Friendships so important as Sandwell marks Learning Disability Week

20th June 2020

Friends are staying in touch with cards and bracelets as part of this year’s Learning Disability Week in Sandwell.

The importance of friendships has been the key theme of the week (15 – 21 June).

The council’s Disability Day Opportunities services has sent out friendship packs to help people stay connected and boost their wellbeing while at home.

Each pack includes a friendship bracelet and materials to write a card to a friend.

To personalise the project, colleagues from the council’s transport team are personally delivering the completed cards to people at home.

The council has also created a video to celebrate Learning Disability Week and help everyone stay connected.

Watch the video on YouTube.

Earlier in the pandemic, staff distributed activity packs to people who use the council’s Disability Day Opportunities services.

Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Yvonne Davies said: “Friendship is so important to people with learning disabilities who use our day services.

“Many of them have known each other for years and enjoy meeting up to socialise with each other.

“During the coronavirus pandemic, we have had to close our day service activities to help keep everyone safe, this meant a big change to many people’s daily routines and has had an impact on their feelings too.

“It’s wonderful to see that people are staying in touch, through a variety of activities, including friendship bracelets and cards, and hope that this will be a boost for everyone until they can meet up together again in person.”

For information on services to support people with learning disabilities in Sandwell, visit www.sandwell.gov.uk/learningdisabilitiessupport or call Sandwell Enquiry on 0121 569 2266.

Full YouTube link to video: https://youtu.be/jSO8ubrrFxQ

Published: 20th June 2020