Swanton’s Welsh supported living and residential homes took to the lanes in July to compete in a fun-filled ten pin bowling competition.

The Swanton league was designed to bring the people supported in Wales together as a community to enjoy some friendly rivalry. Each home was able to go bowling at their nearby lanes and submit their scores to the regional team.

Out of the 40 players who participated, the top three places were won by Ian [Cartref], Michael [GRS community support] and Simon [Cartref], who were presented with their trophies by regional director Simon Rooke.

Simon said: “It’s been wonderful to hear how much fun the people we support have had hitting the lanes and hoping to get those all-important strikes!

“Ten pin bowling is the perfect sport for the people we support as everyone can approach it at their own pace and it’s very sociable.

“I’ve heard some great stories from our employees and the people we support about their visits to the local bowling alleys – it sounds like a great time was had by all, even though there could only be three ultimate winners.”

Swanton/GRS employees make it a priority to help the people they support enjoy activities and trips out in the community, so that they can keep up with their favourite past times. At some of the bowling alley trips, different care homes were able to meet up and introduce the people they support to each other.

Simon said: “For some of the people we support, this was the first time they had met up with their peers for an experience like this.

“In doing these activities, we help to create new friendships between different homes and help build the confidence of the people we support. A simple idea like this bowling league has a very positive impact.

“This is a great example of the Swanton Ethos being lived – this is proof that ‘every moment matters’.”