Southern Health is celebrating Learning Disability Week (17-23 June) with three local events to encourage people with a learning disability to get active, join in and have fun.
This year’s theme is ‘sport and inclusion’ and we're embracing this with a planned Walk on Southampton Common on Tuesday, a fun sports-based event on Friday in Fareham and another that day in Basingstoke.
The Southampton Common Walk will start at 11am on 18 June, meeting at the Hill Lane entrance (opposite Bellemoor Road) with a weather dependent picnic lunch afterwards. People can call 023 8231 0300 to book their place.
In Fareham, staff have worked with their local service user group to organise a ‘Sports and Inclusion’ event on 21 June (from 10am-2pm) at The Potteries on Wickham Road in Fareham. The day includes physio stretching sessions, boxing classes, gymnastics, static cycling bikes and 15 minute massages. A group walk is also planned to hide a number of hand painted pebbles around the local area - to help celebrate 100 years of learning disability nursing this year.
Entrance to the event is free but donations will be welcomed and will go towards a new sensory garden at Locks Heath Day Service in Fareham.
Our North Hampshire community learning disability team has also organised an event at Basingstoke's United Reform Church on Friday from 9.30am - 1.30pm. People with a learning disability (plus parents, carers and health/social care professionals) are encouraged to come along to the fun event to meet their local learning disability nurses. There'll also be a rep from Weight Watchers and another from the local Sports Centre there, plus we'll be setting up 10 station exercise points for people to see what they can do!
Mencap, the charity which organises the annual Learning Disability Week, chose the ‘sports and inclusion’ theme this year after surveying over 300 young people with a learning disability and finding that a third spend less than an hour outside their homes on a typical Saturday. Almost half would like to spend more time outside with 18% feeling lonely and cut off from other people.
Brian Murtagh, Southern Health’s Team Manager for the East Hampshire Learning Disability Service, commented: “Sport and physical activity can help by reducing loneliness and isolation as well as improving health and wellbeing, empowerment and greater social inclusion. Sport and physical activity between people with and without a learning disability can also help to improve attitudes towards people with a learning disability – which is very much what we hope to achieve with our fun and welcoming events this week.”
The Southampton Community Learning Disability Team has arranged a Walk on Southampton Common on Tuesday 18 June. Meeting at the Hill Lane entrance (opposite Bellemoor Road) at 11am, they plan to enjoy a picnic lunch on the common too if the weather is nice.
(To attend, call 023 8231 0300 and if you need individual support, please come along with your carer, as some parts of the route will be across grass).
In East Hampshire
The East Hampshire Learning Disabilities Team and Service User Group are hosting a ‘Sports and Inclusion’ event on Friday 21 June (from 10am-2pm) at The Potteries in Fareham. Entrance to the event is free but donations are welcomed and will go towards the new sensory garden at Locks Heath Day Service in Fareham. The activities will include:
- Physio stretches by physiotherapist Andrei (from 11-11.30am)
- Boxing with student nurse Michelle and her boxing buddies (1-2pm)
- Massage and gymnastics with psychology assistant and gym coach Hannah:
- 15 minute massages, subject to availability (130am-2pm) - to pre-book, please email
- The chance to clock some miles on a static bike (10am-2pm)
- A group walk to hide painted rocks in the local area - to celebrate 100 years of learning disability nursing (from noon)
- Plus lots of information on local inclusive sports, for example Portsmouth School of Gymnastics is holding a free ‘open gym’ session on Tuesday 25 June (10 – 12 noon) for people with learning disabilities to come along and have a go! (Visit Old Reservoir Road, Portsmouth or call 02392 373100).
In North Hampshire
The North Hampshire Community Learning Disability Team is going on a Wellbeing Walk around Winchester with the local Service User Group on 14 June to distribute a number of stones they all painted on 10 May, to commemorate 100 years of Learning Disability Nursing.
The team is also going to collect photographs of our service users and staff taking part in activities during the week to celebrate the fact that our Service User Group members are very active.
They've also organised an event at Basingstoke's United Reform Church (20 London Road, RG21 7NU) on Friday from 9.30am - 1.30pm. People with a learning disability (plus parents, carers and health/social care professionals) are encouraged to come along to the fun event to meet their local learning disability nurses. There'll also be a rep from Weight Watchers and another from the local Sports Centre there, plus there'll be 10 station exercise points for people to try out. Call 01256 776151 for details.
In West Hampshire
The West Hampshire Community Learning Disability Team will have just moved to Sterne 1 at Tatchbury Mount and is inviting all Trust staff to pop in and meet the team during a coffee morning on Friday 21 June (10:30am-12 noon), where there will also be a display of some of the great work the team does.