Health and well-being event a huge success

March 9, 2017

Colleagues and people, local care provider, Consensus support from the Kettering area, were fully involved at a Wellbeing event run by Northamptonshire Learning Disabilities Partnership Board. Named, ‘It’s all about you’, the event was designed for people with learning disabilities to find out how they can improve their health and well-being.

John who is supported by and works for Consensus, also works for the Partnership Board and in this capacity, he was delighted to invite the Mayor of Kettering, Councillor Scott Edwards to our Consensus stand and discuss the accommodation and support we provide, whilst introducing him the many colleagues and people we support who attended.

John and Paul, people supported by Consensus both work for the Partnership Board and were proud to be on hand to provide support and advice for those attending through-out the day.

When asked to reflect on the day, John said;” I thought it was brilliant, saw people from It’s my life, team work, I enjoyed participating, tried Karate and the gym, I enjoyed meeting the Mayor and having my photo taken.”

Paul also commented,” Absolutely brilliant day, meeting new people, helping others, enquired about new craft session.”

Colleagues ran a stand sharing easy read leaflets on how to eat in a healthy way, make fruit kebabs and exercise. They also created an interactive drawing workshop to express and recognise emotions, for visitors to participate in during the lunchtime break.

Ladies we support at the Links, our local day opportunity centre had been rehearsing for weeks for their performance during the afternoon. Jenny, Laura, Joanne and Gemma all revealed their ribbon dancing skills to the packed hall of guests. Michelle shared her talents for singing in the choir, her own enjoyment demonstrated through her expressive hands and face. An absolute joy to watch for everyone.

Other supported individuals put together a photo album for the event which contained photos, healthy eating recipes they had put together and exercises they have tried, all in preparation for the event. They can’t wait for the next event they will be supporting in June.

Other visitors included, Sue Guiliano, Commissioner, NCC who said she was very impressed by the number of easy read items available covering health and wellbeing in addition to the many other items on the stand. She was particularly pleased to note that John is actively employed by Consensus and that he also finds time to work on behalf of and with the Northamptonshire Learning Disability Partnership Board.

Michelle Christie, Supported Living Manager for East Midlands and North said; “It’s been a great opportunity for people we support to find out what else is available to encourage improved health and well-being in the community. People we support have found out about courses, colleges and sporting activities. It has also been a great opportunity for Consensus to spread the message about who we are and what we provide, sharing how we can and do make a difference to people’s lives. People got on board with joining in performances, socialising with many others from across the region. Inspired by their own rehearsals for their performances they even broke out into dance whilst shopping in their local community!

Consensus are delighted to be able to support community events such as these, working in partnership with other organisations. We are committed to improving awareness of and access to health and well-being services available for people with learning disabilities.