Staff, family members and individuals supported by Care Management Group (CMG), one of the UK’s leading disability care providers, came together last week for the group’s fifth year celebrating cultural diversity to mark Black History Month.
Over 200 people attended the celebrations in East Molesey, Surrey, including special guest Tannia Shipley, Mayor of Elmbridge, bringing the CMG community together.
The celebrations began with a singing performance by CMG Service Manager Rachel Webb and service user Lucy Perrin, who for the first time experienced performing in front of a crowd. They were met with a standing ovation from the crowd which included Lucy’s proud parents.
A host of entertainment was on offer throughout the day. Guests were treated to a delicious variety of foods from across the world and Banghra dance performances. There was also the opportunity to get involved with a variety of activities, from a singing and dancing competition to a fashion show, face painting and healthy smoothie making.
The competitions were judged by staff and the individuals supported by CMG, with trophies awarded to those finishing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
CMG provides residential care and supported living services for individuals with complex needs and promotes the continued independence of their service users through encouraging participation in community events for staff, service users and their families.
The celebration was thoroughly enjoyed by all and Sarah Stock from the CMG’s Fengates service said:
“I had a fantastic time at the black history celebration. I liked the different costumes that people were wearing. The food was excellent”.
“The dancing competition was my favourite part of the day and I came 3rd in the competition. I did my Elvis Presley moves and that won me the trophy”.
Cllr Tannia Shipley, Mayor of Elmbridge, said:
“I was delighted to attend CMG’s Black History Month Celebrations. It was lovely to meet all the staff, individuals and families that CMG supports and to see the great work it does.
“It was a lively, colourful and joyous celebration of cultural diversity and it was clear how much fun everyone was having.”
Peter Kinsey, CEO of CMG said:
“Every year our Black History Month event proves to be a huge success and great fun for all involved. I am extremely proud of everyone from CMG including staff, service users and their families, who helped make it such a brilliant day.
“As an organisation, we are wholly committed to promoting diversity and giving members of our community the chance to come together. Every year this event gives the people we support the opportunity to learn about different cultures in a fun and engaging way and play an important part in contributing to the day.”