Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise (PDSE) has joined forces with charity the Plymouth Highbury Trust to develop an innovative dental ambassador scheme which will see a group of those using the charity trained to support their peers with good oral health practices and awareness.
It is the first time that such a dental initiative – where those with learning disabilities will assist their peers – has been introduced in the UK.
The Plymouth Highbury Trust supports adults with a learning disability across the city. Part of its work includes a self-advocacy organisation called Plymouth People First which runs speaking-up groups across the city and which has over 120 members.
The charity works closely with PDSE, not least with the involvement of dental students from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry as part of their training.