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Next Meeting Date

Friday 26th October 2018

10.45am- 12.00noon               

Rushcliffe Arena, Rugby Road West Bridgford

For more details, please contact Sue Knowles, Health Development Worker at RCVS on  0115 9699060 or email

Meetings 2018 

Learning Disabilities Forum - 7 September 2018


Feedback from meeting

Team pledge

Learning Disabilities Forum - 20 April 2018 

Vickie Barlow from Open Voices : Music for Everyone attended to show members how to use sign language when singing a song. 

"Wonderful session it was great to see everyone joining in and smiles on faces, loved it"


Learning Disabilities Forum 16 February 2018, 10.45am - 12.00pm, Rushcliffe Arena

Biant Singh from Nottinghamshire County Council Co-Production team gave a talk which was an introduction to 5 ways of Wellbeing Connect, Learn, Active, Notice and Give. 

Faye Brecknock from Inspire Cultural Learning Libraries explained her role within the Library Service organising various Community Learning Courses.

Feedback from Forum 

"Interesting session, enjoyed it"

"Interesting talking about health checks, doctors and hospitals. It is important to know about these things"

Sue Knowlesm Health Development Worker at the forum

Sue Knowlesm Health Development Worker at the forum

Meetings 2017 

Learning Disabilities Forum 24 November 2017, 10.45-12.00pm, Rushcliffe Arena

The topic of the meeting was “How to Help Yourself to Prevent Falls” and featured talks from Physiotherapy Professional Lead Carol Tucker and Fall Research Project representative Kate Robertson.

Attendees were advised on the definition of falls and ways in which they can be prevented. They were also invited to look at a number of walking aids and to discuss footwear and trip hazards.

Learning Disabilities Forum 22 September 2017, 10.45-12.00pm, Rushcliffe Arena

The topic of the meeting was “Learn How to Keep Yourself healthy” and featured an update and evaluation of the Rushcliffe Games, advice on lumps and bumps including self-checking and different types of available screenings.

Attendees were also given information on flu jabs, invited to participate in a mini health check and to take a tour of the leisure centre facilities.

Learning Disabilities Forum  13 January 2017, 10.45am – 12.00pm, Cotgrave Leisure Centre

The meeting included discussion on the 2017 Rushcliffe Games and sports taster sessions, the Inspire “Know Your Library” course and an opportunity for members to discuss health issues and concerns.


Meetings 2016

Learning Disabilities Forum 14 October 2016, Cotgrave Leisure Centre

Planning for activities in 2017

Inspire Library staff, new Primary Care Liaison Nurse and Rushcliffe Games 2017

Learning Disabilities Forum  16 September 2016, Cotgrave Leisure Centre

The meeting featured a presentation from Learning Disabilities Primary Care Liaison Nurse Sam Chambers.  Sam explained her role and that of the Community Nurse and spoke regarding working alongside GPs in delivering a programme of LD Health Checks for patients with Learning Disabilities.

Learning Disabilities Forum  8 July 2016, 10.45 – 12.15pm, Cotgrave Leisure Centre

Information Sharing 

The group were informed about the Healthwatch Nottinghamshire Question of the Moment and the group asked about the Mental Health Crisis service. 

Health Course

Members discussed what was learnt on the course and agreed they wanted another course. Possible subjects for the course included bones, falls, being happy, relaxation and health conditions (Kidney, Heart and Asthma).

The new course would start on 30 September through to 4 November. There would be 6 sessions. Making a Happiness Tree was on 7th October

Learning Disabilities Forum  15 April 2016, Cotgrave Leisure Centre

Information Sharing

Details were given about the Diabetes group. Members were asked if they wanted to join this group then to contact Sue Knowles on 0115 9699060.

Rushcliffe Games 

Plans were outlined for the Rushcliffe Games on Friday 20 May at Cotgrave Leisure Centre. In the morning there will be rugby coaching and in the afternoon cricket coaching and a fun swim with inflatables. Lunch would be provided. 


Rushcliffe Games 

"Its been a lovely day"

As early as 2013, members were asking about sporting facilities and opportunities and how to keep healthy. Fast forward three years, and as a result of links made between Rushcliffe CVS, the LD Forum, and various other organisations including Parkwood Leisure, Coach House Supported Living, the Carers Hub and staff from Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, the inaugural Rushcliffe Games took place at Rushcliffe Leisure Centre on 20 May 2016, with funding from Disability Sport.  It was hugely successful – 40 people attended, including 8 carers – and we had some wonderful feedback.  Activities included sports coaching (rugby, football, swimming), craft activities, pamper sessions for carers and various information stalls.  All participants enjoyed the day and many have said they’ll consider taking up a new sport and others have come forward with new ideas for the next event. Due to the success of the event, we wanted to make this an annual occasion.  Furthermore, funding was sought to build on the success by putting on regular sports coaching sessions. In January 2017 funding was obtained via Active Rushcliffe to hold monthly taster sport sessions at Cotgrave Leisure Centre this allowed users to experience new sports as collected via feedback at the Rushcliffe Games such as Netball and Tennis in a safe and controlled environment. This programme of activities has enabled people to maintain their interest in keeping healthy and also provided us with new contacts to invite to the Rushcliffe Learning Disabilities Patient Forum meetings. Another outcome from collecting feedback at the Games has led to Parkwood Leisure Manager and staff developing a Rushcliffe Disability Directory which provides information on accessibility and activities provided at all the Leisure Centres in Rushcliffe.                                                                                                                                                                           

Working differently to improve the attendance at the Learning Disability Patient Forum meetings a Drumming event was held on 12 May 2017.  Twenty people attended this meeting which enabled members and support staff to take part in a healthy activity.  It also gave staff from RCVS and Parkwood Leisure an opportunity to meet new supported living at home workers as well as establish links with Mencap staff and promote the Patient Forum and Rushcliffe Games event.   

The 2nd Rushcliffe Games was held on Friday 28th July 2017.  More than forty people attended with new people attending from Mencap.  Coaching sessions were delivered by Nottingham Rugby Nottinghamshire FA and England Netball and members enjoyed the presentations at the end of the day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Building on the success of Rushcliffe Games, starting in September 2017 the Rushcliffe Learning Disabilities Patient Forum meetings will be held at Rushcliffe Arena –  acting on feedback from members, we hope this new venue will better suit those using public transport and will increase the numbers attending.