Connecting with the CommunityWednesday 30 October, 2019
Our Leeds Outreach team have been making a big impression in their local community by hosting a number of impressive fundraising events, including a recent extravaganza which raised £193.
Based in a local park, over 100 people attended and enjoyed a wide range of exciting activities, from sports day style competitions (including egg and spoon, beanbag, running and walking races) to carnival games (including hook a duck, hoopla, a tombola and lucky dip). In addition, people were treated to bingo, craft activities, puzzles and a delicious lunch at the park café that enables people with learning disabilities to develop catering and retail skills.
As well as the people we support and staff teams, the event was also attended by representatives from the Search Agency Company who kindly donated £100 and members of the public, lots of whom walked away with recruitment materials after being inspired to look into a future career in social care.
“The event was a brilliant success in breaking down barriers and forging connections with the local community and other companies we work with,” explained Anne-Marie Steyn, Team Coordinator. “The range of activities was devised in response to what the people we support wanted to do and they were all really involved on the day itself too, especially Ruth who volunteered to help set up and run the tombola and lucky dip. It’s been great to hear how much people enjoyed it and how they are already looking forward to the next event.”
The collaborative nature of the event was praised by a number of attendees, including a person supported by St Anne’s Community Services, who said, “I liked being with people like me and not being judged.”