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

The event – taking place on Wednesday May 14 at Wall’s Club, in Barnwood – is aimed at promoting healthy eating and healthy living for people with learning disabilities in Gloucestershire.

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

“We’re really excited about our 6th Big Health Check day. It’s a great opportunity to bring people with learning disabilities and their carers together find out more about local services, share their views, and have some fun,” said Simon, of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust.

“Participants will be able to find out more about local services and resources from the 22 stall holders attending, and get involved in a number of fun and informative sessions on healthy eating and menus, as well as sport and exercise for health.

“The Misfits Theatre Company will be performing a short play on healthy eating, which will be light hearted, fun and thought provoking.

“We’re also looking forward to having the ambulance service in attendance with their ambulance, car and mobile treatment unit for people to have a look around and talk to the paramedics.

“Another attraction will be a big red London bus, kindly being supplied by Alpha Colour Printers, which people will be able to get on board to find out information about mental health.”

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

It is being organised by a range of agencies, including ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Gloucestershire Voices and Gloucestershire County Council, under the umbrella of the Gloucestershire Learning Disability Partnership Board.

Big Health Check Day is part of the implementation of the ‘The Big Plan’ – a joint strategic plan between NHS Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire County Council.

Dr Martin Gibbs, GP and Learning Disabilities Lead at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is a great opportunity for people with a learning disability and their carers to meet others, find out about what’s available to help them and have a fun day.

“At the CCG, we are working with GPs across the county to improve the health outcomes of people with a learning disability and ensure that they receive equal access to services and care. This includes increasing the number of people with a learning disability who receive an annual health check and health action plan.”

Jan Marriott and Zara Humphrey are co-chairs of the Gloucestershire Learning Disability Partnership Board and said: “The Big Health Check Day is a great way of encouraging people with learning disabilities and their carers to get together, have fun and find out how they can keep healthy.

“It is brilliant to see so many organisations teaming up to make this such a great event.

“We would encourage anyone with a learning disability and their carers to come along to try out all the different activities and pick up some information on staying healthy.”

Cllr Kathy William, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for long term care, said: “This is going to be a great day full of fun activities and I’d like to encourage people to come along if they can. I think it’s really important for all of us, including those in our communities with learning disabilities, to learn more about how to lead a healthy lifestyle.”

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