On Saturday 11th April, our Richmond services held a community Fun Day at Teddington Baptist Church.

Over 100 people came and the fun included a tombola, a cake sale and an Easter egg hunt. There was also a Best Cake competition and a photo booth run by a professional cameraman who volunteered to help out.

Our services in Richmond have several social enterprises, set up with the people we support, who ran a variety of stalls selling produce they had created. The event was a great success, raising over £500 and creating interest from potential volunteers.

Bringing the community together

Our Richmond services were given a grant by our community grants programme Community Sparks, which is funded by both The Clothworkers’ Foundation and United Response supporters, and this event was the first of Richmond’s quarterly events showcasing the social enterprises within their area. They aim to eventually have two activities or social enterprises running from each service. These events will allow the groups to come together, fundraise and promote themselves within their local community.

Transitions service manager Adam Sutherland said:

“Events like this showcase the hard work that our teams put in behind the scenes with the people we support, and family members who came along were very complimentary of the day. We have taken the first steps towards creating a strong community presence.”

Looking to the future

Planning ahead like this allows their social enterprises and activities to become sustainable and helps them to take the next steps in growing. It is a great example of how donated money can help to create long-lasting community links for people we support. Without links like this, it is all too common for people with disabilities and mental health needs to become isolated or left feeling alone.

To see photos of their event and keep up to date with what’s going on in the Richmond area, you can visit the Richmond United Response Facebook page or follow @URRichmond on Twitter.

Sarah Riddlestone, fundraising assistant.