Find out what happened across Scotland during Learning Disability Week 2017 by reading the posts below. If you are planning an event to mark the week in 2018, which you would like to be featured, you can share details by completing this form.We will also support the promotion of your event via our Twitter and Facebook pages. Remember to follow #LDWeek2018 for the latest updates! Find out more about Learning Disability Week here.

Dundee City Pipe Band

Aberdeen

A poster presentation about Ross Inglis RSA and his development of an inclusive Pipe band will be shared at the Joanna Briggs Collaboration European Symposium 19th May 2017 (9am-5pm), at RGU Aberdeeen. The theme of the symposium is linking evidence, policy & practice – “better connections for better healthcare”. Come and say hello and find out about the amazing work Ross has done!

West Dunbartonshire HSCP Learning Disability Service

Clydebank

Looking forward with the Learning Disability Service at Clydebank Town Hall on Thursday 18th May 10.00am – 1.30pm. A number of stalls and workshops will be running throughout the day. There will also be the chance to take part in free activities including Dance Yoga, Hand Massage & Boccia.

Tayberry Enterprise

Dundee

Monday 15th May 2017 Launch of new multi sensory story “ Beach Adventures” written and illustrated by a Tayberry Tales storyteller and his creative writing partner who attends the White Top Day Centre, Dundee “new friendships, new skills”.

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SVQ1 Hospitality Course Launch and Coffee Afternoon

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

Launch at Orkney College on 16th May from 7-9pm, celebrating a brand new SVQ1 course in Hospitality, providing skills and a hospitality qualification for individuals with learning disabilities.
There will also be a coffee afternoon on 19th May from  2-4pm at Lifestyles, Kirkwall. This will be an open awareness raising, information sharing event.

The Advocacy Project

Glasgow

Support to Report: Don’t Stay Silent About Hate Crime. We are pleased to be launching our short film, ‘Support to Report’ about Disability Hate Crime and how to report it on Friday 19th of May at 2pm. The launch will be held at The Advocacy Project’s offices (Cumbrae House, 15 Carlton Court, Glasgow, G5 9JP). If you would like to attend, email ann@theadvocacyproject.org.uk or call 0141 420 0961. Refreshments will be available!

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get2gether – Clubbing with Carlo

Edinburgh

At get2gether we organise social events for adults with disabilities.

Carlo, one of get2gether’s members, hosts a late night clubbing event: Saturday, 20th May from 10pm – meet at Cameo Bar, 38 Home Street, Edinburgh, for a drink, then head to the CAV night club.

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Self-directed Support Accessible Materials Launch

Dundee

On Monday 15th May at 10am, a booklet and short film co-produced with people with learning disabilities explaining self-directed support will be launched at Dundee Carers Centre, Seagate House, Dundee. Please contact adele.donald@dundeecarerscentre.org.uk or on 01382 200422 to book a place.

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Festival of Living, Hansel Alliance

Symington, Ayrshire

On Thursday 18th May 2017  from 1-4pm at the Baird Centre at Hansel, Symington KA1 1PU, the ‘Festival of Living’ will be happening! Come along for mounted police, a  helicopter fly pass, Keep Safe Community First Aid, advocacy, danceability, fire brigade, hand therapy, gardening, singing, music, afternoon tea at Lindy’s & much more!

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Forth Valley Learning Disability Team

Falkirk

To mark Learning Disability Week, the Falkirk Learning Disability Team will be manning a  stand in ‘The Hub’ (back of Marks and Spencer),  Howgate Shopping Centre on the 17th May, 11.30am-2pm. The aim is to raise awareness of the issues faced by people with learning disabilities in Scotland’s past and present, and to bring their stories to the attention of a wider audience. There will be pictures of the old Royal Scottish National Hospital; leaflets advertising the services the team now provide; mock interviews with clients and a chance for people to put their views forward.

