Lee is 31 years old and regularly attends sessions at our Resource Centres in Thanet. On Tuesday 9th April, he delivered a talk to his peers and support staff at our Ramsgate Resource Centre about living with Cystic Fibrosis. With support from his keyworker, Fiona Wonford, and Mum, Annette, Lee stood in front of more than 20 people to explain what the disease is, how it affects him personally and the challenges he faces daily.
Two part time Personal Assistants are required to support a 19 year old student with physical disability. This young man will be commencing a course at Canterbury college in September 2019 and will be living close by in student accommodation. He is engaging and sociable and requires support to further develop his independence and allow him to enjoy student life to the full. He enjoys films and music as well as Xbox. He will need support in undertaking some college assignments.
In January, Kent Police hosted an Internet Safety Workshop for people with a learning disability at our Herne Bay Resource Centre. The workshop covered social media, online scams and briefly touched on personal safety at the request of the attendees. Local Vulnerable Adult Intervention Officer, PCSO Dan Mimran led the workshop alongside his colleague, PCSO Matt Farley.
We have finally completed the purchase of Foresters Hall in Ramsgate after Thanet District Council agreed to sell the property through a Community Asset Transfer. Foresters Hall, which includes a listed building from 1811, as well as other properties, will provide us with much needed space to expand its services for people with a learning disability and their families.
Margate Football Club kick-started the festive season for us by surprising our tenants with free tickets to a home game. On Saturday 24th November, football fans; Daniel, Louis, Stephen and Nick were supported by Senior Support Worker, Tamara Boarer to attend the Bostik League match against Bishops Stortford. Despite suffering a loss of 4-1, the group thoroughly enjoyed the day cheering on the team. They were given the opportunity to try out the 3G pitch themselves and even got to meet Margate FC Striker, Joe Taylor!
We were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Margate to our photography exhibition this month. The photography group attend weekly sessions at our Margate Resource Centre to learn new skills.
We have been working closely with Foreland Fields School to raise the confidence of young people through discussions about their rights, alongside presentations from local groups. Foreland Fields School opened it’s doors to visitors from local businesses and groups in July to celebrate the first year of an exciting initiative to give pupils a voice about their future.
GOLD are looking for volunteers to support their social group. They are looking for someone who is fun, chatty and enjoys a joke. You don’t have to be good at snooker or bowling just willing to throw yourself into things and have a go!