People with physical and learning disabilities and their carers can find out about everything from health, employment and training to social activities and holidays at an event this week.
The next Fulfilling Lives event takes place at New College Durham on Thursday, 31 May between 10am and 1pm.
As well as 80 stalls offering information on health, social activities, education, sports, leisure and staying safe, the event will also include six specialised zones with interactive games and a free prize draw for the best poster designed by people who have physical and/or learning disabilities to encourage others to stop smoking. The poster will be circulated across all independent providers in County Durham.
This ninth Fulfilling Lives event is dedicated to achieving a Smoke Free Durham and the Smoke Free County Durham team will be on hand to encourage people to sing their favourite songs at the event in order to pass on public health messages about the risks associated with smoking. The department for Work and Pensions and Job Centre Plus Disability Employment Advisors will be on hand to share the latest information on the support available for those seeking employment and training.
Lee Alexander, Durham County Council’s head of adult care, said: “Fulfilling Lives is a great way for carers and people with physical and/or learning disabilities to come together for one day to seek the latest information, advice and support from across an extensive regional network.
“There are so many organisations doing a tremendous amount of good work in our communities, offering great opportunities for all people, it’s just knowing where these activities are and how to access them.”