Learning Disability Week at Mires Beck 

Learning Disability Week raises the awareness of learning disabilities in the UK. The condition of learning disabilities include Downs Syndrome, Dyslexia, PMLD, Autism, and many more. 

Facts and Figures 

Did you know that there are 1.5 million people in the UK registered with a learning disability. 1.2 million of them are in England and there are 351,000 children with a learning disability in the UK. In the East Riding of Yorkshire, there are 4656 adults aged 18-64 who have a learning disability. 
40,000 people in the UK have Downs Syndrome. 1 in every 1000 babies will have Downs Syndrome. A child with Downs Syndrome might take longer than other children their age to reach milestones and develop average skills. The average life expectancy for people with Downs Syndrome is 50-60. 
 
197,250 adults in the UK have PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities). This is when a person has a severe learning disability, while having other disabilities that affect their ability to communicate and be independent, for which they need a carer to help them do daily things (such as getting dressed, going to the toilet, and more). 
 
In 2013/14 there were 1268 people registered in the East Riding of Yorkshire with a learning disability. Only 50.3% of eligible adults with a learning disability got an annual health check. People with learning disabilities have poorer health than the general population, so it would be good to see this percentage rise towards 100%. 

Their Future Lifestyles 

In the East Riding of Yorkshire, people with learning disabilities and their families will have a 'Person Centred Care and Support Plan' which expands their needs. They have a Care Coordinator in their homes who will assess them and care for them as they need. There is an annual increase of 1.04% of people with learning disabilities, so there is a huge demand for social care services, such as Mires Beck Nursery. Our care fully supports the East Riding of Yorkshire Person Centred Care Plan. 
 
2/3 of adults live with their families (usually their parents), and they may be caring for an older parent while they too are getting older. Aging family carers may explore other care arrangements when they are no longer able to provide long-term care. Mires Beck aims to provide support for people into their old age. 

Why Is Mires Beck Nursery So Important? 

There are still people with learning disabilities who are in inpatient environments and who need to be in the correct community-based support places, such as Mires Beck Nursery. 
 
At Mires Beck Nursery, we try our best to support our service users as much as we can. We provide person centred care for people from 18 years upwards. Our staff adapt the way they work with each service user to ensure that they (the service user) get the best out of their day at Mires Beck, and go home with a sense of pride and achievement. The staff are aware that what works for one service user will not work for another. We may have 3 service users working with one staff member, and the staff member will offer suitable tasks for each service user, and they are aware that all service users have different learning styles. The staff know that some service users will love to weed for the full session, but others will find it boring and will need a variety of jobs throughout the day. 

What Is Mires Beck Doing For Learning Disability Week? 

This week, each of our service user teams will be doing 4 activities for 4 types of learning disabilities, including: hand-eye coordination, Autism, physical ability, and working as a team. These activities will show their Best Self skills. You will be able to follow their activities live on our Facebook page. 
 
You can take part in Learning Disability Week too! This is your chance to do a fundraiser for our charity by doing an activity that you can be your Best Self in! 
Please donate to our charity so that we can further support our service users who have learning disabilities. 
All projects require fundraising and we are always looking for new sponsors and volunteers to help us realise the future aspirations to maintain the charity and help it to thrive. If you would like to help please contact us.  
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