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CPAG Scottish Welfare Rights Conference

Glasgow

CPAG in Scotland’s Welfare Rights 2017 conference will give delegates an opportunity to hear from political leaders, welfare rights experts and academics about the latest developments and the implications for their work.

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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – specialist inpatient services for adults with a learning disability

Renfrew, Gartnavel, Kirkintillich, Anniesland

NHS GG&C are planning a week of different events including an artwork display and baking to celebrate under this year’s theme of: ‘Looking back, thinking forward’. The week will invite patients, staff and their families to reflect on the past and think about their aspirations for the future.

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Artiquins

Elgin, Moray

Everyone is invited to come to our open afternoons during the week, where they will meet the service users and staff and have the opportunity take part in small group sessions including brooch, charm and card making, A ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ show, and a dance show!

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Hear our Voice: Ten years of leading change in our services and communities

Glasgow

To mark Learning Disability Week and the 10 anniversary of the National Involvement Network, ARC Scotland will be holding a major national conference. The event, on 16th May, will be live-streamed to allow everyone to tune in remotely.

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Integrating evidence, policy and practice

Glasgow

The Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory are holding their second national conference: Integrating evidence, policy and practice on Tuesday 16th May in the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow from 9.30am-3.45pm.

The programme and details of how to register for the event can be found on our website.

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Looking Back, Thinking Forward

Aberdeen

We will celebrate our Project SEARCH Interns’ successes and encourage the local community to engage with our programme.
The keynote speaker is Dr Justin Williams, a leading researcher in psychiatry with a focus on autism.
The event will take place in the Sir Duncan Rice Library from 10am-12pm.

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The Star Ball

Newton Stewart

Let’s come together to celebrate Learning Disability Week! From 7.30pm at Douglas Ewart High School, we’ll have a live band, special guest entertainment, a red carpet, evening buffet, licensed bar and more. Tickets cost £10.

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Ladysbridge Project launch and workshops

Aberdeen

Project Ability and C-Change, in recognition and celebration of Learning Disability Week 2017, are delighted to invite you to join us for the launch of an exciting new social history project, based around the former Ladysbridge hospital in Aberdeenshire. 16, 17 & 18 May.

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Dundee Independent Advocacy Support

Dundee

On Monday 15th May 2017 we are holding a Peer Advocacy event with a short presentation at 2pm followed by a chance to speak to the Peer Advocates to find out what Peer Advocacy is and how it could help someone you support or how someone you support could become a Peer Advocate. Book 01382 205515.

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Living Golf Thinking Back, Looking Forward Tournament

Covesea Golf Links, Moray

Moray Learning Disability Provider Forum & Living Golf International invite all ages & abilities to join the Living Golf Tournament on 17th May to celebrate Learning Disability Week. Have a question? Email letsplay@livinggolf.com or call 07570139657.

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The Smile Project Presents; A trio of Scenarios

An Lanntair, Stornoway

On Wednesday 17th May (2-4pm) The SMILE Project will perform 3 theatrical pieces to increase awareness of issues around communication and learning disability. Email office@advocacywi.co.uk or call 01851 701755 to find out more and to book your place at this interactive event!

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Promoting Physical Activity for People with a Learning Disability

Meadowbank Sports Stadium

The Managed Care Network, local authority partners & Edinburgh Leisure are pleased to invite you to attend this free event on 18th May (9.30am-4pm). Follow the link below to complete an attendance form and to find out more.

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Art Exhibition

Paisley Arts Centre, Renfrewshire

This free art exhibition will run from 16th- 22nd May. It will feature artwork and photos from people who attend The Anchor Centre in Renfrewshire. All are welcome to visit – no booking required!

Redwoods’ Story

The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

On Thursday 18th May 2017, from 5.30pm – 7.30pm, this event (presented by Colin Beattie MSP) will celebrate 30 years of The Redwoods Caring Foundation, an Edinburgh-based charity that provides care and support for people with learning disabilities. To book call 0131 672 2999 or email office@redwoods.org.uk by 28th April 2017.

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