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Scottish Learning Disability Week advocates digital inclusion for all

In celebration of Scottish Learning Disability Week 2024, a series of events will take place, championing the theme of "digital transformation".

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The week-long initiative encourages us to explore the digital landscape and its impact on people with learning disabilities. 

Since the onset of Covid-19 pandemic, our reliance on digital technology has surged. However, this may have presented barriers for people with learning disabilities to join in the digital transformation. The online landscape, while full of opportunities, also presents risks.  Our aim during this week is to empower and support individuals with learning disabilities to navigate the online world safely. 

We invite you to come along to events taking place from Monday May 6 to Friday May 10 in the Civic Hall, Council Buildings, 2 High Street, Perth. 

Councillor Colin Stewart, Chair of the Perth and Kinross Integration Joint Board, expressed his enthusiasm: "I'm delighted this week of events is taking place. The online digital world can be daunting and seem scary and we want to highlight the services that can support people with learning disabilities. There are events to suit a range of interests so please come along and help us champion digital inclusion for all."

Programme of Events 

Monday 6 May

10 am to 2 pm | Civic Hall, Council Building, 2 High Street, Perth

10 am to 12 Noon - Opening 

Jacquie Pepper, Chief Officer of Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership will be opening the week of events. Performances from the Jollity Choir and Makaton Choir will welcome everyone. 

10.30 am until 11.30 am | Hear our Roar!

We're thrilled to share the formation of a new group specifically for people with learning disabilities. Thanks to generous funding from Perth and Kinross Council's Angel Share scheme to fund innovation projects, we're embarking on an empowering journey, beginning with the launch of a new group Hear our Roar! 

The aim of this group is to ensure people with learning disabilities are heard. They possess a powerful voice, a mighty roar, however, they often encounter barriers to living well and struggle to be heard or taken seriously. Our mission is to change this. 

Our goal is to establish an active group led by people with disabilities within Perth and Kinross where influencers, leaders and advocates can come together, speak up, and actively shape decisions that directly impact them. This group will serve as a safe space for sharing ideas, thoughts and concerns and provide a platform which will amplify their voices on topics that concern them.

1.00pm | Back to Nature Tipi 

Come along and hear more on how a tipi will help people with learning disabilities reconnect with nature, spend time outdoors with the families and carers in a supportive and social environment. 

Stalls on the day -
Scope, NHS,  Blairgowrie Day Opportunities, Gleneagles Day Opportunities and Kinnoull Day Opportunities, Friends Unlimited Network, Independent Advocacy, Safer Communities, Fire Safety, Carers Support, Autism Initiatives, Community Policing Team, Capability Scotland, and Community Alarms.

 

Tuesday 7 May

10 am to 2 pm | Civic Hall, Council Building, 2 High Street, Perth

Compass App Launch | 10.00 am until 11.30 am and 12.30pm until 2.00pm

Compass is an online tool to help young people, their parents and carers, and the professionals who support them with the transition to young adult life, offering a range of support and resources covering key areas of transition to support successful transitions.

Come along to our drop-in launch event where you will find out more about the benefits of this app. To book your place, please email communityengagement@pkc.gov.uk 

Stalls on the day -
Communities, Fire Safety, Carers Support, Autism Initiatives, Gleneagles Day Opportunities and Kinnoull Day Opportunities, Friends Unlimited Network, Community Policing Team, Capability Scotland, Perth and Kinross Disability Sport, Supported Living Team and Community Alarms.

 

Wednesday 8 May

10 am to 2 pm | Civic Hall, Council Building, 2 High Street, Perth

10 am until 12 Noon | Scope 

Scope are a small specialist team who support individuals with a learning disability, autism and complex needs, working alongside health colleagues within the health and social care partnership. Come along to the drop-in session to learn more about what they offer.  

1 pm until 2 pm | Keep Safe Initiative

Join Centre for Inclusive Living for an informative session on the award-winning Keep Safe initiative, by Police Scotland. Discover how Keep Safe creates safe spaces for everyone, especially those who need assistance. Learn about the Keep Safe Scotland app and card, designed and developed by people with disabilities.

Stalls on the day -
Scope, NHS, Independent Advocacy, Safer Communities, Gleneagles Day Opportunities and Kinnoull Day Opportunities, Friends Unlimited Network, Fire Safety, Carers Support, Autism Initiatives, Community Policing Team, Capability Scotland, Supported Living Team and Community Alarms.

Thursday 9 May

10 am to 2 pm | Civic Hall, Council Building, 2 High Street, Perth

People with learning disabilities may face financial challenges because they often hesitate to apply for benefits online.  Staff from our Welfare Rights team will be on hand to provide support and guidance, ensuring that you receive the appropriate benefits and maximise your income. 

Stalls on the day -
Scope, NHS, Gleneagles Day Opportunities and Kinnoull Day Opportunities, Friends Unlimited Network, Independent Advocacy, Safer Communities, Fire Safety, Carers Support, Autism Initiatives, Community Policing Team, Capability Scotland, Supported Living Team, Voiceability and Community Alarms.

1 pm to 3 pm | Try your hand at sport with Perth and Kinross Disability Sport | Academy of Sport and Wellbeing, UHI, Crieff Road, Perth

An exciting opportunity for people with learning disability to explore sports! Try your hand at fun athletics by Perth Strathtay Harriers or discover Boccia, an inclusive and strategic support that's perfect for all abilities with Perth Eagles Boccia Club and more.

10 am to 12 Noon and 1 pm to 3 pm 
New Rannoch Day Centre, Shuna Court, North Muirton, Perth

Come along and hear more on how a Back to Nature Tipi will help people with learning disabilities reconnect with nature, spend time outdoors with the families and carers in a supportive and social environment. 

3 pm to 5 pm | Free online training session | Making the internet part of our support

In this session, you will find out how you can support others to learn skills to be confident in the digital world. This training sessions for anyone who supports people with disabilities, whether as part of your job or volunteer or family and friends. To register your place, please email communityengagement@pkc.gov.uk

 

Friday 10 May

10 am until 12 Noon | Free Online Training Session for parents and carers

An online training session for parents and carers on how to navigate the digital world with confidence and keep your child safe. To register your place, please email communityengagement@pkc.gov.uk 

11 am until 12 Noon | Civic Hall, Council Building, 2 High Street, Perth

A presentation to learn more about the overnight response service and how it supports people with disabilities live in a safe and secure environment while promoting independent living. By using video calling, the team can provide a face-to-face chat before a physical response is used, reducing unnecessary intrusions into people's homes. 

1 pm until 2 pm | Civic Hall, Council Building, 2 High Street, Perth

Everyone has the right to live in a safe environment, both offline and online. Come along to learn more about our Safer Communities team who provide advice, support, guidance and action. The team work closely with other council services such as housing and social work, as well as partners like Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Services. Remember safety knows no boundaries - whether in our neighbourhoods or in the digital world!  

1 pm to 3 pm | Civic Hall, Council Building, 2 High Street, Perth

To complete the week of events, Centre for Inclusive Living Team will be hosting a silent disco. Everyone is welcome to join us for an afternoon of joy, where you can groove to music without any noise disruptions. Whether you're dancing or simply enjoying the beats, it's an inclusive experience for all! No need to book, just turn up on the day.  

Stalls on the day -
Scope, NHS, Gleneagles Day Opportunities and Kinnoull Day Opportunities, Friends Unlimited Network, Independent Advocacy, Safer Communities, Fire Safety, Carers Support, Autism Initiatives, Community Policing Team, Capability Scotland, Supported Living Team and Community Alarms.

Last modified on 06 May 2024

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