Mencap Liverpool & Sefton – Round The World Challenge launch event (THIS THURSDAY 23rd January 2020 in Crosby)

In partnership with Sport England and The National Lottery, Mencap have launched The Round the World Challenge. The Round the World Challenge aims to support people with a learning disability to get out and get active in a way that is flexible, fun and empowering.

Mencap Liverpool & Sefton have secured funding from national Mencap to deliver the Round the World Challenge in Sefton. This exciting initiative involves turning hours of physical activity into a round the world adventure, and participants can pick which route to take and will receive postcards and rewards along the way – such as rock climbing, water sports and horse riding.

The Round The World Challenge will give participants the opportunity to try a variety of different sports they may have never tried before, and provide a further opportunity to get involved in a wide range of community-based activities.

Mencap Liverpool & Sefton Round the World Challenge Launch Event
Thursday 23rd January 2020, 1pm-3pm
Mencap Cottage House, Mariners Road, Liverpool, Merseyside,  L23 6SX (map)

Come along and try out new activities including Zumba, Boxing and Table Tennis!

Please callin for mroe information and how to sign up, or alternatively please contact Mencap Liverpool & Sefton on 0151 707 8582 or alternatively please email contact@mencapliverpool.org.uk

How does the Round the World Challenge work?

The Round the World Challenge is all about turning hours of fun sports and physical activities into a round the world adventure. You can take part in a variety of activities including Zumba, boccia, walking rugby and more traditional sports like football, cycling and tennis.

Then you register the time spent on any type of exercise each week and this is then used to calculate the distance travelled around the world.

You can choose from three different routes:

  • UK route: 20 hours of activity
  • Europe route: 40 hours of activity
  • World route: 100 hours of activity

You’ll receive a postcard from a different location as the number of hours of activity you do takes you further around the world.

Click here for more information about Mencap’s Round the World Challenge

Success at local learning disability health event at Crosby Lakeside

Over 50 adults with learning disabilities attended an event at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre to visit a range of information stalls on health services available to them in Sefton.

The Cheshire and Merseyside Screening and Immunisation team at Public Health England (PHE) organised the event in partnership with the Sefton learning disabilities team in Merseycare, People First, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG.

Wendy Storey, screening and immunisation co-ordinator from Public Health England said: “As people with a learning disability frequently experience difficulties in understanding and accessing health services, the event gave them, their carers’ and families a chance to get information in a way that met their needs. Easy read leaflets were available from most health provider information stalls. Some branded items were given out to remind people of the services they can access in Sefton.

“As attendance rates were quite low, we organised the event initially to encourage people to attend breast, bowel and cervical screening but also to raise awareness of the amount of help available to them locally. The event was opened up to other health programmes as it was an ideal opportunity to share important information and offer support”

Jane Tosi and Claire Campbell in the medicines management team at the CCGs had a stand at the event and Jane said: “We had some examples on display of aids that are available to help people with learning disabilities take their medication at the right time, such as talking clocks, watches and talking labels.”

Claire said: “It is important that all people with a learning disability have access to information that is easily accessible and appropriate to help them take their medication correctly so hopefully the event helped with that. Some people at the event were not aware of the different types of aids available when we showed them so hopefully it has made a difference and helped some carers and family members too.”

Other stalls on the day offered eye tests, advice on dental care, sexual health, immunisations, exercise, non-cancer screening programmes and healthy eating. Each stall holder made adjustments to communication methods to share information.

For more information please visit: www.merseycare.nhs.uk/our-services/a-z-of-services/learning-disability-community-teams