Residents put their best suede shoes forward to celebrate their successes

24 August 2018

Residents of a Chelmsford supported housing service for people with learning disabilities went back in time for a 50s themed party attended by those closest to them.

Paul Allen with deputy mayor Cllr Christine Garrett

Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Nickleby Road residents were joined by friends, family, former residents and local agencies for the event, as well as Chelmsford Deputy Mayor Cllr Christine Garrett.

The day saw vintage fancy dress, classic tunes from Elvis impersonator Gary Graceland and a celebration of people’s talents and achievements.

Residents from across the service were invited to talk about their recent achievements, showcasing the positive impact supported housing has played in their lives.

Resident Rhys Noble demonstrated his skills with the psaltery, a medieval string instrument given to him by his mother, before speaking about his current paid employment at A Canteen in Chelmsford, as well as his voluntary work for homeless charity Sanctus.

Meanwhile, Paul Allen spoke of his appointment as LGBT champion for the service, and how he will be using the role to organise group sessions at the service hosting discussions around sexuality, as well as offering signposting to relevant services.

Guests also took part in a raffle – with proceeds going towards the creation of a new music therapy room at Nickleby Road, in memory of support worker James Grant, who used his own passion for music to organise multiple music-related activities for residents to express themselves.

East of England Ambulance Service were present on the day to offer safety advice, while representatives from the local branches of Asda and Morrisons – both of which had donated prizes to the raffle – were there to show their support for residents.

Deputy local service manager Michelle Gilbey-Mills said: “It was wonderful to see so many guests and loved ones join us for this event, which celebrated the achievements of all our residents, past and present.

“It highlighted what supported housing can achieve for people by providing personalised support tailored to their individual needs.”

“It was wonderful to see so many guests and loved ones join us for this event, which celebrated the achievements of all our residents, past and present.

Deputy Local Service Manager, Michelle Gilbey-Mills

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