Picture perfect picnic ends disability week

Stephie and Mark Collins relax with Carol Benson, business change leader at Adults Social Care, at Temple Newsam.
Stephie and Mark Collins relax with Carol Benson, business change leader at Adults Social Care, at Temple Newsam.
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A picnic in the stunning grounds of Temple Newsam House brought a city-wide celebration of people with learning disabilities to a close.

Held in the house’s beautiful wedding garden, the picnic marked the end of Learning Disability Week, which has seen a string events take place across Leeds.

As well as the picnic, activities have also included a football tournament, with 19 teams, each representing a different World Cup nation.

Organised by coaches from Leeds United Foundation’s Ability Counts project, working with Leeds City Council, games were played to strict FA rules, with qualified referees officiating over the five-a-side matches.

The team from Potternewton Fulfilling Lives, representing Belgium, emerged victorious, beating Ramshead Wood Fulfilling Lives’ Germany in the final.

A mixed services team took the women’s title for Spain and Leep 1 Leeds’ Columbia won the Fair Play Award.  

Elsewhere this week, people with learning disabilities got the chance to talk about the issues that matter to them when they took over the Leeds City Council chamber. The Over to You event was co-chaired by Councillor Adam Ogilvie, executive member for adult social care, and organised by the council and included representatives from the NHS, council, fire service, police and local transport agencies.

The week also saw a group of people with learning disabilities do a sponsored 10k trek to raise money for a community farm in Africa.

Coun Ogilvie said: “This week’s events have given Leeds a chance to shout about some of the fantastic work being done in our city to support people with learning disabilities and to show some of the inspiring and creative things that those people can accomplish. But it has also given us an opportunity to reflect on some of the challenges people with learning disabilities still face and to look at how we can continue our efforts to make our city a safer and more inclusive place.”

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