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The seventh annual Big Health Check Day will take place in Gloucester next month.

The event, being held at Wall’s Social Club, in Barnwood, on Wednesday May 13 is aimed at helping people with learning disabilities to stay healthy and active.

Those attending will be able to take part in a wide range of activities, and Simon Shorrick, the event’s co-ordinator, said it was set to be another action packed day.

“We’re really excited about our seventh Big Health Check Day,” said Simon, who works for ²gether NHS Foundation Trust.

“It’s always a great occasion and a brilliant opportunity to bring people with learning disabilities and their carers together find out more about local services, share their views, and, most of all, enjoy themselves.

“Participants will be able to find out more about local services and resources from the 60 stalls and get involved in a number of fun and informative sessions. They will also be able to try sports and exercise activities like adapted bikes and trikes, archery, athletics, boccia, football, cricket and wheelchair dancing.”

During the day the Dramatic Change Theatre Company from Gloucestershire Voices will be performing a short play on ‘Keeping Healthy and Active’, which will be light hearted, fun and thought provoking.

“We’re also looking forward to having the new ambulance mobile response unit in attendance for people to have a look around and talk to the paramedics,” Simon added.

“Other attractions will be a big red London bus, kindly being supplied by Alpha Colour Printers, the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Stagecoach and the new Mobiloo unit providing accessible toilet facilities with electric hoist and changing table”.

Big Health Check Day is funded and supported by Gloucestershire County Council, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Active Gloucestershire, Gloucester City Homes, Gloucestershire Voices and the Barnwood Trust under the umbrella of Gloucestershire Learning Disability Partnership Board.

Jan Marriott, Co-Chairperson of the Learning Disability Partnership Board, said: “I am pleased to see health and social care staff come together to create such a wonderful opportunity for us to learn about how we can improve services to people with a learning disability.”

The event, which runs from 9.30am until 4pm, is open to anyone with a learning disability, as well as their families, carers and support workers.

Big Health Check Day is part of the implementation of the all-age, all disability Building Better Lives Strategy.

For further information about the day, please contact Simon Shorrick, in the Health Facilitation team at ²gether, on 0800 019 3346 or email simon.shorrick@glos.nhs.uk

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