Celebrating learning disability week

Its learning disability week and this year it’s all about sport and inclusion.

To celebrate our learning disability team held a pop up stand in The Lanes, Carlisle. The team were on hand to talk to people about how important it is for services and businesses to be accessible and inclusive for people with learning disabilities and to promote the wide range of sporting opportunities there are in the area for people with learning disabilities.

Wendy Turl, is a Learning Disability nurse in Carlisle she said:

“People don’t’ realise all the different sports that are available for people with learning disabilities and those with learning disabilities often don’t think that they can be involved in different sports. There are lots of opportunities here in Cumbria, including autism friendly trampoline sessions, wheel chair basketball and much more.”

“Sport is so important for those with learning difficulties, it can help build self-esteem and develop a stronger personal sense of worth as well as alleviating depression and anxiety. It can give a sense of involvement and belonging. Team sports also develop leadership and organisational skills and on the whole sport teaches about team work, cooperation and working towards an objective as well as about handling defeats and disappointments.”

The Team were also selling raffle tickets to raise some money  to buy some sports equipment for the Edenwood Unit which is a specialist unit caring for adults with learning disabilities in Carlisle.