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Learning disabilities week launching August 19th 2013

Scott Jones world IPC shot put champion supports the Grow Gloucestershire Say YES2 the 30/30 Challenge as part of Mencap’s National learning disability week.

Starting on Monday 19th of August a range of activities and events across the county will aim to raise awareness to the general public as well as people with learning disabilities and their carers.

This week will also see the launch the Grow Gloucestershire Say YES2 the 30/30 Challenge, which will be attended by Scott Jones, the 15 year old IPC shot put champion.

This initiative asks local businesses to provide one day work awareness for young people in education with a learning disability. In a bid to encourage young people with learning disabilities, their families, carers and educators to start thinking before they leave school about realistic career options.

Those who attend will have the opportunity to ask questions about the services that are available to people with learning disabilities, learn more about local health and social resources and speak with people who have a learning disability about how they enjoy living independent, happy lives.

There are many objectives to this week, one of which is to banish the stigma that surrounds learning disabilities. Another is to drive out misconceptions and we also want to highlight services and opportunities that are available.

People across Gloucestershire – both with and without a learning disability – are invited to come along to a variety of events that will be taking place throughout the county.

Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for long term care, said: “This week is a great opportunity for us to showcase the work that we already do around learning disabilities, but more importantly we can raise awareness of the services that are available to people and their families/carers.”

“We’re also using learning disabilities week as an opportunity to get local employers onboard with the Say YES2 the 30/30 Challenge. Youth employment is an area that we support and we want to ask employers to not view people with a learning disability any differently and offer one days work experience to a young an enthusiastic person who is eager to learn.”

Dr Martin Gibbs, learning disability clinical lead for NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“Learning Disability (LD) Awareness week is a great way to get people talking about LD and to celebrate the outstanding work that goes on throughout the year.

“In Gloucestershire, we are committed to improving health outcomes for people with learning disabilities. By supporting a joined up approach between health and social care, we can provide a community based network of support and ensure that people receive equal access to services.”

The week’s activity timeline is as follows:

Who When What Where
Transitions Monday 19th August – 10am-3pm Transitions Information Day – Children’s services to adult services information Kings Square, Gloucester
Drop-In Services Tuesday 20th August – 10am-4pm Information on what the service can offer, chats about experiences. Free tea and coffee, biscuits. For people over 18. Gloucester Drop-In

2 Three Cocks Lane, Gloucester

Gloucestershire County Council 30/30 Challenge – Launch Wednesday 21st August – 8.30am-10am 30 employers and 30 young people with a learning disability. Each employer offers a day of work exposure to one young person. Forest Green Rovers, The New Lawn, Another Way, Nailsworth, GL6 0FG

 

Gloucestershire Voices Wednesday 21st August – 11am-2pm Learn more about local health and social resources. Performance from Dramatic Change. Main Hall, The Guildhall, Eastgate Street, Gloucester
Gloucestershire Learning Disability Partnership Board Tea Party Wednesday 21st August – 2pm-4pm Success sharing event of good work over the past year. The Guildhall, Eastgate Street, Gloucester
Cultural Fair Saturday 24th August – 11am-4pm Bringing cultures together, food, fashions, archery, birds of prey, music and dance. St James’ Park, Albany Street, Gloucester
Learning Disabilities Hospital Liaison Nurses with Learning Disability Champions All week Displays up in wards about what Gloucester Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals do for people with a learning disability. Gloucester Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals
Kingfisher Church Treasure Seekers Shop Monday to Saturday – 9am-5pm Set up with the aim of providing vulnerable and disadvantaged people, such as adults with learning disabilities, work experience and opportunities. Info, crafts, arts, music and discos. Treasure Seekers Shop, 6 College Street, Gloucester

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