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South Yorks NHS Trust mix health advice and hip hop for Learning Disability Week

LD hip hopA South Yorkshire Learning Disability Health Action Team joined forces with a local street dancing crew to help deliver health advice to a group of young people as part of Learning Disability Week (16-22 June).

Staff from the team, which is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), took the Health Bus to Doncaster College, teaming up with the H.E.R.S Crew to raise awareness of the range of health and social care services in the local community that offer support to people with a learning disability.

RDaSH acute liaison nurse, Glynis Smith, said: “Learning Disability Week is all about celebrating people with a learning disability and promoting equal opportunities for them throughout every stage of their lives.

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“RDaSH staff have been out and about in Doncaster, Rotherham and North Lincolnshire offering help and advice on staying healthy, improving your wellbeing and keeping safe in your home, as along with lots of fun activities along the way.

“The street dance demo really grabbed everyone’s attention, and was a great way to round off our Learning Disability Week activities.”

As well as boarding the bus for health advice, students were entertained by dance instructor Hayley Smith from Stainforth’s HERS School of Theatre Dance alongside students Patrick Hendley-Waite and Jamie Jones, who has a learning disability himself.

RDaSH provides a range of mental health, learning disability, drug and alcohol, and community health services across Rotherham, Doncaster, North and North-East Lincolnshire and in Manchester.

Pictured: Staff from the RDaSH Health Action Team (back l to r): student nurse Sam Hurley, primary liaison nurse Jayne Thompson and acute liaison nurse Glynis Smith are joined on the Health Bus by the H.E.R.S Crew (front l to r) Hayley Smith; Jamie Jones and Patrick Hendley-Waite.

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