Last Friday afternoon Space Inclusive held a special Tea Party for charity. Clients were invited to have a cuppa and give a bit of money to Dementia UK as part of a national ‘Time for a Cuppa’ event.

Arranged by our client, Shannen, and with the help of others at our Radford Boulevard site, there were lovely cakes, tea and coffee. Shannen said she wanted to arrange the event because she’s always wanted to do something for charity, and she knew some people who had Dementia so understood how it affected people.

The afternoon was a real success. Clients and staff came from across all sites and raised a terrific £83.99 for Dementia UK.

Dementia UK will be using the money raised to help fund more Admiral Nurses to support families in local communities and to run their helpline, which is open seven days a week and is there for anyone with questions or concerns about dementia.

Raleigh Good Fun

A group of clients who attend our Bike Club at Radford Boulevard have enjoyed a visit to the Raleigh bicycle factory. They went with Dave Bevan, Support Worker, and one of our Directors, David Bingham, and the trip was a huge success. One client, Tom, wrote about the visit and described being shown around by an enthusiastic employee…
“…First he showed us where and how they put together the wheels, each of which is hand-checked and signed off on before being sent out.

We were then shown the room where they put the bikes together and then checked over.

Finally, we were shown the show room where they keep several bikes, one of which was a gold plated bike that was made for Raleigh’s Centenary, and another which was the millionth Chopper to come off the assembly line (which was also gold plated). Overall it was a good day out and I, along with everyone else, thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Many thanks to the employees at the Raleigh factory for helping make the trip so memorable.

Down on the farm

A group from our Pelham Road site have visited Stonebridge City Farm as part of their Mindfulness course. Jen, Senior Support Worker, described the day….

“…This week our mindfulness session was an animal theme. One group decided to go to the Stonebridge City Farm in St Ann’s.

We also visited The Arboretum and fed the ducks! The lake had frozen over in some parts due to the cold weather.

In the afternoon we watched videos we had taken at the farm and looked at some of the pictures we had taken as part of a mindfulness session.”

A great day by all accounts!

Yoga to be joking

A group of clients have started attending a weekly Yoga class!

At its most basic, Yoga is simply the process of paying attention to the present moment and calming the mind. Yes, it’s physical, but it can have positive effects on the mind too. The aim is to help the person doing Yoga to experience stress-reduction, happiness and overall wellbeing.

People with Autism can experience high levels of anxiety, especially in noisy or crowded situations. For some, even being ‘stressed out’ becomes the norm, so Yoga can help to relax and calm them.

The knock-on benefits of Yoga for people with Autism are more than you might imagine; some positive effects of regular Yoga include:

• Quality and quantity of sleep
• Physical strength, muscle tone and balance
• Concentration
• Ability to go from one activity to another without stress.

So what a brilliant activity for our clients to do – it might be just once a week that clients get to do it but its benefits will last a lot longer than that.

Oh Yes They Did!

On Wednesday a group of clients went to the Nottingham Playhouse to see a performance of the Pantomime, Cinderella.

It may be coming towards the end of the run but for the clients it was a great experience! There were lots of jokes, dancing, music and drama. We were made to feel especially welcome by some of the adjustments made, as the performance was specially designed for people with additional needs including Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome to enjoy.

A visual story with widgit signs had kindly been created by the Playhouse with the help of Nottingham Mencap. It included a fantastic guide to the storyline which helped our clients understand the plot.

Support Worker Elle said “It was a really fun experience and well worth going to!” Our client Jake said “Cinderella was a wonderful show…it was entertaining and we had fun singing along with the crowd and shouting IT’S BEHIND YOU!”

Thanks to Nottingham Playhouse for a lovely time.

Location, Location, Location

Last year we made a really important decision to move our Mansfield Street service to a new location. Workspace, as Mansfield Street had been known, was the location for clients focussing on employment and skills. It was great but, due to the number of new clients, we needed a site that could better accommodate us.

We found a fantastic building in the Radford area – just off Radford Boulevard to be precise – that we moved into in late 2017.

The new site is very different to Mansfield Street in a number of respects, most especially in terms of the open plan nature of the building. That means we’ve got a more accessible space for big projects, such as the Bike Club.

James, the Manager at Radford Boulevard, has been really impressed by how smoothly everything has gone. “For me, the fact things have come together has been great.” He had some worries it might take a little while for some to adapt to the new site, however, as he says, “the resilience and speed of adaption has been brilliant.”

The new premises is a wonderful addition and in a very unique and culturally vibrant area of Nottingham, which hopefully will add to the special character of the new location.

Mansfield Street meanwhile hasn’t been neglected by any means. It is going to become our site for clients with more complex needs. It’s early days there but when we’re settled we’ll let you know!

In the meantime, we’ve still got a lot to do at the Radford site, but it’s already a hit with clients and staff alike!

3 Things we did in December

  1. On Friday 15 December our clients at Pelham Road took part in Christmas Jumper Day, which raises money for Save the Children
  2. At Mansfield Woodhouse, we are getting into the Christmas Spirit too – putting up the decorations, making fancy dress outfits for a Christmas party and creating upcycled Christmas crafts for Spacecraft.
  3. Meanwhile, at our head office staff have been busy with the change of company status for Space Inclusive – on 11 December 2017 we became a Limited Company rather than a Limited Liability Partnership; different company, but don’t worry – same philosophy, same staff, and, most importantly, same commitment to young people with Autism and Learning Disabilities achieving their full potential.

Cheque it out!

On Tuesday 12 December, some Space Inclusive clients and staff were privileged to be invited to a special presentation of a cheque following the fundraising activities of the Plough and Harrow pub Darts team in Hucknall. Led by Jackie Wilson, the group of truly dedicated and devoted fundraisers managed to raise the unbelievable amount of £2000 for Space Inclusive!

These valuable funds are going to be put to good use; we are creating a new sensory room project for clients with more acute, complex autism and physical disabilities – a Multi-sensory Interactive Learning Environment (MILE) Room.

David Bingham, Director at Space Inclusive, said “The contribution of these fundraisers is nothing short of outstanding – when we collected the cheque we couldn’t have been made to feel more welcome!”

Thank you very much to the staff, customers and Darts team at the Plough and Harrow. Watch this space as we’ll keep you all informed as to the progress of the new sensory facility in the coming months.

Christmas holiday dates

We all love Christmas here at Space Inclusive. We’re getting into the festive mood. For your information however, we close for the Christmas break on Friday 22 December 2017 and will return for a new year on Wednesday 3 January 2018.