their lives in a normal and dignified manner.
The society has representation on all Health and local government committees and will support positive change.
The Weston & District Society for the spastic and mentally handicapped was formed by a group of parents in 1954 and duly affiliated to the National society for Mentally Handicapped Children (adults were included in 1980 ), later known as Mencap. At the same time the society affiliated to The Spastics Society (which was renamed SCOPE in 1994). It is becoming evident that these national societies are becoming increasingly remote and appear to have lost touch with local issues. At our AGM 2001 the members accepted the Chairman’s report to dis-affiliate from both National groups and continue to be highly focused on local issues as well as following national trends.