Flash mobs cycling and parties lined up for Learning Disability Week from Folkestone to Tunbridge Wells

Contributed by editor on Jun 15, 2019 - 08:55 AM


A range of activities have been organised to mark Learning Disability Week, including a cycling event, a Makaton flash mob, a tea party and training sessions for relatives, carers and professionals.

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) has organised the events in support of the national week which is run by Mencap. Learning Disability Week is from 17 to 23 June.

Wheelchair transporter bike

On Monday, 17 June, the trust’s Ashford, Canterbury and Coastal Learning Disability Team is getting together with Wheel Potential to enable adults with a learning disability to have a go at cycling, from 10am to 2pm. Wheel Potential is a community interest company, which has bikes and tricycles for all abilities, including a wheelchair transporter bike.

Flash mob

Also on Monday, 17 June, there will be a Makaton signing flash mob in Tunbridge Wells, in the pedestrianised shopping area near to Boots, from 12noon. This will be led by the trust’s West Kent Speech and Language Team, working with Kent County Council’s Inspiring Lives. Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate.

On Wednesday, 19 June, there will be learning disability training awareness at Godmersham and Crundale Village Hall, near Canterbury, from 10am to 12noon. The session will look at what a learning disability is, health issues and challenging behaviour.

Tea party

On Thursday, 20 June a Mencap big tea party takes place for people with a learning disability, staff, families and carers, at the St Faith's Adult Education Centre in Maidstone from 12noon. There will be information about learning disabilities, the risks of isolation and clubs available in the local area. The aim is to provide a safe space for people with learning disabilities to meet and socialise, with the opportunity for members of the public to go along to increase their understanding.

Sports and leisure centres

During the week, there will be health promotion stands at Larkfield Leisure Centre, the Romney Marsh Day Centre, Folkestone Sports Centre, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital (QEQM) in Margate, Kent and Canterbury Hospital and the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.

Come along

Those who would like to go along to the events should contact KCHFT’s Learning Disability Service on the following numbers:

Ashford, Canterbury and Coastal 03000 422800
North Kent – Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley and Swale 03000 410505
South Kent Coast and Thanet 03000 410 501
West Kent 03000 410333/

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