By Anna-Marie Garbutt, Health for All Time to Shine Community Learning Disabilities Project Coordinator for Bee Together.
What would you do if someone with a learning disability came along and wanted to volunteer or join your sessions?
Would you feel comfortable with that or not?
Bee Together is a Time to Shine Project aimed at Older People with a Learning Disability (OPLD).
Many of the people I have spoken to have been welcomed to the community groups I have accompanied them to. But their experiences have not always been so.
The learning from the project so far has been that it is the general public’s perception of older people with learning disabilities that is the greatest barrier to them being included within society hence feeling less lonely and socially isolated.
Bee Together wants to help people feel able to support OPLD within their groups.
We want to know how we can help you do this.
What questions do you have?
Do you know anything about Learning Disabilities?
How will the other members react?
Many of the adjustments would also help people with dementia, sight loss, hearing loss and mobility problems.
We would also like to hear from groups who already do this successfully so we can share good practice.
We have created an online survey to gauge what you would like to know about OPLD and this information will then be used to offer training and advice about how to be inclusive to all abilities.
It will take about 5 – 10 minutes to complete.
We would really appreciate your thoughts and I look forward to working towards an all abilities Age Friendly Leeds.