Enfield Council celebrates excellence in disabled care

ENFIELD Council celebrated achieving a top award for its care of the disabled last week. The borough was awarded Beacon status for its work helping disabled adults live independently last year.

Along with Middlesbrough Council, which is a Beacon council for the same reason, the council hosted a celebratory dinner at the Royal York Hotel, York on Monday to spread best practice to other parts of the country.

Disabled people from Enfield joined with council officers to hold workshops and held question and answer sessions with doctors and social workers from councils around the country.

The council received the award after achieving top marks in every category assessed under the Government scheme.

It was found to have demonstrated a “clear vision, excellent services and a willingness to innovate.”

Cllr Don McGowan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Older People and Adult Social Services said “Enfield Council is proud of how it has transformed the lives of many of our vulnerable adults and young people by allowing them to be able to live independently, sometimes for the first time in their lives.

“We are delighted to share the stage with Middlesbrough in providing top class services to our citizens, and this event allows us to publicise and share best practice with other authorities.”

The Beacon programme – now called the Local Innovation Awards Scheme – is run jointly by the Communities and Local Government and the Local Government Association to reward excellent practice among local authorities.