Following 2 years of being unable to fully enjoy in-person activities and get-togethers, EKM members (people with a learning disability in Thanet, Canterbury, Herne Bay and Swale that use the charity’s services) want to challenge themselves to try a new project or activity unique to them, learning new skills and growing in confidence to enjoy a brighter, more connected 2022.
Every £ raised will go towards a wider programme of activities for people with a learning disability in East Kent to enjoy.
“We love trying new things, like exercising or doing an art project. It makes us feel confident and more independent” says EKM member Stephen, who came up with the Spring Forward: activity challenge idea. Having missed his regular swimming sessions, Stephen wanted to challenge himself to do something new that would also help others.
His fellow members loved the idea and now they’re coming together to undertake their own activity challenges. This started on the first day of spring on 21st March. From playing the piano every day to crafting a blanket, walking and fitness activities – every challenge is unique, in recognition and celebration of each members’ individuality.
East Kent Mencap (EKM) provides choices and opportunities for adults and children with a learning disability, their families and carers, enabling them to achieve the things they want out of life and to be valued, treated equally, listened to and included.