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Going the Distance for Caring Scheme

A mini triathlon event has been held in South Tyneside as part of Learning Disability Week.

A total of 60 people with a learning disability took part in the event at Haven Point which involved a 400m swim, an eight mile stationary bike ride and a two mile run/walk at North Marine Park.

The event also coincided with National Shared Lives Week which celebrates the scheme which sees families share their home with people with a learning disability.

The Shared Lives scheme, which is run by the Council, sees approved carers providing long-term placements, short breaks and emergency support to adults with a learning disability. The scheme allows vulnerable people the opportunity to benefit from family life and be connected to their community.

In South Tyneside more than 60 carers share their home with 57 people with a learning disability on a long term basis.

Presenting the medals, Councillor Tracey Dixon, Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, said: "We know that many people who have a learning disability want to spend as much time as possible outdoors, learning new skills. There has been a wide range of activities throughout Learning Disability Week which has allowed people to try new things and I'm pleased that so many took part in this mini-triathlon.

"I would like to place on record my thanks to all those who took part in the week as well as their families and carers. My particular thanks also go to our Shared Lives carers who give so much back to their community by providing additional support and a home to those residents who need it."

To find out more about the Shared Lives schemes visit


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