We are proud to announce that our 2nd series of "It's all about your health" sessions began on 3rd October.

The first of several weekly events took place at the Jaspar Centre with an audience of around 30 people including people with a learning disability, carers, support workers and representatives from voluntary organisations. 

The topic of the day was: "Finding out more about Local Health, Social Care and Voluntary Services." 

The three speakers were Amelia Bhoobun from the Harrow Community Learning Disabilities Team, Dominic O’Connell from the Harrow Council Learning Disabilities Social Care Team and Thomas Hobbes from Advocacy 1st at Harrow Mencap.

The speakers talked about the support and services that their teams provide and Thomas gave a good explanation about what advocates do. Thomas also led an interactive session on health complaints advocacy.

We were also delighted to be joined by different voluntary organisations who set up stalls including:

Enabling Change

Harrow Carers

Healthwatch Harrow

Advocacy 1st

Harrow Mencap

Certitude

The Harrow Association of Disabled People (HAD)

Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent

The project's founder Trisha Penfold had this to say about the event:

This first session on ‘Finding out more about Local Health, Social Care and Voluntary Services’ went really well with good attendance and very informative talks from the respective Mangers for local Social Services Team and Community Health Team for Learning Disabilities. This was very timely as both of these Services will be merging in December to be based at the Civic Centre. There was also a really interesting and interactive talk from Tom, who leads Harrow Mencap’s Advocacy Service. We were very grateful to have information stalls from a range of local voluntary services who provided very useful handouts.

"It's all about your health" sessions provide free health and wellbeing information and advice to carers and people with a learning disability from medical, health, social care and voluntary sector professionals.

The sessions are intended to help people manage day to day support needs such as taking medication and dealing with challenging behaviour. Other sessions are focused on topics such as Healthy eating and accessing important documents such as Health Action Plans and Health Passports.

There will be more "It's all about your health" events coming up at the Jaspar Centre each week with the last event on 10th December. 

For more details about upcoming sessions please click here.

If you require any further information please call our Participation Project Worker Hannah on 020 8869 8484 or email her on [email protected].