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Celebrating our 34th Birthday with What To Do!

Community Integrated Care proudly celebrated its 34th birthday earlier this month, marking the occasion by honouring our charity’s new five-year organisational strategy and creating the #BestDayPossible for both our colleagues and people supported!

In a world first event for the care sector, we hosted a unique free digital festival featuring celebrities and sports stars via our ground-breaking online activity platform, www.What-To-Do.co.uk.

What To Do offers a diverse range of free accessible and adaptable activities every day for people who access care and support. With sessions delivered by world class partners, across the arts, culture, sport and community sectors – including yoga, cookery, exercise, dance, arts and chair-based clubs and a digital disco – the site has changed lives and connected hundreds of people who access care across Britain, throughout the pandemic.

In celebration of our charity’s birthday, the Best Day Possible digital festival saw us bring joy and new experiences to care services across the country through an incredible array of accessible and inclusive experiences – including a dance masterclass with Strictly legend Vincent Simone, activity sessions with Manchester City in the Community and Warrington Wolves Foundation, a virtual styling session with make-up artist to the stars, Clare Pinkey, and even an exclusive performance from New York City by award-winning US theatre star, Morgan Kirner!

John Hughes, Director of Partnerships at Community Integrated Care, says, “The Best Day Possible was a phenomenal event. We were thrilled to have secured a range of incredible experiences, which very much reflect the ‘wish list’ of our community and the range of partners our charity has. From exclusive performances by stars of Strictly Come Dancing, to the chance to travel virtually to Broadway to watch a theatre show, or even learn how to make cocktails and enjoy a makeup masterclass, there was truly something for everyone!

What To Do is a vital platform. It’s exciting, empowering, and entertaining experiences have made a real difference to many people, through the worst of the pandemic and beyond. It is now a thriving community that so many love being part of. There is an open invitation to anyone who wants to join in with our weekly activities to log-on at www.What-To-Do.co.uk and be part of the fun.

Our What To Do website was created in response to the loneliness and isolation that many disabled people can experience, which had been exacerbated by the pandemic. By offering accessible, adaptable and aspirational activities every day of the week, as well as a host of special experiences – with recent guest appearances from the likes of Manchester City Co-Captain, Ilkay Gundogan and WWE Superstar, Ashton Smith – the site aims to give people a positive answer if they ever find themselves asking ‘What To Do’? Since its launch in 2021, it has supported many profound outcomes for people who access the site – including enabling people to cook independently and form new friendships.”

Oliver Thomason, who is an active member of the What To Do community, says, “I love What To Do! It’s given me the chance to enjoy and learn so many new things. It has been amazing to try exciting activities for the first time, like Yoga. It’s really helped me in my home life too, because I’ve learned great things like how to make my own delicious meals.”

Find out more about our upcoming activity sessions and how you or your loved one can join in the fun at www.What-To-Do.co.uk

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