Horsing Around

Following our success at the Special Olympics Midland Games a few weeks ago, another of our Mansfield Street clients, Kirsty, has achieved Special Olympics sporting success – but at a national level this time!

With her horse, Charlie, she took part in the Equestrian events. Kirsty achieved a Gold medal for Dressage, Silver medal for her Horse Care and Knowledge and a Bronze medal for her Working Trials.

Kirsty’s head coach went out of her way to say that Kirsty was an excellent team member who offered a lot of support to a younger member of the team and that she was very helpful to all of the members of staff.

We are extremely proud of Kirsty’s achievement and we would like to thank her mum, Pauline, for letting us know of this wonderful success.

Well Done!

Poetry In Motion

We’d like to thank our client, Stuart, who wrote this fabulous poem about why he likes attending our service.

Entitled simply ‘Space Inclusive’, it encompasses a lot of reasons why many of our clients enjoy attending Space Inclusive. Stuart is a client at our Mansfield Street site. Thanks also to our Support Worker, Kelly, who let us know about the poem in the first place!

A towering success of a day out

A group of clients have spent the day at the Carillon Tower Museum in Loughborough.

The museum is run on a day-to-day basis by a team of volunteers. It’s a great place to find out about the past, whether that means simple curiosity about the wars fought in the 20th century, seeking information about an ancestor or more serious research about events and those who took part in them. All the exhibits are donated by members of the local community.

Our Support Worker, Scott, went with clients from Pelham Road. They went as Ashley especially has an interest in the history of the Second World War. They got to wear some of the exhibits at the museum too!

They all really enjoyed the day. Ashley was especially happy to see objects at first hand rather than just watching documentaries on television. History is always more interesting if you can touch it – it makes things come to life more and everyone understood a bit more about the history of the Second and First World Wars after their visit.

Thank you to the volunteers at the Carillon Tower museum for making us feel so welcome!

Game on!

A group of clients have taken part in a Special Olympics event for the Midlands in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

The Special Olympics is a movement aimed at providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities. It aims to give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing skills. It’s also aimed at creating friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Our clients, Louis, Tom, Duane and Lawrence, participated in the event. They were part of a larger team called the ‘Nottingham Knights’, representing the County at the Games.

The medals we won were gold, silver and bronze, which were won in shot put, 100 metres running, long jump and javelin.

Louis, Tom, Duane and Lawrence said they had an ‘epic’ time and saw old friends and also made new ones too. They said they didn’t mind it raining as they were in the sports hall so it was still exciting.

They were very proud to show off their medals when they returned to Space Inclusive!

When Space went to Space

A group of clients have had a great day at the National Space Centre in Leicester. With six interactive galleries, the National Space Centre is the largest planetarium in the UK.

This was a day trip chosen by clients as a reward for hard work at our Spacecraft shop. One client, Evie, said the day was ‘awesome’. Another, Ashley, said his favourite part was the rocket launch! We learnt that we’re all made of stars and another client, Clare, said it was a ‘Stellar’ day.

Dino-mite!

A group of our clients have been to Wollaton Hall’s special ‘Dinosaurs of China’ exhibition.

Featuring fossils and specimens never before seen outside of Asia, the exhibition brings to life the story of how dinosaurs evolved into the birds that live alongside us today. However there was more than just a huge dinosaur, there were loads of different ways to learn and find out things, including quizzes and mysteries to solve.

Our clients certainly enjoyed their trip – Clare’s favourite part was “working as a team, finding answers to clues.”

Lights, Camera, Action

Space Inclusive’s new shop, Spacecraft, has been featured on Notts TV!

In the report Stella, our Work Placement Co-ordinator, explained the aims and objectives of the shop. We’d especially like to thank three of our clients – Tashan, Natasha and Ashley, for talking about why they love attending Space Inclusive and what they’ve got out of our service! They were real stars.

You can take a look at the report here:

 

Spacecraft – It’s Landed!

Spacecraft is a new creative shop project by Space Inclusive based on Hucknall Road. We took the premises on earlier this year; it’s a five minute walk away from our Pelham Road site.

Stella Dowbenko, our Work Placement Coordinator, has overseen a huge amount of creative activity since then and we are at a point when we will be able to open the shop to the public.

Stella said “It’s been a really exciting project to work on – I’m massively proud of the results!”

The shop’s ethos is based on creativity and upcycling. Upcycling is all about transforming by-products, waste materials or unwanted items into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value, which is just as well because Space Inclusive has always been an environmentally friendly social enterprise!

Our clients from Pelham Road, Mansfield Street and Mansfield Woodhouse have all helped in creating products for the site, from cushions to plant pots.

Meanwhile, on the site of the shop, Stella has worked with clients doing different activities such as spray painting, sanding down furniture and decorating to make both the shop and its contents top notch.

We’re really proud of the clients who have worked so hard in making the dream of a shop, where they can create and sell products, into a reality. All the hard work is about to pay off as the shop opens its doors to the public from 9am on Monday 22 May.  We’d love you to pop in!

What’s normal anyway?

Young autistic people, aged 16 – 25, can face considerable difficulties as they experience the world around them. Many also have additional problems with their mental health and wellbeing. Some young people feel that it is hard to know whether what they are feeling is the same as everyone else their age, whether it is because they’re autistic, or if they have mental health problems.

Yet there is very little known about how young autistic people understand their own mental health needs.

There is now a joint project between myVoice (a group of young autistic people who work together to make a difference for other autistic people), the charity Ambitious about Autism, and researchers at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at UCL Institute of Education looking into the views and feelings of young adults with Autism.

If you’re reading this and are a young person with Autism, they’d like to hear your views. Click on this link to find out more.