In celebration of Black History Month this October, service users, staff, friends and family of Care Management Group (CMG) joined together for a fifth year of celebrations, marking the special event with traditional food, song and dance.
Taking place at Imber Court in East Molesey, Surrey, over 200 guests attended the celebrations, alongside Guest of Honour, Rachael Lake, Mayor of Elmbridge.
Celebrations for the day began with the Mayor of Elmbridge providing some special words, closely followed by an amazing South African dancing and drumming band. All the guests were up and dancing straight away, joining in with the fun.
Afterwards, the prestigious service user dance competition took place, with lots of individual dance performance entries and prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. There was also a Fashion Show, with service users displaying their amazing costumes, and awards being given to the top three. Face-painting took place for guests to enjoy, including with the Mayor joining in.
For lunch, an amazing array of food from all corners of the globe was prepared by one of CMG’s Home Manager’s, Florence Regonye, and her team.
Continuing with the theme of celebrating diversity, a Jamaican interactive drama play took place took place in the afternoon, telling the story of the 1948 Empire Wind Rush after World War Two, where some 500 hopeful settlers from Jamaica embarked, helping to re-build post-war Britain. Service users were given the opportunity to take part in the play, giving a helping hand with acting in some of the scenes.
CMG, one of the UK’s leading providers of specialist support for people living with learning disabilities and associated complex needs, has recently launched an Equality and Diversity Committee. This committee is made up of a panel of CMG employees, across various roles and capacities. The group has been established to meet on a quarterly basis to share an open and reflective view of the organisation, further reinforcing the positive benefits of inclusion, recognising the talent that the diverse workforce brings, and continuing to develop and innovate policies and procedures to strive for better practice.
Peter Kinsey, Chief Executive Officer of Care Management Group, said:
“Care Management Group’s Black History Month celebrations are always a fantastic success. We were delighted to be joined by so many of our service users, staff members, friends and family, as well as special guest, the Mayor of Elmbridge.
“The day is a brilliant opportunity to celebrate cultural diversity, traditions and history, and it was great to see so many guests so eager to get involved with the activities which mark such an important occasion.”