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The I.C.E. event, organised by County Carers, which took place over five days offered accommodation in gold apartments, offered a packed program of workshops, socializing and off course entertainment. A unique opportunity for people with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism to enjoy the sort of event that many other people are able to access regularly.

The workshops covered two full days with options ranging from Yoga, Treasure Trail, Puppet Making, Weaving, Movie Charades, Circles, a Cake Decorating competition, Dance & Drama and Arts & Crafts, whilst Mixit, the international pop group ran an all day workshop for those peo­ple who wanted to prepare and practice for the Talent Show..... and there was still plenty of time to enjoy the amenities of Butlins.

Food was provided for in house catering and for the 'Come Dine With Me' evenings — another event that was thoroughly enjoyed by those who took part. One parent said: “it is so nice to be able to sit down to a nice relaxing meal with other parents and it is a great way to make new friends”. Other first class buffet meals were catered for by Butlins.

Evening entertainment was equally busy with Mixit and the Talent Show, Eastern Promise Belly Dancers, Linkage Adult Skills Performing Arts Group, with live music by Ali Willetts, the Outdoor Cats and the Dukes de Luda and of course the disco. Wednesday night was Movie Night, an extravaganza of dance and music where people had made a huge effort with their costumes to “walk the red carpet”.

Sadly it all came to a close on Friday morning and a lot of very happy people departed with re­quests for an invitation next year!




Our huge thanks go to:

  • Clive Yates from Carers First, who opened the show with Outdoor Cats, Jon & Mia and who compared the whole week.

  • Bruce Knight and Cat Henson, Spilsby Theatre, who organized all the evening entertainment

  • Philip Burgess who organized the conference day

  • Emma Rogers and Sam Leggatt (alias Batman & Robin) who ran many of the workshops and the Come Dine with Me and who danced all night

  • Richard Locke Wheaton, Chris Teesdale , Anthony Spiers & Angela Freebury Fisher from Linkage

We also thank our many other helpers

  • Terry, Cheryl, Joseph & James - Caistor & District Lions 

  • Michelle, Sharon, Julian & Jo

  • Mick Skipworth, LCC

  • Not forgetting our mega organizer Paul Nurse who shopped & packed ‘til he dropped and who counted eggs instead of sheep to get to sleep!

Lastly, but not least , a huge thank you to our sponsors -

  • Lincolnshire Autistic Society,

  • Caistor & District, Lincoln, Market Rasen, Grimsby & Cleethorpes and Sleaford Lions,

  • Wisby Butchers

  • Wragy & Fieldsend Farm Eggs

  • Justin Hackney, Assistant Director , Specialist Adult Social Care for his effort running the Great North Run, in a great time of 2 hours 13 minutes for us

  • Lloyd Taylor, Salon Marique, Lincoln for the sponsorship raised from the Lincoln Half Marathon

  • Michelle Wilson for her climb of Snowdonia

Without the help of all these people ICE would not have happened—and all the joy that these people get from it would be lost—well done everyone


About I.C.E.

I.C.E. is an informative, fun and enjoyable event bringing together people with disabilities, learning disabilities and/or autism, their families, supporters and professionals to share an experience with a difference. I.C.E. is a lived in experience  - with the emphasis on putting inclusion into practice.  Over the five days this experience of inclusion presents all participants with the challenge of accommodating each other’s needs whilst learning a lot and having a great fun time.

Programme - Download a copy of the programme here.

Booking Form - Download a copy of the booking form here.

More information about County Carers here



The I.C.E. 2017 event includes Broadening Horizons, a lively, interactive and informative day Showcasing inclusion. 

This event is for people with learning disabilities or autism, families and professionals who want to move their lives forward and contribute to making a positive difference to community involvement, employment & volunteering opportunities for people with learning disabilities and/or autism

Programme - Download a copy of the Braodening Horizons flyer.pdf here

Booking Form - Download a copy of the Broadening Horizons- BOOKING FORM.docx here









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