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Three teams from Gloucestershire Care Services were part of a vibrant and popular day of health-related activities and workshops for people with learning disabilities, carers and their families.

Colleagues from dental services, healthy lifestyles and the nursing and quality directorate each had stands the Big Health Check Day, held at Wall’s Social Club, in Barnwood, Gloucester, which attracted more than 400 people.

The all-day event featured more than 32 stalls from public and not-for-profit organisations, activities including cycling, archery and golf, health workshops, a fun and thought provoking play based on the ‘Keeping Healthy’ theme of the day by Bristol-based theatre company Misfits and a poll of service-user opinions on the health and social care they receive carried out with electronic voting.

Helen Ballinger, who is involved with the Trust’s implementation plan for learning disabilities, said: “This was a terrific day which allowed colleagues to meet a wide and varied audience of service users, their families and carers as well as building relationships with partner organisations and learning about other services.

“This was the sixth Big Health Check day that has been held and I would strongly encourage colleagues from across our services to consider attending future events.”

The day was organised by the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust alongside NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Gloucestershire Voices and Gloucestershire County Council under the umbrella of the Gloucestershire Learning Disability Partnership Board.

Simon Shorrick, strategic health facilitator at 2gether Trust and one of the main organisers of the day, said: “The day was a tremendous success, and the brilliant weather made it another day to remember. We again opened doors to the many mainstream, voluntary, support, primary and secondary care and specialist services in our county.

“I was really proud of all the workshop leads, actors, visitors, stewards and stall holders who were all fantastic and contributed so much.

“I believe the day helped give our vulnerable client group greater choice and access to services, as well as driving shared goals of reducing health inequalities, preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and ensuring reasonable adjustments are made for people with learning disabilities.”

The 2gether Trust in partnership with Barnwood Trust has produced a short video of the day which will be released shortly on YouTube.