All Saints Church free event
Last weekend staff and residents alike, enjoyed an afternoon at a fun day provided by one of the local churches. Although there was not much enthusiasm by our residents to “soak the vicar” or go on the “bungee run”, they were definitely taken by the free barbeque, drinks, and cake that was on offer, so several visits were made to the food stands!
This is one of the ways that we like to connect with our local community and for our residents to be more involved too. These kinds of short events allow our residents to be exposed to larger groups of people but without it being too overwhelming for them as there was space to go for a walk or sit away from the crowds if they wanted.
What was at the event?
- Face painting
- Bouncy castle
- Soak the vicar
- Bungee Run
- Children’s entertainer
- Cream teas
The vicar from All saints church, Rev Andrew Corke (who was very wet when he stopped for a chat), came over and introduced himself to the residents, and Lindy Cameron a Diocesan Youth Advisor at the church, was quick to make sure that those residents of ours that have more difficulty keeping still, were jumped to the front of the queue and got them cake and coffee.
We were welcomed by everyone and it was wonderful to see our residents integrated within the community especially with the younger children who were present and were unfazed by some of the noises and energy, that our residents can sometimes display. This is the foundation for creating an acceptance out in the larger community for people with learning disabilities and goes to prove that children will readily accept the “different” if no-one portrays them like this!
A big thank you to everyone at All Saints Church for making us so welcome (and for the tasty burgers and hot dogs)!
Visit the All Saints website for more information on community events