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What a week!

Last updated: 2.15pm, Wednesday 24th June 2015 by

Last week’s Learning Disability Week was a huge success. Across the whole country organisations and individuals worked hard to raise awareness, share resources and celebrate achievements. Here at Hansel we had a week of activities at Broadmeadows and the annual Festival of Living at the Sir Alexander Fleming Centre in Kilmarnock.

Monday saw 1st Alliance Credit Union at the Baird Centre offering information on banking and budgeting. Tuesday was the turn of Alexander Warren of AJP Dreams who inspired us in three workshops centred on his experience of overcoming the barriers he faced on the road to independence and self-employment.

On Wednesday we took the show on the road. Our customer led celebration ‘The Festival of Living’ was a huge success and a fine example of partnership working. There were too many partners to name here but a special mention is needed for the Sir Alexander Fleming Centre and its staff who worked enthusiastically with our Compass group to make this inclusive, vibrant and powerful event. You can find out more about the organisations who took part in this booklet: http://issuu.com/hanselorg/docs/fol_brochure_2015/1

Back at Broadmeadows Crail House hosted a get together and residents, friends, families and staff were entertained by some very talented youngster from the Ayrshire Schools Pipe Band. Not content with a traditional set they took requests including an impromptu Happy Birthday to Christopher, a Connect customer who had turned 23 that day.

On Thursday we returned to the Baird Centre for an SDS workshop from the Shine Partnership and employment advice from Hansel’s HR team.

We rounded off the week with Festival Friday - an afternoon of fun activities including Zumba, crafts, animal handling and even fire starting! Again, too many partners to mention but Owl Magic, Bunny & Co, ACE and our very own Hugh Clinton were big hits.

You can get a flavour of the week from the photos below but make a note in your diary to join us next year.

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