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Christmas spirit was well and truly alive in Newport, Isle of Wight, when residents and colleagues came together to celebrate Supported Involvement Day (SID).

Hosted by our Care and Support Service, the event, held at the Riverside Centre, was a chance to have fun as well as highlight individual achievements from the year.

Residents enjoyed a range of activities – from festive arts and crafts to Christmas karaoke, viva drums and a silent disco. They were also treated to a musical performance and singalong, followed by a Christmas jumper competition.


The day ended with the uplifting Sidney Awards, recognising residents who have overcome obstacles and life challenges or supported the people around them.

Winners were nominated by staff and categories included the ‘Making Good Life Choices’, ‘Great Determination’ and ‘Helpful Villager Award’.

Resident, Reg Phillips, from Ryde, was given the ‘Kicking Butt Award’, following his battle with lung cancer and his determination to stay positive and get the ‘all clear’.

Resident, Andy Blackham, from Ryde, took home the ‘Cheeky Chappy Award’, for his optimistic outlook and commitment to get better after an illness. Andy has experienced setbacks with his health, but he’s kept his spirits up and committed to his recovery. He now swims regularly and has an adapted car so he can get out and about to enjoy his favourite pastime, going for a cup of tea.

Staff say I make them smile and I’ve always got a smile on my face. It made me very happy to get the award.

- Andy
Resized SID 9

The day was a joy-spreading triumph and a testimony to the hard work the team put in to run the multi-faceted event, which brings together around 80 residents from 20 different care and support services every year.

SID is all about bringing our residents together, to enjoy a festive day out and get to know one another – it’s all about having fun and celebrating successes. Our residents told us they had a brilliant time, so we’re delighted the event went well.

- Naomi Keyte, Director of Care and Independent Living

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