Shining spotlight on learning disabilities

The Holder House allotment project is one of the venues hosting sessions as part of Learning Disabilities Week.
The Holder House allotment project is one of the venues hosting sessions as part of Learning Disabilities Week.

A week of activities aims to shine a spotlight on the support available to South Tynesiders with learning disabilities.

From a week on Monday, events will be taking place across South Tyneside to highlight what’s on offer in the borough.

Learning disabilties week is a great way for people to find out about the range of activities and servces available to them.

Chris Convery

From football to craft sessions, gardening to dance classes, people will be able to try out various activities and learn new skills.

The sessions have been organised as part of Learning Disabilities Week, starting on Monday, June 15.

The week of activities in South Tyneside is being supported by the national charity Mencap for people with learning disabilities.

Regional engagement officer Claire Tritton said: “This year the theme for Learning Disability Week is attitudinal change.

“We want to reach out to everyone in the community to tackle the myths and misconceptions about learning disability that fuel prejudice and inequality.”

The week of events will start on Monday, June 15, with a street party outside South Shields Central Library at 10.30am and a football session at the town’s Ocean Road Community Association from 1pm until 2pm.

Activities will be held every day of the week, including woodwork and gardening sessions at the Holder House allotment project in Whiteleas, South Shields, on the Tuesday and Wednesday.

The allotment site will also hold an open day on Saturday, June 20, from 10am until noon.

Project manager Chris Convery said: “Learning Disabilities Week is a great way for people to find out about the range of activities and services available to them.”

Information sessions, as well as exhibitions, will take place throughout the week highlighting case studies of people living with learning disabilities.

A full list of activities taking place as part of South Tyneside’s contribution to the week can be found at www.southtyneside.info/whatson

A Learning Disabilities Week ball is also being lined up for Thursday, June 18, at Hedworth Hall, in Dean Road, South Shields.

Doors open at 7pm. Tickets cost £3 and include a buffet.

For further information or tickets, call Arts4Well-
being on 0191 454 4004 or email the group at info@arts4wellbeing.org.uk