Officials listened to my son’s care plight

Jason Ferguson at Calder Valley Club, Mytholmroyd.
Jason Ferguson at Calder Valley Club, Mytholmroyd.

A man has received the social care package he wanted, thanks to the efforts of his father, support from his MP and a listening ear given by a council social services chief.

Jason Ferguson’s life was thrown into turmoil following Calderdale Council’s decision to change how it funded day care for those who needed it.

The 38-year-old, of Halifax, is wheelchair-bound and has learning difficulties but has always felt part of the family at Calder Valley Club, at Mytholmroyd, where he is a member of the committee.

Jason’s father David, of Wheatley, was angered by the way his son’s case was handled and was adamant he would take the matter further.

Almost 12 months on from when Jason believed he would have to stop attending the club because of cost issues following the changes, he is now able to attend Calder Valley Club three days a week.

David Ferguson took the matter up with his MP, Halifax’s Linda Riordan, and the council’s director of adults, health and social care, Bev Maybury, and both have earned his praise for their efforts.

“Bev took it on from the start of the year and she’s been absolutely brilliant and I would like to thank her from the bottom of my heart. Jason’s support service in every way is better,” he said.