This year, Learning Disability Week is about showing how people with a learning disability are reconnecting with friends and their communities.

And talking about the issues many people still face after the end of COVID restrictions.

We, the Oxfordshire group, got together to celebrate our wins and raise awareness about some problems we are facing. This is what we said...

Who have you reconnected with?

Pam and Heather said, "We have reconnected with our friends and family."

Shaun commented, "I have reconnected with my colleagues from My Life My Choice and the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi). I am really happy to be meeting them face-to-face again! I can't wait for the NDTi away days!"

Ady and Ant shared, "I am happy to be doing more things with my friends and family and I've had the chance to meet new people at darts and at MLMC."

What problems are you facing after the end of covid restrictions?

Pam, Ady, and Ant said crossly, "There's been a lot of disruptions like the train strikes. It's been difficult getting into work as it's in Oxford and we're in Banbury. We want to go in but we just can't!"

Heather said, "At my day centre there have been a lot of staff shortages. It's stopped me from going to places I can finally go to since covid restrictions have ended. It really needs to change!"

All of the group said, "We are still worried about ourselves or people we care about getting covid."

The whole group also talked about the rising cost of living. Pam and Heather said they've had to make cuts in their spending: "I've had to start buying cheaper foods;" "I've had to start taking fewer showers to save on the water bill."

We are all in this together.

Only together can we change things.

Support those striking for better worker rights.

Write to your provider about staff shortages.

Write to your MP to fix the cost of living.

Talk to people close to you about covid.

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