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Supporting Learning Disability Week

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How will you get involved with Learning Disability Week, which runs from 17-23 June?

This year, the theme for Learning Disability Week is sport and inclusion. Throughout the week, Mencap are encouraging as many people as possible, with and without a learning disability, to get involved in inclusive sporting activities in their area.

A range of events is taking place across the UK and you can find out more about what’s on near you on Mencap’s website.

What are the benefits of sport for people with a learning disability?

The charity is highlighting the importance of getting involved in sport after a survey it carried out with young people aged 18-35 who have a learning disability found that:

* 49% wanted to spend more time outside of their home.
* 18% felt alone and cut off from people.

Opportunities are being created in Knowsley

In addition to keeping active, Knowsley Council is supporting adults with a learning difficulty or disability into employment through the Knowsley Supported Internship programme and the Empower Job Carving Programme.

The Knowsley Supported Internship Programme offers work experience and mentoring for an academic year to help better prepare adults with a learning difficulty or disability into work. Since launching in 2016, 21 people have completed the programme, with 15 securing employment.

What is the Empower Job Carving programme?

The Empower Job Carving programme takes less skilled tasks from one or more roles to create a job opportunity for a person with a learning difficulty or disability. This has recently resulted in three Knowsley residents securing paid employment. A further seven businesses across the borough are exploring Job Carving with their organisation to offer a supported employment opportunity.

What else is Knowsley doing to support people with learning disabilities?

In addition, disability awareness training is being delivered to a range of businesses in the borough, including a workshop to 35 Knowsley Chamber members in June, helping to raise awareness of the valuable contribution a person with a learning disability or difficulty can bring to the workplace.

Want to know more?

To find out more about supported employment opportunities, including if you represent a local business that wants to get involved, contact Sue Temple-Fielding at Knowsley Council on 0151 443 3054.

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