Members of the GOLD project ran a stall at Ramsgate Market in June, as part of Learning Disability Week (19-25 June 2017), a national celebration of what people with a learning disability can achieve. Wanting to celebrate LD Week with their local community, the group took to the streets to capture people’s different experiences of learning disability.
The group had dedicated the weeks leading up to the event planning the details and purpose of the stall, deciding that it needed to be brightly coloured and decorated as the main purpose was to have fun, but also to raise awareness of learning disability in an informal, educational way.
On the day, the sun was shining and members had great success interacting with the public. The stall was complete with fact sheets, music, balloons, sweets and happy, smiling faces. People were interested in finding out about learning disability and what the GOLD project does, even asking how to get involved themselves.
GOLD member, Margaret Phelan said: “I enjoyed it, I gave out leaflets at the stall then up and down the High Street and even went in some shops to let people know what we do. I explained about GOLD and people were interested. The stall was good I thought it was lively and colourful.”
GOLD Project Worker, Mitchell Kennington said: “One of the many highlights was when we asked a visiting Hari Krishna band to come and play next to our stall. They did this and Neil enjoyed dancing with them!”