Next week, 26-27 of September, Independent Living Scotland returns to Glasgow at the SEC. Organisers announce new Sport, Wellness & Leisure Area as an addition to this year’s event with curling champion and show ambassador Rhona Martin MBE opening the show.

With the theme of ‘Innovations in health and social care in Scotland: across the generations”, visitors of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to test the latest daily living aids and services to aid independent living market. From nursing and homecare to rehabilitation and mobility, the show spans every facet everyday life including education, home adaptations, leisure activities, holidays and sport.

Key features for 2018 include:

  • Activities within the Sport, Wellness & Leisure Arena include wheelchair curling demos with Paralympian curler Angela Malone MBE and Braehead Curling Club, and The Glasgow Eagles providing basketball, table tennis, visually impaired football, weightlifting and boccia
  • Alzheimer Sensory Experience will be running a Virtual Dementia Tour Bus offering experiential training for family and professional carers
  • The Consultation Corner from Shared Care Scotland and other groups will be offering one-to-one consultations for people wanting carer advice or funding support
  • Mobiloo in association with Closomat will be at the event providing Changing Places facilities
  • There will also be sighted guide volunteers courtesy of Guide Dogs Scotland and the opportunity to hire wheelchairs and mobility scooters for the day

Jenna Gardner, show manager of organiser QD events, said: “Scotland’s health and social care system is undergoing change with an evolution in homecare. People are living longer and demand for staying at home has never been higher. ILS shows the advances in technological aids and services which empower disabled people of all ages to stay safe in their own home and provide independence.

“Now in our fourth year, it has become the must-attend event for Scottish carers, individuals or families living with or supporting a disability as well as healthcare professionals. We’re delighted that two world-class curling champions Rhona Martin and Angela Malone have embraced our new sports arena.”

Rhona Martin, Paralympic curling champion said: “I’m delighted to be one of this year’s show ambassadors and congratulate the organisers QD Events for introducing leisure activities as sport can enhance the quality of life for many people with a disability.”

ILS is Scotland’s largest disability, lifestyle and independent living event with free entry and free parking. For more information and to pre-register visit www.independentlivingscotland.org

IMAGE: Paralympian’s Rhona Martin  and Gill Keith, Copyright Paul Chappells