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A louder voice for people with learning disabilities and autism

Dimensions has recruited Alicia Wood, co-founder of Learning Disability England, to head a newly formed policy and public affairs team.

The new team will be responsible for working at all levels of government to achieve real change that benefits the million-plus people with learning disabilities and autism in the UK.

They will build on the success of Dimensions’ current social change campaigns such as Love Your Vote and #ImWithSam, and policy work on topics such as care and treatment reviews and social housing.

Jackie Fletcher, Group Director at Dimensions, comments: “I’m thrilled that Alicia is to join Dimensions. We have partnered closely with Learning Disability England from their inception and retaining Alicia’s skills for the sector is a critical component of achieving the social change we all want to see.”

Alicia Wood said, “I’m looking forward to joining an organisation that is so ambitious for the people it supports and their families and also shares Learning Disability England’s priorities.

Tackling hate crime, encouraging more people to vote, driving the Transforming Care agenda and improving health outcomes are all things close to my heart.”

“By incorporating people with learning disabilities and family experts within the new policy and public affairs team, Dimensions has also signalled that it will effect change in the right way – through putting the people it supports and their families front and centre.”

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For more information, interviews, and case studies contact Hannah McCreesh, Communications and PR Officer at Dimensions, on (e) Hannah.mccreesh@dimensions-uk.org (t) 0300 303 9062.

Dimensions provides evidence-based, outcomes-focused support for people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs. We help people be actively involved in their communities.

We are one of the largest not-for-profit support providers in the UK. We currently support around 3,500 people and their families throughout England and Wales with help from our 7,000 members of staff.

We have been providing support packages for families for 40 years. We offer a range of support services to adults of all ages, including those with complex needs or challenging behaviour.

We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation, not here for commercial gain. This means we’re able to invest all our efforts and resources into the important things – which is helping the people we support lead happy and fulfilled lives.