Celebrating Learning Disability Week with The Leaf Project

Monday 16th June saw the LEAF Project hold a celebratory event for National Learning Disability Week at AFG’s Head Office and what a celebration it was!

Lots of people supported by Mencap Liverpool and AFG came along to enjoy the activities and try something new to mark a great year for the LEAF Project, and the empowerment of people with a learning disability.

The morning kicked off with some chair based exercises. Healthiness Ltd. came along to show the group how they could be active and healthy from the comfort of their chairs. The group then got their heart rates pumping and enjoyed the great music – did you know if you sing whilst you exercise you burn twice as many calories?! Well, the group certainly didn’t need telling twice, they sang along as loud as they could to the great music whilst working their legs, arms and waist. Summer bodies, here we come!

Once the groups muscles were warm and worked, Happy Times Activities came to treat the groups senses with their sensory hour. Happy Times got everyone all cheerful and upbeat with some gentle movement to some great songs. The group even got to test out their concentration skills by passing balls around the circle to different tempos of music – James Bond was the slowest and most appreciated by the group! The group also got the large octopuses out and made them move in really creative ways.

After all that excitement, Happy Times got their sensory boxes out and everyone got to enjoy different lights, sounds and textures. There were feathers, sparkling lights, glasses, balls of all different textures, jumping frogs and bubbles.

After lunch and a chance to look at the boards on display showing what the LEAF Project has been up to this year, there was arts and crafts to enjoy. As the nice weather has finally arrived and to try and mix in ‘LEAF’ with arts and crafts, the activity was to ‘Sow a Seed’. Everyone decorated their own plant pot and then got stuck in filling them with soil and seeds – let’s see what grows this summer!

To round off a great day, Smile Productions came for half an hour of relaxation. For those wanting to, everyone got to lie on the floor and relax to sounds of waves and calm – a think a couple of group members may have fell asleep for a minute or two! Everyone went away feeling calm and relaxed with their plants and cakes in tow.

If you don’t believe us that it was a great day, here’s what AFG Team Leader Grace had to say about the event…

“The day was a huge success. All of the people I support have said how much they enjoyed the day and will take advantage of the forthcoming events that are on offer. It was amazing to see how everyone was totally engaged and having fun. There were family members whom came to the day and the feed back from them was fantastic. They were thrilled on how their son embraced the day and how he engaged in all the activities – they where full of praise.”

Thank you to everyone that came along to celebrate Learning Disability Week 2014 and The LEAF Project successes to date.

The LEAF Project can’t wait to see you all the next one!

Enjoying the chair based exercises

Enjoying the chair based exercises

Warm up and stretch time

Warm up and stretch time