It's Learning Disability Week this month (Monday 17th - Sunday 23rd June)...

The week aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with Learning Disabilities by raising awareness about important issues, fighting stigma & discrimination & raising funds for outreach & support programs. 

People with a Learning Disability want to be seen, heard & valued. Recent statistics show that nationally:
  • Only 26.7% of adults with a Learning Disability are employed yet 86% of unemployed people with a Learning Disability want a paid job.
  • 1 in 3 people with a Learning Disability spend less than 1 hour outside their home on a typical Saturday.
  • Over 2,000 people with a Learning Disability &/or Autistic people are currently locked away in Mental Health hospitals.

Above information taken from the 2024 Mencap Manifesto

It is more important than ever to raise awareness & support equal opportunities for everyone with a Learning Disability.


This year's theme is "Do you see me?", designed to challenge the barriers people with a Learning Disability face in their day to day lives.

At Care Network, we work closely with many local people, of all ages, that have a Learning Disability or Autism, from our amazing customers to Volunteers, Champions & partners.

We want to celebrate all of the things people with a Learning Disability bring to society, particularly here in Blackburn with Darwen.

What's Going On Locally?

  • Learning Disability Week Event at Care Network - During Learning Disability Week, will we be hosting a special Resolve meeting here at Care Network Hub. Carly from re:fresh will be running a fun 'Dance to Music' session, plus we have Angie & Michelle from Above Beyond who will be joining us to run an inclusive craft activity. There will also be cake! Join us on Wednesday 19th June from 1pm to 3pm.

  • Resolve at Care Network - As well as our special Resolve meeting during Learning Disability Week, our usual weekly Resolve meetings will be running throughout June. This friendly & welcoming disability peer support group that meets regularly here at Care Network Hub. The group are passionate about supporting each other & taking action to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Blackburn & Darwen. Get involved, meet new people and have your say! Join us Wednesdays from 1pm to 2.30pm.

  • Learning Disability Partnership Board - Our Board Meetings bring together lots of people to work on making things better for people & families of those with Learning Disabilities & Autism. Care Network organises these important meetings in Blackburn with Darwen & we would love everyone who has an interest to join us & get involved. 

    Location: Furthergate Business Centre, Furthergate, Blackburn BB1 3HQ | Click here for directions from the M65
    Date & Time: 
    Wednesday 12th June 2024, 10am to 12pm. Please contact us for the full details and more info on ways to join.

  • Care Network's Hear Us Heroes - This warm & welcoming newly established group meets monthly, & is for local people, carers &/or family members of those in Blackburn with Darwen with lived experience of Learning Disabilities, Autism & Neurodiverse Conditions. We come together to talk about things that affect our lives, to support each other, & to advise others about how our lives can be improved. Professionals are welcome to come & ask questions about how we feel about various issues.

    Location: Blackburn Library, Hornby Lecture Theatre (First Floor)
    Date & Time: Tuesday 25th June 2024, 11.30am to 1.30pm

    Our meeting this month marks the 1 year anniversary of Hear Us Heroes! Anyone living in BwD with a Learning Disability &/or Autism, their parents or carers are very welcome! Please note: If you are planning on joining us for our June meeting, please contact Michelle via email: [email protected] to confirm your attendance.


  • Inclusive active fun with re:fresh - Blackburn with Darwen's re:fresh team offer a range of inclusive fitness for adults with a Learning Disability & Autism activities - designed to empower every ability. 

    From low level indoor multi sports sessions, to outdoor walking and cycling sessions, re:fresh ensure that everyone can be physically active at their comfort level & preferences with their adaptove activities.

    Staff are friendly & helpful, with a range of experience working with individuals living with a Learning Disability & Autism. Find out more here. Sessions are £1 for residents of Blackburn with Darwen & £2 for non residents.

What's Happening Nationally?

How Can I Get Involved?

Here are some ideas of what you can do this Learning Disability Week to get involved:

  • Put on an event that represents you - people with a Learning Disability.
  • Take part in some fun Learning Disability friendly activities, such as DanceSyndrome.
  • Share & celebrate the amazing things that people with a Learning Disability are doing in our local community.
  • Spread awareness of Learning Disability Week 2024 - on social media. If you do share online, you can tag us on Facebook, X & YouTube.

For more ideas on how to get involved this year, Mencap have a free, handy guide you can download  by clicking the button below:

Download Mencap's Learning Disability Week Guide

Find out more about our services for people living with Learning Disabilities &/or Autism in Blackburn with Darwen by clicking here.

*Header image credit: Mencap