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​​Fun and free health advice at 'Big Event' for adults with a learning disability  ​


Staying healthy and happy are the themes of a new event to promote good health to adults with a learning disability and their carers.

The Big Event, which is being jointly hosted by NHS Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Richmond Council, is being held on Tuesday 29 March from 6.00pm to 9.00pm at York House, Twickenham TW1 3AA.

Adults with a learning disability and their carers are being offered the opportunity to talk to a range of specialist healthcare professionals, including a nurse, dentist and optician. There will be a free buffet and refreshments available, as well as the chance to have fun making drinks by cycling on a smoothie bike.

Participants will be invited to try a wide range of activities. These include music, interactive sports, dance and a teeth cleaning demonstration. There will also be expert advice on eye examinations, healthy eating, good posture and staying safe in the community.

Alex Norman, local GP and NHS Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) lead for learning disabilities, will talk to guests about the importance of annual health checks. He said "Our Big Event is always popular and a really good opportunity for people to come along and get health advice, while at the same time making it a bit of fun.

"People with a learning disability have told us that being healthy is crucial to enabling them to do more things, get out and be more active. We hope that this event will give people good information and advice on how to do this.

"We are also interested to hear from people with a learning disability, their families and carers, on what they think needs to happen to make Richmond a healthier place to live. Everyone is welcome to drop in and there is no need to book a place. Free refreshments and food will be on offer throughout the evening."

Richmond Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health, Cllr Lisa Blakemore, said: 

"The Big E​vent is a wonderful way to find out more about local services that may be of use to you; find more out about your local area; and get some support and advice on how to look after your health. There's lots of fun activities taking place on the day so come along make the most of what will be a wonderful event for people with a learning disability and their carers."  

Everyone is welcome to drop in and there is no need to book a place.

Guests will also be invited to find out more about the range of services taking place across the borough, including healthy walks, gardening and social groups.

For further information

Contact Melanie Cressey or Nicola Allday at Richmond CCG on BigEvent@richmond.gov.uk or call 020 8891 7848.

Media enquiries

Contact Amy Burns, communications officer at NHS Richmond CCG, on 020 8734 3016 or email: amy.burns@richmond.gov.uk