People with learning disabilities in South London enjoyed a day of singing and dancing to celebrate Black History Month recently.
The event, held at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls, was organised by CMG, an independent service provider for people with learning disabilities and associated complex needs. The aim of the day was to celebrate the diversity of service users’ backgrounds, and learn more about different cultural groups and the immense contribution that they have made, and continue to make, to British society.
Events included traditional South African dancing, Zimbabwean dancing and drumming and a Black Fashion Show and Catwalk, showcasing a range of elaborate and colourful African designs from past and present.
In addition, CMG’s Siobhan Radburn sung, and there was a solo act from service user Elaine Smith. More than 100 service users, family and friends attended the day.
Asama Akrama, service user from Green Lane, CMG’s service in Morden, said: “I had great fun doing Bollywood dancing in the hall and trying on Punjabi clothes. I also enjoyed modelling for the fashion show and trying lots of African food. “It was great to meet service users from around South London and to make new friends.”
Onyekwere Ogueri, CMG’s event organiser said: “At CMG, we’re passionate about encouraging our service users to experience different histories and cultures and get more involved in the community. Our Black History Month event provided the perfect opportunity to do just that.”