People with disabilities treated Sandwell’s social care chief to a performance of Christmas songs when she visited a day centre in West Bromwich. Councillor Ann Shackleton, the council’s cabinet member for social care, met people who use the Stoney Lane Day Centre, which provides day opportunities for adults with physical and learning disabilities. Councillor Shackleton joined singer Rajni Patel and others in a Christmas sing-song.

And she also met people making flower arrangements and using the sensory room at the centre. Stoney Lane recently won a first prize in the West Midlands Flower Show.

Councillor Shackleton said: “It was lovely to meet everyone at Stoney Lane, and see the wonderful work that goes on there.

“Staff in our disability day opportunities service do a fantastic job, supporting people to get involved in activities both in and outside the centre.

“The service gives people with learning disabilities and physical disabilities the opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and take part in community activities.”