Havering celebrates Learning Disability Week

Published: Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Havering is celebrating Learning Disability Week by working with local organisations to come together and host a ‘Health and Wellbeing’ event.

Families, individuals and professionals are invited to attend two events and learn about Learning Disability Services in Havering as part of the celebrations for Learning Disability Week. Local organisations have come together to host the ‘Health and Wellbeing’ events in Romford Shoping Hall which coincide with the national MENCAP campaign.

The Mayor of Havering, Councillor Dilip Patel will open the event on Wednesday 20 June at 10am, where there will also be presentations by residents with disabilities highlighting the local support on offer to them. The event will then run through to Thursday 21 June until 4pm. Visitors will benefit from free health checks, be able to participate in fun activities and meet with many local organisations.

Cabinet Member for Health & Adult Care Services, Councillor Jason Frost, said:

“Our Learning disabilities team supports nearly 900 residents in Havering but we know there may be many others not accessing our services. We want to make sure everyone is aware of all the available support in the borough. 

“By residents visiting our local event, they benefit from meeting various organisations who may be able to offer guidance on local  healthcare and wellbeing support.”

The Council’s Learning and Disability Team works in partnership with health services and offers support to adults aged 18 and over who may require help because of a learning disability.
This may include people who also have any of the following additional needs:

  • physical and/or sensory disabilities
  • speech and language difficulties
  • difficulties in social functioning
  • concurrent mental health problems
  • challenging behaviour
  • epilepsy.