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While hurricanes and severe weather conditions are in place around the world, we were lucky to be met by sunny skies on our day out at the coast.

Before summer disappears completely, and winter takes hold, clients at our Mansfield Woodhouse site travelled to Sutton-on-Sea, to enjoy that feeling of sand between your toes, a game of football, collecting shells paddling in the muddy waters if the North sea, and the brave few, even went for a swim!

We had a fish and chips for lunch with a Great British cuppa on deck chairs in front of the beach hut.

And to top it off, we played karaoke on the scenic journey home. Another grand day out!

Tour de Force

A few days ago our Mansfield Woodhouse clients experienced all the excitement of a major sporting event – the Tour of Britain.

Our Senior Support Worker at Mansfield Woodhouse, Lucy, takes up the story:

“We knew we were on the right track as we passed the decorated buildings, bright yellow bikes and even a hillside with a large chalk bike, enroute to our reserved seats out front of The Old Reindeer at Edingly, where a few clients were already well known to the landlord! We enjoyed a quiet drink, getting to know the locals, while the roads shut around us and we waited for the race to come to us.

“A noisy procession of police bikes and team cars warned us of the imminent arrival of the cyclists and we moved forward to the roadside to get a better view. We cheered them all, the small group that came through first, then bike after bike after bike, hot on the tail of each other, speeding past at around 45 miles an hour, until the last man passed through.”

“The rain had threatened and the windchill had a few of us running for cover inside. Mostly wrapped up warm, we braved lunch outside enjoying the party atmosphere and even indulging in the roadside food, while the roads reopened.”

Lucy and all the clients really enjoyed the atmosphere and the buzz of the Tour. As Lucy puts it “Definitely a day to remember.”.

An outstanding achievement

A Space Inclusive employee was shortlisted for an award from the Chesterfield College Group, where she has been doing an Apprenticeship. This award focussed on specific individuals who had made progress regardless of adversities.

Daisy explained what the award was about:

“The award was called Inspiration Award. My tutor, Gabriela, nominated me…sadly I didn’t get the final award but was shortlisted out of a lot of people so it’s still a great result.”

Since starting work at Space Inclusive Daisy has become an integral member of the Space Inclusive team over at our Mansfield Woodhouse site. “I adore working for Space, I have amazing colleagues…” she said, “…I couldn’t have got where I am today without them! I couldn’t have found a better place to work; I love every part of my job and I’m grateful for the opportunities Space has given me.”

David, one of the Partners who attended the ceremony said, on behalf of both himself and our other Partner, Richard:

“We are very proud of Daisy’s achievement, both throughout her Apprenticeship programme and in being nominated for this achievement award.”

Congratulations Daisy!

Planning ahead

A draft five-year plan for the future of health and social care in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire has been developed. It’s called the ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plan’ (STP) for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

The plan considers how we can best improve the quality of care, the health and wellbeing of local people, and the finances of local services. This plan is a live document and will continue to evolve.

Both Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County councils want to hear back from stakeholders, such as parents and carers. For further information about the consultation, including information on how you can respond to it, please click on this link.

Have a Crafty Christmas!

At Mansfield Woodhouse our clients have been really hard at work creating some hand-crafted items that have been auctioned off. We raised a brilliant £105 on some handmade dog beds alone.

These beds will make wonderful and snug places for a pooch to pop themselves down on for Christmas Day!

Our clients made some other wonderful items such as cards and rustic door hangings – but it must be said that the dog beds were the real highlight!

The funds raised will go into helping out at our Mansfield Woodhouse site – for transport and resources – and will certainly come in handy.

Daisy, one of our Support Workers at Mansfield Woodhouse, said “It was a really great thing to do and we’re chuffed it raised so much”.

Thank you to everyone who bid. Whether you were successful or not we’re grateful you took the time to bid on the items we made.

Lucy Bridgland

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After a few years working at the Head Office at Boots, I received a letter “in 40 years when you receive your pension…” and I knew something had to change. So while my children were very young I began studying for my teaching degree and as my youngest began started in Reception Class, so did I.

I loved my time teaching in Early Years, and of course it allowed me to spend the holidays with my own 2 kids as they grew up. One of the things we did together as a family was Martial Arts, and over time I became involved with ‘Breaking Down Barriers to Martial Arts’, a charity that believes that everyone, whatever their Special Need or Disability should be encouraged to have a go at Martial Arts. I loved it, and soon after began volunteering working and later working fulltime as a Teaching Assistant at Sutherland House Special School.

I missed being a teacher and grabbed the opportunity to work as a Supply Teacher with Nottingham Autism Supply Services, at a number of Special Schools across the County, during quiet spells and in the holidays I did a few shifts at Space Inclusive. As time went on I did less and less at Space as I had accepted a permanent teaching post at Rosehill Special School and was really excited about my future there, my one frustrations was when parents asked “what next, after school?” Well for some of my students, and for me, after school came Space Inclusive. Part of my remit is going into schools and meeting students, parents and teachers and explaining what a fantastic job we do here at Space Inclusive, and of course my favourite part is getting out there and doing it, sharing my interests; sewing, gardening, upcycling, and martial arts, and supporting our clients engaging in exciting opportunities, trying new activities, challenging themselves and each other.

Daisy Godber

Staff-Daisy-GodberI started working at Space Inclusive as an Apprentice. Coming straight from school, my knowledge and skills about this sector were very limited but I knew this field was where I wanted to work. Mt inspiration for wanting to work with people who have learning disabilities came from a member of my family, as it had given me the feeling of wanting to help others.
Since working here each day gets better because of the guys we work with they are all unique and truly amazing they are the reason that I that love every part of my job and have no regrets about my career choice here at Space Inclusive.

Art Attack!

We always try and offer the best creative opportunities we can to people; from activities that encourage social interaction to industry standard training through our screen printing enterprise and Central College – whatever fits! Textiles, photography, printing, mixed media, 3D work… the list is almost (but not quite!) endless..!