Rachel has officially opened the brand-new office for a service which will support disabled people in Redditch.

In January 2017 the Disability Support Project was founded by Alex Powell and Natt Tempest, two friends whose lives had both been affected by ill health and disability. Alex had been in a car accident and had been left wheelchair bound, while Natt was searching for someone reliable to help him with disability benefits. Alex then found there was a lack of support in this area to help him after his accident.

A few months later, the duo began to draw up plans for a voluntary organisation which assisted people with benefits, adaptions and accessing the community. This was how the Disability Support Project came to be. By April 2017, the project was supporting more than 100 people and won the ‘Redditch No Barriers Award’ from the local council. Alex and Natt then gained the support of Councillor Anita Clayton.

And last Friday (August 31st), Rachel officially opened the Disability Support Project’s brand-new office at the Ecumenical Centre.

Rachel said: “It was a huge honour to be asked to officially open the Disability Support Project’s new office at the Ecumenical Centre. They are already doing incredible work for people who need support.

“It was inspiring to speak to Alex and Natt about why they wanted to set-up a voluntary service. I want to wish them both, and the charity, all the best for the future as they continue to support and improve the lives of people with disabilities.”