2014 Big Beach Day a Huge Success
The sun shone on this year's Big Beach Day bringing together about 100 people with learning disabilities to enjoy a day on the beach.
The CHAMPs Team (Health Promotion Service), 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.'