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Ada Kay centre goes Caribbean


CARNIVAL: Communities gathered at Ada Kay Resource Centre to celebrate Black History Month as one

A STOCKPORT adult social care centre has been embracing Caribbean culture as part of Black History Month.

Members of the public joined older people at the Ada Kay Resource Centre in Bredbury to enjoy a fun filled Caribbean day as part of this years Black History Month (BHM) celebrations.

The event was jointly organised by Stockport Council and Individual Solutions SK.

Also attending the event were ladies from the Asian Heritage Centre who brought a multicultural feel to the day.


FOOD IS SERVED: Attendees were treated to a feast of Afro-Caribbean food, South Asian cuisine and tropical fruit

There was a carnival spirit to the event as people took the opportunity to sample a range of Afro-Caribbean and Asian food followed by tropical fruit.

There were also talks by Jannett Creese and Alift Harewood, who are members of the local Sunshine Circle, a social group for over 60s African and Caribbean people.

They spoke about their experiences of coming to England as young women in the 1950s, their work as nurses and the origins of BHM.

Mrs Creese, who has lived in Stockport for 37 years, said: “We  gave a talk about the importance of understanding black history, as people have to understand the history of community to understand the people within it.

“We set up the Sunshine Circle to give elderly black people from Stockport a link to each other. We meet, do exercise and worship together.”

She also spoke about her autobiography ‘My Winward Side’ which talks about her life in St Vincent and its surrounding islands. This was followed by an exercise class to Caribbean music and entertainment featuring colourful costumes.


PARTY TIME: Some of the ladies took the opportunity to participate in an exercise class to traditional Caribbean music

Each week the Resource Centre plays an important role in the lives of many older and vulnerable people in Stockport. It provides a range of support services aimed at promoting health and wellbeing including help with personal care and exercise. There is also the opportunity to join in a whole host of social activities and make new friends.

Councillor John Pantall, Executive Member for Adults & Health, said: “What a fantastic day. Events like this help take the Black History Month message to the wider community and give many older people the chance to experience something new.”

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