The Joint Health Improvement Team at NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council (SBC) is co-ordinating a Big Lunch event with LIVE Borders at Tweedbank Sports Complex on Saturday 6 August from 11.30am-2.30pm.

Big Lunch is a national initiative, supported by Scottish Government and National Lottery funding, which aims to support communities to get together and break down barriers.

Everyone is being invited to bring a healthy picnic to share with their families and friends while making the most of the wide range of activities and information stands being provided by local organisations.

A Healthier Me, the Borders-wide project that supports people with a learning disability to develop a healthier lifestyle, is also part of the event and people with a learning disability and their carers are being encouraged to come along and enjoy the activities.

Dr Allyson McCollam, Associate Director of Public Health, said: “This is an opportunity to have some fun while finding out more about the range of health improvement activities that are available throughout the Borders. From healthy eating demonstrations to music, exercise and dance activities there will be something for everyone.”

Health Champion, Ronald Young from Kelso added: “I think the Big Lunch is a great idea. It brings people from all walks of life together to enjoy a healthy lunch. They can also find out more about the things they can do to lead healthier lives, take up sports or just get more exercise. That’s got to be good news for everyone.”

LIVE Borders will be providing taster sessions for a range of sports while Walk It will be sharing information about their fitness opportunities which include guided walks and gentle exercise classes.

The Healthy Living Network will be giving ideas for delicious ways to get your five a day while the Healthier Me stand will provide advice about ways to enjoy a better lifestyle. Additional information will be available from the Lifestyle Advice Support Service who offer support to adults aged 16 and over wishing to make a lifestyle change and improve their health.

The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability will be there and keen to get local feedback on the impact that Scotland’s learning disability strategy, The Keys to Life, has had in the Borders.

The 'I am Me Keep Me Safe' cine bus is planning to travel to the event as part of their national campaign to raise awareness of disability hate crime. Recognised as one of the most under reported crimes in the UK, the project uses the power of drama and film to challenge attitudes and behaviours towards disabled people.

Traditional fun will be provided with old fashioned coconut-shy and get-the-ball-in-the-bucket stands with everyone attending invited to join in the fun and see who can get the highest scores.

Dr McCollam added: “While the event is being organised by and for people with a learning disability, it is open to everyone who would like to come along as the information that will be available is of interest to anyone keen to take steps to improve their health and well-being.”

A donation will be made to local foodbank and animal rescue charities and people attending are invited to bring a suitable contribution.

The event itself is free and there is no need to book.

For more information, contact the Joint Health Improvement Team on 01835 825970.