On the 27th July CMG celebrated it’s annual ‘People’s Conference’ – bringing together over 350 team members and individuals they support to celebrate another successful year. The day, which is an annual event in the CMG calendar, is aimed at engaging with and listening to the views of the individuals they support, and celebrating and recognising each and every person. The day was kick-started with a presentation from Campaign 4 Change (C4C), which is a group of self-advocates which CMG supports, who campaign about various topics relating to them and others with learning disabilities.
They gave a presentation on their new #MindYourLanguage – a campaign aimed at raising awareness of how staff, health professionals and members of social should speak to people with learning disabilities. They also gave a presentation on hate crime, and how people with learning disabilities should not have to experience such things. Two members of C4C have been supported to create a video on hate crime – raising awareness and tackling the consistent rise year on year of hate crime towards people with learning disabilities in the UK.
Alongside engaging with every person, the day was also filled with entertainment, activities and fun-filled laughter, with the line-up including:
- The notorious ‘CMG’s Got Talent’ also took place – always the most entertaining of the day. There were 16 different ages which included a dance group, a number of singing acts who performed everything from Tom Jones and Bruno Mars to Elton John and Mamma Mia songs. One of the individuals CMG supports sang a song which he had written and produced himself, with the help of his key worker.
- Guests enjoyed entertainment from the Banana Stilts, a band which performs on entirely on stilts.
- Circus performers who were a great hit, showing off their skills with a fantastic performance and hosting workshops so that guests could get involved and learn how to use the different equipment
- There were a whole range of stalls for guests to explore, from makeup and tattoo stations, an activity corner, to a cake and art competition and an animal area. For guests who needed a rest from the hustle and bustle of the day, there was a quiet room for relaxation.
- A number of the individuals CMG serves had their own stalls selling products that they had made themselves, including cakes, canvases, cards, mugs and T-shirts.
- There was an ice cream van for guests to enjoy cold refreshments in the summer heatwave
- The day was wrapped up with the Open Mic session, and the prize giving ceremony. The award giving is always one of the most memorable aspects of the day – made even more special with a service user proposing to his girlfriend – she said yes!
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