Wirral Mencap, Arrowe Park Hospital, CWP and Health Watch personnel welcome Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Ann McLachlan to mark Learning Disability Week 2017

Events were held across Wirral all week to mark ‘Learning Disability Week 2017’, the national campaign which aims to raise awareness of learning disability and promote greater understanding and inclusion.

This started with a tea party in Hamilton Square on Wednesday, organised by young people with a learning disability on the Gateway Award’s Programme at Wirral Mencap (accessible partner of Duke of Edinburgh Award). The young people served tea and cake to local businesses and residents outside the town hall, raising over £180.

On Thursday, an information stand was held at Arrowe Park Hospital. Staff and volunteers from Wirral Mencap were accompanied by the learning disability liaison nurse from Arrowe Park Hospital, learning disability health facilitators from CWP and Health Watch staff to urge visitors and hospital personnel to ‘Ask about learning disability!’. They were joined by the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Ann McLachlan, who attended to show her support for the campaign.

Gateway Award participants David Thomas, Bradley Hallworth and Gavin Oakes at the ‘Tea with me’ party outside Birkenhead Town Hall

Further events were held during the latter part of the week to raise funds for Wirral Mencap’s projects and services; these included a ‘Wimbledon talk and tea’ at Wirral Ladies Golf Club and collections at West Kirby Morrisons and Gordale Nursery.

Chief Executive of Wirral Mencap, Chloe Harvey said: “Learning Disability Week is a National Campaign which raises awareness of learning disability and promotes greater inclusion; this year the theme is Employment. Currently only 6% of people with a learning disability known to authorities have any form of employment. All of the events this week have been led or supported by people with a learning disability, highlighting their skills and abilities and the positive contribution they can make to society.”

If you want to know more about becoming an inclusive employer please see National Mencap’s website www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/learning-disability-week-2017

For more information about Wirral Mencap, including details of their services and events, visit www.mencapwirral.org.uk or call 0151 666 1829.