Flying the flag for Learning Disability

The Northern Trust is delighted to support the Learning Disability Pride event taking place in Carrickfergus on Saturday 27 May. The event will celebrate people with learning disabilities and is open to everyone in Northern Ireland. The day will include a parade for adults with learning disabilities, their family, friends and carers, to celebrate their achievements and contributions to society.

Thomas Haighton Senior Day Care Worker in the Northern Trust’s Hawthorns Adult Centre has developed this event as part of his other role as Club Leader in Carrickfergus & District Senior Gateway Club. The Northern Trust has provided on-going support to the Gateway Club and is pleased to be able to assist the club in this ‘first of its kind’ event.

Thomas said “I am delighted to work with the Northern Trust on the Learning Disability Pride event. The Trust’s support will help to ensure the day runs as smoothly as possible. Having the privilege of working in the Hawthorns Adult Centre for the past 14 years and holding the Club Leader position in Carrickfergus & District Senior Gateway Club, I am immensely proud that both organisations can work in partnership and can, together, fly the flag for Learning Disability”.

The Northern Trust’s Mental Health and Learning Disability Day Care Lead Manager, Isabel Kidd said “the Northern Trust is very happy to support the Learning Disability Pride event. What a creative and passionate way to showcase the positive changes in people’s lives and ensure people with a learning disability have equal access and involvement in their local communities. This event is all about providing a platform to promote visibility, awareness, inclusion and community cohesion; ditching the ‘dis’ and focusing on the ‘ability’”.

The event will include a celebratory parade, a marketplace where local organisations and social enterprises can set up stalls to sell goods or provide information on services available, and family fun activities. The Northern Trust would encourage families and groups living or working with adults with learning disabilities to take advantage of this positive event.


Notes to editor:
1. Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP by 28 April to
2. The event is being held in conjunction with Carrickfergus Senior Gateway Club, Mencap, and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, with support from the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and The Big Lottery Fund.

Page last updated:20 April 2017