Celebrating Learning Disability Awareness Week

A mix of sports, music and drama made up the many events that were held across East Ayrshire to mark Learning Disability Awareness Week which celebrates the inclusion of people with learning disabilities in our communities.

Now in its thirteenth year, the theme of the week was ‘Looking back; thinking forward’, and it kicked off with a showcase event at Cumnock Town Hall where the audience, including Depute Provost Claire Leitch and Councillor Jim McMahon, enjoyed an evening of music, dance and drama.

Other events included an All Ability Sports Day at Ayrshire Athletics Arena which enabled people to try different sporting pursuits such as specially adapted bikes; and a football fun day at Cumnock Juniors Football Park which included a five-a-side tournament.

An Information Day was also held at Stewarton Area Centre where people chatted with Eddie Fraser, Director of Health and Social Care, about learning disability issues. The Things Tae Dae Social Hub performed a powerful drama about hate crime while representatives from Balmoral Road Centre and the Sir Alexander Fleming Centre delivered a ‘Sensory Story’.

Councillor Iain Linton, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, said: “Learning Disability Awareness Week serves as a platform to share with the wider community the skills, talents and attributes of people with learning disabilities. The week has featured a very enjoyable series of events which have highlighted all of the excellent work that goes on across East Ayrshire and between partner agencies to help people with learning disabilities.”