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The eighth annual Big Health Check and Social Care Open Day will take place in Gloucester this month.

The event is aimed at helping people with learning disabilities to stay active and healthy. The popular day is expected to be even bigger than usual this year, as it will also mark the launch of Special Olympics Gloucestershire (SO Glos).

Those attending the event, on Wednesday 25 May, at Oxstalls Sports Park, will be able to take part in a wide range of activities.

Following the launch of SO Glos, a number of competitions, in a wide range of sports, will then take place across the county in the coming months, for sports people with learning disabilities.

Simon Shorrick, Strategic Health Facilitator for ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, is the event’s co-ordinator. He said they were expecting more than 1,000 people to attend this year.

He said: “We’re really looking forward to our eighth annual Big Health Check Day, which promises to be bigger than ever.

“It is a brilliant opportunity to bring people with learning disabilities and their carers together, to meet new friends and, most importantly, have fun.

“We have a wide range of partners attending the event and it will give people the opportunity to find out more about local services and share their views.”

Simon highlighted some of the activities which would be taking place: “This year, we have organised interactive workshops on assistive technology (equipment that promotes independent living) and GDance, which is an inclusive and diverse dance group.

“There will be wide range of stalls for people to browse, and people will be able to have a go at plenty of sporting activities, including adapted tennis, football,  Boccia, golf, adapted bikes, snooker adapted bikes and trikes, adapted athletics, football and trampolining.”

Other attractions will include the Great Western Ambulance Service mobile response unit, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Gloucestershire Constabulary, a big red double decker bus and Mobiloo, who will be demonstrating their accessible changing, hoist and toilet facility.

The Big Health Check Day has been organised in partnership with Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Voices, Active Gloucestershire, the Barnwood Trust, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and ²gether NHS Foundation Trust. Volunteer support has been provided from Hartpury College, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester College and Gloucestershire Voices.

Tim Heaven, Zara Humphrey and Jan Marriott, co-Chairs of Gloucestershire Learning Disability Partnership Board, said: “We are grateful for all the work that has taken place to make this Big Health Check and Social Care Day the best ever. There are an amazing number of organisations coming to show people what they do.

“We are so glad to see the Special Olympics back in Gloucestershire so that people with learning disabilities have the chance to compete against other people at a national and international level in a range of sporting activities.” 

The event, which runs from 9.30am-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.