A week-long programme of events has been officially launched to mark the beginning of Learning Disability Week in South Tyneside.
Running until Sunday, the national campaign, led by Mencap, is aimed at raising awareness and understanding of learning disabilities.
I was honoured to officially launch Learning Disability WeekCoun Alan Smith
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Alan Smith, launched the borough’s week of events at South Shields Central Library.
He said: “I was honoured to officially launch Learning Disability Week in South Tyneside.
“The aim of this week is to improve awareness of learning disabilities within our community, by promoting a positive image and increasing people’s understanding of the issues that affect people with learning disabilities, their families and their carers.
“It is great to see such a wide variety of activities and events taking place throughout the week and I hope that those attending meet new people, make new friends and learn something new.”
South Tyneside Libraries has teamed up with local organisations supporting people with learning disabilities to hold a series of events during the week.
Events taking place across the borough include a sports session at Temple Park, off John Reid Road, craft sessions and an information day at Ocean Road Community Association, both South Shields.
Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for independence and wellbeing, said: “Learning Disability Week is the prime time to remind people about the support and activities available for people with a learning disability.
“With such a wide array of events across the borough, there really is something to suit all tastes and interests. I would encourage people with a learning disability and their families and carers to come along and see what’s on offer.”
Friends of Action North East and Arts 4 Wellbeing joined the Mayor at the launch to help promote this year’s theme for Learning Disability Week, which is friendships and relationships.
In support of the theme, members of Arts 4 Wellbeing have produced a song about the importance of friendships. The charity, based in Derby Terrace, South Shields, supports people with mental health needs, physical and learning disabilities. It will be hosting a Fun Day at Derby Terrace on Friday and that evening will also see a Masquerade Ball at Hedworth Hall in Dean Road, South Shields.
For the full programme of events visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/whatson.