Cracking Ceramics

Thanks once again to our friends at West Notts College Adult Education Centre, we’ve been getting involved in some pottery sessions. People have been creating some totem pole style coil pots, decorated with relief patterns. It’s still work in progress, but the work created so far has been of such a high quality that we can’t wait to see the finished product! Check back soon for an update…

Light and Sound

We recently visited the Level Gallery in Matlock for their ‘Surface’ exhibition.

‘Surface’ is an exhibition using  light in which people are invited to explore projected forms within an immersive audio-visual installation. The room is filled with haze and mist, allowing light to create evolving 3D sculptures that fill the space to create cloud-like surfaces you can clearly see, pass through but not touch.

Level works with the New Art Exchange in Nottingham and will soon be doing the same light and sculpture exhibition there, so check it out if you have chance! 

Contemporary Rhythm

As you know, we are big art fans and we love to take part in any events that will help us develop our skills or give us new ideas. We were lucky enough to head over to the Nottingham Contemporary recently to participate in a gallery session called ‘Shapes and Rhythm’. We used collage to create artworks that used shapes of our own design placed in a rhythmic compostition supported by gallery staff.

Mirror, Mirror…

We love to be creative at Space Inclusive, although it’s not something we mention an awful lot. But you know what..? We should! We have some really talented arty types (staff and clients!) who routinely produce some very nice arts and crafts for the home, for our buildings or just for the fun of it. Of course, I could mention all the social benefits of creating things with other people, the skill development, the tactile nature of some art activities and all that, but sometimes it’s just best to let the pictures speak for themselves. This mirror project has been happening quietly for a few weeks now and has come to fruition with some very eye-catching frame designs. Another great example of the high standard of work that happens every day. Great stuff folks!

Summer Sonnet

We have some very talented people who choose to spend their time with us and it’s really nice to let their skills speak for themselves. So, without further ado, we hope you enjoy a seasonal poem (not strictly a sonnet!) by Stuart Vanner who attends our site on Radford Boulevard. The illustration is made using pressed flowers by another client from the same site.


The summer season must be the best, 
For it is when with the world I am most impressed. 
It is time to be out and to have constant fun, 
To be under blue skies and the endless Sun.

Time for scorching hot days and muggy nights, 
To see smiling faces all filled with delight. 
It is time to relax and time to unwind, 
While all about you there is joy to find.

Time to visit the beach and be by sea, 
For colds drinks, ice cream and for feeling free. 
Once again we’ll mention the sweltering heat, 
Since all the seasons it must always beat.

And it is time to look round and appreciate 
These summer moments and celebrate, 
For this lovely season shall in time be past, 
So remember – enjoy it while it lasts.

Taekwondo Triumph!

Three of our clients from our Mansfield Woodhouse site achieved a fantastic goal recently. They have been involved in Taekwondo coaching at a local club, supported in varying degrees by our lovely staff team, and have done so well that they achieved their first grading! The significance of this is huge. In order to achieve the grading, our guys had to make the standard required. This is an international standard. No favours or half measures for people with disabilities. If you want to make it, you have to do it properly. Our guys did, and more. I could go on about the impact that this has had in their wider lives, but the best people to tell the story, as with all stories, are the people involved in it. Before I hand over to our three martial arts magicians, I’ll leave you with a quote from a very proud parent… “I just wanted to say thank you for all Space has done for S. I have never seen him show as much confidence as he did at the grading. I was so happy to see him with the others from Space. He was in a group with friends and he belonged instead of being on the outside alone.”

Fantastic. Simple as that. As promised, here’s the view from the mat…

I worked really hard to get to my Taekwondo grading. I practiced really hard to get there. I had to put a lot of time in to get to my grading. I was with S and D doing that practice.   I worked on my co-ordination in Taekwondo because that’s what I needed to work on. We worked on our pattern and moves. I feel that my co-ordination has improved because of me doing Taekwondo.

