Big Beach Day 2016
Another fun and well attended Big Beach Day was held. This year it took place at Polzeath beach near Wadebridge as we wanted to make sure that the day was accessible to all people, including those in wheelchairs.
Many people with learning disabilities do not go to the beach very often. It was great seeing people enjoy the late summer sunshine and take part in surfing, rock pooling and sand castle building. There was also drumming, music therapy, beach cricket, singing and signing, and a healthy barbeque. We received lots of positive feedback. People said they had fun, and liked meeting new people and being outside.
Health Promotion Service would like to thank the other organisers and supporters of the event, including Cornwall Sports Partnership, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Polzeath Conservation Group, Coast Guard, Surf Life centre, Volunteer Cornwall, the Primary Care Liaison Learning Disabilities Team, the Wave Project, Healthwatch Cornwall, Sanjay Kumar, Ruth Boulton, Cornwall Music Therapy Trust, Drums4Fun, and Darren Williams.
Photos courtesy of Toni Edwards
Big Beach Day 2015
Over a 100 people with learning disabilities and or autistic spectrum conditions, and their carers and families, came together to enjoy the Big Beach Day on Fistral Beach in Newquay. Despite the cold wind everyone had a great day. Inspire Health Cornwall lifted our spirits with their lively Fit to Wiggle sessions. Darren Williams from the Blantyre day centre and the CHAMPs Team signed and sang Walking on Sunshine, bringing out the afternoon sunshine. Other activities on offer were surfing, beach games, arts and craft, and music therapy. There were also information stands from Health Promotion Service and Healthwatch Cornwall.
Delicious food and drinks were served by Sanjay Kumar and Soul Food Kitchen.
Health Promotion Service would like to thank the other organisers and supporters of the event; Cornwall Sports Partnership, Volunteer Cornwall, the Primary Care Liaison Learning Disabilities Team, Arts for Health, the Wave Project, Inspire Health Cornwall, Soul Food Kitchen, Healthwatch Cornwall, Sanjay Kumar, Ruth Boulton, Cornwall Music Therapy Trust, and Darren Williams.
Photos courtesy of Mary Neale
Big Beach Day 2014
The sun shone on the Big Beach Day bringing together about 100 people with learning disabilities to enjoy a day on the beach.
The CHAMPs Team, Peninsula Community Health, Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, Volunteer Cornwall, and Cornwall Sports Partnership teamed up with a number of other providers to put on a free day of beach activities for people with learning disabilities.
This was the 5th Big Beach Day and Toni Reynolds, Health Promotion Liaison for Learning Disabilities, said: ‘This year was our best year yet. We had lots of different activities for people no matter their ability or experience. We hope this will show even more people how to get the most out of the beach.’
There was a range of beach activities such as surfing with the Wave Project, beach olympics, and a beach litter-pick. There was also Arts for Health activities on the beach, a wellbeing tent, keyword signing sessions, plus a healthy barbeque and cocktails supported by Soul Food Café and Sanjay Kumar, Chef at Newquay’s Headland Hotel. The theme of the day was Hawaii so everyone was asked to go along in their brightest beach shirts or grass skirt
Anthony Dunn, from the CHAMPs Team said:
‘The Big Beach Day is about getting people with learning disabilities on the beach to get them healthy and active. We need to do this because lots of people with learning disabilities have worse health than other people.’
Sam Edwards, liaison nurse from Peninsula Community Health, commented:
‘I'm really excited that this event has gone from strength to strength. People are always asking when the next Big Beach Day is. So, I'm pleased that this year we are able to welcome new partner organisations to help run the event and provide even more activities. The impact that these experiences can have on people's confidence is plain to see. Last year, we had a young man in his 20's with profound disabilities who'd lived in Cornwall all his life and this was the first time he'd ever been able to access the beach.’
Pictures from Big Beach Day 2014
|Photos courtesy of Mary Neale|