To celebrate Learning Disability Week, care and support schemes in Buckinghamshire organised a friendly football session! Service Users from 10 schemes were invited to come together for a kick about on Monday 21 June. The whole event was made coronavirus safe by playing outside (despite the terrible weather forecast) and using stickers to identify the teams rather than by wearing training bibs.

Everyone of all abilities played together and staff joined in too! It was a really fun morning and friendships were definitely reignited after such a long period of having to stay indoors during the pandemic. Some service users remembered each other from school and college and others formed new friends, who plan to meet up monthly for similar outdoor sports events. Almost all of the goals scored on Monday were by the Service Users, so we think the staff might benefit from some further practice as well!

Our Director of Care & Support, Mark Carter, played in the 'red' team and said:

"Today was really important. Both staff and service users had fun, formed new relationships and got the benefits of physical exercise. Some even managed to show off some skills! It shows that we can do much more as lockdown restrictions are lifted and we want staff everywhere to think about how we get Service Users doing activities again. Whether supporting people with Learning Disabilities, Mental Health or Homelessness it's just about the most important thing that we can do."

Take a look below at some photos from the day!

Find more information about Learning Disability Week here.