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Get involved in Learning Disability Week 2015 - Learning Disability Week is taking place from 15 – 21 June this year and it would be brilliant if you and your group/service could get involved. We want to use the week to raise awareness of learning disability and to give people with learning disabilities a platform to make their voices heard. To help groups to do this, Mencap have created a Raising Awareness Resource Pack full of tips, ideas and advice. You can find the pack here: https://www.mencap.org.uk/ldwresources
Cast your vote for community projects - The Aviva Community Fund offers support and funding to inspirational local projects in your community. Everyone who registers gets 10 votes. Here are some projects for people with learning disabilities which you might like to vote for:
New Hope, Worcester
Fill in a survey about local services - Contact a Family and the Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) campaign urgently need your help to build a national picture of where changes to services and support are happening and what impact this is having on families of disabled children. Please complete and/or share the Family Support Census today: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FamilyCensus
Attend an event
Book tickets for a fully accessible music festival - Fast Forward Festival is a new accessible music festival which will be taking place between Thursday 2 July and Friday 3 July 2015 at Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR. Featuring a flagship performance by The British Paraorchestra, the festival will also include a mixture of seminars, workshops and more, celebrating disabled arts and artists. All carers are entitled to a free ticket and you can find out more here: http://www.colstonhall.org/shows/fast-forward
Find service and activities
Book an accessible holiday - Entrust Care Partnership are delighted to be able to offer a new Holiday Break Service to children and adults with learning disabilities and their families across Warwickshire and the West Midlands. They have disability-friendly caravans and a lodge available in three different destinations (Skegness, Burnham-on-Sea and Wicksteed Park) and they charge below commercial rates for these. To find out more, visit their website: http://www.entrustcarepartnership.org.uk/what-we-do/holiday-breaks/
Find a local support group near you - Contact a Family is in touch with hundreds of local support groups across the UK. To help families find a group close to where they live, they have created this map.
Regional engagement officer (Central)
Mobile: 07950 964999
Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included. We can’t get there alone. Support our vision at www.mencap.org.uk