I am doing Taekwondo because I don’t want to be clumsy or quonky all of my life. I want to increase my co-ordination in the long term as well, so I need to carry on doing Taekwondo. I felt really proud of myself for getting my belt in my grading, I also felt that my concentration improved as well because before my grading, I had a short concentration span, but I feel that’s improved because of doing Taekwondo. I also felt that I controlled my temper as well because I didn’t get angry once. I breathed a lot because I was nervous, but my nerves didn’t get that bad when I was breathing. I thought that we all did our moves well. I enjoyed watching the others do their gradings. I especially enjoyed partnering S doing the defence because S was really good doing the defence, I enjoyed being photographed by Haydn and Daisy. Naomi and Liam were good assisting Haydn at the grading, because they were really calm and they were really nice to talk to. They asked us questions we could answer truthfully.  I was really calm when answering the questions asked by Liam. I was honest too because Liam had to come up and help me tie my belt, because I couldn’t do it myself. My favourite bit of the grading was when we had to defend ourselves against Liam. Liam was acting being a nasty person who was trying to hit us. I felt that I did a good job at my grading.  Everyone worked really hard, and I talked to someone who I didn’t usually talk to at the grading too and we all worked really hard.  We all obeyed Haydn’s instructions at the grading, and Haydn is a great teacher.I would rate my performance at the grading ten out of ten.
C, Taekwondo Student

” I got my grading thanks to Master Bridgeland teaching me, C and D all the moves of Taekwondo before the grading. I was slightly nervous to start with but then my nerves started to go. I also got the chance to meet the other people at the grading who all seemed really nice and did an amazing job and they should be really proud of themselves. It was great that my mum Lucy, Daisy and all the other people were there to support us through the grading. I also think that Master Bridgeland took the grading really well and sufficiently with the help of Sabom Liam and Sabom Naomi. I hope that in the future I will go further in Taekwondo, hopefully get to a higher belt or maybe a black belt. I think it also helps improve my physical fitness and the repetition of the patterns help improve my memory.”
S, Taekwondo Student

“I work extremely hard to get to my Taekwondo grading. I practice amazingly hard to get where I am now. I worked with a guy at the grading who was a green belt and I did what he said to me. Everyone worked really well at the grading and I couldn’t be happier to work with them. They are all good at what they do even S and C, those two worked really hard to get to the Taekwondo grading and I am happy for them. The reason I want to do the Taekwondo is because I want it to help me increase my physical health and fitness. And I am enjoying that Haydn is teaching us about Taekwondo and I also enjoying working with S and C to get our grading together it has been really fun doing it.”
D, Taekwondo Student    


In case you missed it, England won a sporting trophy this summer! After being so close in the women’s football world cup and the netball world cup, it was really nice to celebrate a victory for England on the world stage (yes, we know Lewis Hamilton won a grand prix the same day, but that’s just driving cars fast, right?). As we are sure you know, England managed to sneak past a really impressive New Zealand team in the final of the men’s cricket world cup recently.

You also may well know that Trent Bridge cricket ground hosted some matches in the earlier stage of the tournament. What you may not know is that we went to one! Tickets were allocated to us by Nikki Lawson, Community Sport Manager at Nottingham City Council as we have previously done some partnership work with them. The participants that you can see in the great photo were chosen for their achievements in sport whilst at Space Inclusive. We probably don’t need to tell you that we all had a brilliant time, thanks Nikki!

Monkey Business

Our guys from our Sherwood site recently went on a trip to a Monkey Forest. Thankfully the weather held out and we managed to miss the rain! The clients were really excited and we were practising our sign language for monkeys during the build-up to the trip. 

The monkeys at the forest are Barbary Macaques and they are at risk of extinction, some of the money we paid to get into the forest will go towards conservation for these lively animals. 

We enjoyed a day out seeing monkeys in something close to their natural habitat rather than behind glass at a zoo, this was a real hands-on experience and something we’ve not done before. The day was filled with facts, learning lots of interesting information about these cheeky creatures as we walked around the park. 

We enjoyed lunch in the picnic area before having a nosey in the gift shop and we bought a special magnet to go on our fridge as we start to collect more magnets from the wonderful trips we’ve been on! We all had a great day and we’re all really excited for more trips to come this summer!

Fit for Life

Being healthy is one the things we emphasise when looking at how we support our clients. As I’m sure you know, we focus on being active and eating healthily and responsibly. Since we started we’ve always offered a gym programme for those people who are interested or who would like to exercise more often. Recently, there has been a lot of information in the media around the benefits of weight training for bone strength, flexibility and weight management. It seems appropriate then to share some lovely photos from a weekly training session at our local gym. We’ve been working with Xercise4Less for a couple of years and really like the high quality of their equipment and their realistic pricing. Combined with their location in the heart of our community, Xercise4Less is a great option for some of our folks and we’re always really happy when we hear of people continuing their training in their own time.