A CHARITY has launched a new service in Mevagissey to help disabled people to be more involved in their community.
Scope, which had run a group for disabled people in Lanlivery, decided to look at alternative locations closer to the town centre and launched the service at the Mevagissey Activity Centre on Friday.
The new service will support disabled people in the area to make friends, develop new skills and projects, alongside other local people.
St Austell and Newquay MP Stephen Gilbert launched the service with the help of two disabled football teams.
Disabled service-users, community organisations and commissioners also joined in with the celebration.
According to research by the charity, 40 per cent of people in the UK do not know a disabled person and 90 per cent of people have never had a disabled person visit their house.
Scope has said a consultation with service-users, their families and staff and from its Lanlivery centre identified that they wanted more choice, more opportunities in the community and a wider range of things to do.
It will now work in close partnership with the Mevagissey Activity Centre, local activity and community groups and businesses in the fishing port, to ensure that a range of existing activities, from sport to cooking to drama, are made accessible to disabled people.
Sue Pegler, service manager, said: "Over the past year, we have been developing a new service that will support disabled people in Cornwall to be more involved in community life.
"A clear message from the disabled people we work with is that they want to be able to take part in the same activities as everyone else in the area.
"Mevagissey is the ideal base for this, and we are already working with local groups, centres and businesses, to make sure activities in the area are accessible for disabled people."
"Thank you to everyone who's supported Scope."