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Social group buzzes with enthusiasm

Published Monday, 18 March 2013

A number of young adults with physical disabilities and / or sensory impairment, and their carers, attended a new social group on Saturday afternoon 9 March at Enfield Council’s Disability Resource Centre in Park Avenue EN1.

Local dance company, EN2 Krew, set the scene for the afternoon inviting all group members to join in a dance workshop, which the group thoroughly enjoyed. Buzzing with interest young people chatted and took part in table tennis, Wii and other recreational activities.

Jamie Churchill, aged 30, from Enfield Lock, said, "It was fun and we are going to do more good things.”

The aim of the group for 18 – 30 year olds is to give disabled young adults the opportunity to enjoy mainstream activities that build confidence; support them to engage in community life such as the theatre, pub quizzes and restaurants; and to give them a chance to meet new people and make friendships.

Guest speakers are also being invited to discuss health and wellbeing issues; benefits; education, training and employment; dating and relationships.

Meeting on the second Saturday of the month, this group is proving that disability is no barrier to taking part in activities adapted for all abilities.

Cllr Don McGowan, cabinet member for adult services, care and health, said, “There is a need for this social group. It fills a gap for many young people who have a disability and provides opportunities for important social interaction.

“I am delighted that this new group has the commitment of our adult services and that a full programme is planned up to mid June.”

The group is the brainchild of senior social worker, Tania Sanger and is supported by Park Avenue manager Samantha Gajadhar. They are working with the young adults to find a name that reflects the purpose of this new venture.

Activity highlights over the next few months include: sports skills; cooking, Zumba with Suzie G; graffiti workshop with non toxic paint and mouth diffusers; circus skills; music workshop.

Evening entertainment is also planned with local group, Ellamore and a band from the Red Room as well as a summer disco party.

For more information contact: The Adult Care Management Service on 020 379 8045

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