A residential service in Middlesbrough supporting people with learning disabilities celebrated its silver jubilee at Ormesby Social Club on Thursday, February 2.
Greenford Walk, part of national disability charity, Walsingham Support, opened in 1992 supporting two individuals, Peter and Stephen, who, along with four other individuals, are still supported at the service today.
As the first member of staff at the service, Deputy Manager Sheila Cody has been there throughout Greenford Walk’s history, providing support to individuals for 25 years.
Commenting on the anniversary, Sheila Cody said: “I’m very proud to have worked at Greenford Walk for 25 years and made a difference to people’s lives.
“Witnessing their individual achievements and knowing I’ve had a small part to play in making them happen, makes the job worthwhile.”
To mark its 25th anniversary, Greenford Walk celebrated at Ormesby Club and Institute and invited individuals supported at the service, family members, staff and even ex-employees who had contributed to Greenford Walk’s history to attend.
Commenting on the event, service Locality Manager Angela Smith, said: “Reaching 25 years as a service is a huge milestone and we wanted to hold an event that really celebrated the history of Greenford Walk and the people involved.
“Having people there that have been involved in our work during the past 25 years to share their memories made it all the more enjoyable.”