New online project will benefit people with a learning disability in Lowestoft

The Waveney Project will help people with a learning disability.

The Waveney Project will help people with a learning disability. - Credit: Archant

A new initiative that has been set up to benefit people with a learning disability held a successful launch event.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous launches the project. Pictures: Mick Howes

Waveney MP Peter Aldous launches the project. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

The Waveney Project aims to have a central port of information online, where providers from around the district can upload their activities onto the events Facebook page.

This will enable people with a learning disability, and those that support them, to see events as part of a rolling calendar and make informed choices about how they would like to spend their time and money.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous officially launched the project at Lowestoft Sixth Form College with a free day of events that included arts, sports including soft archery, and music activities, as well as a finger puppet theatre.

After the activity sessions, refreshments were available before the guests enjoyed a fun-filled disco.

The Facebook page, which is a central part to the project, was also promoted at the event.

Bev Patnell, company director of INVOLVE Educare and INVOLVE Active, said: 'As a local service provider for young people and adults with learning disabilities within Waveney, I come face to face with families every day.

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'I hear stories from families of how they struggle to find accessible activities for their child to take part in.

'The Waveney Project will be a fantastic step forward for these families in helping them to find suitable events.

'All the information will be in one place and let people with a learning disability and their families discover what is out there.'

The Waveney Project will also host an additional four events a year - two of which will be fund-raisers, whilst the other two will raise awareness of the work the project facilitates.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TheWaveneyProject

Are you setting up a new project in Lowestoft? Email joe.randlesome@archant.co.uk