Celebrating Learning Disability Awareness Week

People with learning disabilities in Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire are being invited to join in a series of events as a range of organisations celebrate Learning Disability Awareness Week.

There is a whole host of events on offer from bowling and walking, to afternoon coffee and a picnic in the park.

The events have been co-ordinated by North Lincolnshire Council, working in partnership with the learning disability nurses from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), Options, John Leggott College, Cloverleaf Advocacy Service, Ongo and other members of the Learning Disability Partnership.

The week runs from 17 to 23 June and the events are:

Monday June 17

  • Visit the Applegate wartime bunker, 50 Holydyke, Barton upon Humber at 1.30pm.

Tuesday June 18

  • Take part in a guided health walk, meet at Sheffield Park Car Park at 10.30am.
  • Go bowling at Ashby Bowl, Grange Lane South, Scunthorpe at 10am.
  • If you’re 8-25 years try a sports session at West Common Sports Hall 6pm – 8pm (part of the Do Something Different programme).
  • Head to a coffee afternoon between 1pm- 3pm at Brumby Resource Centre.

Wednesday June 19

  • Take part in a guided health walk meeting at Central Park Car Park at 11am.
  • Enjoy a picnic in the park at Central Park, Scunthorpe, next to the Nutshell Café from 12pm – 2pm. You can also visit a health bus where RDaSH staff will have hospital passports and health promotion information. There will be health and well-being clinics on the bus, where visitors can have blood pressure, height and weight checked. Nurses will also be helping visitors to understand bowel care and there will be activities taking place.

Thursday June 20

  • Head to John Leggott College, West Common Lane, to try boccia ball and new age curling at 10am.
  • Enjoy a guided health walk at Barton Far Ings Visitor Centre at 10.30am.
  • Guided health walk starting at Sainsbury’s, Scunthorpe at 2.15pm.

Friday June 21

  • Bowling at Ashby Bowl, Grange Lane South, Scunthorpe at 10am.
  • Join in Friendship Friday at Brigg Community Wellbeing Hub from 10.30am until 12pm.
  • Ongo Garden Party will take place at Karen Court, Haigh Avenue, Scunthorpe from 11.30am – 3pm.
  • Try taster sessions including foam archery, circuits, chair based activities, boccia and curling at The Pods from 1.15pm until 3.15pm (part of the Do Something Different programme).

Charlotte Simpson, Learning Disability Nurse for RDaSH, said: “If you have learning disabilities why not come along to one of the events, learn new skills, meet new friends and have fun to help North Lincolnshire celebrate Learning Disability Week.”

Jean Spiteri, professional co-chair of the Learning Disability Partnership, said:

“We want people living with learning disabilities locally to enjoy the events this Learning Disability Awareness Week, and to raise awareness amongst other residents of the contribution people with learning disabilities make to our rich communities.

“There’s lots going on during the week, so find an event that sparks your interest and get involved.”

For full details of the week visit  Flyer for LD Awareness Week 2019