A week-long series of events will be taking place across Gloucestershire to mark Learning Disability Week 2014.
The annual event is organised nationally by the charity Mencap. Locally there will be an Employment Showcase, as well as many opportunities to find out about the support and activities available to people with learning disabilities in the county.
The events, organised under the umbrella of the Gloucestershire Learning Disabilities Board, start on Monday (June 16).
Jan Marriott and Zara Humphrey are co-chairs of the Gloucestershire Learning Disability Partnership Board and said: “Learning Disability Awareness Week is a great way of getting everyone together to find out more about help and services available for people with learning disabilities, while having fun at the same time.
“It is brilliant to see so many organisations working together to put on a week-long series of events to raise awareness of the support on offer in Gloucestershire right throughout the year.
“We would encourage everyone to get involved. Find out what’s on and come along to some of the planned events to pick up some information.”
Simon Shorrick, of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust’s Health Facilitation Team, is coordinating the event with the Board.
He said: “We really hope people will take the opportunity to get involved in the week. It’s a great opportunity to get together and celebrate everything people with learning disabilities in Gloucestershire do, and what we support organisations have to offer.
“There’s a lot happening so I’d encourage everyone who has a learning disability, as well as their friends, families, support workers and carers, to get involved.”
Events taking place during the week include:
An open day at Jamats Activity Centre for Adults with Special Needs, in London Road, Gloucester. From 10am until 3pm on Monday June 16. Find out about exercise, drama, life skills, jewellery making, bingo, and lots more.
An event at Kingfisher Treasure Seekers Shop, in Westgate Street, Gloucester. From 10am until 3pm on Tuesday June 17. Take part in creative workshops and find out about arts, crafts, music and discos.
A drop in event at Let’s Talk, at the Stanway Centre, Swindon Road, Cheltenham. From 11am until 3pm on Tuesday June 17. Talk to one of our advisers about emotional wellbeing, stress, anxiety and depression.
Open house at Gloucestershire Voices, Lansdown, Stroud. From 12 noon until 2pm on Tuesday June 17. Learn more about local health and social resources, advice, support and drama group.
All seven community hospitals and Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals will have displays in their reception areas. Sessions will also be held at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General for people to look at hospital equipment and talk to nurses about medical matters on Tuesday June 16.
An open day at Grapevine Care Farm, The Tynings, Walmore Hill, Minsterworth. From 10am until 4pm on Wednesday June 18 you can find out about the farm’s land and animal work, as well as arts and crafts.
An Employment Showcase from 1.30 until 4pm on Thursday June 19 at Walls Social Club, Barnwood, Gloucester. Staff from Building Better Lives will be among the stallholders and Gloucestershire Voices will be showing a short film from 2.30pm.
A drop in session at Carers Gloucestershire (10.30am until 1.30pm) on Thursday June 19. Carers can find out about the support they can access and seek advice.
The Butterfly Garden in Bamfurlong Lane, Cheltenham, will also be holding open house coffee mornings every day from Monday June 16 to Friday June 22 between 10am and 12 noon.
- On Friday June 20th 10am – 12pm the Orchard Trust will have their Truly Scrumptious cafe open and an art exhibition from 10am until 12 noon. You can also find out about their outdoor activities including growing vegetables and looking after their animals. Orchard Trust Learning Centre and Smallholding site can be found in Upper Stowfield, Lydbrook.
There will also be drop in sessions in Tewkesbury, Stroud, Coleford, Gloucester and Cheltenham for people to find out about services available in those areas. Full details are available online.
To see full details of the week’s events, please click here.
‘This is My Life’ is our campaign to celebrate the lives of people with learning disabilities. Click here to read the stories of four Gloucestershire people with learning disabilities.