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.
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.
Members and staff alike were in a spin to find their head office in Margate had been transformed into a woollen wonderland on Thursday 8th March. Our Women’s Group carried out the ‘yarn bomb’ by decorating the building with colourful wool creations to raise awareness of International Women’s Day.
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 by EastKentMencap
The Morrisons Foundation has kindly donated £5,000 to East Kent Mencap. The donation will be used to run a health and wellbeing project focused on healthy eating and physical activity, helping people with a learning disability to become more independent and lead healthier lifestyles.
To spread some Christmas cheer, members of Thanet Big Sing Choir and East Kent Mencap recently performed a carol service for shoppers at Westwood Cross. Together, the group performed classics such as ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘Deck the Halls’ and ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’.
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 by EastKentMencap
On Saturday 25th November, Margate Football Club invited a group of people from East Kent Mencap to spend the afternoon as VIP guests at the match against Egham Town. Over 350 people watched as we unveiled our pitch side banner.
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.
On Sunday 14th May, The St Crispin Inn, Worth hosted charity helicopter rides to raise money for Cancer Research UK. William House tenants, Philip Lovelock, Joy Crick and Ingrid Jelhe took off into the air for a breathtaking view of East Kent