An Ealing charity received a visit from Ealing Central and Acton MP Dr Rupa Huq last week.

Certitude is a charity which has been providing a range of support services to people with learning disabilities and their families throughout Ealing for more than 25 years.

The charity aims to provide those it supports with ways of playing an active role in the local community.

Ealing Central and Acton MP Dr Rupa Huq visited a number of their houses to meet people helped by the charity.

Rupa Huq said: “Following an inspiring morning visiting the Certitude houses, I was delighted to bump into some familiar faces from Certitude at the Ealing SEND Fair which is organised for parents, carers, children and young people with Special Educational Needs or disabilities living in Ealing.”

Aisling Duffy, Chief Executive of Certitude was delighted that Rupa Huq was able to take the time to meet and chat with people. 

She said: “It’s fantastic to have our local MP taking an interest in our approach and engaging with people we support.

“For most people, life is more full, happy and interesting when connected with others – volunteering, socialising and being connected with local groups.

We support lots of people with learning disabilities, as well as their families and carers who feel the same – that an active life is a good life.”

Dr Huq visited two houses in the constituency.

People she spoke to told her about their busy lives; going to college, meeting up with friends, working and being part of Certitude’s Community Choir were just a few examples.

Learning to travel independently has had a big impact for many of the people Dr Huq spoke to and has opened up so many more choices.

A couple of people described their plans for the weekend – going clubbing in Essex!