The annual Big Health Check and Social Care Open Day celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with an exciting programme. 

The action-packed event, which takes place at Oxstalls Sports Park, Gloucester, aims to help people with learning disabilities stay active and healthy. A wide range of activities will be on offer at the special anniversary celebration which takes place on Tuesday 22 May.

Event coordinator Simon Shorrick, who is Strategic Health Facilitator for 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, is hopeful that this year’s Big Health Check event will be a bumper one.  Last year 1,500 people attended the event which included more than 100 stallholders and 12 adapted sports. This year, Simon hopes even more people will join in.

He said: “This year, the Big Health Check Day is even more special as we’re celebrating a decade of encouraging people with learning disabilities to stay healthy and active and we’re hoping that we’ll reach a record number of visitors.

“The day educates about, and raises awareness of, the wide variety of inclusive activities and opportunities that are available for people with learning disabilities in Gloucestershire. We receive really positive feedback about this event every year, so we are looking forward to the tenth one being even bigger, better and more inclusive than ever before.”

A wide range of partners will have stalls at the event, providing information about services and activities available locally. There will also be a variety of sports on offer, including adapted cricket, adapted football, adapted archery, inclusive cycling, inclusive archery, bowls and martial arts.

As well as a chance to try something new and stalls to browse, other attractions include a sensory room mobile unit, animals from Scrubditch Farm, a police display vehicle, a fire engine, the mounted police, a Stagecoach bus, lift training and the Big Red Bus.  Visitors can also try a circus skills workshop, potting plants and making something delicious to eat with the Wiggly Worm Team.  The event runs from 9.30am to 4pm.

Jan Marriott, who co-chairs Gloucestershire Learning Disability Partnership Board (LDPB), said: “A great deal of hard work has gone into making this special 10year anniversary Big Health Check and Social Care Day the most successful yet. There is so much to see and do and we hope visitors will have a day to remember.  The LDPB would like to convey particular thanks to the organisers for their skills and hard work.”

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