I was delighted to open the new premises for Disability Focus at Dartington. This charity has grown to support 700 disabled people and their carers in managing their direct payments. I was able to meet Disability Focus' first client, still singing their praises and enthusiastic about the independence that managing her own budget had given her. The ability to employ a personal assistant can be greatly valued especially where charities like Disability Focus help to manage the complexities of becoming an employer.
Congratulations to Victoria Conway, Derek Knowles and all of the dedicated team of staff and volunteers