DE Healthcare, a provider of quality care services for adults with complex learning disabilities, invited Burton and Uttoxeter MP, Andrew Griffiths, and the Mayor of Uttoxeter, Alison Trenery, to its community-based facility, The Hub, to celebrate real talent in a variety of vibrant musical theatre performances.
DE Healthcare hosted the event in its specialist facility, The Hub [on Church Street], where local MP, Andrew Griffiths, also had the opportunity to spend some time with DE Healthcare’s Managing Director, Tracey Fletcher, to discuss demand for care services locally and the current challenges facing the sector.
Richard Meakin, Mark Sower, Jim Roberts, Andrew Lewis and Jonathon Bean, service users of The Hub, performed with other members of the M. Y Inter-Theatre Company where they showcased their vocal and acting talents with productions of The Jungle Book, tributes to the legendary rock band, Queen and a selection of songs from pop-band Take That.
Tracey Fletcher, Managing Director of DE Healthcare, said:
“It’s vitally important for us to celebrate the talents and achievements of our clients. At DE Healthcare, we’re like one big family and however big or small, celebrating a success can be a huge step for someone who has a learning disability.
“It was great to spend some time with Andrew and Alison and demonstrate exactly how important a community-based facility such as The Hub is for adults with complex learning disabilities looking to build their confidence, independence and a range of important life skills.
“The Hub has proved to be a real turning point for so many of the people we work with. Steve Mitchell, the driving force of M.Y Inter-Theatre Company, is an incredible inspiration. He is dedicated to bringing joy and inspiration to so many of our clients who attend regular choir sessions on Friday mornings. The talent showcased in the performance was incredible and a real testament to the hard work put in by all!”
Steve Mitchell, Director of the M.Y Inter-Theatre Company, said:
“I have always worked in theatre and, growing up with a brother with severe learning difficulties, I’ve always tried to find ways of making him feel included. These performances are all about inclusivity – community coming together along with the public, our mayor and our MP. We’re like any other theatre company and our job is to get out there and share our passion and love for the arts with everyone.”
Andrew Griffiths, Member of Parliament for Uttoxeter and Burton, said:
“It was a fantastic and joyous afternoon of laughter and singing, and it’s great to see not only the clear enjoyment everyone participating gets from the event, but also the confidence boost they receive while they are performing – it’s so upbeat and positive. It’s a great way to bring everyone together.
“People with learning disabilities are quite often are stigmatised in the community and these kinds of events are just so positive. They show a different side to disability; the enjoyment that everybody receives and the importance of bringing people together. The more we can come together as a community to experience activities like today, the more positive outcomes we’ll get for people with learning disabilities.”
Alison Trenery, Mayor of Uttoxeter, said:
“It’s been a lovely day and it’s wonderful to see exactly what goes on here and talk to the regular users of DE Healthcare services. People singing together is such an uplifting experience, it’s a wonderful way to show everyone the importance of engaging with people with learning disabilities in the local community.”