The countdown has begun for the fifth annual Big Health Check Day, being held in Gloucester on May 10.
The event – at Wall’s Club, in Barnwood – will focus on the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities in the county and is open to individuals with learning disabilities, their families and carers.
Participants will be able to find out more about local services and resources from the 26 stall
holders and get involved in a number of fun and informative sessions on exercise and health, better eye care and Dementia support.
Organised jointly by Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire County Council, and Gloucestershire Voices, it will be attended by people from across the county.
One of the organisers is Simon Shorrick, Strategic Health Facilitator with ²gether’s Learning Disability Services.
He said: “We’re really excited about our 5th Big Health Check day, and we’d encourage people to come along and join us. It’s a great opportunity to bring together people with learning disabilities and their carers to find out more about local services, share their views, and have some fun”.
Gloucestershire Voices, a user led self-advocacy organisation for adults with learning disabilities, will be performing a short play called ‘The Long and Winding Road’.
This will be a light hearted but thought provoking play about a visit to a GP surgery for an annual heath check and what could go wrong and how this could be done better. The ambulance service will also be in attendance for people to have a look around an ambulance and talk to the paramedics.
Other organisations attending include Mencap, SEAP (Support, Empower, Advocate and Support) Advocacy Services, PALS – the NHS Patient Advice and Liaison Service, the Independence Trust, Carers Gloucestershire, SeeAbility, and Healthwatch.
The 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.
For further information about the day, please contact Simon Shorrick, Health Facilitation team on 0800 019 3346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org