1 October 2013

City holds health day for people with learning disabilities

A free event promoting fun activities and healthy lifestyles for people with learning disabilities is being held on Wednesday 9 October from 10am to 3pm at the King Alfred Leisure Centre ballroom on Kingsway, Hove BN3 2WW.

The ‘Best of Health’ event, organised by Brighton & Hove City Council, is aimed not just at local people with a learning disability, but also their carers, family and friends.

Also on offer will be lots of stalls run by local groups, information on how to access local health services and advice on things like smoking, alcohol and exercise.

Activities at the event include:

  • Peddling on a Smoothie Bike
  • Wheelchair football & basketball
  • Meeting a Sussex Caring Pets therapy dog
  • Making healthy snacks.

The venue is wheelchair accessible. Volunteers will be on hand to guide you round. The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Denise Cobb, will visit the event in the morning.

The chair of the council’s adult care and health committee, Councillor Rob Jarrett, said: “We want to help people with learning difficulties to maximise their potential, and make sure we can all benefit from their full participation in the community.”

Free tea and coffee and cold drinks will be available. There is also a prize draw after the event with different healthy prizes.

For further information please email Natalie.winterton@brighton-hove.gov.uk or phone 01273 295550.

The full list of activities on the day is:

  • Smoothie Bike
  • Sussex Caring Pets
  • Wheelchair football & basketball - Albion in the Community
  • Boccia – Sports Development
  • Tooth brushing & oral health – Oral Health Promotion Team
  • Making healthy snacks – Food Partnership with Speak Out
  • Healthwalks

Information stalls will be run by or focus on:

  • Community Learning Disability Team
  • Community Safety Team
  • Sussex Police
  • Zest Exercise Referral Scheme
  • Healthwalks
  • Sports Development Team
  • Albion in the Community
  • South East Coast Ambulance Service
  • Stop Smoking
  • Drug & Alcohol health promotion
  • Sexual health promotion
  • Cancer Prevention & early symptom recognition health promotion
  • Park Rangers
  • Health Trainers.