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Host of Activities for Learning Disability Week

A host of activities and events are taking place across South Tyneside next week to mark Learning Disability Week (18 - 24 June).

The Council has teamed up with the NHS and the third sector to create a programme of Borough-wide activities for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers.

Events include live performances, sports sessions, drop-ins, a bowling evening and a Learning Disability Ball.

The Mayor, Councillor Ken Stephenson, will launch the week with a civic reception at South Shields Town Hall.

Highlights of the week include a mini triathlon at Haven Point on Tuesday 19 June, a sports and activity session at Temple Park on Wednesday and an afternoon of song, dance and entertainment at the Amphitheatre on the sea front on Friday 22 June.

Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, Councillor Tracey Dixon, said: "A huge array of events have been arranged to mark Learning Disability Week. From cookery sessions to employment support and arts and crafts to sport, the activities and events offer people with a learning disability the chance to learn a new skill, make new friends or just have fun.

"As well as showcasing the support on offer, Learning Disability Week also allows us to raise awareness more widely about the issues faced by people with a learning disability and increase understanding in our communities."

The theme of this year's campaign, which is led by the charity Mencap, is health.

Councillor Fay Cunningham, Lead Member for the Voluntary Sector, Partnerships and Co-operatives, said: "It is wonderful to see so many voluntary and community groups coming together to celebrate and raise awareness of Learning Disability Week.

"It is the perfect opportunity to showcase the broad range of support available for people with a learning disability, their families and carers."

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