Paul’s Place 20th Anniversary
Supporting adults with physical disabilities
We are now heading towards Paul’s Place twentieth anniversary. The time has passed so quickly and I can not believe where twenty years have gone. We will be having a celebration day on 3rd July and inviting lots of people that have supported us over the years to help us celebrate this massive achievement. It has made me stop and reflect, I remember back to May 1995 when I thought about inviting some disabled friends out for the evening. Six people came along and I asked friends to come along as enablers. I did a bring and buy sale and car boot sale and raised £312 this was to pay for insurance to make sure our new group was safe. Just weeks after the new group started one of the original members “Paul Willmott” passed away. This was a very sad time for all of us. We asked his mum in Paul’s honour if we could call our group after him. The answer was yes and Paul’s Place was born. After two years we became a registered charity and the rest is history.
With many people giving their support over the years and our local community supporting us financially it has helped us become the wonderful charity we are today. We now support over 300 people giving them opportunities to lead a more fulfilled life. We have a day facility, evening activities group, respite holidays, drama, photography and gardening clubs, carers support services plus lots more. Everyone works so hard to offer support to disabled adults and their carers. To provide all of the services on offer we need to raise £100,000 per year. This is difficult and only achievable by dedicated volunteers who give their time and energy to promote Paul’s Place.
If anyone had asked me if I was capable of doing this I would have laughed at them. What I know now is love, passion, commitment and a never faltering belief of what is right and wrong has made Paul’s Place into who we are today.
I am so proud of everyone involved with Paul’s Place and the wonderful achievements we have made. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking everyone for helping to make my life so special. Lets look forward to the next twenty years.
Thanks Kath Aldom MBE