The smiles of Afford’s Cherrywood clients and staff shone brightly amongst a sea of rainbow faces as the team celebrated the end of 2021 with a magical colour run. Inspired by Holi, the Indian’ festival of love,’ it was a day of pure fun where the messier you got, the better!

Afford’s Community Centres, put the fun in learning fundamental life skills like team work and socialising. You will have unique opportunities to learn more about yourself and the world around you, with friends by your side.

“It was great because the clients were able to let go and get messy. It was a great sensory experience that encouraged working together. It was also a great bonding experience,” said Lifestyle Assistant, Jody Barnes-Buckley.

The day brought a lot of cheer to the centre and was a great way to celebrate everyone’s hard work and get excited for the new year.

“One of our clients, Deemara, said it was one of her favourite days at the centre! It made me smile seeing them all so happy and having fun,” continued Jody.

Even clients like Robert, who felt unsure about the mess of the event, saw his peers having a blast and couldn’t resist getting involved in the fun.

It took the team three months to plan the event but all of the hard work was worth it. They purchased safety-approved chalk powders, obtained parent permission and discussed safety, consideration and respect with the clients before the event.

It was also an excellent chance for clients to show off their cheeky side and beat the heat. Having fun with the water hoses and getting silly in front of the camera made for a day the clients won’t forget any time soon.

“They enjoyed taking selfies in their coloured shirts. They also wanted to go home in them so they could show their families how pretty they were,” said Jody.

The Cherrywood team is looking forward to hosting more events like this in the new year.

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