FROM bush craft to photography, local people with learning disabilities are being invited to join a summer of fun in Malvern.

Heart of England Mencap, which runs its day service ‘Pathway’ in the town, has three weeks of fully accessible community activities planned.

Open to anyone with a learning disability and not just existing Mencap customers, the cost is just £3 per session, or £5 for a full day, with carers going free.

It all starts on Tuesday June 27th with a ‘Welcome to Malvern Pathway’ tea and chat. The session runs between 10am and 12pm at the 2nd Malvern Scout HQ in Spring Lane. Open to everyone, it’s a chance to meet the team, find out about all the activities on offer, and register to take part.

Those activities then get started, running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the first week (June 27th, 28th and 29th), the second week (July 4th, 5th and 6th) and the third and final week (July 12th, 13th, 14th).

People are welcome to join for as much or as little as they like, from one session to a full week or more, all they need to bring is a packed lunch.

Activities include: outdoor forest and bush craft sessions, photography workshops, an accessible book club, a healthy breakfast club, karaoke and making a promotional video.

And to round it all off on Saturday July 15th there will be a disco, complete with karaoke and a buffet, again at just £3 per person with carers going free.

“This is a great chance for local people with learning disabilities to really enjoy learning some new skills, from video or photo editing to cooking, performing, or getting out and trying their hand at bush craft,” Service Manager Ben Davies said.

“It’s a great way to form new friendships as well, and to see what Mencap Pathway has to offer all year round here in Malvern.”

Heart of England Mencap brought Mencap Pathway to Malvern at the end of last year, based at the improved and refurbished 2nd Malvern Scout HQ.

Pathway now runs five days a week, welcoming 14 customers already.

“Pathway is all about focusing on abilities and not disabilities, providing meaningful leisure and learning activities like cooking, crafting, woodwork, music, drama, gardening, even tai chi,” Ben added.

“All of this builds confidence, skills and friendships and that’s hugely important to our charity. What’s just as important is enabling activities in the community for our customers too, and we are still looking for volunteers who can help support us in that; assisting on trips outs and helping to build our on-site Pathway activities too, all skills and ideas are welcome.”

For more information on Mencap Pathway and the summer activities, please call 01684 577699, 07929 030483, or go to www.heartofenglandmencap.org.uk

Anyone unable to attend the welcome tea and chat on June 27th is still able to register for the activity programme by contacting Ben Davies using the details above.