Tameside and Glossop community services and TMBC held their fourth ‘Big Health Day’ at the Medlock Leisure Centre in Droylsden this week. The event combined fun and keep fit activities with a ‘pirate’ theme with consultations with people with learning disabilities and their families and carers about the local health and social services that they use.
The pirate theme was to demonstrate that even a pirate can be unhealthy and yet if they attended to all their health and social care needs they could lead a very healthy life.
The day was a great success and was attended by around 130 people with learning disabilities, as well as carers, families and friends.
As well as learning about what local services are available for people, there was also plenty of activities to do, including swimming, singing, dance classes, cycling, face painting, trampolining and foot spas.
There were many partners there from a variety of health, social and voluntary sectors, most of whom had returned following the success of the previous Big Health Services.
Shirley Chappell, lead nurse for learning disabilities, said “This is the fourth BIG Health Day we have held for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers and it keeps going from strength to strength.
“All the people we support and some who we don’t support found out more about the people who can help them, as well as having a great time.”