The Learning Disability Health Support team at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust are encouraging members of the public to get involved in some fun activities and events next week (21-25 June) to mark Learning Disability Awareness week (14-20 June).

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Learning Disability Awareness week aims to raise awareness of learning disability in the UK. The events are aimed at engaging with the local community and service users, to encourage those with learning disabilities to get health checks and to get active.

The team based at Waddiloves Health Centre in Bradford will be holding a diabetes awareness day on Tuesday 22 June. It is really important for those who have learning disabilities as well as diabetes to have yearly checks for their eyes and feet, so this event is an important opportunity for any individuals who haven’t yet to book in for free health checks.

The session will allow for any extra time and support needed while these checks are carried out, so please book a space in advance by calling 01274 497121.

Following this, on Friday 25 June everyone is invited to come down to Bingley Park where a team of dedicated experts from International Mixed Ability Sports (IMAS) will be running a fun, drop-in sports day.

Attendees are welcome to try out new sports activities for the first time and for free, including boxing, bowls and rugby. The team will be there from 10.30am-2.30pm and will be on hand to guide and support anyone who wants to try something new; all they ask is you come ready to get active.

Individuals will then be able to sign-up to any sport they like on an ongoing basis at facilities across the district.

Victoria Donnelly, Strategic Health Facilitator, said: “This week is all about raising awareness of learning disability and staging some fun events that patients and the local community will enjoy getting involved in. We are really keen to help local people with learning disabilities to maintain their health and wellbeing, both through promoting the importance of annual health checks and by encouraging everyone to get active in any way they enjoy.

“The team has worked hard to put together this program of events and we can’t wait to meet those who want to get involved.”