This week is Learning Disability Week. Every year this awareness week offers the opportunity to celebrate people with learning disabilities, as well as share what is being done to make services and places in the community more inclusive.
The theme for this week is art and creativity. Getting creative through the medium of paint, pottery and various crafts has helped those people with a learning disability, and their families, stay connected and positive throughout the pandemic. People with a learning disability are twice as likely to experience mental health problems due to many factors such as discrimination and social isolation. Creativity and self-expression can help improve mental health, so Mencap is encouraging people to get creative!
To celebrate Learning Disability week, the Exeter and District Mencap Society have very kindly put prizes forward for first, second and third prize winners for an art competition. The competition is open to adults with learning disabilities living in Devon.
How to enter:
The competition will be open until Monday 4 July and the winners will be contacted and announced on the closed Facebook page
If you are not a member of this Facebook page, you will need to be eligible to join to be able to enter.
The competition poster can be found below.
Unfortunately, the pandemic and the cautious approach around easing restrictions means that it is not possible for many of the planned face-to-face activities to take place this year. However, some smaller awareness activities will be going ahead. Layla, Learning Disability Liaison Nurse Manager, says: "We are holding a webinar on Tuesday 22 June for GP practices as an introduction to Learning Disabilities, and will be discussing Annual Health Checks, Screening, current Pilots – Restore2 and meet your local Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Nurses (PCLNs). This is for GP practices to update their knowledge on learning disabilities, feel more confident around the subject and Quality Outcomes Framework and to increase uptake on learning disability champions within the practice."