Breaking boundaries through music and dance 

As part of Learning Disability Week we met with Robbie, a long term Client of Abbots Care to find out more about his involvement with Purple All-Stars – a drama and dance group for people with learning disabilities.

The Purple All-Stars are a Hertfordshire-based performing arts group for adults with learning disabilities, they have recently released a powerful song titled “See Me” to mark Learning Disability Week. The lyrics emphasise inclusion, urging listeners not to turn away or isolate people with learning disabilities. The group hopes to change perceptions and encourage equal participation in local communities.

The Purple All-Stars have provided Robbie with an opportunity to showcase his pre-existing passions for music, rapping and watching live music. The Purple All Stars have performed at some fantastic locations within Hertfordshire including The Gordon Craig and Eric Morecambe Theatres to name but a few.

Kate, the Creative Practitioner for Hertfordshire County Council and leader of Purple All-Stars said of Robbie “Robbie is an inspiration to those in a wheelchair, it’s inspiring for others with similar disabilities to see Robbie performing and showcase the fantastic energy he has”.


I love performing in front of people, and I have made lots of good friends! I also love to rap!”


Raising the profile of Learning Disability Awareness week

1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability, which includes dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and Down’s Syndrome.

Additional research has shown that people with learning difficulties are more likely to suffer from poor mental and physical health as well as healthcare inequalities.

Learning Disability Week aims to educate, spread awareness, and increase understanding of learning disabilities.

The benefits of music and movement to those with a learning disability

Communication and self-expression: Music therapy can be used as a means of communication and interaction.

Empowerment: It offers choices and empowers individuals.

Motivation: Music therapy increases motivation.

Physical movement and coordination: Rhythmic movement in music therapy helps develop gross motor skills and coordination.

Supporting those with a learning disability

At Abbots Care our trained Care Workers are experienced at caring for people with learning disabilities. We work closely with family members and support networks to ensure consistency in care.

We don’t want to take over where people can be supported to do things themselves, so our home care services for people with learning disabilities can include help and encouragement with daily living skills. We focus on empowering people to carry out tasks like personal hygiene routines and household chores independently where possible.

We provide physical and learning disability care at home and also in the community, supporting individuals with learning disabilities to access education, employment and recreational activities.

For more information on how our services can support you or your loved one contact us today.