SIG London services Jigsaw, New Hope and Lewisham services held a joint Black History Month celebration on Friday 21st October.
It was day of fellowship and fun for the past and present participants and residents, their relatives and friends, and SIG staff in general. It was held at spacious venue that accommodated all.
The celebration kicked off with a warm welcome message from a participant. This was followed by the national anthems of various countries represented on the day.
Other activities included two guest speakers, one from Lewisham Community Support Plus and the other a retired mental health consultant. There were poems by New Hope Residents and a talk on Black History by a Jigsaw participant and resident, as well as a demonstration of cooking on a budget by a Lewisham resident. Traditional drumming and dancing led by an external facilitator and a cultural fashion parade by staff rounded out the programme, with of course a variety of scrumptious African and Afro Caribbean cuisine.
The event was well attended with a wide cross section of guests including, director of CJS, homelessness and complex needs, Adam Moll, director Angela Henry, head of service, Bunmi Omisore, service managers, participants and residents from all three sister services, their relatives and friends, colleagues from central office and representatives from the landlords – Hyde Housing and MHT.
We extend our gratitude to all who contributed to the success of the day. Special thanks to the ‘Terrific Three’ – service managers Gemma Kagho, Stella Asiimwe and Biola Aleshe and their staff for collaborating to ensure everything came together so spectacularly.
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