Monday, 18 March 2013


A new project run by the Disability Resource Centre (DRC) is offering local people, who either have a heart condition or are at risk of developing one, a valuable training opportunity through which they can become better informed about managing their condition and thus feel more confident and in control of their own lives.

The course, which is called Heart Your Heart, involves weekly two-hour sessions run over a period of six weeks and it is completely free to people living in Birmingham and Solihull who may be affected. This includes carers and family members as well as people who have a heart condition or are at risk of developing one.
The course will include information about how to recognise and respond to warning signs, how the heart works, identifying risk factors and making changes, diagnosis and prognosis of condition, treatments available/types of treatments, recovery and exercise sessions/relaxation and healthy eating. Heart Start life-saving skills training will also be included, teaching people simple Emergency Life support skills.

DRC’s Manjeet Birdi, who is coordinating a launch event for the Heart Your Heart project on Wednesday 20th March at the DRC’s Information, Health and Wellbeing Centre in Kitts Green said:

“We are very pleased to be able to offer this very valuable course free to anyone who has concerns about a heart condition, at whatever stage, even if there is no condition diagnosed but someone is concerned or worried about the risk for whatever reason. It is also great for us to be able to invite carers or close family members to participate, as a lot of this information is essential for everyone in a household.”
“Our launch event on Wednesday will provide an opportunity for local people to come along and find out about the course. There will be free refreshments on arrival and a buffet lunch provided. As well as the launch presentation with guest speakers, there will also be promotional stands and tasters of some health activities at a nice smooth level. But if some people cannot make the launch event, we are keen for them to contact us so we can register them for the start of the first course on the 27th March.”

The launch event and the first course will take place at the Information, Health and Wellbeing Centre, Unit 18 Ace Business Park, Mackadown Lane, Kitts Green, Birmingham B33 OLD. The event starts at 10.30am and finishes at 2pm.

For further information about the Heart Your Heart project at Disability Resource Centre please call Manjeet Birdi on 03030 40 20 40  Email:

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