Celebrating Learning Disability Week in Cheshire

AFG Cheshire helped to raise awareness and celebrate Learning Disability Week 2013 (19 – 25 August) by joining Cheshire East Council’s Family Fun Day on 21 August, at Queen’s Park, Crewe.

Learning Disability Week is Mencap’s annual national awareness week and this year’s theme celebrated the ‘superheroes’ in people’s families.

Children and adults enjoyed a day of entertainment and activity including fairground rides, art workshops, cooking sessions and outdoor sporting events.

With over 50 exhibition stands from local Cheshire services, the event provided lots of fun things to do and see. AFG Cheshire’s information stand highlighted the support available to local people with learning disabilities and their families, and celebrated the achievements of some of the people supported in Cheshire. The team also ran a series of themed art activities which asked local children to design their super heroes.

Kristie Jacobs, AFG Cheshire Area Manager said: “We had a great day supporting Learning Disability Week and promoting the services we provide in Cheshire. The kids had a great time getting involved in the art and craft activities and we really enjoyed learning about their super heroes. Some of the people we supported in Crewe also popped down to join the fun!”

Deb Lindop, Local Engagement Officer for Cheshire East Council said: “For me it was about bringing people together, and I was absolutely delighted that new partners I have not worked with before wanted to join in this main stream event, in the name of raising awareness of their work connected to learning disabilities. The day provided a great opportunity to have fun, network and highlight the somewhat hidden but great work and support services that are available for families. I think we achieved in making a difference together. ”

Sample of work from our superhero arts and craft sessions

Sample of work from our superhero arts and craft sessions