Galashiels event to mark Learning Disability Week

Published: 26th April 2017

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Logo of the Borders Local Citizens Panels

Borderers with a learning disability are holding an event in Galashiels on Tuesday 16 May to reflect on how their lives have changed since the millennium and plan for the future.

The event, taking place from 10am to 3pm at Gala Rugby Club, is part of the annual national Learning Disability Week (15-21 May), which highlights the positive contribution that people with a learning disability make to their local communities.

Learning lessons and planning for the future

The theme of this year’s event will be ‘Looking back, thinking forward’, and those attending will look back at how changes to government policy have affected their lives and also look at how lessons can be learnt from the past and be used to plan a better, brighter future for those with a learning disability and their family carers.

Members of the five Local Citizens Panels, established in late 2014 to give people with a learning disability a real voice in their local communities, will give presentations on their achievements over the previous year, and will outline their aims for the next 12 months.

Recruitment drive

The Citizens Panels have gone from strength to strength and will be using the event to launch a new recruitment drive to further boost panel membership.

The event will also see the launch of the new Citizens Panel Welcome Pack, a toolkit designed to help new members hit the ground running in their new role.

Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided, and anyone interested in attending is asked to contact the Learning Disability Service on 01896 840200 or