Magna’s kindness embodies the spirit of Learning Disability Week
Many Heathcotes services have been enjoying taking part in Learning Disability Week, running from 15 to 21 June. This year’s theme is the importance of friendships during lockdown, something which all our services would readily acknowledge as staff and service users help each other to cope with life in the shadow of Covid-19.
In choosing the theme for 2020, organisers of Learning Disability Week sought to raise awareness that many people with a learning disability already experience high levels of loneliness and social isolation which will only have been made worse by the lockdown. The week aims to “show the importance of friendships to help with tackling isolation, as well as exploring the different ways of maintaining friendships during this unusual time.”
From Heathcotes’ perspective, there is no doubt that the bonds between our service users have been vital in lifting spirits and offering mutual support in meeting the challenges of the past few months. These bonds have been strengthened during the pandemic, thanks to gestures of kindness that make people valued and appreciated.
Heathcotes’ Magna service typifies that goodwill. The service users have marked Learning Disability Week by giving each other boxes of chocolates with messages highlighting the value of friendship.
One of the messages read: “There are friends, there is family, and then there are friends that become family.” That sentiment says a lot about life at Heathcotes. Up and down the country, service users and staff have strengthened friendships which will long outlast coronavirus.