City council supports Learning Disability Awareness Week

Published: Friday, 15th June 2018

A series of events have been arranged to raise awareness of the information, advice and support available for people with learning disabilities in Stoke-on-Trent.

Learning Disability Awareness Week starts on Monday, June 18. Led by Mencap, the national campaign is aimed at raising awareness about learning disabilities and highlighting that not all learning disabilities are visible.

This year the campaign is titled Treat Me Well with an emphasis on health and staying healthy and trying to alleviate some of the barriers to doing so.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader and cabinet member for health and social care, Ann James, said: “This week is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the day-to-day issues faced by people with learning disabilities, as well as the successes of people using our services.

“Learning disability affects the person in their everyday life. It means that they require extra time or support to do things and may find some tasks or communication more difficult.

“People with learning disabilities are more likely to experience poorer health. Most people with a learning disability are treated as ‘different'. They do not have the same control over their own lives as the rest of our community and face challenges and prejudice every day. However, people with a learning disability often have unique talents and bring a fresh perspective.

“I would encourage everyone to take part in the national selfie day on Thursday and help to promote the awareness that not all disabilities are visible and everyone has an important part to play in society. Please use the hashtags #LDSTOKE18 #LDWEEK18.”

The city council is taking part in a range of events to celebrate Learning Disability Awareness Week. These include:


Monday, June 18 

  • 10am

The Atrium, Royal Stoke University Hospital

Launch event – promotional stands within the atrium. The Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent and 6 Towns Radio will be attending.

  • 10am

Waterside Day Service, Waterside Drive, Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 3LQ

What does health mean to me? Drop-in session.

Tuesday, June 19

  • 10am to 12.30pm

ABLE Project, 201 Duke Street, Heron Cross, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 3BJ

You Can Cook session - opportunity to observe a healthy eating session and register for the next course.

  • 1pm to 3pm

ABLE Project, 201 Duke Street, Heron Cross, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 3BJ

Get Out - Get Active - gentle exercise session and indoor bowling.

Wednesday, June 20

  • 1.30pm to 2.30pm

St John’s Day Service, 30 Greasley Road, Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 8JE

This Is Me talent show production

Thursday, June 21

  • 10am to 4pm

Harplands Hospital, Hilton Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 6RR

  • National Selfie Day. Residents of the city can take part by taking a selfie and posting it on social media using the hashtags #LDSTOKE18 #LDWEEK18. Residents are invited to visit Harplands Hospital between 10am and 4pm to upload their selfie and find out more about living with a learning disability.

Friday, June 22

  • 11am to 2pm

The Meadows, Wrenbury Crescent, Berryhill, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 9JZ

Healthy eating session, taster menu and recipes to take away


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