East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership is delighted to be celebrating Scottish Learning Disability Week 2024, Mon 6 to Fri 10 May with a series of events and activities.

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership is delighted to be celebrating Scottish Learning Disability Week 2024, which runs from Monday 6 to Friday 10 May.  This awareness week aims to celebrate the rich contributions that people with learning disabilities make to society, as well as raising awareness to support a change in attitude to make Scotland a better, fairer, and more equal place for everyone.

This year’s theme is “Everything Digital”.  The use of digital technology helps people to connect, and improve the world that we live in.  However, the digital world can also be a risky place, and raises concerns about security and privacy.  It’s important that everyone has the knowledge and tools to stay safe and have fun online.

Keeping safe online
In keeping with the digital theme, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership will be sharing resources on its social media channels about the importance of staying safe online.  We’ll also be sharing Lead Scotland’s easy read “Learn how to use the internet safely” guide which covers passwords, scams and cyber-attacks.

Throughout the week, attendees at East Lothian’s Day and Resources Centre will be considering their personal use of digital technology and sharing their experiences online.

Free fitness fun class
As part of the awareness week’s event program, Adult Day Services are hosting a Free Fun Fitness Class on Tuesday 7 May, from 9:15am to 10am at the Loch Centre, Tranent.   Suitable for all ages and abilities, attendees can enjoy some disco dancing, funky beats, and a fantastic fun fitness workout – both seated and standing.  To book a free space, please contact Vikki Malcolm via vmalcolm@eastlothian.gov.uk.  

Meet the team drop-in sessions
Between Tuesday 7 to Thursday 10 May, the Community Learning Disability Health and Social Work Teams will be hosting drop-in sessions within the East Lothian Community Hospital reception foyer.  These pop-up events will run from 10am-4pm Tuesday and Wednesday, then 1pm-4pm on Thursday.  The team will be on hand to provide support, information, and advice about accessing Learning Disability Services in East Lothian, as well as providing easy read information on a range of health conditions and protecting adults from harm. 

Sports Day
To conclude the week’s celebratory activities, attendees from East Lothian’s Adult Resource Centres will be coming together on Thursday 10 May to participate in a fully-fledged Sports Day at Meadowmill Sports Centre.    

Find out more
The East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership website has a dedicated Learning Disability Support section where you will find information on the range of services and programs available in East Lothian including our Shared Lives Scheme, Transition Programme, as well as advice and support for Carers, including accessing Independent Advocacy services.

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership is committed to providing a person-centred and inclusive environment that respects the rights and dignity of all.  Our aim to provide the assistance and support to allow people with learning disabilities to live their best lives - at home and within the community.  

Published: Friday, 3rd May 2024