Next week is Learning Disability week! This is a fantastic week as it enables local Mencaps and other disability related charities to have a great opportunity to promote awareness of learning disabilities, the challenges learning disabled people face and to increase knowledge around what a learning disability is.
We are kicking off our week with a Market Stall in Newbury Market Place on Saturday 17th August! Our Friendship Skills group, a group ran for adults with learning disabilities by some of our fantastic staff and volunteers, will be running the stall. They will be interacting with members of the public to find out how much they know about learning disabilities. They have constructed a quiz for all customers on the day, that they will be recording the answers from so they can create a presentation on what our local society’s knowledge is like.
They will also be looking to raise vital funds for the group on the day! The group has been running for a number of years and is a very popular service within West Berkshire Mencap. The group is ran weekly and looks at topics like social skills, self esteem and confidence, how to be safe in the community, their rights, etc… The group are very proactive and are always looking for ways to increase their involvement within the local community.
The group, to help them raise funds, will be having a tombola, selling Cake Pops and lots of other exciting things! There will also be West Berkshire Mencap merchandise available on the day to help raise funds and awareness, including our wristbands and our trolley tokens!
On the Saturday following, (24th August), we will be at the Chapel Row Charity Fayre in Bucklebury! We are lucky enough to have been chosen as one of the charities benefiting from the Fayre this year. Everyone involved with the Fayre are super supportive of all the work that local charities do and have been absolutely amazing to work with! We will be having stalls on the day to also raise awareness and needed funds! The event starts at 1pm and is on the Green opposite The Blade Bone. For details of the Chapel Row Charity Fayre please check out their website http://www.chapelrowfayre.co.uk/
On the 25th August we will be taking over Newbury Market Place!!!! From 10am to 1pm the Newbury Gastro Pub has organised for the World Highest Mobile Bungee Jump to be set up for people to take part in sponsored bungee jumps to help raise funds for us! We are so excited about this event and are very grateful to our very brave (and adventurous!) supporters who have agreed to take part in this! We will be there with Barci – Nando’s mascot, to bucket collect on the day as well! The Newbury Gastro Pub have also organised a raffle to help raise funds and a night of music in their pub to celebrate the event! If you would like to take part in the raffle please ask at the bar on the day or before! We are very grateful for the Newbury Gastro Pub for organizing this amazing event for us! We also like to say a big thank you to Nando’s for letting us borrow Barci from his very busy schedule to help us with our bucket collecting efforts!
We are hoping that these events as well as bringing in much needed funds will raise much needed awareness of what it is like to have a learning disability. Unfortunately having a learning disability can mean that you are not able or are not offered the same opportunities as everyone else. For example less than 20% of people with a learning disability work even though a large majority want to, and only a third of learning disabled people take part in education or training according to Royal Mencap, (please see their website for further facts – http://www.mencap.org.uk/all-about-learning-disability/about-learning-disability/facts-about-learning-disability). We feel strongly that people with learning disabilities should have the same rights and opportunities as people without a learning disability.
So help us celebrate this week, promote awareness of learning disabilities and come along and see us at our events! 🙂