Festive fun in the South East

The people we support in some of our residential learning disability in the South East got in the festive spirit at their Christmas party recently, with festive fun and games.

The ideas for the activities came from the last service user forum, including a Yuletide log competition. The entries were all amazing and choosing a winner was difficult! Deciding on the best chocolate log was the responsibility of one family member, who chose the train made by everyone at The Orchards. All entries won a prize for entering and of course everyone loved trying each one out for pudding!

Other games were guess the number of sweets in the jar (won by Old Leigh House), a raffle, musical statues, pass the parcel, a name the Christmas teddy competition (won by Bostall House) and a hilarious dress the snowman challenge, which used up a lot of toilet roll! activity coordinator Lucie Turner made a great Christmas frame for people to pose with. David from The Orchards had fun taking photos with Santa!

The partygoers enjoyed dancing to Christmas songs and Richard from Thors Park entertained everyone by playing his drums. The party was topped off with a performance of We Wish You a Merry Christmas, which Richard drummed to and everyone joined in singing together.

The feedback from those who came was great! Jamie from Old Leigh House said, “The Christmas party was fantastic – it was nice to meet other people from other services.” Belinda from Ducks Halt said, “It was the best party yet!” Everyone at Bostall House enjoyed the party, saying, “It was a really good party with lots of activities.” The team also got feedback from a family member who came, who said she and her son “enjoyed the opportunity to be with each other outside of the places where they live, and to have fun with other members of the company family who they do not usually see.”

Operations director Melinda Glover, said, “I am really impressed with the high number of people who came to the party – it is truly an accolade to you all! Positive risk taking and how successful this was can be seen by the smiling faces.”

Richard from Thors Park made a great collage of the photos taken on the day, which they will hang up so everyone can see and remember what a good day it was.

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