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Monday, 04 December 2017 by EastKentMencap
Our Secret Shopper group have spent the last 7 months investigating shops across Thanet. The Secret Shopper group from Margate Resource Centre, meet regularly to review the service provided by local shops in the area. Excitement was high in July, as the group went to deliver their findings to the Westwood Cross Management Team
Start writing those Christmas lists because shopping season is here! This week marks the infamous Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales which kick starts the countdown to Christmas. Did you know that you could raise money for us just by shopping online?
In August, tenants from William House went on a week long holiday to Butlin’s in Bognor Regis. The trip proved popular amongst the group, with everyone appearing to enjoy themselves.
Arkley Road Tenant, Paul Pinder, loves horses and had been so excited about seeing the play War Horse. Having booked tickets in July 2016 for the show at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, the suspense continued... Over a year later and the wait was finally over!
In October, we held our 57th Annual General Meeting which showcased our current successes and future plans. This time last year, members highlighted certain gaps in our services and we sought to change that. As a result, this year’s meeting was titled, ‘Responding to Members’.
We are proud to welcome a second Operations Manager to our team. Karen Loughrill has joined us to lead our Day Opportunities for adults and children with a learning disability and work closely alongside fellow Operations Manager, Tim Birchley, who is responsible for regulated care, domiciliary, community and supported living.
In September, our Canterbury service staged a spectacular soiree for over 100 people at the Marine Hotel. Guests included people with a learning disability who had previously used our services in the Canterbury District but also parents and carers who have supported us over the years.
Monday, 18 September 2017 by EastKentMencap
The Women’s Group invited women across Thanet to a tea party to launch an Easy Read leaflet on domestic abuse. The Group, who all have learning difficulties, have been working in collaboration with Oasis, the domestic abuse charity to produce the leaflet using simple language and images.
Carriers for Causes grants support projects that ‘benefit local communities - helping to improve lives and local places’. They are available for good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop. Many members of East Kent Mencap will be familiar with the friendly staff at the One Stop Shop in Northdown Road, so we were hopeful when we sent off a request to fund trips for the young people accessing our holiday clubs.
In August, members of our Margate resource centre visited the newly restored theme park by the sea for a day of laughter, sunshine and thrills.