To support Mencap’s Learning Disability Week the Trust was involved in a number of events. This year Mencap were campaigning for NHS organisations to ‘get it right’ when treating people with a learning disability.
This year’s campaign was more important than ever to the Trust because the whole focus was on improving healthcare. Since the Trust first formed in 2002 it has been working with partners in local authorities and NHS organisations to promote equal he4althcare for people with learning disabilities.
The Mencap ‘getting it right’ charter sets out nine key actions that bodies responsible for healthcare are asked to put into practice. Locally many of these actions are already being achieved by the Trust.
In support of the campaign the Trust held a special football fun day at the Zone in Huddersfield, which included lots of different activities and fun competitions.
The mayor of Kirklees officially opened the day as well as presenting the winners with a replica world cup.
Phil Walters, Trust head of inclusion, said, "We know that physical activity and social inclusion all make a big difference to wellbeing so this event concentrated on these areas at the same time as supporting the national Mencap campaign. We want people with learning disabilities who use our services to be able to try something new to enhance their wellbeing. Sport can bring people together and build a sense of community."