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Council's 'Bring a Butty' session is toast
A "Bring a Butty" lunchtime learning session to hear about problems faced by disabled people failed to whet the appetites of Wirral social services staff.
Managers have been forced to cancel the event due to lack of interest.
The session, scheduled for noon today at Birkenhead Town Hall, was announced earlier this month in an email from their manager to all staff at the department for adult social services.
The message heralded it as "a chance to hear about some of the important work going on across Wirral...the knowledge could improve how you work or it could provide an opportunity for joint working with benefits for all."
But this morning a somewhat terse follow-up email glumly said: "The 'Bring a Butty' session has been cancelled due to poor take up. Thank you."
Had there been a more enthusiastic response, workers would have been addressed by Chris Wardle from Merseyside Disability Federation.
The email invitation says: "They help you so you can be more effective in your work of breaking down the barriers faced by disabled people."
Council chief executive Graham Burgess said: “The department has just completed a round of staff roadshows, which were well attended by several hundred people.
"The events were extremely useful and resulted in many valuable contributions from across a number of different service areas. "As these only finished last week, the decision was taken to cancel today’s session.
“There are a range of activities now going on to make sure that staff are given opportunities to meet face to face with managers and raise any concerns or suggestions that they have.
"There have been criticisms in the past about lack of engagement - this is just one of several ways in which we are addressing this and we make no apology for doing so.”