Parklife

Last Friday we paid a visit (again!) to a Yorkshire Park – this time it was Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

For a day’s fun with art, it really is hard to beat the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP).

Set in a landscaped garden laid out in the eighteenth century, it’s a place to wander, discover and be amazed – and so it was for our clients.

One thing they especially enjoyed was imitating the sculptures around them to create innovative photographs. Some of the sculptures were very fun indeed, some had spiritual connotations, some were colourful and others were tactile. All were unique in one way or another, which meant that there was always something new and different to look at.

Sculpture, when it’s in a gallery can sometimes be a bit bewildering or hard to understand. When it’s set in a park like the YSP it certainly becomes more interesting and intriguing. Thank you to the YSP for giving our clients a day to remember.

A wild time

Last week a group of intrepid clients went to South Yorkshire to discover Polar bears, lions, camels and rhinos. Not typical for South Yorkshire? Well, we were at Yorkshire Wildlife Park!

Built on a former riding school and farm, Yorkshire Wildlife Park was opened in 2009. A dynamic centre for conservation and welfare, the park has over 400 animals and over 70 different species of animals.

Our clients enjoyed seeing the different animals and learning about them on the way. From the Bactrian camel herd to the the Giant Otter reserve, they were intrigued and beguiled.

One client, Zach, said “My favourite thing was the Polar bear”; and we can see why – working in association with Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation (YWPF) and Polar Bears International (PBI), Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Project Polar is YWP and YWPF’s flagship project.

Overall, the day was a great success and we would like to thank the staff, keepers and animals at Yorkshire Wildlife Park for giving us a very warm welcome.

Shop Talk

There are lots of intriguing new products at Spacecraft at the moment – it’s certainly well worth popping in and having a look. From handmade notebooks to cushions, tote bags and house decorations; everything is handmade by our amazing clients.

Remember, you can also get your bike serviced there, which is pretty cool! We are very welcoming and will always be happy to make a tea or coffee for you, so there are plenty of reasons to pay a visit to Spacecraft at 102 Hucknall Road in the Carrington area of Nottingham.

We’re open from to 9am to 3:30pm on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Southwell so good

Yesterday a group of Clients from Pelham Road took a trip on the bus to the beautiful town of Southwell.

Our support Worker, Jen, had found an interesting exhibition of Lego sculptures at the Minster (Cathedral) and thought it would be a fun day out. And you know what? It was indeed!

The group’s first stop was a lovely park next to the Minster where they had lunch and went on a zip wire. Then it was off to have a look in the Minster itself. It’s a magnificent building – built around 1,000 years ago, it literally towers over the small town.

The group had a look at some of the gargoyles that had been carved. Some are really fun indeed – especially the ones depicting animals like sheep and cows!

Then it was on to have a quick look around the old palace of the Archbishop of York (because it was a Minster, Southwell didn’t have a Bishop in medieval times). It was very grand indeed!

Before the bus arrived the group chilled out on the lawn outside the Minster – the weather was magnificent and just the ticket for enjoying some time outside.

The day was a great success. One client, Joe, especially found the town was just right for him – “I love Southwell” he said whilst he was relaxing in the shade waiting for the bus.

Hoodwinked

A group of Pelham Road clients have been on a free sculpture trail in Nottingham.

The tales of Robin Hood’s cloak and dagger exploits to outwit the Sheriff of Nottingham are famous worldwide.

The Hoodwinked trail is a mischievous modern-day twist on these stories of camouflage and cunning. Hoodwinked sees him outwitting the Sheriff again. Robin is everywhere . . . and apparently nowhere.

The Robin sculptures are in plain sight but masquerading in coats of many colours, designed individually by different artists. Will the Sheriff spot Robin . . . or will he be Hoodwinked?

The sculptures will be auctioned on 18 October to raise money for Nottinghamshire Hospice. In the meantime, we’ll keep you abreast of all our discoveries until the trail ends on 30 September!

Walking the Walk

Clients at our Mansfield Woodhouse site took part in the ‘One Walk’ event in Mansfield last week. The walk was to mark Learning Disability Week 2018, which ran from 19 to 25 June.

The walk started at Mansfield Town Square where there were stalls and interesting activities for clients and members of the public to enjoy. Then a short parade started through the centre of the town.

By doing the walk, clients, staff and members of the public showed their support for inclusivity and visibility for people with Learning Disabilities.

It was a great success, and as you can see by the pictures it was enjoyed by all.

30 Days Wild – Part 2

Our Support Worker, Levi, took these photographs whilst working with a group, capturing a selection of interesting bugs and insects.

If you can name any of them, we’d love to know! – E-mail comms@spaceinclusive.co.uk and we’ll happily share your expert knowledge with everyone, plus give you a mention on social media.

It’s been a great month so far getting out in the wild, and there are still a few days left to explore, learn and enjoy 30 Days Wild, so watch this space.

A lot of fun!

You may remember that last year we were kindly given, lease-free, some land at the St Anns Allotments.

We were really excited at the time and were looking forward to what it might become in the future, having already planted a lot of vegetables and waiting for them to grow.

Now we’re well into spring, it’s time to give you all an update! Whether it’s potatoes or tomatoes, leeks or rhubarb, our vegetables are growing at quite a pace, and we’re always looking out for ways to improve the allotment and make it even better.

What’s more, the clients involved in the allotment are getting loads out of it as well! Whether it’s the joy of seeing plants growing or the healthy benefits of regularly mowing the grass on the allotment, our clients say helping to look after the allotment has given them loads of health benefits – both physically and mentally.

Lucy, who is the support worker overseeing the allotment, said “It’s been a huge success.” What’s more, we’re determined to make the allotment as kind to the environment as possible; in this vein we are not using any artificial pesticides that might harm wildlife and pollinators such as bees.

Stay tuned to the Space Inclusive website for further updates from our Allotment in St Anns!

30 Days Wild – Part 1

To kick-start 30 Days Wild we decided it was best to begin close to home so we paid a visit to the nearby Forest Recreation Ground.

The Forest may not seem a haven of wildlife to begin with, but as we found out it very much was!

First off, we found a creepy crawly insect. They may be small, but they’re still important for wildlife – they’re sources of food for birds and all sorts of other animals. Even the tiniest insects can be extraordinarily beautiful when examined close-up and often have fascinating lifecycles.

Then we found some wild mushrooms – we didn’t eat them (just in case they were poisonous) but again it proves that wildlife can exist and thrive, not just in the countryside but in the city too.

Finally, after all that foraging, our intrepid group of clients decided to do some meditation. Sometimes in our everyday life it’s easy to miss how amazing wildlife can be, especially when you’re in an urban environment, but it’s clear there’s a lot more than meets the eye!