Monday 19th June sees the start of national Learning Disability Awareness Week 2023. The theme for #LDWeek23 is “busting myths about living life with a learning disability”.
DanceSyndrome is an inclusive dance charity supporting people with learning disabilities to access a wide range of opportunities in community dance. A huge part of our mission is to challenge the way that society sees people with learning disabilities and what they are able to achieve.
To celebrate Learning Disability Awareness Week 2023, we asked our Dance Leaders with learning disabilities to give us 10 myths that they’d like to bust during the week. You can check out the full list on our social media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.
As well as our social media campaign, we have lots of activities going on through the week.
We are celebrating some extra special news this week as our Fonder Jen Blackwell has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the King’s Birthday Honours, which were announced on Saturday 17th June.
You can read the full story on the News page on our website.
Inclusive Dance Activities
Our full programme of inclusive dance activities is running all through Learning Disability Awareness Week 2023!
If you have never tried inclusive dance which is co-delivered by a person with a learning disability, then why not try it this week?
You can find a full list of activities on the Sessions page of our website.
Blackpool North Station Takeover
To celebrate Learning Disability Awareness Week 2023, member of the DanceSyndrome team will be at Blackpool North Station on Saturday 24th June.
Come & join us from 10:30am – 1pm as we takeover #Blackpool North Station and get everyone dancing!
Find out what DanceSyndrome is all about, chat with our Dance Leaders with learning disabilities about why inclusion matters and, of course, do some inclusive dancing with us!
You may know that 2023 marks DanceSyndrome’s 10th anniversary of becoming a charity. Charities do not survive to the 10 year mark without significant support from the communities that they serve. There is significant demand for our services and we are creative with our offering, achieving a lot on a small budget. As a small charity our only real limitation is financial, so we are incredibly grateful for the generous support of our followers.
Could you join #TeamTen and help DanceSyndrome to make it through the NEXT ten years? We are looking for 1,000 people willing to donate £10 to help us to raise £10,000 in our tenth anniversary year. If you are able to make this a regular donation, either monthly or annually, it would make even more of an impact on our future.
Your donation will ensure that we have a long term future and can continue to support people with learning disabilities to not only stay connected, stay involved and stay healthy, but to be visible leaders in society who change the way that people think about living life with a disability.
If you are able to support us, you can use the JustGiving button, or donate directly using the form at the bottom of this page.
We hope that you will join us this week at one of our events, or by joining the conversation on social media. We hope to inspire people to see how much people with learning disabilities are able to achieve if they are given the right support. As a small charity, our mission is to provide the support needed so that people with learning disabilities can not just be included in dance sessions, but can take on visible leadership roles. Our work is life-changing for people who might not be able to access those opportunities elsewhere.
If you would like to support DanceSyndrome’s life-changing work with people with learning disabilities during Learning Disability Awareness Week, please visit our Donate page or donate directly using the form below.