'Blind Dave' Heeley offers support to carers

By on 18/06/2009 in News

Record breaking marathon runner Dave ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley is providing inspiration to carers by supporting the Adults and Communities annual conference at the ICC on Tuesday 16 June 2009. The theme of the conference is Putting People First and offers an opportunity for people to find out more about person-centred adult social care services.

Councillor Sue Anderson, Cabinet Member for Adults and Communities, Strategic Director Peter Hay the Lord Mayor, will be giving Dave a tour of the exhibition zone, including time to play with a Nintendo Wii and make a pedal powered smoothie, before heading to the chill out zone to take part in an exercise class.

The conference is an opportunity for service users and carers to meet new friends, as well as learn more about how the Individual Budgets will affect them. Key speakers at the conference include Barbara Pointon, a carer who took early retirement to care for her husband, who at 51 was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Ian Philp, National Clinical Director for Older People in the Department of Health, will also be speaking.

The exhibitor market place has 5 themed zones including; Safeguarding, Now and Future, Health and Well-being, Learning and Development and Carers.

West Bromwich born Dave, who describes himself as 39 and 144 months, lost his sight in adulthood. Being blind made him feel incapable, vulnerable and extremely frustrated until he got a Guide Dog and became full of confidence. Dave went on to complete 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents, with a sighted running mate.

Dave comments:

“I want to encourage people to attend the conference, whether they need services or are carers, as there is help out there for people. The more people understand what their options are, the more choices they will have over their lives.”


For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07833 059 347 hayley.meachin@birmingham.gov.uk

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