Learning Disability Week 2017

LD Week 2017 mainLearning Disability (LD) Week 2017 runs from Monday 19 to Sunday 25 June.

This year the focus is on employment, particularly to raise awareness of the benefits of employing people with a learning disability.

According to Mencap, around 80 per cent of working age people with a learning disability have a mild or moderate disability, yet less than 20 percent are in employment.

Research has highlighted a number of reasons this might be the case, including negative attitudes or low expectations, skill and qualification gaps, unfair treatment or discrimination and issues related to access.

During LD Week, Mencap will be sharing new research to show the benefits of employing people with a learning disability along with some accessible guides to help people find work.

This will be available on their website at: www.mencap.org.uk

What is Pennine Care doing?

We are committed to supporting people with a learning disability in lots of ways – including gaining employment.

In addition to the wide range of support and care our services provide, we also offer a highly successful supported internship for people with a learning disability.

Later in the week, we’ll be sharing the story of one of our successful interns, who now works for the Trust.  We have also asked some of our staff to share what it’s like supporting people with a learning disability.

Their stories will be shared on the Learning Disability Directorate page of our website and via Facebook and Twitter throughout the week:

• Learning Disability Directorate Twitter: @LDPennine
• Pennine Care Twitter: @PennineCareNHS
• Pennine Care Facebook: www.facebook.com/PennineCareNHSFT

You can join in the conversation on social media using #LDWeek17

Our services

We provide community-based healthcare to adults and children who have a learning disability, and live in Bury, Oldham, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

We also provide an overnight short breaks service and a supported living service in Bury.

For more information, visit: www.penninecare.nhs.uk/LD