A group of customers from Essex recently enjoyed a musical day at their local arts centre.
Camp Rock is an annual musical event organised and run by The ACE group, an organisation that helps create a social scene for adults with disabilities in Essex.
This year, five customers from the Avalon Care Home in Grays, went along to the ‘Circus’ themed event in the Zinc Arts Centre in Chipping Ongar and enjoyed a range of musical games, entertainment, sensory music sessions and a disco.
Avalon is a specialist residential home for adults with learning disabilities, epilepsy and dysphagia. Customers have support with their personal care and nutritional needs and staff are available at the scheme 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Along with practical care, customers are given support with their social needs and staff work hard to maintain and increase customers’ choice and independence.
This years’ Camp Rock attracted around 80 people from a variety of support services in the local area. All the customers from Avalon dressed especially for the even in gold and black t-shirts and on arrival at the venue, they were greeted by the ACE group and given a sparkly hat to wear.
The day kicked off with a musical session where all the customers where invited onto the dancefloor to warm up and dance. This was followed by some activities and musical games before a magician did some tricks involving customers and staff.
Then it was time to have a go at limbo before taking a well-deserved break for lunch. In the afternoon there was a musical therapy session which the customers all enjoyed followed by a chance to have a dance and really let their hair down on the dance floor!
The customers and staff all really enjoyed themselves. For some, communication can be difficult but when Barbara, one of the customers, was asked if she was enjoying herself, she responded with an enthusiastic ”Yeah!” with a massive smile on her face!
Michelle Sibley, Team Manager at Avalon explains why events like this are so important to her customers; “Our customers have a range of quite high needs and their opportunities to socialise and enjoy community events aren’t as regular as they may be for you and me. Which is why things like Camp Rock are so brilliant! Everyone enjoys dressing up, moving to the music and having some fun and we’re already looking forward to the next one.”
To find out more about the work that The Ace Group do, click here.
For more information about the Avalon Care home, click here.