Swanton Care North-East threw a Greatest Showman-themed event in November, delighting their guests with a range of Barnum-tastic activities.

People supported by services in the region were joined by their support workers and families at the party, which was based around the much-loved musical.

On the day there was a circus skills workshop, a screening of the Hugh Jackman movie, sweet treats and music from the soundtrack.

People supported by Swanton Care moved around four tables to complete activities themed around the film’s most popular songs. The purpose of each table was to glean feedback about the services and drum up interest for a new people’s forum.

Kerry Welch, Practice Development Partner (North), said that the event was a great success and provided valuable feedback.

Kerry said: “When I travel to different services, everybody seems to love The Greatest Showman, so it was lovely to throw an event with that theme.

“We created the tables to help people we support to express their thoughts and feelings about the services they access in a creative and engaging way.

“Going forward, we’re keen to make their voice heard at our new forum, where people we support will be able to represent their thoughts and those of others.”

The first table was based around the song ‘This Is Me’ and invited people to capture what’s good about their lives now and what works for them in an artistic way. Then they moved to the ‘A Million Dreams’ table where they could identify any changes they’d like to see.

On the third table – ‘Rewrite the Stars’ – people supported could decorate a wooden star to mark the beginning of something new and their participation in it. This activity and the final ‘From Now On’ table represented the beginning of the people we support forum and invited questions about what the participation group would involve.

Kerry said: “The Greatest Showman event was well represented by every service in the North-East, so we got a lot of vital feedback.

“We wanted to explain how the forum will work and why we want people we support to lead it. It was great to see so much enthusiasm for the new initiative and to make some wonderful Greatest Showman memories together.”