People sang and clapped along to The Lion Sleeps Tonight at the annual West Sussex Health Day for People with Learning Disabilities. The tune was among a selection played by The BMG Band – a group of adults from Worthing Mencap (Buddy’s Café) who have learning disabilities.
The zumba class and music interlude gave the morning an overall feel-good factor while promoting wellbeing and general fitness.
The event at The Charmandean Centre in Worthing included people with learning disabilities, carers, and social and health care organisations.
Learning Disability Commissioners organised the event with members of the Learning Disabilities Partnership Board. The Health Day had interactive stands promoting and providing information about health services, keeping fit and well, while informing them about the work that’s been happening to make Health Services better for people with learning disabilities.
More than 160 people listened to presentations on end of life care, oral and eye health and about the work the health facilitation team are doing as well as network at interactive information stands with more than 26 local organisations.
These included Adur and Worthing Wellbeing Hubs, which showed off their smoothie bike. This is a bike that has a blender on the front. The power from cycling blends the fruit into a smoothie.
Among others, Worthing Hospital’s audiology department offered hearing tests, the Learning Disabilities Health Facilitation Team provided a team of Street Nurses, West Sussex County Council’s Prevention Assessment Team Working Age Service offered blood pressure checks, while Out There (Outreach 3 Way) offered sports and leisure opportunities to people with learning disabilities, giving everybody the chance to try their hand at Curling.
The partnership board is chaired by Deputy Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Graham Tyler who said: “This was a really positive and engaging day for carers and for people with learning disabilities.
“It demonstrated what has been achieved for people with learning disabilities in West Sussex by working together with the NHS, the County Council and the voluntary sector.”