cmpA learning disability care provider has hosted a special event in Croydon to celebrate Black History Month.

Care Management Group (CMG) has helped organise the event for the past four years, and 2013 was the biggest yet, with more than 200 guests from services across the country joined by the Mayor of Croydon, Yvette Hopley.

As part of the celebration of black history and cultural diversity a variety of activities including African drumming, dancing and arts and crafts were performed by local dance groups and individuals supported by CMG.

Peter Kinsey, chief executive of CMG, said: "Our Black History Month celebrations are always a big hit with service users, the CMG team and guests, and this year was the best yet. It’s a great way for us all to explore the UK’s cultural diversity in a fun and engaging environment.

"We support all of our service users to play a full and active role in society, and this is a wonderful opportunity for them to demonstrate their talents and engage with the wider community."

CMG individuals play a central role in celebrations
The day was particularly special for those service users who competed in two talent shows during the afternoon. Sam Marshall picked up the top prize in the singing competition and William Sutton taking home the trophy for best dancing.

It was also a memorable afternoon for Kinsey, who was surprised and delighted when he was presented with an award by staff recognising him as ‘Best CEO Ever’.

Hopley added: "I was delighted to support CMG’s initiative. It was a fantastic afternoon, with some great performances, and it was lovely to see the individuals CMG supports play such a central role in the celebrations."