Special clubbing night held at Moka for adults with learning disabilities

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About 60 people from across Sussex and Surrey attended the event, organised by Little Smugglers care home in Snow Hill, at Moka in Crawley town centre.

The night was the first of its kind at the club, where the bar staff and DJ worked for free so that the home could raise money towards a £20,000 project to build a sensory room.

And according to deputy manager Hayley Wilkins the night made an impression on the staff.

She said: “The DJ said it was one of the best nights he’d ever done because no one had any inhibitions. They really gave a new meaning to ‘dance like no one’s watching’.

“It was a great way for everyone to mix – not just residents from homes, but friends, family, carers and staff too. The dancefloor was packed.”

But while many of us might be used to the nightclub experience, Hayley explained that it was a novelty for many of the residents.

“Some of our residents are in their fifties and have never been to a nightclub before,” she added. “We put on lots of events and discos at the homes but this was something special.”

The night was staged on Wednesday July 15, and the staff at Moka rolled out the red carpet for their guests, providing them with VIP tables and a compère in fancy dress.

The night was such a success that staff at the home are hoping to make it a regular event.

Hayley explained: “We’re hoping the next one will be for Hallowe’en.

“Lots of residents have boyfriends and girlfriends at other homes in the area and events like this mean they get to see each other.

“They’re adults and entitled to have relationships just like anyone, so it would be great to be able to throw more nights like this on a regular basis.”

Little Smugglers residents were joined on the night by residents of other care homes, members of disability groups based at the K2 in Crawley and people with learning disabilities helped by the Outreach 3 Way charity.

The home raised more than £400 from the night towards an ongoing project to build a sensory room at the home.

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Source: Crawley News



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