We also celebrated learning disabilities week. Along with other organisations we put on a packed week of opportunities for people to try out new things including a buffet at our weekly pub night at the Cabbage Patch; this is a great opportunity for people with a learning disability to socialise in a safe environment, it’s also very popular sometimes up to 30 people attend! We also showcased our book club along with the library services, our unique book club is for people of all abilities and involves storytelling and puppetry. The grand finale was on Friday June 26th, this was a day of entertainment and fun, the theme was ‘my first experience’ and five adults spoke about their first experience of work, voting and travelling abroad, it was really informative and inspiring for the audience.
Leisure breakaway, which is part of the carers hub also organised a trip for five young adults with a learning disability to Paultons Theme Park in Southampton. The group had a fabulous time and their carers had a well-deserved break, one of the carers said “it was great to be able to give a bit more time to my other daughters and just be able to relax at home without having to think about occupying R. Things like this really help to get R’s confidence back so she can move on from what has been a really difficult few months.”
This weekend we will be at St Margaret’s fair, every year they use the fair profits to support a number of charities in the community, this year they received applications from thirteen very worthy causes and Committee members had the difficult job of choosing which three charities to support, we were one of the lucky three that were chosen!
Next week it’s the Dragon Boat race, this is the second year we have entered now, staff, volunteers and users of our services will be furiously paddling along the Thames to raise funds for RHLT, come along and support us it’s a great day!
For more information about RHLT please look at our website http://www.rhlt.org.uk/