Adults with learning disabilities and autism who are receiving care from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) will raise awareness of the conditions and the things people could do to help make their lives easier during a special sponsored walk.
Taking place on Thursday 29 September, the event will see a group of service users walk from South Pier in Lowestoft to Kessingland during the morning. They will take regular stops along the way to chat to the public about the impact which learning disabilities and autism have on their lives, while talking about the best ways in which others could offer support.
The dedicated group will also be raising sponsorship money, which they will spend organising further events to raise awareness and understanding. Current plans include visiting schools and taking part in events at local cafes, as well as purchasing special picture cards to help make communicating easier.
The walk has been rearranged as it had to be called off earlier this year due to bad weather. Sue Bridges, Project Lead for the Green Light Toolkit, which is NSFT’s learning disabilities and autism strategy, said: “We are really pleased that this dedicated group has come up with this fantastic idea to raise awareness of learning disabilities and autism.
“The service users will be accompanied by carers, advocates and NSFT staff. We’ll be stopping along the way to chat to people about the reasons we are doing the walk, and also hope to raise some money so that the group can go on to hold further awareness sessions in the future.
“They hope that this work will help people to better understand the challenges which people with learning disabilities and autism face while also showing them how best to offer support.” To sponsor the group, visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/waveneyldforum