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Active Withernsea helps to kick-start social activities for people with learning disabilities

Date
Thu, 03 Oct 2019
Article

A conversation at Flavours Café kick-started conversations with Cascade and Victoria Day Centre users which highlighted to Active Withernsea that there were no evening activities available in Withernsea for people with learning disabilities.

A social club for people over the age of 18 was then started as a pilot programme by Active Withernsea during Learning Disability Week in June in order to gauge the potential level of interest in this type of group.

The club was set up to give people living with learning difficulties a place to go and socialise and take part in activities chosen by the group.

So far the group has played dominoes, completed jigsaws, played games of boccia and pool and enjoyed a night of music performed by a local resident.

It is a very relaxed group with no pressure to join in and there are often a few activities running at the same time. This gives everyone the opportunity to spend time with a variety of people. Snack time halfway through the session brings everyone together to chat.

The social club has been very popular and is now working towards becoming self-sustainable. It takes place every Tuesday evening from 7-9pm at the Hut in Withernsea for a small charge of £2.50 to cover running costs such as snacks and equipment. The group is busy choosing a name for the club and looking forward to the upcoming Christmas disco. Active Withernsea is currently supporting these sessions while looking for volunteers to set up the club as a community group and to take over the running of the group. The team would like anyone who is interested in joining the committee as a volunteer to contact the team by emailing active.withernsea@eastriding.gov.uk or by calling (01964) 782299.

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