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Every year  we encourage people across England to join us in celebrating Learning Disability Week.

The aim of this week is to raise awareness of the challenges people with learning disabilities continue to face in everyday life and inspire people to make a difference.

This year we are highlighting the importance of friendships during lockdown.

Even before Covid-19 people with learning disabilities experienced high levels of social isolation and loneliness. A survey by Mencap carried out in 2019 found that 24% of people with learning disabilities said they felt lonely ‘a lot’. This compares to just 3.4% of the general population.

During lockdown we have carried out our own survey to find out how people feel. Sadly, this found that 55% of people with learning and other disabilities were ‘extremely’ or ‘very worried’ about being able to see their friends again.

Limited access to digital technology/or the skills to use it, and difficulties with verbal communication have made lockdown harder for people with learning disabilities and many of them are feeling anxious and alone.

On Wednesday 17th June 2020 we are holding a virtual Big Lunch to bring everyone together in spirit and enjoy some nice food and drink wherever they are as we would have done before lockdown.

If you believe that friendships are important and that no-one should be lonely then we invite you to join our Big Lunch. You can show your compassion and solidarity for people with learning disabilities and help bring about change so that people with learning disabilities have more and stronger friendships and relationships with others in the community.

We welcome everyone and you can share photo’s and video’s of your Big Lunch through social media @ealingmencap #LDWeek2020

Or send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Big Lunch 1

 Big Lunch 2