Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Cedar brings friends together at Kiltonga

The Cedar Foundation’s North Down and Ards Friendship Group recently held a Summer barbecue in partnership with the Community Group based at Kiltonga Christian Centre, Newtownards.

Cedar’s Friendship Group is made up of approximately 20 individuals aged from 16 upwards who have various disabilities. The group is user led and has its own committee. The Friendship Group meets on the first Tuesday of each month and plan activities such as meals out, quizzes, social events and coffee mornings. They also invite speakers to their monthly meetings to talk to the group about general topics of interest.

During the last 18 months, a close partnership has developed between the Friendship Group and the Community Group based at Kiltonga Christian Centre. Members from both groups have been attending weekly Boccia sessions (a Paralympic sport) and more recently a card making class that runs weekly.

Due to this growing partnership, the Friendship group decided to offer the group from Kiltonga the opportunity to engage in their annual barbecie, which had previously been held in Crawfordsburn Country Park. The two groups worked well together in planning and organising the event to take place at Kiltonga Christian Centre.

On the day of the barbecue there was heavy rain so the groups were glad to be able to take shelter indoors at Kiltonga. Pam Williamson, the Kiltonga Centre Manager organised a game of Boccia in the evening, which added a fun competitive edge to the event.

Entertainment was provided by one of the Friendship Group Members, William Ling- he played keyboard and accordion, ensuring a good sing along was enjoyed by all.

Susan Bourke, chair, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone in our group and all at Kiltonga who helped to make this year’s event a great success, despite the bad weather!”

The Cedar Foundation works in partnership with disabled people across Northern Ireland providing quality support, care, accommodation and training services to enable disabled adults and children to participate in all aspects of community life. To find out more call 9066 6188 or see www.cedar-foundation.org .

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