This week, Care Network welcomed local people with learning disabilities and neurodiverse conditions to a special launch event, marking the beginning of a new group we willl host - enabling people from our local disabled community to come together, share their views and identify ways to improve their health and wellbeing in BwD.

We were thrilled with the turn out - around 50 people joined us at Blackburn Library, where we enjoyed an introduction from our Chief Executive, James Hadleigh, followed by a fantastic interactive session with Dance Syndrome!

With the guidance of the Dance Syndrome teachers we warmed up, stretched and enjoyed a number of disability-friendly dances. On the final song, we all worked together to come up with ideas and moves to create a unique dance routine that we performed, both standing and seated.

James then spoke to guests and delivered a short presentation, where everyone was given the chance to learn what our new group will be about, how it will run and the type of important input each of them can have.

There was an engagement session, where everyone was given the chance to share their views and ideas on issues they face, topics to discuss in the upcoming meetings and fun activites for all to enjoy!

We wrapped things up by discussing how our new group will help to boost people's wellbeing, and enjoyed a complimentary lunch with friends before heading home.

We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved and all the lovely folks that joined us. We look forward to welcoming you, and seeing some new faces, at our next event:

11am, Tuesday 25th July at 11.30am at Blackburn Central Library, Room 3 (first floor)

If you'd like to joins us, please contact our team via:

Anyone living in BwD with a Learning Disability and/or Autism, their parents or carers are very welcome!