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Learning disability: case studies

Healthy eating, cooking, growing food and shopping are just some of the independent living skills taken up by people with learning disabilities through community food and health initiatives. Adults with learning disabilities are more likely to have weight problems, so a healthy diet is vital. Just as important, however, is the creative learning environment that helps develop personal and social confidence.

‘A Healthier Me’ for adults with learning disabilities

Group photo of A Healthier Me service users

‘A Healthier Me’ aims to make sure that adults with learning disabilities using the Borders support services are supported to get the help they need to eat well and have a healthy lifestyle. The service uses a pathway or toolkit and identifies a key lead member of staff to implement it.

Read ‘‘A Healthier Me’ for adults with learning disabilities’ here

ENABLE Scotland – support for a healthy diet

Five adults with learning disabilities holding up info sheet

ENABLE Scotland supports adults and children with learning disabilities living in their own homes, or shared accommodation, to achieve their personal goals. Since 2007, it has encouraged its staff to train in nutrition to ensure people using their service receive consistent food and health messages and support.

Read ‘ENABLE Scotland – support for a healthy diet’ here

Upward Mobility – cookery and growing projects

Wooden box with seedlings

Based in Edinburgh, Upward Mobility runs workshops for students with a learning disability, covering a wide range of subjects that includes cooking and community gardening.

Read ‘Upward Mobility – cookery and growing projects’ here