Learning Disability Week is an opportunity for us to reflect on the past year, to raise awareness for Grove Cottage and learning disabilities in general and generate much-needed funds to ensure we continue to be there for all those who need us
For many people with a learning disability and their families, getting creative has been a way to stay connected and positive through the challenges of last year. National ‘Learning Disability Week’ will take place from 14 -20 June and this year is championing art and creativity.
Please consider supporting Grove Cottage this Learning Disability Week by:
- Go purple! Wear something purple for the day and donate
- Get Creative! Bake purple cakes for a cake sale
- Give! Donate to support our Learning Disability Week Campaign
Grove Cottage helps many people like Vicki Washington who says her son, Toby, would not be who he is today if it wasn’t for Grove Cottage.
Toby (pictured below) has multiple varying additional needs: severe sight impairment, Global Development and Speech Delay, multiple mobility difficulties, feeding difficulties including multiple allergies and sensory processing disorder. Toby requires one-to-one support for day-to-day activities, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy.
Vicky says “As a family we were relatively new to the world of Special Educational Needs (SEN) but soon realised Toby required specialist support, to navigate his road map in life and to be able to adapt and overcome any obstacles he faced. This is how we discovered Grove Cottage.
“Toby started at the Special Needs Nursery when he was 3 years old; we were very apprehensive and unsure if we had made the right decision, but it turned out to be the best decision of our lives. The smiles and happy faces we would see daily, not only from the staff but also the other children were so heart-warming, let alone the smiles, happiness and progress Toby made each day.
“Toby is now 9 years old and attends the Cottage Kids Club on Saturdays and the School Holiday Clubs. Grove Cottage supported us fully even during the difficult lockdowns, by safely delivering activity packs to our home and reassuring us we were not alone and were still a part of this amazing organisation.
“This Learning Disability Week Grove Cottage, your local charity, is asking the community for support with a gift of £20 to help them achieve a brighter future for more people like Toby. “Donating to Grove Cottage will ensure that they can continue to help the hundreds of people with a learning disability – like Toby – whose lives have been changed for the better because of them.
To leave your gift simply CLICK HERE
“Grove Cottage will always have a special place in our hearts for all they have done and still do for Toby and I cannot thank enough all those who support this amazing charity.”
For further details about learning disabilities please visit the Mencap website