The Deputy Mayor of Prescot, Councillor Mark Burke, was the chief guest at Alternative Futures Group (AFG) first ever open day at its offices in Prescot for the people it supports and their carers.
The inspiration for the day came from the people we support – Tony Gibb, the AFG Fun Day Chair and Lewis Maguire, who was the AFG Fun Day coordinator.
Director of People and Organisational Development Kirsty Muldoon said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work we do, and the support available through our partners to help improve the quality of life for people living with a disability. I’d like to thank all our partners for their generous support.
“There was a wide range of activities on the day covering charities, sports clubs, youth groups, businesses and community groups. All the money raised will be used for the people we support in helping them choose and achieve their aspirations and goals.”
Activities on offer included a penalty shoot-out, hula hoop competition, spin the wheel, hook a duck, bingo, as well as a DJ, drama workshops, face painting, a raffle, cake making, burgers and ice-cream. And the weather was kind to us on the day, with about 400 people involved.
Councillor Burke said: ‘It was a genuine pleasure to attend this event on behalf of Prescot Town Council. I was lucky enough to chat with many staff and guests along with many of our community. I also took part in lots of the wonderful activities. I will especially treasure my Hula Hoop Badge! There were plenty of laughing and smiling faces to be seen which made for a special atmosphere. Following todays undoubted success, I hope that this is the first of many events that AFG will hold at this wonderful facility to showcase what they contribute to our community. I will practice my Hula Hooping in anticipation.’
The not-for-profit charity works locally in the community and through its independent hospitals to provide a wide range of innovative and bespoke care services delivering life-enhancing person-centred support to people with a diverse range of care needs including learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health concerns, substance misuse issues, complex care, autism and young people in transition.
AFG is one of the UK’s largest health and social care charities, with a strong track record of more than 25 years. We support more than 1,200 disabled people across the North West of England and employ more than 2,300 staff. We are passionate about creating a world where people control their lives.