Summer Event 2017

Wiltshire People Firsts’ 2017 Summer Advocacy Event took place at Trowbridge Rugby Club on Tuesday 11th July.

The day was a celebration to mark the 21st birthday of Wiltshire People First and supporting self advocacy in across the county.

Despite the damp weather, over 50 members and invited guests attended.  We were pleased to welcome the Deputy Mayor of Trowbridge Town Council, Councillor Dennis Drewett.  

Angie Carmichael, the Director, and Niko Massouras, Chair person, welcomed everyone and told us what the day was about.

Angie gave a speech, reminding us of the history of Wiltshire People 1st, how it began with just a few members who had worked with Angie to get funding so people could have their own group, speak up and be listened to.

Angie highlighted the continued importance of promoting and supporting self advocacy for people with Learning Difficulties, Autism and communication needs.

We then heard from 2 Wiltshire People 1st members Symon and Lynda. They took to the stage speaking proudly of their experiences and history with the organisation.

Following this, Niko introduced Councillor Dennis Drewett who kindly gave out the prizes for the 2017 Wiltshire People 1st Art Competition. He presented the winners with certificates and vouchers and praised the artistic skills of all who had entered. The pictures were on display in the hall for everyone to view.

Deputy Mayor presenting art certificate

Deputy Mayor presenting art certificate

The audience were then treated to a fantastic performance from the Wiltshire People 1st Makaton Choir. They sang and signed ‘Happy Birthday to Us’, ‘Summer Holiday’ and ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ which were thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Makaton Choir

Makaton Choir

Members then took part in workshops designed to encourage thought about their individual achievements, future ambitions and who has helped them along the way. They also gave some great feedback highlighting the positive impact that being a Wiltshire People First member has had on their lives.

Members during workshop

Members during workshop

A barbeque lunch was served followed by trifle, scones and birthday cup cakes.

After lunch members took part in their choice of fun activity including dressing up races and card making.

Fun and games

Fun and games

The afternoon closed with a high spirited a sing-a-long, led by the Makaton choir, where everyone joined in, with many taking to the dance floor for laughter and dancing until it was time for their transport home.