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Get involved with Learning Disability Week

This year’s Learning Disability Week will run from 14 to 20 June 2021. The theme this year is art and creativity.

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Virtual art competition

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is hosting a virtual art competition for learning disability patients and people who use learning disability services.

How to take part

  • Create your artwork. It can be of anything and be in any form.
  • Take a photo of your art, a carer or family member can help you to take the photo.
  • Send the photo, with your name and contact details to Please add 'LDAW21 art competition' in the subject line.

The top entries will be shown on Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust's social media over Learning Disability Week, with the chance to win a £20 gift voucher prize.

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Zoom sessions by Daryeel Autism

Daryeel Autism works with families to educate, empower and embrace the parents of children with special educational needs and autism to live independently. Their focus is on supporting parents of children with special educational needs and professionals who work with children to support them to become more independent.

Daryeel Autism will be running a series of Zoom sessions for you to tune in to. Each lecture will have two parts that anyone can attend. Somali translation will be provided for the second half of each lecture.

How to book: Please email or send a text message to 07950 630874 to book your place and get Zoom login instructions.

Managing anxiety session

  • Presented by: Joana Chinyoka (Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust)
  • Date: Tuesday 15 June 2021
  • Time: 10 am till 10:40am

Managing change and transition session

  • Presented by: Sophie Pratt (Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust)
  • Date: Wednesday 16 June 2021
  • Time: 10 am till 10:40 am

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Picnic in the park with VALUES

Join VALUES for a picnic in the park this week. No booking is required - just turn up!

  • Date: Wednesday 23 June
  • Time: 12 pm till 2 pm
  • Where: Meet at Victoria Park car park
  • Cost: Free
  • More information: Contact Mikaela or Ben on 0116 2575056

What you need to bring: Bring your own support, food and feel free to bring friends.



The Big House Dance Practice group

The Big House care home is opening their doors to people with a learning disability and their carers to join their dance practice group for the day. Come along to practice the mood lifting South African Jerusalema Dance Challenge, meet other people and eat South African food.

  • Date: Friday 18 June
  • Time: 12 pm till 2 pm
  • Where: The Big House care home, 236 Beaumanor Road, Leicester, LE4 5QB
  • Registration: Please call Cynthia on 0116 243 6199 to register your place and let her know about your dietary needs. We will give a COVID-19 home testing kit to use beforehand and we will test you again when you arrive on the day.

Please bring your own support with you.

FTM dance trial sessions

Join FTM Dance for free online trial sessions depending on your age.

Want to get a taster of the dance session? Check out the dance video on YouTube.

To book on any of the sessions below, please email Kelly with your name, your age and a short description about you so that Kelly can recommend the best workshop for you to trial and tell you how to join.

For more information visit the FTM Dance website.

Session 1: Music and Movement session

Includes: Nursery rhymes, sensory activities and use of props.

  • For: Younger adults
  • Date: Saturday 19 June
  • Time: 9am till 10am

Session 2: Dance Session

Includes: Zumba/warm-up cardio routines and learn a dance routine.

  • For: Older students
  • Date: Saturday 19 June
  • Time: 12pm till 1pm

Session 3: Dance Session

Includes: Zumba/warm-up cardio routines and learn a dance routine.

  • For: Older students
  • Date: Sunday 20 June
  • Time: 2pm till 3pm



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Get your annual health check

This is a reminder to get your annual health check if you have a learning disability and if you haven’t been for your health check this year.

It’s good to have a health check even if you do not think you have a health problem. A health check will help you make sure you are doing the right things to stay healthy. It’s especially important to have your annual health check because of the coronavirus.

Doctor surgeries are less busy than usual at the moment so it’s the perfect time to book your health checked. Get more information about annual health checks on the Mencap website.


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Where can I find out more about Learning Disabilities Week?

To find out more about Learning Disability Week and how to get involved and get creative, visit the Mencap website.