East Kent Mencap are looking for a companion who would like to spend time with one of our older tenants on a regular basis. She is active and frequently likes to go on days out and weekends away. She loves spending time out and about and is looking for a mature female to share her love of arts and crafts, accompany her on trips, and have a chat over coffee on Wednesday and/or Thursday afternoons. This role would suit someone who is laid back and cheerful, with a good sense of humour.
Do you have a background in finance? Always wanted to do something helpful and give back to a charity? East Kent Mencap are looking for a volunteer with financial experience to join the board of trustees as our new treasurer.
Hundreds flocked to support people with a learning disability at our Summer Festival this year. Despite the weather, smiling faces proved that everyone continued to have fun, take part in exciting activities and enjoy live music, regardless of age or ability. The one day event took place at Margate Football Club and offered an array of activities, including sports, live music and sensory sessions.
For over a year, the GOLD Project has been running a weekly snooker club. It began with just a few people attending each week, but that soon changed as the club flourished with up to 14 people in a single week!
The treatment that people with a learning disability receive in hospital is still not good enough in many parts of this country. This has to change.
We celebrated National Vegetarian Week in style this year by holding feasts at our resource centres. National Vegetarian Week is all about eating delicious and exciting veggie food. People were invited to come and try tasty food for free thanks to funding from the Vegetarian Society.
A daring duo took part in the KM Charity Abseil this year to raise money for people with a learning disability. Trustee, Paul Pinder, who is also one of our tenants, challenged Canterbury Community Manager, Della Heaton, to conquer the 100ft drop.
We spoke to our Fit Start Ambassador, David Benson, to get an insight into his healthy lifestyle and how attending the club has improved his well being.
At our annual general meeting in 2016, a relative of one of our tenants raised a concern that our supported living accommodation offered no provision for older people who require more accessible facilities. In response to this, we invested in the purchase of a property in Palm Bay.