Amazing success on the Big Health Day!
More than 340 people attended the Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham Learning Disability Big Health Day that took place on 25 October – and have given positive feedback of their experience.
The event was designed to be a cancer awareness and health information day for people with learning disabilities – and their friends and family – from Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham.
Held at Thomas Tallis School in Kidbrooke, the day was the first of its kind, with event organisation taking place across the three south London boroughs.
Lewisham CCG Clinical Director, Dr Esther Appleby said: "People with learning disabilities suffer so many inequalities in health and many other areas during their life. We want to change this in Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham.
"Ian Ross, Associate Director of Planned Care and Cancer in the CCG had the initial idea for this event, with the aim of providing people with helpful information on staying healthy and active. And it was really important that everyone had fun."
There was an array of activities, including a 'market place' with 27 health information stalls plus exercise classes, smoothie bikes, a huge 'inflatable colon' and Thomas the therapy dog.
The Baked Bean Theatre Group and local choirs performed throughout the day and the Magpie Dance Group offered rhythmic lessons.
There were also separate classrooms for health checks, health information and yoga, and more than 40 volunteers from a cancer and learning disabilities background helped out on the day. Of those who attended the event, nearly 100 people received mini-health checks.
Three stalls in particular proved to be popular:
- The twelve-metre long 'inflatable colon', with its contained cancer messages.
- The 'three Cs' stall, which supported people with a learning disability to have control over their choices.
- The Cancer Research UK cancer prevention and early diagnosis information stall.
Dr Appleby said: "The feedback that we received was terrific. Our survey showed that all the representatives from the organisations, and people present, said they would like to be invited to future, similar events. Many people said they hoped it would become an annual event."
See more photos, find out more about the day and what people thought of it in our overview.