- On Friday 15 December our clients at Pelham Road took part in Christmas Jumper Day, which raises money for Save the Children
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
In a new monthly online feature we look at three different activities we enjoyed doing this month.
- We visited Sneinton Market Square and observed the graffiti work there, taking some fun and expressive photos as we did so. We will be creating a dance piece inspired by street art around Nottingham, so watch this space!
- We made some fantastic hand-crafted Christmas cards, some of which will go on sale at our upcycling shop Spacecraft.
- A group led by our Support Worker, Levi, took some high quality Autumnal photos of our garden at Pelham Road. Great, aren’t they?
Last week we were pleased to have two more groups go to the Mount Cook Adventure Centre in Derbyshire. You may remember we went there earlier in the year and such was the popularity of the last trips that we decided to arrange another two.
Once again there were loads of fabulous outward-bound activities. One of our managers, Lucy, was there with the first group and described some of the activities they did:
“An historic walk along the High Peak Trail, the amazing view across the peaks and the autumnal scenery, an evening camp fire, warmed by hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows, fossil hunting in the craggy rock, gem panning, and there was archery too. Working together we built a shelter which we nearly all fitted in!”
As the week went on there were lots more activities:
“There was land kart building – which team would work together and finish first? And who would have the nerves of steel to race it around the field?
Orienteering had us working together in teams to find giant jigsaw pieces and get them back, build the huge puzzle first – a great test of our decision-making, communication and co-operation.”
The clients really enjoyed their trip to Mount Cook. Joe, who was in group two, asked “When can we come again…I really enjoyed it when we went out walking”. Joe also enjoyed the songs round the campfire!
Summing up the trip, Lucy said:
“We really enjoyed ourselves and are already talking about the next time!”
Thank you again to all the staff at Mount Cook. We really appreciate the chance it gives our clients to experience so many new activities and the great outdoors.
It was Learning Disability Work Week from 6-12 November. People with learning disabilities have a lot to contribute to society, including being engaged in voluntary work and paid employment.
Approximately 8 out of 10 people with a learning disability who are of working age have a mild or moderate learning disability, but less than 2 in 10 are in paid employment.
With a few reasonable adjustments however, we know that this statistic can increase. With the help, support and understanding of employers and colleagues, people with learning disabilities can be real assets to a workplace.
Currently, several of our clients are doing some fantastic work placements across Nottinghamshire. We have clients in placements at Nottingham Community Transport, the Pelham Kitchen cafe, Green’s Windmill and Arnold Clothes Bank.
One client, Clare, is doing a work placement at Sherwood Playgroup. Her boss there, Louise, says “She is an asset to the Nursery”.
We also have our crafts and upcycling shop, Spacecraft, where clients serve customers and are learning about stock maintenance and handling money.
Our Support Worker, Stella, explains why work placements are so important:
“Working gives our clients responsibility and independence. It teaches soft work skills in a real life situation. For many of our clients, self-confidence quickly grows through starting a work placement.”
Changing people’s perceptions of what people with learning disabilities can do isn’t a quick process, but it is rewarding. Not everybody with a learning disability will find work suits them, but the current national statistics don’t reflect what great employees our clients can be!
For more Information about Learning Disability Work Week, which has been organised by the charity Mencap, please click on this link.
Last year Jake helped out making some cushions for pets that were later sold on at the Mansfield site’s Christmas fayre and in the Spacecraft shop. From then on he became interested in textiles and sewing. He started developing his interest by making new clothes – he made a simple cravat and then his own waistcoat. Now he has branched out into creating a fully lined coat from scratch in the sewing group, adapting a pattern to include a cape, based on one worn by the Third Doctor Who. This, as Support Worker Daisy notes, “shows Jake’s creativity and self expression”.
Jake is one of those people who learn as they’re going along – he likes the trial and error method of learning. He’s always helpful and always good company, whether it’s in the sewing group, cooking, or in other activities he always gives a hundred per cent.
Lucy, the Manager at Mansfield Woodhouse site, is impressed by Jake’s progress. “It’s lovely to see a young man who knows what he wants exactly and stays focused and works hard towards the end result…” says Lucy, “…He’s got a fantastic understanding of tailoring. He’s very meticulous.”
Jake currently attends Space one day a week alongside his studies at West Notts College, and twice a week during the holiday breaks.
A group of our clients have been busy working on some fabulous handmade items at the Textile Workshop on Mansfield Road.
Over a six-week course they will learn skills such as sewing, knitting, pattern cutting, dress making, printing, art, felting and embroidery. Many of the items created during the course will, in time, go on sale at our shop, Spacecraft. An example of the work being done is a lovely bouquet of flowers made from pipe cleaners and buttons!
One of our support workers, Kelly, says “The course is a great way for clients to get creative and focus on creating some fabulous items. It’s also a perfect way to help the mindfulness of clients.”
We would especially like to thank Karen Taylor, the tutor taking the group every Thursday morning, for her time and obvious enthusiasm.
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 of the North sea, and the brave few, even went for a swim!
We had fish and chips for lunch with a Great British cuppa on deckchairs in front of the beach hut.
And to top it off, we played karaoke on the scenic journey home. Another grand day out!