This week it is the Leeds Learning Disability Awareness Week, packed full of great events for adults with learning disabilities, happening right across Leeds. Activities during the week include the active, the competitive, the educational, the sociable and the downright glamorous!
The aim of the week is to raise awareness of what people with learning disabilities can do, and to showcase what services and activities are available. With support, many people with learning disabilities can go into full time work – they are reliable, they often do lots of volunteering already, and are keen to use their skills and interests.
The week’s set of events is an example of partnership work in action – it has been put together by a task group of the learning disability partnership board in Leeds, and is made up of people from the council, Leeds and York Partnership Trust, Through The Maze, Tenfold, and both the national and Leeds Mencap organisations.
The week is also a way to promote the ‘Get Me’ campaign launched by Tenfold last year, and a great way to meet up with old friends and make new ones. There will also be the launch of a brand new website ‘Your Health Matters’, which is aimed at helping people with learning disabilities to stay healthy.
Other highlights of the week include a ballet taster session at the prestigious Northern Ballet in Leeds, and the highly prized Boccia tournament, with the trophy being fought over by teams of keen Boccia enthusiasts from all over Leeds. Leep the Bridge will host one of their club nights at Meanwood Valley Farm – with a BBQ and prizes for fancy dress, and Thursday night sees the first Tenfold awards – all the nominees will be swapping fancy dress for glamorous outfits for a great night with some special guests and much excitement and celebration. On Friday, the week ends with a giant picnic at Temple Newsam – definitely a chance to relax and recuperate from the night before. With an art exhibition in Holy Trinity Church café on Tuesday, there is something for everyone.
To find out more about people with learning disabilities in Leeds, we interviewed Through the Maze Co-ordinator Madeleine Fahy, and we also have an interview with Michelle Tynan, one of our Chief Officer’s at Adult social care at the council.
For more information on what services for adults with learning disabilities there are in Leeds, see: