Usually at this time of the year many people with learning disabilities from across the North West would be getting together in Blackpool for the Regional self advocates Conference.  

As we couldn’t all be there together, this week we have been delivering online workshops as part of Blackpool conference week.

Today we have delivered 2 workshops, the first being our Annual Health Checks workshop. It is important that all people with a learning disability get the Learning disability Annual health check from their GP.

Our workshop aimed to raise awareness of Annual Health Checks, help people to understand what a good Annual Health Check looks like and to empower people to go to their GP and ask to have one.

We had lots of interesting discussions about Annual Health Checks and made people aware of our Annual health Check Easy read booklet that will help people when they go for their health check.

Our second workshop was “Putting the fun into Funerals”.

This workshop was part of our DAVID Project. This was a light-hearted look at the strange funeral rituals from around the world. This included:

 A breakfast funeral –  a man who loved to eat breakfast wanted all our the mourners to have one last breakfast with him. They even sang a song about breakfast!!

New Orleans Funeral – This is a real celebration with a jazz band and lots of dancing

The Ghanaian tradition of unusual shaped coffins this included fish, cars, tools and house shaped coffins!!

This certainly made us all think differently about our own funerals and the things that we might want. Some people said they want everyone to celebrate their life in very different ways.   


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