masquerade largeA masquerade ball was the highlight of a week of activities and events to mark Learning Disability Week in South Tyneside.

South Tyneside Libraries teamed up with a number of organisations to promote the campaign which is organised nationally by Mencap.

A wide range of events were held across the Borough including sport sessions at Temple Park, a Fun Day at Arts4Wellbeing, digital taster sessions and a bowling evening.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Alan Smith, said: “It was wonderful to see so many organisations come together to showcase the wide array of support and activities available in South Tyneside for those with a learning disability.

“The highlight of the week was the masquerade ball at Hedworth Hall where everyone enjoyed themselves and had fun.”

The aim of Learning Disability Week is to raise awareness and understanding of learning disabilities.

Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, said: “In addition to highlighting the support services in the Borough for those with a learning disability, Learning Disability Week also promotes a positive image and increases understanding in our communities about the issues faced by those who have a learning disability.

“It was wonderful to see so many activities and events on offer throughout the week. I am delighted that it was such a success.”