This week’s blog is all about the celebration of culture and diversity. At CMG there are many people we support and staff from different ethnic backgrounds. We believe it is important to recognise and celebrate everyone’s culture and beliefs. We’ve held our annual ‘Black History’ event for the last 8 years and coincide it each year with ‘Black History’ month.
Every year seems to become more elaborate than the last. The moment you walk in your senses explode with the amazing smells of food, the sounds of music, the vibrant colours of everyone’s clothes and the handmade decorations. This year was no different, and definitely we’ll need a bigger venue next time.
The day started with a Capoeira performance and workshop, this is a Brazilian/Afro martial arts dance. People we support had the opportunity to practice and learn the moves. It is known that this type of dance/martial arts is a good way to improve balance, coordination and confidence.
One of the biggest hits, is always the amazing spread of food. Lovemore’s staff team and Sophie from Birdhurst Rise spent days cooking and preparing food to provide a huge feast for everyone. This year included flavours from Jamaica, India, Africa and Brazil. This was complimented with Katie Reid’s imaginative smoothies. I wasn’t quite sure about the pumpkin pie smoothie using chopped cauliflower, but somehow it worked!
After everyone was fed, there was a musical performance from a reggae band followed by African drumming. The African drumming was fantastic, the performers were very engaging with the crowd, there was a lot of singing and dancing. This led onto an interactive drumming and rhythms workshop.
I was really proud to watch one of the guys we support at Mill Road, Balraj Gittla performing for everyone. This is by far no mean feat considering the huge audience, but that didn’t seem to faze him. He is incredibly talented, and he has a cracking voice. Congratulations Balraj!
Dan Dunman and Sharon Wheal spent the day painting country flags onto people’s faces. The face painting was so popular, Dan was painting faces well after the event had finished. One of our guys from Dyke road had to leave before he could get his face painted so the following day Dan went to his service to paint his face! That’s dedication for you!
The day was wrapped up with a fashion show and catwalk, the people we support got to show off their amazing colourful outfits and do their best strut down the catwalk.
The Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Mrs Shweta Kapadia came to enjoy the festivities. She gave a very moving speech about how everyone should know their roots and to never lose touch with their culture. She thanked CMG for holding such a day, and told us she felt honoured to have been invited there and to meet so many wonderful people.
Thank you to everyone who made this day a success!
Lilli Murdoch, Marketing & Events Manager
“Wow what an event! Thank you to everyone who helped prepare for this event and for all the support on the day. It was by far one of the more complicated events to plan. The greatest pleasure for me is to see everyone happy, enjoying themselves and engaging with the activities.”
Head over to our Facebook page to see more photos from the day: https://www.facebook.com/CareManagementGroup/