Cumbrian Christmas Celebrations!

Creative Support hosted their first Christmas party for the Cumbria services on 21st December 2010. The event was held at Walney Cricket Club in Barrow, which was decorated in a lovely seasonal way.

There were around 17 service users from all over Cumbria with family members and creative support staff who braved the snowy, frosty weather to attend. Unfortunately many people were unable to attend due to the icy conditions and transportation difficulties in temperatures of -5 degrees.

The entertainment was provided by our well known local DJ and vocalist Dave Callow, who is also a Creative Support employee. Dave never let the cold weather dampen his spirits. He was accompanied on guitar by his son and livened up the occasion with some rock ballads. Dave was also joined on stage by various service users who took the opportunity to duet with him. Staff also took the opportunity to show off their vocal skills and kept the party spirit going. The dance floor was busy with people showing their moves and family members joined in the spirit of things and enjoyed seeing their loved ones having a good time.

At the interval, there was a lovely buffet laid on by Cracking Spread who lived up to their name with everyone tucking into a range of sandwiches, crisps and cakes.

After the break, the music was back on and the party in full swing with people dancing and singing off their lunch. It was a lively and fun atmosphere with plenty of smiles and laughing from all who attended. The service users took the opportunity to mingle with each other and make new friends and everyone appeared in a relaxed mood, taking in the atmosphere. When the party drew to a close, each service user went away with a small gift. Many were saying what a great time they had, had and were asking when the next party would be.

The event went really well and being part of such a positive experience has inspired senior staff to discuss and plan future events. These include walking, swimming and gardening clubs, which have already been discussed and planned for the New Year. The idea for a weekly social club in a central location has also been put forward, which will enable people to socialise and maintain friendships. It will also offer an opportunity for people to bring along cakes and biscuits that they have made in there own projects to share.

By Allan Burton, Cumbria




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