This year Leeds Learning Disability Week will run from Monday 20th June until Sunday 26th June. The timetable is beginning to take shape with a mix of favourite events from previous years together with some new ones.
The week kicks off with the 5-a-side Euro 2016 football tournament at Middleton Leisure Centre on Monday 20th organised by The Bridge and Aspire. Other sporting activities on offer are the boccia tournament on Wednesday 22nd which is also at Middleton Leisure Centre and organised by The Bridge and a sponsored walk around Swinsty Reservoir on Tuesday 21st organised by Aspire. Last year the money raised from the sponsored walk was donated to Africa’s Gift to buy polytunnels and seeds and we will be supporting this charity again.
The popular Victorian tea party will be back at Armley Mills on Wednesday 22nd run by Aspire with stalls, entertainment, the cinema and delicious refreshments. On the same day Hamara is holding a wellbeing day with Tai Chi, music, Bollywood dancing and refreshments. Aspire’s Picnic in the Park at Temple Newsam on Friday 24th is an opportunity to meet up with friends, take part in the activities or simply relax. Alternatively, Café Leep is holding an Armed Forces Day.
The Leeds Learning Disability Partnership Board AGM will be held on Tuesday 21st. This will take place at West Yorkshire Playhouse where Tenfold is hosting a market place event to showcase learning disability third sector organisations. Aspire will have a stall and the brand new Safe Places app for smart phones which we have co-funded will be launched.
Thursday 23rd is Leeds NHS Trust’s fashion show at St. James’ Hospital. It’s also the date of the Aspire Customer Awards ceremony which will take place at John Charles Centre for Sport (attendance by invitation only). The winners of LYPFT’s photography competition will also be presented with their prizes at the Awards event.
If you are looking for something to do in the evening, then the Meanwood Fest organised by The Bridge will take place on Wednesday 22nd at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm. Also there will be a music night at Wharf Chambers as part of the Beyond Festival. The Beyond Festival will be running through much of June, including Leeds Learning Disability Week, with numerous events in venues across the City. To find out more about these, check out their timetable at http://beyondarts.co.uk/.
To round off the week Aspire is holding a Fun Day at Wetherby Social Club which will include a game of human Frustration. Money raised from this event will be donated to Martin House Children’s Hospice.