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Marking Learning Disabilities Week

A wide range of events and activities are taking place across South Tyneside next week to mark Learning Disability Week (17 - 21 June).

People with learning disabilities and their families and carers can take part in arts and crafts, sports, gardening, coffee morning and a host of other activities as part of the week.

A reception at Jarrow Hall Museum on Monday will celebrate the wide range of support available in the Borough for those with a learning disability.

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

Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, said: "Research shows that many people with a learning disability would like to spend more time outside their house.

"With that in mind, this week gives people the opportunity to try a wide range of activities from exercise classes to gardening and trampolining to football. With so many activities on offer, I would encourage people with a disability to get involved in this week, try something new and hopefully make some new friends."

Highlights of the week include a mini triathlon on Tuesday (18 June) at Haven Point, a sports and leisure activity session at Temple Park on Wednesday and an afternoon of song, dance and entertainment in the Amphitheatre on Friday 21 June.

Councillor Nancy Maxwell, Lead Member for the Voluntary Sector, Partnerships and Co-operatives, added: "One of South Tyneside's key assets is the strength of the third sector.

"This week highlights the fantastic partnership working between the Council, the NHS and charities and voluntary organisations who work so well together to provide support for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers."

Rebecca Ramsden, Specialist Learning Tutor and Programme Lead at Groundwork South and North Tyneside, said: "We are delighted to host the seventh annual South Tyneside Learning Disability Week at Jarrow Hall. We hope to see many people from South Tyneside's learning disability community come together to take part in this important and inclusive event.

"The events have been organised and subsidised by our wonderful community groups including our own Route To Work learners, education providers and health services and I would really urge people to attend some of the excellent activities on offer. I hope that all those taking part in Learning Disability Week have fun, feel empowered, make friends and most of all recognise the important contributions that all partners bring to the richness and diversity of South Tyneside." 

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