POhWER will be attending the Big Health Check Day which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The event, held in Gloucester, is aimed at helping people with learning disabilities with complex physical and health needs to stay active and healthy. On average, the popular day attracts 1,500 people with 70 volunteers giving up their time to make the day happen. This year’s event – on May 22 - is expected to be even bigger than usual.

Among the many health and social care stalls will be information on annual health checks, easy read information and resources, learning disability teams, dental access services, podiatry, screening and the county council employment team. Visitors will also be able to visit the private and voluntary organisations creating awareness of activities and voluntary work including SkillZone, Via Dance, Wiggly Worm, Artshape, Kingfisher Treasure Seekers, Scrubditch Farm Animals, assistive technology and much more. With the events links to Special Olympics Gloucestershire, Simon Shorrick’s team are so excited to be offering sporting activities again, including adapted tennis, football,  Boccia, archery, golf, snooker, adapted bikes and trikes, adapted athletics, football and trampolining.

Jacob our Community Development Worker is attending with volunteers and will be hoping to raise awareness for our Independent Health Complaints Advocacy service, to support people with learning disabilities to get the best service possible from our NHS.

For more details about how to get involved email: Simon Shorrick at [email protected]

You can see an overview of last year’s event by visiting https://youtu.be/17FVuXq-3X8.

You can also follow the event on Twitter using #bighealth18.

Booking for this event has now closed.