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Events in North Tyneside to mark Learning Disability Week

Monday, 20 June, 2016
Events in North Tyneside to mark Learning Disability Week

People with learning disabilities in North Tyneside are being encouraged to meet new people and make friends as part of Learning Disability Week which runs from today, Monday June 20 to Sunday June 26.

Learning Disability Week, coordinated by MENCAP, focuses on the issues affecting people with a learning disability and their families.

To mark this year’s awareness week, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s community learning disability team will be holding two events in North Tyneside for people with learning disabilities, their families and carers.

The events will take place from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Wallsend Customer First Centre in the Mauritania room today (Monday 20 June) and at North Shields Customer First Centre in Rooms 1 and 2, on Thursday 23 June.

Learning disability community matron Mary Johnstone said: “This year’s theme is about friendships, relationships and information of other services in North Tyneside to promote health and wellbeing.  We would encourage people to come along and have a chat to the team and find out more about our services.

“These events are an opportunity to meet new people as well as getting advice and information about health and wellbeing and the range of support available.”

The Community Learning Disabilities team provides a range of support for people who have learning disabilities and complex health needs in North Tyneside.

The team includes specialist learning disability nurses, psychologists, an occupational therapist, and speech and language therapist.

Based at the Oxford Centre in Longbenton, the Community Learning Disability team offers support for people who have learning disabilities who need additional support to meet their health needs. This can be helping them access and understand treatment in relation to a long-term condition, helping them to manage their emotions and behaviours and helping them understand how to lead healthy lives.

The team works with children and adults with learning disabilities, their families and carers, and other health professionals offering support to manage complex health needs and additional conditions for example autism, epilepsy and to promote good mental health and wellbeing.

Services are provided in the most appropriate location for the person with learning disabilities, which could be their home, respite or day centre, or in a school or college.

People can contact the team direct on 0191 643 2487.