Bridge to turn red and yellow for Learning Disability Week

Berwick's Royal Border Bridge is being turned red and yellow to mark Learning Disability Week.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 19 June, 2017, 16:18
The Royal Border Bridge in Berwick.

The tribute has been organised by The Northstar Centre in Berwick.

It is hoped that the change will make people more aware of those people who have a Learning Disability and the effect that it has on families all over the country.

Coun Veronica Jones, member for Adult Care and Public Health at Northumberland County Council, said “We are delighted to support Learning Disability Week.

“People with learning disabilities have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else. There is a need to support people with a learning disability to make whatever contribution they wish.”

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The Pottergate Centre is also hosting an information day in the Northumberland Hall in Alnwick on Wednesday.

There will be a number of stalls for people to browse and gain insight into the work carried out by Northumberland County Council and people with learning disabilities within Northumberland.

Entertainment will be provided by RHYTHM STIX, with a chance for a sing along and enjoy refreshments from the Pottergate Pantry pop up cafe, which will be staffed by people from the centre.

Learning disability affects the person in their everyday life. It means that they require extra time or support to do things and may find some tasks or communication more difficult. People with learning disabilities are also more likely to experience poorer health. Most people with a learning disability are treated as ‘different’. They do not have the same control over their own lives as the rest of our society and face challenges and prejudice every day. However people with a learning disability often have unique talents and bring a fresh perspective.