Learning Disability Week 2020

Scottish Learning Disability Week 2020

We are excited to announce that Scottish Learning Disability Week 2020 will take place from Monday 18th – Sunday 24th May.

The theme for 2020 is ‘My Environment – my place, my planet’

Wherever you live in Scotland, whether in a town or city, in the countryside or by the sea, we want you to think about what your local environment means to you and what you can do to help it flourish… 

We live in a beautiful country and on an amazing planet, and we all should be able to have a voice in keeping it that way. 

My place – ‘place’ means where you live and the environment around you. Maybe you live in a house, a flat or in supported accommodation. Whether we live in a city, a town or in the countryside we want to live in a clean and attractive place. 

My planet – ‘planet’ means the wider environment which we all share and which many people are trying to protect from the effects of climate change. Climate change is when the environment around us changes for the worse because of things that humans do. What can you do when you are out and about in your local area to help the environment? 

Think about:

  • What kinds of things do you recycle? Could you recycle more? If so, how? 
  • What do you do with your leftover food? Do you use a food waste bin? 
  • Do you donate your old clothes to the charity shop? 
  • How many times a week do you use a washing machine? 
  • If something in your house breaks do you repair it, or do you buy something new?  
  • Do you take your own shopping bags to the shops with you? 
  • If you’re able to, how often do you walk or use public transport to get around? Could you walk or use public transport more often? 
  • Do you use a re-fillable water bottle, or do you buy drinks in plastic bottles and cans when you are out and about? 
  • Do you take a re-usable coffee cup out with you if you go to a coffee shop?  
  • How could we help to protect green spaces like parks and woods in our local communities? 
  • Have you taken part in a protest or a march about an environmental issue? Is this something you would like to do?  
  • Could you speak to your local Councillor or MSP about ways to help the environment in your local area?  

My Place

Here at the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) we believe everyone should have a personal environment that meets their needs and live in a place where they have choice over how they live their daily liveswhether that’s on their own, in their own home, with family and friends, or in a supported setting.  

People with learning disabilities should be able to live in a clean and healthy environment that allows them to flourish and live their best lives. What are the problems that affect the environments in which people with learning disabilities live and what can we all do to make things better in our local place? 

My Planet

We want to use this Scottish Learning Disability Week to raise awareness of people with learning disabilities and the things that make up their environment, but we also want to emphasise that we all share the same environment – our planet. 

 We think people with learning disabilities should be both considered and involved in the discussions and decisions that are taking place around climate change on both a local and national level. 

 Scottish Learning Disability Week 2020 is also an opportunity for people to come together and show that everyone can do their bit for both their personal environment and the planet.  

 Our Scottish Learning Disability Week 2020 ‘Get Involved’ pack is full of activities that everyone can join in with, such as our ‘Green Games’ card, with ideas on how to get out and about and get creative in your local environment, plus we have some smart ideas to reduce waste, such as our ‘Lovely Leftovers’ recipe card. 

Let us know what you’re doing to help your environment  

Scottish Learning Disability Week 2020 is an opportunity to share the stories of people with learning disabilities getting involved to help make positive change in their environment – whether it be in their own home and community, or in the wider world. 

If you have a learning disability and are involved in an environmental project – whether you are making changes in your home to be more environmentally-friendly, are helping in your community garden, or maybe you have even spoken to your MSP about climate change, however big or small, we want to hear from you! 

As we get nearer to Scottish Learning Disability Week 2020, we will share your stories across our website and social media channels.

You can tell us what you’re planning during Scottish Learning Disability Week on our ‘Share your plans!’ page. 

Hosting a ‘Make and Take’ Communi-Tea party

During Scottish Learning Disability Week 2019, hundreds of ‘Communi-Tea’ parties took place up and down Scotland. Due to popular demand we have decided to bring the Communi-Tea back for 2020, but this time we are asking you to make your Communi-Tea an environmentally-friendly event by hosting a ‘Make and Take’ Communi-Tea. 

All you need to do is get a group of people together from your community. For example, it could be your family and friends, your work colleagues or class mates at school or college, or maybe people from a club or group you go to.

The idea is to make something and bring it along to the party and then to take something home with you that somebody else has made and brought along.

Things you could make:

  • Some home-cooked food or baking (have a look at our ‘Lovely Leftovers’ recipe card in your ‘Get Involved’ pack)
  • Something crafty, like a handmade greeting card, or a decoration (check out our ‘Green Goodies’ card in your pack)
  • A plant that you have grown

What can I do now?

Now is the time to save the week in your diary, and to start thinking about what you might do to get involved. You can also help us to let as many people as possible know about the week by applying our handy Scottish Learning Disability Week themed designs to your social media channels, documents and flyers.

Use #LDWeekScot2020 in your posts to raise awareness and help us to keep all news related to the week in one place!


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Get Involved pack

You can download our easy read version of this announcement here.

We have spare single ‘Leftover Recipe Cards’, ‘Green Goodies Cards’, bunting and posters which can also be ordered in addition to your ‘Get Involved’ pack/s. 

Get Involved packs

We have a limited number of free ‘Get Involved’ packs which are available to order. If you would like a pack, please get in touch and tell us:

  • Your name
  • Your organisation (if relevant)
  • Your contact details
  • The number of packs you would like
  • The address you would like us to send your pack(s) to

Our Get Involved packs are sent via the postal service so please allow time for delivery. 

Get in touch 

This year’s pack combines useful tips on how to make the most of Scottish Learning Disability Week in your local community, with fun freebies that will help you get together, spread the word and make an impact.

If you have activities and events that you are planning for Learning Disability Week, please let us know by emailing us. You can also tell us what you’re doing using our ‘Share your plans!’ page.

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Uno the Unicorn

Uno the Unicorn is our Scottish Learning Disability Week mascot! Add him to your website, social media posts and flyers about events that you’re holding during Scottish Learning Disability Week.

You can find out more about Uno here.