The achievements of individuals with learning disabilities were celebrated at CMG’s annual Service User Conference, as over 200 people from services across England and Wales gathered in Essex. CMG supports people with learning disabilities and associated complex needs, and the day was a wonderful opportunity to bring them together.
This year’s conference took place in CMG’s recently refurbished Lilliputs Day Centre, which offers service users regular activities in a specially designed environment, with facilities including a hydrotherapy swimming pool, an indoor sports hall, and a multi-sensory soft play area.
There were a wide range of events throughout the day, which made the most of the first class facilities, including dance workshops and football for those feeling sporty, and employment advice for those thinking about their career opportunities.
One of the highlights of the day was “CMG’s Got Talent”. Some amazing performances were expertly judged by service users Darren Rutland and Ian Metherell. In a hotly contested competition, Lisa Smith took away the first prize with her moving rendition of Westlife’s hit ‘Flying Without Wings’.
Peter Kinsey, Chief Executive of CMG, held a Have Your Say session in the afternoon, which saw individuals from services across the country voice their opinions and share their stories of how CMG has helped them. The conference is part of CMG’s wider programme of initiatives, which also includes an Athletics Championships, a service user parliament and events to celebrate cultural diversity, all aimed at helping service users to play a full and active role in society.
The day ended with a special disco and service users taking to the microphone again and singing their favourite hits during a karaoke session.
Peter Kinsey, Chief Executive of CMG, said:
“The conference is a wonderful way to bring everyone at CMG together. The people we support are always at the forefront of everything we do, and it was great to see them take a leading role again today.
“We were also pleased to see how popular the sporting activities and employment advice workshop were, as we promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage service users to engage with the wider community.”