Learning Disability Week (20 – 26 June)

Learning Disability Week 2022 takes place from 20-26 June and the theme is ‘Living Life with a Learning Disability’. This year, we want to show how people with a learning disability are reconnecting with friends and their communities. We also want to talk about the issues many people still face after the end of COVID restrictions, like still having to isolate or dealing with poor mental health and anxiety.

Learning Disability Week occurs annually. It is all about ensuring the world hears what life is like if you have a learning disability. The aim of the campaign is to:

  • Educate and raise awareness about learning disabilities
  • Smash stigmas and end discrimination
  • Fight and campaign for a fair society

Lots of people don’t know what a learning disability is or what life can be like if you have one. You can get involved with the campaign this year by sharing your story.

Speaking about Learning Disability Week, Dr Jo Sauvage, Chief Medical Officer, NCL ICB said, “I am very pleased that we have this opportunity to raise awareness about what life can be like with a learning disability. Learning disabilities are often misunderstood.

I think it is vital to hear first-hand what people with learning disabilities say about their lives, health and communities. Only in this way can we really understand how to improve outcomes and experiences.”

Further information on Learning Disability Week 2022 can be found on Mencap’s website.

As part of this year’s campaign, organisations throughout North Central London are sharing information and running events to support people with learning disabilities and their families. See a list of these below.

My Health Matters event

to support people living in Barnet with learning disabilities, their families, carers and staff this year with a focus on mental health.

Wednesday 29 June 1.30 – 4pm

St Paul’s Centre, 50 Long Lane, Finchley, N3 2PU

No booking required

Haringey Council are hosting a series of events to mark Learning Disability Week at the Winkfield Centre, Winkfield Road, Wood Green, N22 5RP. Access their full schedule of events here.

To confirm your place at one of these events, please call the Winkfield Centre on 0208 489 8200 or click here for more information.

Wake Up Shake Up with Chair exercise

Monday 20 June 10.30am – 12pm

Yogability

Monday 20 June 1 – 2pm

Sensory story telling followed by art activities for wellbeing

Tuesday 21 June 10.30am – 12pm

Baking session led by LD service users

Tuesday 21 June 1 – 2pm

Chi Kung

Wednesday 22 June 10.30 – 11.30am

Visual awareness session

Wednesday 22 June 1 – 2pm

Makaton to music

Thursday 23 June 11.15 – 11.30am

Oral hygiene care

Thursday 23 June 1 – 2pm

Alternative medicine and crystal healing

Friday 24 June 10.30am – 12pm

Photo Exhibition

Friday 24 June 1 – 2pm

Sports Taster Day hosted by Islington Learning Disability Team

From 10am on Thursday 23 June, everyone is invited to join in the fun, and come and play sports on Highbury Fields.

Highbury Fields, N5

Booking is not necessary. Please call Nikki at Elfrida Society: 07841 033 248 if you want to discuss the event. A full programme of events can be found below:


Advice and support

Mencap

If you need information or advice you can contact Mencap’s free helpline and advice service or join their free online community.

Centre 404

Centre 404 provide support for carers of adults with learning disabilities or autism.

More information on the support and services which Centre 404 offer can be found on their website.