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#LeedsLDweek the best yet!

Leeds Learning Disability Week 2014 really was the biggest and best ever – with a whole host of amazing events and activities taking place across Leeds, on every day of the week.

It’s hard to pick out a single highlight as every event was such a success. As you can imagine, with so much that went on it’s impossible to mention it all here! We have however written a few words to try and sum up how fantastic the week was.

An Action Packed Week
Tenfold is obviously proud of the fact that Over to You! the Council Chamber Take Over, which we organised and kicked off the week, was a brilliant success!

This year, more than 150 people crammed in to the Chamber, with spectators over-spilling in to the public galleries, to listen to heart-felt and moving speeches.

The issues of Feeling Safe and Health received lots of votes, but it was Transport that topped the list this year as the theme that most people wanted to see improvements on.

This year we were delighted to be joined by some very special guests, including representatives from the bus companies, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, lots of Leeds Councillors, and Mark Burns Williamson, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, who will hopefully help us to make improvements in the areas the speakers highlighted.

We were also delighted that Hilary Benn, MP for Leeds Central, was able to join us, making an impromptu but impressive speech too! As usual, the event was expertly chaired by Susan Hanley with Partnership Board co-chair, Councillor Adam Ogilvie.

Monday’s Football World Cup was also a notable, and there was a real Brazilian Carnival vibe going on at Middleton Sports Centre where spectators cheered on their teams who represented various countries taking part in the tournament. Lucas, the Kop Cat was in evidence, and there was even a Russian Elvis Presley spotted in the crowd!

The first ever Customer Awards was a fantastic occasion, recognising and celebrating the achievements of so many people across the city who have made a personal contribution over the years. Let’s hope this event, which was held at the John Charles Centre for Sport, is the first of many such award ceremonies!

The celebrations continued at the Partnership Board AGM, where the achievements of the Board over the past 12 months were discussed, and where individuals were nominated in the ‘We’ve Got Pride’ Awards, which were co-ordinated by Connect in the North.

Topping off the week was the biggest and best Picnic in the Park ever held for Learning Disability Week. There must have been more than 500 smiling, happy people mingling in the Wedding Garden at Temple Newsam. The Off By Heart Choir, Yorkshire Dance and other stall holders helped to create a wonderful entertaining and fun atmosphere, and for once, the weather was kind to us with wall to wall sunshine all the way! Spectacular!

Lots of other events took place in the week including Leep The Bridge evening events Meanwood Fest on Tuesday evening, and a fashion show at Tiger Tiger which also celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Leeds Advocacy on Thursday evening. The week also hosted a Boccia Tournament, a sponsored walk around Burnsall and the Progress For Providers event.

Photos and hash tags
There’s LOTS of brilliant photo’s from all the events on the Leeds Learning Disability Week Facebook page – the photos really do bring the joy of the week to life.

Also take a look at the #LeedsLDweek hashtag to see what people said on Twitter during the week.

Thanks
Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the week such a resounding success – we really are lucky in Leeds to have so many creative, enthusiastic and generous people working together in partnership to support initiatives like this. Well done everyone!!

To be first to hear about plans for next year please Like the Leeds Learning Disability Week Facebook page: www.facebook.com/leedsldweek


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