Today I had an excellent meeting with Alison Wellon from Friends 2 Friends. This is a user-led group of adults with learning disabilities which has been up and running for just a year. It was formed to provide social opportunities for those people involved in COGS – Cherry Orchard Gardening Service and goes from strength to strength. Friends 2 Friends meet at the lovely Cruck House in Lichfield and the service operates as a free drop-in centre 6 days each week. It aims to give people the confidence to lead more independent and active lives and enables users to make real friends with which to share social activities.
Friends 2 Friends provides opportunities to improve life skills such as cooking and ironing, and through volunteer support enables users to organise themselves in a range of activities. Courses such as horse riding, computing, graffiti art and sugar craft have been held in the past twelve months as well as several fund raising activities, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, Children in Need and Comic Relief.
They are very keen to get involved in drama, dance and music activities so I am looking forward to meeting the group next month to have a chat about what they would like to do.
I really do love my job – what an inspiring group of people!