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Learning Disability Awareness Week

Jun 26, 2024 | Events

2024’s Learning Disability Week 2024 was themed “Do you see me?”, and Level Best celebrated with a lineup of engaging events. Every year, this event aims to raise awareness, spark conversations, and tackle the challenges faced by the UK’s 1.5 million individuals with learning disabilities.

Last week, we were joined by others in our local community to raise awareness and celebrate over two days.

As we focus on promoting understanding and support, we also want to celebrate the incredible contributions made by people with learning disabilities. With approximately 870,000 adults of working age with a learning disability in the UK, there is a critical need for meaningful work and life experience. Events like this can make a significant difference and help us progress towards an inclusive society where everyone is seen, heard, and valued.

This year’s theme paved the way for much-needed conversations around individuals with learning disabilities, underlining the urgency of acknowledging their presence, hearing their voices, and appreciating their invaluable contributions to our society.

How did we take part?

On Thursday, 20th June, we hosted a pop-up stall selling our much-loved seasonal products and handmade art items in the beautiful garden of The Minories in Colchester.

This community event was hosted by the Essex Learning Disability Service and The Minories, and was dedicated to this year’s inspiring theme of 2024’s Learning Disabilities Week: ‘Do you see me?’. This powerful message is a movement of change – crafted by people with learning disabilities to build stronger, more inclusive communities.

We had a ball dancing with ECL Care Company in the gardens of the Minories and enjoyed tasty food from The Commons Cafe on such a sunny day.

We continued the celebrations on Friday, 21st June, with an art and craft sale at our Café at Level Best HQ in Colchester. The sale occurred from 10 am to 12:30 pm, where our Trainees displayed and sold their works of art. Upstairs in our art room one of our Volunteers Spike shared her craft skills with some trainees where they made bracelets, phone charms and more accessories.

We are delighted that we got to take part in a week of celebration for Learning Disability Awareness week with our local community, trainees, staff and friends! Stay tuned to see what we have planned for next year!


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