Cornwall Blue Light Day set to welcome more than 750 people with a learning disability and/or autism

On Wednesday 4 July around 750 adults with a learning disability and/or autism will be meeting the people and machines of the emergency services at Cornwall’s annual Blue Light Day.

The event, which is being held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, runs from 10am until 2.30pm and is free to attend.

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Now in its 11th year, Blue Light Day aims to break down barriers between adults with learning disabilities and/or autism and the emergency services, helping them to be more confident and independent in the community.

Highlights of the day will include the attendance of the Cornwall Air Ambulance at midday (subject to operational availability on the day) and demonstrations from the emergency services.

Staff from the police, ambulance, fire, coastguard, mountain rescue and more, together with a selection of their vehicles and equipment, will be there throughout the day as well as fire mascot Blaze Bear and his police counterpart Bravo.

Blue Light Day is organised by Devon and Cornwall Police in partnership with Cornwall People First, a user-led advocacy group for people with a learning disability and /or autism, Cornwall Council and, this year, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Its success has inspired Blue Light Days in Exeter and Plymouth.

Around fifty organisations which provide healthcare and support services for people with a learning disability and/or autism will be on hand to give information and advice. There will also be a range of performances and activities on the indoor stage.

Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Council cabinet member for adults, said: “Having attended last year’s event, I know how much this event is appreciated by all who attend. It is fantastic to have the support of all organisations who are involved in responding to emergencies and keeping Cornwall safe.”