Local NHS supports Learning Disability Week


To support Learning Disability Week, South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust will be attending a special event on Monday 16th June at Huddersfield University. Learning Disability Week is celebrated across the country from the 15th-22nd June.

The event is being jointly organised by Huddersfield University and Mencap and will aim to enable local people to come together and raise awareness of the needs of people with learning disabilities.

It will be a day of celebration and will include aromatherapy and massage sessions as well as music, art and drama workshops. Refreshments will also be available.

South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust will be present at the event and have a display stand publicising its services and encouraging people to join the organisation as members. The Trust is applying to become a Foundation Trust which is a new type of organisation based on membership and gives those people who join the opportunity to have more say in how services are run. Over 9650 people locally have already joined as members.

Nigel McLoughlin, professional lead nurse for learning disabilities for the Trust said, "People are celebrating this important week in lots of different ways across the country. As a provider of a specialist service it is important to us to support such events wherever we can, not only to strengthen the work we are doing as an organisation, but to support the partnerships we have that are incredibly important to us. The added benefit of such an event is that people can come and talk to us and find out about the services we provide and become involved in the development of them.

"The Trust recently ran a very successful event called ‘Tell the boss.’ The evnt enabled people with learning disabilities across Kirklees to feedback their views on the services available to them and the ways in which they could be improved. We are always looking at ways to involve local people so I hope many more will take the opportunity to join us as members and continue to have their say."

Local NHS supports Learning Disability Week

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