Our Sutton Floating Support Team organised a fun event over Easter for residents of The Pastures, the Gypsy & Traveller site that we have been working with since 2010.

The event was a trip to Hobbledown children’s farm in Epsom, a place full of wonder, excitement and play! The trip was run over two days so that all residents had the opportunity to attend with their children and see animals they had never seen before like Meerkats, Otters and Wallabies. The farm also put on a show of birds of prey.

The older children showed great courage, successfully completing a High Wire Course with a zip wire. One young girl came down the zip wire, placing her complete trust in the guide rope, with her arms spread wide singing “I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky.”

Every child who attended the event was awarded a certificate stating one thing staff thought they shone at. Everyone had a great time with many of our customers saying how they would want to return for another visit.

The event gave mothers an opportunity to talk with staff and discuss ideas for other ways the support we provide might go beyond the regular support visits. One popular idea was to organise dress making classes which would enable our customers to earn a living while at home. Support staff suggested organising basic skill classes in literacy and numeracy to use for measuring and costing of dress making, curtain making and patchwork. This idea was warmly embraced and 8 customers have already expressed an interest in attending a fortnightly class.

If you would like to help us with dress making or patchwork, please contact Housing Support Worker Jacqui Clack.