A child wearing a plastic police hat.

On Saturday, 30 July we held our second annual Community Fun Day in Folkestone organised by our support workers in the area and some of the people they support.

Helen Lawrence, who works as a Job Coach in Folkestone and at our Community Network service, helped organise the day with lots of input from individuals supported by United Response: "They did everything from marshalling to parking cars on the field, holding games stalls they designed themselves, selling baked goods and sweets as well as a raffle and tombola!"

After distributing flyers and posters around the community and advertising in a local paper, the big day came with a lot of unfortunate rain, despite sunny weather the day before.

"We turned it around, though," Helen said, "And with those that did attend or were holding stalls  had a big dancing party in the rain!" Local Mayor Martin Salmon and his councillors attended, even joining in the rain dance party. The local police force also attended to show their support, and local business Capel Dog Training put on a dog show for the crowd. Despite the rain, the day raised an impressive £200 for local United Response services.

The local services were awarded a grant to facilitate the day through our Small Sparks programme, funded by the Clothworkers’ Foundation and United Response supporters. These grants enable the people we support to be active members of their wider community and form valuable friendships.

Although the Community Fun Day has passed, anyone local to The Community Network in Cheriton is welcome to the many events that happen in the centre weekly. You can find anything from community discos to line dancing, arts and crafts to open mics and more. Visit The Community Network Facebook page or pop in to check out upcoming events.

Mayor Martin Salmon of Folkestone shaking hands with people.Staff dancing in the rain in the park.