Les Nichol, of the Essex Fire & Rescue Service:
"Had a fantastic day today the crews of white watch at Clacton fire station gave up their mess and kitchen for the day so we could bring in 8 people living with Dementia and their partners.
With the help of Anthony the Chef from Inclusion Ventures his 11 year old sou chef Hayden, supported by volunteers from ACE and the Alzheimer's association .
We were able to allow People living with Dementia to once again get back into the kitchen and prepare, cook and serve dinner once again for their loved ones.
It was just amazing to see fear and confusion fade away as our people prepared the vegetables.fruits, Cooked potatoes, and meat laughed and joked.
Told some great stories.
They prepared a simple but really tasty shephard's pie and veg. Followed by a fruit crumble and custard.
Our volunteers kept them on track and happy throughout.
My best moment was to see the smiles, laughter and some tears when they each served the dinner to their wives, husbands and other family members.
This was a very moving day for me I am so very lucky to work out there with some marvellous people xx"
I am more than happy to endorse and applaud the work that Inclusion Ventures has done to tackle deprivation and antisocial behaviour in the district.” Percy King Housing Estate Officers for Tendring District Council
“They do a good job of making youngsters aware that the best way to improve your own personal standard of life is by having good self-esteem, which is helped by a good education, consideration of the community and by your own actions. This has resulted in less anti social behaviour problems as well as improving attendance at school / further education etc” Jaywick Forum.
“The project fulfils an essential role in providing positive activities, advice and mentoring for socially excluded young people who are at risk of developing or actually have developed a dysfunctional set of behaviours and attitudes to their lives. This sort of intervention at the right time represents excellent value for money compared with later remedies which are usually either within the justice system or are the hidden costs of criminal damage, vandalism and family breakdown” The Sea Change Sailing Trust
“Together with Nacro and Inclusion Ventures we have worked at a partnership approach to the delivery of multi activity for young people at the Jaywick Resource Centre and the multi use pitch outside offering a range of activities for young people during the school holidays and then weekly sessions through-out the term time” Facility & Sports Development Manager for Tendring District Council