Number: 44/19 19th June 2019
Learning Disability Week 2019
Learning Disability Week 2019 focuses on Sport and inclusion; in a survey of over 300 18 to 35 years olds with a learning disability 49% responded to say they would like to spend more time outside their house and 18% feel alone and cut off. Our Mission and Vision are at the core of the work that we do with people affected by disabilities; empowering them to exercise choice and control, live independent lives and actively participate in society.
LDWeek 2019 is a fantastic way to raise awareness of the isolation people with a disability face. We are proud that our staff are committed to encouraging and facilitating service users’ hobbies, holidays, sporting endeavours and social lives; from Yam Jams parties to cycle rides; trips to London and creative workshops; participating in these all help to empower people to lead an independent life and feel part of society.
In addition, SIL is the only organisation in Herefordshire to have been awarded Disability Confident Leader status. This is in respect of the work that we do to challenge attitudes towards disability, and our dedication to recruiting and retaining disabled workers.
A minimum of 51% of the Board of Trustees are disabled people or a family carer who bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge which ensures SIL is the provider of choice for anyone with a disability seeking to live their life to the full.