Fun was the dish of the day at a special event held in Fleetwood for people with learning difficulties.

The annual ‘fun café’ was held on Wednesday 17 September at Marine Hall in Fleetwood.  Opened by the Mayor of Wyre, Councillor Ron Shewan, the event brought together a range of organisations supporting people with learning difficulties and attracted hundreds of visitors.

On the menu at the event was a variety of activities, games and crafts, including salsa dancing, nail art and head massage, as well as a range of stalls from local health and wellbeing organisations. Attendees were also able to have their say on local health services at an interactive listening session.

Dr Tony Naughton, Clinical Chief Officer at NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), also hosted the Good Health Awards at the event, which honoured people who work tirelessly in the field of learning disabilities.

Dr Naughton said: “Locally there are so many kind-hearted people working in the learning difficulties field who go the extra mile in helping local patients.

“I was honoured to be able to present some of these people with awards and give them the recognition they deserve.”

Amanda Topps, Community Engagement Officer at Lancashire County Council, was instrumental in organising the event. She said: “This is the fourth year we have run the fun café and once again it was a resounding success.

“It was great to see so many people coming together to share their experiences, make new friends and most importantly have fun! Feedback from the event was extremely positive and we look forward to planning it again next year.”

The event was organised by the North Lancashire Learning Disability Partnership, with support from Lancashire County Council, NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG and NHS Lancashire North CCG. The partnership exists to promote the interests of people with learning disabilities in Lancaster, Fylde and Wyre.

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Notes to editors:

  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government – around £200million in 2014/15 – and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available through NHS Choices:www.nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Yourchoices/allaboutchoice/Pages/Allaboutchoice.aspx
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient:www.nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Affiliate Scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.
  •  For more information about the CCG and how to get involved log onto www.fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk

For further information please contact the media team at NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU on 01772 214213.