Customers beat staff at fun day

Words and photos by Dave Barry

The Wilf Ward Family Trust’s annual fun day in Cayton featured a football match between customers and staff.

The customers - or service users - won.

Medals and customer achievement awards were presented by the mayor and mayoress, Martin and Cherry Smith.

“The weather stayed nice and we had a good day with lots of customers, families and staff”, said Judith Kershaw, who helped organise the event.

Although it wasn’t a fundraising occasion, about £100 was raised for the trust.

The trust was founded in November 1986 to give relief to carers of people with learning disabilities through the provision of residential respite units and day facilities.

Founding trustees Wilf and Phyllis Ward established Isabella Court in Pickering as a short break service for people with disabilities, 30 years ago.

Since then, the trust has grown significantly and now offers a wide range of supported living accommodation and residential care services, as well as specialist holiday accommodation.

It operates across the Yorkshire and Humber region and employs about 1,100 staff.

“We can offer jobs and career opportunities for positions including support workers and managers across more than 80 individual services,” said Steve Miller, who helped to organise the party.

“We are committed to the principles of personalisation, involvement, inclusion and community engagement, and always place the people we support at the centre of all that we do.

“We believe that by providing great living environments, we create a place of safety where individuals can experience meaningful opportunities, be involved in their community and live independent lifestyles”.

The party was held at the cricket clubhouse in Station Lane, Cayton.