Celebrating our 25th anniversary!

In News by Sarosha Byrne

Over the last 25 years we have achieved many milestones. Beginning with 20 clients in Southwell to supporting 250 adults with learning disabilities across five centres in Mansfield, Newark and Southwell.

Timeline, 25 years 1999-2024. 1999 Southwell Care Project established. 2005 Southwell Care Project moves to Westgate. 2008 First Holiday. 2009 Newark centre opens. 2011 Reach Care starts life as The Care Project. 2012 Mansfield centre and Flower Pod Southwell open. 2014 New name and identity - Reach! 2015 Reach Southwell head office move to Prebend Passage. 2016 Queens Award for voluntary service. 2018 Reach Care receives CQC 'Outstanding' rating and Reach Newark moves to Hawtonville. 2020 Carers Matter project starts. 2020 Flower Pod Newark opens. 2020 Alternative delivery in response to Covid-19. 2021 Bungalow purchased in Newark. 2023 12 tenants move into Southwell accommodation. 2024 Celebrating 25 years.

Timeline of Reach’s life so far! Click the image to enlarge it

We celebrated our 25th anniversary recently, with a lovely service held at the Minster Cathedral. Many service users from all our centres came to watch and participated enthusiastically, it was wonderful to see their love for Reach!

The service was incredibly heartwarming, led by the Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan, Dean of Southwell alongside former trustee Michael Davidson. Clients showed off their dance skills to ‘Brave’ and led the congregation in singing and signing to ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’. Funky glasses and air guitars were brought out!

The Voice and Participation group marched down the aisles of the cathedral, showing a very important, simple yet effective message. Demonstrating the accessibility Reach is striving to deliver and the barriers we need to break down.

7 adults holding wooden posts that read: 'joined up health and social care', 'give me the support I need, 'more time, easy read, symbols, support', 'training by people with lived experience', 'accessible health information for me', 'longer appointments/time to prepare'.

Some of the Voice and Participation group

Steve Shatwell, our Chief Executive and Rachel Lannon, our Chair of Trustees delivered moving and rousing speeches. They highlighted many of our achievements and opened Reach’s next chapter. Amelia, a Flower Pod Southwell client introduced her beautiful poem which was played on the big screen.

Garden with text 'Flower Pod' centred

Click the image to watch Amelia’s poem

Thank you for all your support, whether you’ve been with us since the beginning or have just joined on our journey! You can find out more about our anniversary here.

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