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Watford Mencap to mark Learning Disability Week with family events
Celebrating families is the theme of this year’s Learning Disability Week which begins on Friday and Watford Mencap will be having a hoot to mark the occasion.
Learning disabilities are overlooked, even though there are currently more than one million people in England who have been diagnosed with a Learning Disability.
It is estimated that more than 4,300 adults with a learning disability live in south west Hertfordshire. Many of these people are supported by family members and carers, which can be tough as people often require 24 hour support.
Watford Mencap currently supports more than 1,500 people with a learning disability and their families in and the charity believes carers should be celebrated and given the "super-hero" status they deserve.
To celebrate caring super heroes, people with a learning disability and their families are invited to a selection of events hosted by Watford Mencap during Learning Disability Week.
On Thursday, August 22, the charity is offering women with a learning disability the opportunity to be pampered. They can enjoy hand and face massages, nail painting, make-up application as well as the chance for a good girlie gossip with friends.
The evening is being hosted by Axis Communications, Watford, and has been organised by Victoria Paine. To book a place contact Lata on 07901914514.
The following day there will be a family event at Watford Mencap’s centre in St Albans Road, Watford. Visitors will be able to stay and play at the centre and take part in the "talk to the animals session", where there will be a selection of animals including owls.
Visitors can also enjoy a shared lunch and an afternoon of fun with a children’s entertainer. To find out more contact Sarah on 01923 220816.
Earlier in the day residents at Thorpedale will be running a cake stall in Chorleywood Village Centre to raise money and awareness. Mencap residents there are keen bakers and often use fresh eggs from their pet chicken to bake their cakes.
Jane Pattinson, Director of Watford Mencap said: "Learning disability week is a fantastic opportunity to give local families a chance to come together and celebrate whilst raising the profile of Watford Mencap’s work."
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