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NANSA lights up Norwich to celebrate Learning Disability Awareness Week
One of Norfolk’s leading disability empowerment charities NANSA is lighting up Norwich City Hall on Monday 19 June to celebrate the start of Learning Disability Awareness Week.
Running from 19-25 June, Learning Disability Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness of day-to-day issues faced by people with learning disabilities, as well as sharing the successes of NANSA service users.
“We are delighted that the City Hall is being lit up to help us celebrate such an important week and are grateful to Norwich City Council for their support” NANSA CEO Ros Czarnowska commented. “NANSA has been committed to empowering people with disabilities for over 60 years. Our vision is for people to enjoy opportunities, equality and respect regardless of their ability and we’re working hard to ensure that people of all ages with disabilities can access services and support that enable them to achieve their aspirations.”
Throughout Learning Disability Awareness Week, NANSA will be publishing stories from their service users through its Twitter and Facebook channels (@NANSANorfolk). There will also be a NANSA Twibbon which can be added to by social media users to show their support. To celebrate the week, a charity Zumbathon is being held at Sloughbotton Park, Norwich on Saturday 24 June from 1-4 with tickets available from £10 on the day. Tickets can be also ordered in advance by contacting Lucia Alba on 07776 201645 and NANSA will receive a share of all monies raised.
Founded in 1954, NANSA is a Norfolk charity providing support for people of all ages who have a wide range of disabilities. The services offered include social groups and educational programmes, family support, transition programmes for young people and bespoke adult training programmes. NANSA offers a work experience traineeship initiative called “Train & Trade” and supported community work placements. They have a range of social enterprises including several charity shops, "Wrap & Roll", a café at the Julian Hospital in Norwich, and the Artshoproject, an upcycling/art shop on Earlham Road.