celebrity baker James Morton sits beside Stephen Dickson who designed the Learning Disability Week mascot, 'Uno the Unicorn', both holding cup cakes with Uno the Unicorn cake toppers on them.

Bake Off Star supports Scotland’s Learning Disability Week

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Great British Bake Off finalist, and author, James Morton, showed his support for this year’s Scottish Learning Disability Week by coming along to a ‘Communi-tea’ event. The ‘Communi-tea’ event was for people with learning disabilities and their supporters to come together to enjoy some home baking and play a variety of tea party – themed games.

James has also written a recipe in honour of Learning Disability Week, which was baked by some of the SCLD team to celebrate the launch of the ‘Get Involved’ packs at the ‘Communi-tea’.  The ‘Get Involved’ packs will help people run their own events during Learning Disability Week, which takes place between Monday 13th – Sunday 19th May.

The Communi-tea event is part of this year’s Scottish Learning Disability Week theme, ‘Community’, and was held at Project Ability, a visual arts charity and gallery, which supports people with learning disabilities.

I was delighted to come along to this Communi-Tea and lend my support for this year’s Scottish Learning Disability Week. Sometimes I forget, in the excitement of the bake, what baking is really about. Community. Sharing cake over a cup of tea with people you love is one of life’s great pleasures. So I was pleased to write a recipe designed for sharing, that can help bring communities, large and small, into the kitchen. Baking is a fun activity for all ages and levels of ability, and we shouldn’t put in place barriers, including for those with learning disabilities, that stop people getting involved and having a go.”

This year’s Learning Disability Week seeks to highlight the way that people with learning disabilities are making a contribution to their local community, and also to draw attention to the barriers that can sometimes stop them from doing so. The week takes place between Monday 13th – Sunday 19th May, culminating in Scotland’s Learning Disability Awards, which take place on Friday 17th May.

You can have a go at baking James’s special Learning Disability Week recipe here

Pictured above: James Morton (left) alongside Stephen Dickson, who designed the Scottish Learning Disability Week mascot ‘Uno the Unicorn’. Pic by Peter Devlin.