A new date for learning event

A HEALTH event in Scarborough for people with learning disabilities has been rescheduled to take place on Tuesday February 8.

The “Focus on Health” event was originally due to take place before Christmas but was postponed due to bad weather.

The event, which will be held from 10am to 4pm at the Spa Complex Ocean Room, has been organised by North Yorkshire and York health facilitators and National Mencap.

It aims to celebrate the activities of local groups who provide support for people with learning disabilities and offer advice and support.

Guest speakers on the day include Tracey Wright, learning disability lead and matron for surgery at Scarborough Hospital, Leo McGrory of North Yorkshire Links, consultant psychiatrist Dr Bennett and Steven John from National Mencap.

The morning will focus on keeping fit and healthy with exercise and healthy eating. Stallholders will be demonstrating cooking with local produce donated by Irton Garden centre.

Sainsbury’s store will have a stall with some tasters and a staff member will be available to talk about menus and planning for healthy meals at affordable prices.

Occupational therapy assistant Angela Jefferson will be making a healthy soup on site and the recipe will be available in easy read for people to take away and try at home.

The afternoon session will feature the guest speakers and people will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Stephen John, who will speak about the Mencap “Getting it right” charter, said: “Mencap works closely with people who have a learning disability, their family and carers, and with other organisations with a common goal of creating positive and lasting change for people with a learning disability.

“Mencap’s involvement in the Focus on Health event is to assist in promoting healthy living for people with a learning disability and to highlight the ‘Getting it right’ charter, which includes nine promises we have asked the NHS to sign up to. “People with a learning disability historically, and in many cases, have received sub-standard health care. Although services have vastly improved, the charter serves to enhance services in hospitals for those who have a learning disability.”

Everyone with an interest in learning disability is welcome to attend this free event.