Learning Disabilities Big Health Day in Blackburn

Published October 7, 2014 at 14:43

NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council are giving people with learning disabilities, their families and carers the opportunity to find out about changes in the NHS and how they can get involved.

The Learning Disabilities Big Health Day is on Thursday 16 October at Witton Park City Learning Centre, Buncer Lane, Blackburn, BB2 6TD and will start at 9.30am where a selection of stands offering information will be available to browse. These include the fire service, Healthwatch, ICare, Alternative Futures and Homecare For You. Free healthchecks will also be available as well as a performance from DanceSyndrome.

Dr Chris Clayton, chief clinical officer at NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG, said: “The Big Health Day is the ideal opportunity for people who have a learning disability, or their family or carer, to come along and learn more about services available in their area.   It’s also a chance to share their health and social experiences around a range of subjects such as accessing public transport or accessing the cinema. Our intention is that the day will be really fun and interactive.”

Councillor Mohammed Khan, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, added: “This will be a fantastic event with lots of stalls for people to engage with and fun activities to get involved in and a chance to share experiences. I would encourage as many people as possible to attend.”

Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided free of charge but places are limited.  The event will open at 9.30am and will finish at 2.30pm.  To book a place, or for further information, please contact the Communications & Engagement Team at NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU either by email: haveyoursay@lancashirecsu.nhs.uk, text 0785 091 or phone (01772) 21411

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