Evolve Day Services visit Edenbridge fire station
Adults with learning difficulties enjoyed afternoon tea and cake as a thank you from Edenbridge’s firefighters last week.
The group, part of Evolve Day Service, which is run by Kent County Council and based at the Eden Centre in Edenbridge, have designed a fun peep board for visitors to use during fire station visits and at open day events.
Around 12 people along with their support workers visited the fire station on the High Street to present the newly designed and painted board.
Edenbridge crew manager, Tamer Ozdemir, said: “We invited the group along to thank them for their help and arranged a variety of activities including: looking at the fire engine, trying on our fire gear and squirting water from the fire hoses.
“They were with us for around three hours and it was an afternoon of fun, which we all enjoyed, ending with tea and cake.”
The new board will be used by a variety of visitors to the station including: schools, cubs, brownies and other youth groups and is already in demand elsewhere in the county!
Community Support Worker, Andrew Parry, said: “Living with a learning disability shouldn't stop people from enjoying an active and enjoyable life, and from being supported to get out and about and involved in projects in their local community.
“This type of project is of huge benefit for adults with learning difficulties, it’s about building community opportunities and support so that people can have ordinary daily lives. It was also their first ever outing as a complete group and was a huge success.”
The board will get its first official use on Friday, 1 September at a special fundraising day organised by Dartford firefighters at Dartford Football Club. The event has been arranged to raise funds for local young woman, 23 year-old Ellie Boakes, the daughter of a fire service colleague.
Tam ended: “We’re really grateful to Evolve Day Services for their help in designing and making this peep through board. It will make a fantastic addition to Kent Fire and Rescue Service events and activities.
Edenbridge Crew Manager Tamer Ozdemir trying out the new board