Supporting friendship in LD Awareness Week

News: Learning Disability Week 2020

This week is Learning Disability Awareness Week and the theme for this year is ‘friendship during lockdown’.

Because of these restrictions, support this year will be quite different from previous years with a focus on virtual events.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have all been living in lockdown. This means that many people with a learning disability are feeling isolated, as they have been unable to see their family and friends. At Oxleas, we have put measures in place to try and help reduce these feelings, such as supplying iPads and mobile phones so service users can contact their loved ones when they want to.

To promote the week, our ALD teams have organised various activities via platforms such as Microsoft Teams to support our service users and raise awareness of the importance of friendships in tackling feelings of isolation.

Steve Hardy, ALD Practice Development Nurse at Oxleas, said: “At Atlas House we are painting a large poster about friendship and a special rainbow in the garden for our celebration garden party on Friday. Also, @ALDatOxleas we will be promoting #LDweek2020 with loads of resources available and encouraging people to take part in the virtual celebrations.”

Supporting LD student nurses

Actress Sally Phillips and Royal Ballet star, Gary Avis, are among those featured in an uplifting video of support to learning disability student nurses whose studies have been interrupted by the pandemic.

Set to the song Keep Holding On by Avril Lavigne, the video offers encouragement to students who may be supporting the frontline through paid placements or confined at home wishing they could help.

The film features people who have learning disabilities and their families who appear alongside public figures and advocates, as well as learning disability nurses, academics and students.

You can view the film here and pledge your support at #KeephoLDiNgon.

Published on 17th June 2020