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Fun and Feedback at the Big Event

There will be loads for visitors to see and do at the BIG Supporting People event at National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park on Tuesday 3rd October.

The event, a fun day out for all, has been organised to give everyone a chance to find out what Warwickshire Supporting People does - and how it funds services for vulnerable adults, across the county, with housing support needs. Amongst the attractions will be:

· Children’s entertainment including a soft toy play area, face painting, ‘bounce and rhyme’ in the morning, and balloon modelling and juggling workshops in the afternoon.
· Mercia FM’s Black Thunder cars will be there from 3.00pm.
· Refreshments available all day. 
· There will be an information ‘Market Place’ with stands representing various organizations. 
· Signers and translators also available.
· ‘The Notables’ – a music band from 5.45pm.

“The idea of the BIG Event is for people to find out more about Supporting People, learn about other organisations in Warwickshire - and tell us how they would like to see Supporting People develop in the future,“ said Rachel Norwood, Warwickshire Supporting People Officer. “Supporting People has a budget of more than £10 million a year funding 240 different services which support around 8,000 people, at any one time, with their housing support needs. But we need that all-important feedback to help us make improvements and move forward. There will be many different ways for people to find out more about Supporting People and tell the team what they think.”

Supporting People was introduced by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and launched in Warwickshire in April 2003. The programme is designed to meet the housing-related support needs of the vulnerable, including people with learning disabilities, mental health problems, substance mis-users, offenders, people fleeing domestic violence, young people, teenage parents, older people and the homeless.

Warwickshire County Council acts as the Supporting People administrating authority, working in partnership with other organisations in the area. These include all five district and borough councils, the county’s three Primary Care Trusts and the Probation Service.

Admission to the BIG event on October 3rd is FREE and there will be ample free parking, well-signposted from the main National Agricultural Centre entrance. The BIG event starts at 11.00am and closes at 7.00pm. People can drop in at any time. For more information, contact the Supporting People team on 01926 736513 or spteam@warwickshire.gov.uk or check out our website http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/supportingpeople.

Stalls at the market place will include Age Concern, Stop Smoking Service, local Housing Departments, the Princes Trust, Children’s Information Service, St John Ambulance, Trading Standards, Energy Efficiency Advice, the Fire Service – along with a Fire Engine, the Police, Job Centre Plus, Mental Health Team, Learning Disability Partnership, Domestic Violence, Teenage Pregnancy, Adult & Community Learning, Road Safety, Independent Advocacy Alliance, Carers Support Service, Interpreting, a Home Improvement Agency, The Rowan Organisation – Direct Payments information, Shopmobility, Community Voluntary Service (CVS), Elder Abuse, Community Transport and the Patient Advisory Liaison Service (PALS).