Customers from the disability services across Southampton came together last week to enjoy a day of activities and fun at Southampton Football Club’s St Mary’s stadium.

The event, organised by staff, included a range of different activities such as a drumming workshop, singing, chair exercises, face painting, nails and henna tattoos along with stalls from Mencap, Autism Hampshire, Environmental Centre and Pets as Therapy.

The customers all come from the local area and either live independently with some support or in supported housing schemes, but don’t often get the chance to meet up and socialise as a group.

Josie Torpey, Family Mosaic Activities and Wellbeing advisor, recognises the importance of events like this:

Our aim is to help people have a day out, have some fun and socialise. It’s also a great opportunity to promote health, wealth and wellbeing amongst our customers.

Alongside the activities on offer, customers were also able to have a look at an exhibition of artwork created for the Southampton office.

One of the artists, Dawn Jack, came along to the event and talked about her experiences of the eight week art course:

I painted at school but not since then. I really enjoyed the course and creating the paintings.

Dawn took her inspiration from around Southampton, including the ocean liners that regularly leave the port and her beloved Southampton Football Club!

The event was a real success and everyone enjoyed their day out.