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Tremendous Jubilee legacy

Tremendous Jubilee legacy

While the wonderful Platinum Jubilee long weekend may be over, some excellent legacy outcomes were achieved by Adullam’s projects as a result of celebrations they organised, including in the High Peak.

Our Salisbury House project in Buxton, Derbyshire, was turned into an open house to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Invites went to current and former residents, clients from the High Peak’s floating support services, neighbours, partners, and the local church.

More than two dozen guests accepted the invite to the garden party, for which preparations involved all residents, from differing cultures and backgrounds. Stood on the new patio area to help with the cooking were one English person, one Welsh person, one Iranian person, three Sudanese young men, one Chadian young man, and two Brazilian people from a neighbouring project.

Food served included burgers, sausages, halal burgers, peri peri chicken burgers and spicy lamb steaks. One of the stars of the dining table was a vegetarian curry, enjoyed in tandem with homemade onion bhajis. For afters, the cake stall had fairy cakes, chocolate cake, and a Ferrero Rocher cake.

Tenancy Sustainment Officer Kerry Woodward, who has built up relations with local business High Peak Bookstore took care of the tombola and managed to gather a whole table of prizes just through donations from the bookstore, High Peak team and Derbyshire County Council’s (DCC’s) Social Care team.

The prizes ranged from hampers, one week’s personal charge, gift vouchers for High Peak Bookstore and lots of nice toiletry bags. Although not a massive amount was made, £40.60 was collected from the day which is being put towards the next major project activity, a beach trip in July which is being organised in conjunction with DCC’s Virtual School.

To finish off the day, Managers Mike Birchenall and Lisa Burns let residents, staff and anyone else who donated 50p throw wet sponges at them.

The event was an enormous success, allowing the High Peak team to link with services, explain what they do, and hear about what partners do. It promoted social inclusion and diversity and raised a small amount of money to support future activities

Other services have already started to reciprocate the Adullam invite, and more social events will now follow.

Congratulations to everyone who supported and took part in the celebration. It has achieved much more than just an enjoyable day out.