On Saturday 15th August, our Folkestone-based services came together to put on a community day for all the family.

Almost 300 people came and enjoyed a veritable feast of fun at St Mary’s playing field. The day included face painting, a bouncy castle, inflatable sumo wrestling, various stalls and much more. It was a real community effort with local businesses, schools, churches and emergency services volunteering on the day.

Our services in Folkestone organised the event together along with the people they support, who handed out flyers, helped to marshal on the day and set up their own stalls, alongside volunteers, to help raise money.

Local choir, the Cheritown Warblers, took to the stage to perform some classics, followed by a community open mic session. Regular attendees of the United Response Community Network open mic night, local bands and some new faces, were out in force to fill the field with delightful tones.

The local fire brigade came along to show their support as well as local business Capel Dog Training, who put on a dog show for revellers. The event was a huge success, enabling the people we support to be a part of their community, while also raising several hundred pounds for local United Response services.

A real community affair

Helen Lawrence, United Response support worker and event organiser said:

“The Community Fun Day is all about the local community, raising awareness of who and what is in the local area, and hoping to build friendships. The day also gives an opportunity for everyone to enjoy some family fun.

“Community days like this are so important because they give everyone a sense of involvement. It gives the local community a chance to get to know what is right on their doorstep and hopefully opens doors for everyone involved.”

Combating social isolation

The fun day was funded using a grant from United Response’s Community Sparks programme. Funded by the Clothworkers’ Foundation and United Response supporters, Community Sparks provides opportunities to fund a variety of activities to create and strengthen relationships between people with disabilities and mental health needs, and their wider community.

Without the continued support of both the Clothworkers’ Foundation and our supporters, these events and projects simply aren’t possible. Please help us to continue valuable work like this all over England and Wales by making a donation today.


Sarah Riddlestone, fundraising assistant.