Week’s events in Gloucestershire to support people with learning disabilities
PEOPLE with learning disabilities are being invited to a range of activities across the county next week.
Gloucestershire County Council will be launching learning disabilities week from Monday, together with the Grow Gloucestershire Say YES2 the 30/30 Challenge.
The event will be attended by world champion Scott Jones, 15, from Swindon Village, who recently won the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon.
The events from Monday aim to raise awareness of learning disabilities to the general public, as well as providing support for people with learning disabilities and their carers.
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A week worth of events will start with Transitions at Asda car park in Bruton Way, Gloucester, from 10am.
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.
They will also get the opportunity to speak to people with learning disabilities who live independently.
Councillor Kathy Williams, cabinet member for long term care at Gloucestershire County Council, 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 or carers.”
Among the week’s activities include Cheltenham’s Scott Jones speaking at a event at Forest Green Rovers on Wednesday.
The event, Grow Gloucestershire Say YES2 the 30/30 Challenge, aims to get local employers offering work experience to young people with learning disabilities.
Youngsters with learning disabilities, their families, carers and educators are being invited to start thinking about “realistic” career options before they leave school.
Thirty employers and 30 young people with a learning disability will be matched up, with each employer offering a day of work experience to each youngster.
The aim of the entire week is to banish the stigma surrounding learning disabilities and highlight the services and opportunities available.
Cllr Williams said: “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.”
Displays will also be put up in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital, which will be up all week.
Liaison nurses at the hospitals will also be on hand to give advice.
Gloucestershire Learning Disability Partnership Board will also hold a tea party at the Guildhall next Wednesday from 2pm.