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Small lifestyle changes can make a BIG difference...

Poor health is a major concern for people with learning disabilities and their family carers. Being overweight or obese, over-reliance on fast foods and sugary drinks or snacks, not doing any exercise – these are all areas of concern that our clients and their families tell us about.

We are very concerned about the impact poor lifestyle choices will have on people’s emotional and physical wellbeing now and in the future. Of particular concern, is the prevalence of diabetes amongst people with learning disabilities which Diabetes UK believes to be nearly double the rate of the general population. In most cases this is Type 2 diabetes and could potentially be prevented. If not properly managed, diabetes can result in other serious health conditions such as stroke and vision problems.

Please help us to support people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire to reduce their risk.

With your support, our expert staff can offer fun courses to help clients find out how to make healthier choices. All activities are tailored to individual needs and have plenty of opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge with friends and local volunteers. Activities like cooking tasty meals from scratch, a trip out to buy fresh vegetables from the market, trying out a new sport with friends, or enjoying being outdoors gardening.

Just making small changes such as simple swaps or walking a bit more each day can make a BIG difference – both now and in the future. We want to run more courses at each of our centres and reach more people across the county.

But we can’t do it alone. Our resources are limited. We need our supporters to join with us to help create a healthier future for adults with learning disabilities.

How to help:

  • Make your own ‘small change’ and get sponsored for it – perhaps walking more steps every day? Or perhaps you could run a ‘healthy coffee morning’. To discuss your fundraising ideas, please contact Sarah at
  • We are delighted that the Lions’ District Governor has chosen to support our Small Changes, Big Difference Project for 2018/19 - If you are a Lion and would like to know more please contact Julia Sandhu on or telephone 01636 819066