Mayor ‘inspired and uplifted’ by Avenues service

08/08/2020

Avenues' Amplio House service in Bromley, London, recently received a visit from the borough’s Mayor who attended a fundraising barbecue. The Mayor chose the service for her first post-lockdown official outing and spoke to staff, people supported at the service and Avenues’ CEO Jo Land.

​​​​​​​“Inspiring and uplifting” was how the Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Hannah Gray described her visit to Avenue’s Amplio House recently. The Mayor said “You can feel the warmth in the air. You can tell that the people here are happy and well cared-for”.

The Mayor was invited to a fundraising barbecue by Service Manager Aisha Byamugisha and Support Worker Mary Howsley, following a commendation received by the service from the council, recognising their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was great to receive the recognition for what we have been doing here and be appreciated by the local council” said Aisha “We are proud of what we have done and how we have been working. We wanted to show them a little more of what we do so we thought why not invite the Mayor to see?!”

Aisha credits much of the organisation of the day to Support Worker Mary; “It was her idea to do a fundraising barbecue and she just went for it! She did a great job getting it all together and has worked so hard. She’s so positive and creative and took a lot of weight off my shoulders”. 


The Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Hannah Gray standing to the right of CEO Jo Land surrounded by staff and residents of Amplio House

The Mayor was invited to a fundraising barbecue by Service Manager Aisha Byamugisha and Support Worker Mary Howsley, following a commendation received by the service from the council, recognising their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was great to receive the recognition for what we have been doing here and be appreciated by the local council” said Aisha “We are proud of what we have done and how we have been working. We wanted to show them a little more of what we do so we thought why not invite the Mayor to see?!”

Aisha credits much of the organisation of the day to Support Worker Mary; “It was her idea to do a fundraising barbecue and she just went for it! She did a great job getting it all together and has worked so hard. She’s so positive and creative and took a lot of weight off my shoulders”. ​​​​​​​

“She told us we’d been doing a great job and asked how many people we supported” said Aisha. “She also said it was the first event she’d been too following lockdown, so that was nice”. The Mayor also asked the staff how they had been coping with Covid-19 and if they had enough PPE.   

Guests enjoyed a feast of multi-cultural food including barbecued jerk chicken and joloff rice, served by the support staff, on a warm summer’s afternoon.

The Mayor spent a considerable amount of time chatting to those supported at Amplio. Adam who lives at the service thought the visit could be useful “It was good. It’s good we can get over our views and concerns” he said. As the Mayor chatted to Claude who also lives at the service, her Consort Councillor Colin Hitchins recognised him from a previous meeting.

​​​​​​​“So many people will be so pleased he looks so well and is still in the borough” he later remarked to Aisha.

 Resident Claude chats to the Mayor

 According to Claude the “best part of the day was the ‘music man’” who kept the crowd entertained and dancing.  Claude later remarked to Aisha “you did a good job”.

The Mayor also spent time talking to Avenues’ CEO Jo Land on a number of topics including the challenges of recruitment into the sector. Jo hoped the visit would help give Avenues and the social care sector the recognition it deserves, especially in the present climate:

“I hope that it will raise awareness of the hard work of keyworkers in the current Covid environment and that our employees saw it as an endorsement of support from their local council for the work that they have been doing and continue to do.

I think it’s important for local councillors to see how the money gets spent and the wonderful work that we do to support people to have better lives and it’s not only about the NHS.

It was clear that the visit made a substantial impact on the Mayor “It’s just such a pleasure to come here” she said. 

The Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Hannah Gray, Service Manager Aisha Byamugisha and Avenues CEO Jo Land

 

 

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