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People supported by Hillcrest Futures gather for a Picnic in the Park

Posted: June 13, 2022

Dundee-based social care provider Hillcrest Futures has held a ‘Picnic in the Park’ festival following two years of postponements due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Around 150 people from Hillcrest Futures’ learning disability and autism services were invited to the gathering in Monikie Country Park and festival-goers were treated to a range of fun activities throughout the day including karaoke, face painting, wet sponge throwing, games, races and a petting zoo.

The event was organised by a working group comprised of people who use Hillcrest Futures’ services and staff, and was funded by the Hillcrest Foundation, the registered social landlord’s charitable arm.

Hillcrest Futures Managing Director Joy Dunlop said: “It was fantastic to see so many people coming together to enjoy themselves, some of whom haven’t seen each other since the first lockdown in 2020. Events like these really instil a sense of belonging and community among the people we support so it’s important they get opportunities to meet and have fun.

“The pandemic hampered Hillcrest Futures’ ability to host events and for the more vulnerable people we support, who were disproportionately affected by lockdown restrictions, this impacted significantly on their mental health and wellbeing. So it’s great to see everyone getting out and enjoying the activities they’ve spent so long organising.”

Hillcrest Futures provides services in the areas of physical and learning disabilities, autism, and older people. Further services include supporting positive mental health and wellbeing, homelessness and drug, alcohol and recovery services.