I write today firstly with an admission of my own lack of awareness as to some of the vital services being provided here in my community in Hall Green. What led me to this recognition of fact… my discovery, on Saturday, of a real treasure.
This wasn’t treasure in financial terms, but in terms of a service being provided to a small number of extremely vulnerable adults by a committed, professional team – it was a discovery of the ‘crown jewels’.
Optimum Care Services were celebrating 21 years of providing specialised, residential care for adults with learning difficulties at their site in Green Road where I had a fabulous afternoon at the Funday organised and took full advantage by getting my face painted! I was also pleased to be joined by Cllr Bowles and Cllr Burden who supported the event, alongside neighbouring residents, family members and other supporters who enjoyed such treats as goat curry, samosas and burgers as well as trying their luck at the Tombola and raffle which both offered a great range of prizes. We were also entertained with live music in the lovely garden at the care home.
At a time when many voluntary organisations and care providers are facing huge challenges, I was interested to hear that they are currently fundraising in an attempt to buy a minibus for the home. Manager Tim showed me round and I saw the wonderful garden furniture that had recently been donated and was being put to great use on a day that luckily remained warm and sunny for the duration of events.
In the current austere times, it was great to see that the many funding challenges being faced had not dampened spirits or affected the quality of services being provided at this care home in Green Road.
Now I have discovered them I will be certainly keeping in touch and if anyone reading this can offer any assistance to their fundraising activities then please do get in touch.