Achievements celebrated with Opportunities Roadshow

PUBLISHED: 11:41 24 September 2007 | UPDATED: 23:04 28 May 2010

Enjoying the face-painting facilities.

Enjoying the face-painting facilities.

OPPORTUNITIES came knocking for people with learning disabilities, their parents, carers and friends at a special roadshow. The aim of the Opportunities Roadshow was to recognise and celebrate the achievements of people with learning disabilities in Fenla

OPPORTUNITIES came knocking for people with learning disabilities, their parents, carers and friends at a special roadshow.

The aim of the Opportunities Roadshow was to recognise and celebrate the achievements of people with learning disabilities in Fenland and to see the range of activities on offer.

FACET (Fenland Area Community Enterprise Trust), Fenland Mencap and Fendis (Fenland Disability Sports Forum), got together to hold the highly successful event at the FACET premises in Marwick Road, March.

The roadshow was opened by Mayor of March, Councillor Jan French, and was supported by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Cllr French said: "I am delighted at the numbers of people we have had come along and really pleased at the way it has gone."

Organisers said: "It has provided a unique showcase of opportunities available to people with learning disabilities and also highlighted what can be achieved when these opportunities are taken up. It has also provided a marvellous opportunity for people to see what they could achieve by becoming volunteers and how they can change people's lives."

There were workshops in art, pyrography, sweet making, making decorative plant pots and face painting.

Displays included photography from the Rdigipix project. The project for Mencap members gave people with special learning needs opportunities to have hands-on artistic experience.

Carers Support had its own stand along with Tennyson Lodge, Victoria Lodge, Scaldgate Club, PHAB Club, FENDIS and Fenland Mencap & Befrienders.

New sports inclusion officer for Fenland and East Cambs District Councils, Annette Fontaine, was there to show how sports programmes are being delivered across the district for people with special needs. She is keen to provide new opportunities for participation within schools, afternoon clubs and community clubs.

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