Learning Disability Week 2015


This week is Learning Disability Awareness Week. Please come along to our stands during the week in West Block Outpatients at CGH and in the Atrium at GRH.

There are 1.4 million people in the UK with a learning disability, but there are still many people who do not know what a learning disability is and isn't. We have lots of resources on our intranet to help you support patients with learning disabilities.

We are fortunate to have a specialist team who can offer our patients support. Our Trust Hospital Learning Disability Liaison Nurse Team (Bev Farrar and Carol Forbes) can be contacted on 0300 422 4953 Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.

About learning disabilities:
The level of support someone needs depends on individual factors, including the severity of their learning disability. People with certain specific conditions can have a learning disability too. For example, people with Down’s syndrome and some people with autism have a learning disability. 

Learning disability is often confused with dyslexia, which is a learning difficulty. Mencap describes dyslexia as a “learning difficulty” because, unlike learning disability, it does not affect intellect. Learning disability is also confused with mental health problems. It’s important to remember that with the right support, most people with a learning disability in the UK can lead independent lives. Find out more here.


Events across Gloucestershire this week


Locally there will be Employability workshops, as well as many opportunities to find out about the support and activities available to people with learning disabilities in the county.


The events, organised under the umbrella of the Gloucestershire Learning Disabilities Board, start on Monday (June 15) and the Board’s Joint Chair Jan Marriott said there was much to look forward to.


Jan said: “We are really excited about this week and many organisations and support groups will open their doors to provide opportunities for people with a learning disability in Gloucestershire.”


Events taking place during the week include:


  • Monday June 15 (11am until 1pm): Gloucestershire Voices Open House.

The Manor House, 162 Barnwood Rd, Gloucester. Learn more about the user led self-advocacy organisation.


  • Monday June 15 (9.30am until 11am; 1 until 3pm): Open day at Jamats Activity Centre for Adults with Special Needs, in London Road, Gloucester.

Find out about exercise, drama, life skills, jewellery making, bingo, and lots more.


  • Monday June 15 (10am until 12noon; 1 until 3pm): Truly Scrumptious Café at Orchard Trust Learning Centre and Smallholding site, in Lydbrook, in the Forest of Dean.

Visit the Café and Art Exhibition and find out more about outdoor activities like growing vegetables and looking after animals.


  • Tuesday June 16 (1.30 until 4pm): 2gether NHS Trust Open House, Weavers Croft, Field Road, Stroud. Find out more about learning disability support services and local agencies.
  • Wednesday June 17 (10am until 3pm): Kingfisher Treasure Seekers Shop, in Westgate Street, Gloucester. Take part in creative workshops and find out about arts, crafts, music and discos for only £3.


  • Wednesday June 17 (10am until 4pm): Genix Healthcare, in Station Road, Gloucester, will be offering oral care advice for both patients and carers.


  • Wednesday June 17 (9.30am until 1.30pm): Cheltenham Leisure Centre, Tommy Taylors Lane. GE Aviation and Gloucestershire County Council are holding an awareness event on activities like learning about interviews, CVs and application writing as well as trying out sports games like basketball.


There will also be drop in sessions in Tewkesbury, Stroud, Coleford, Gloucester, Cirencester and Cheltenham for people to find out about services available in those areas. Full details are available online here.