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Hands down win for CBH Oasis Ability Hub

Our talented Oasis Ability Hub were crowned Kanga winners during the Friday 30 October Black History Month event at St Matthew’s Church.

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This historical occasion successfully marked the end of an eventful Black History Month with a riot of colour and an insight into African culture. An exhibition displaying 22 Community Kangas was designed by different groups to represent what community means to them.

There was a fabulous buffet followed by a wealth of entertainment, including music and chanting accompanied by a traditional Zimbabwean instrument. Opportunities to enjoy Egyptian Belly Dancing, Irish Dancing, Singing and a parade of African women and children in national dress took place with a breath-taking finale of African acrobats and limbo dancers. 

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Despite the strong competition, CBH’s Oasis Ability Hub were announced as the winners of the Kanga Competition by the Queen’s Lord-Lieutenant, Dame Janet Trotter DBE. The prize involves a delicious African meal which will be cooked at the hub.IMG_1134 (2)

The Oasis Ability Hub at the Oasis Centre in Hesters Way, is a weekly drop in for people of all ages and abilities who want to come to a safe place where they feel welcome and accepted and where the atmosphere is relaxed and informal. There is always a variety of optional activities which involve an occasional trip to places such as the Butterfly Garden in Bamfurlong. Members encourage and support one another and some have attended free workshops together provided by various organisations, such as the Barnwood Trust, Community Health trainers and CBH. The Hub started in July of this year and the kanga was their first project as a group.IMG_1101 (2)

The border has symbols that represent the interests and activities enjoyed at the hub and the buttons are sewn on to read “Oasis Ability Hub” and “Community” in braille. The central design of interlocking hands emanating from a central orange circle was created by drawing round the hands of every member and cutting them out in coloured felt that represented the awareness campaign colour for their conditions & disabilities. Orange is the colour that represents diversity and acceptance.

Karen Lowden, Community Involvement Officer said, “to say that we were delighted is an understatement! Designing and making the kanga was a bonding experience for us and it is a very personal statement about who we are and what the hub means to us.”

The group are looking forward to celebrating together at their African meal and will be documenting the experience in photos and words in their Hub scrapbook.

 

 
 

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