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:

 

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!

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!

Wear it well

A group of our Pelham Road clients have just finished a four month work placement at a local charity.

Sharewear is a charity providing free clothing, shoes and bedding to people in crisis in Nottinghamshire. They also have an outreach scheme to help as many people in need as possible, who for whatever reason are not able to make it to their referral sessions. It’s run completely by volunteers.

The role of our eager group of clients was to sort through the donations into different categories. For each item we had to do a quality check making sure the clothes didn’t have stains or rips and making sure it was suitable to wear.
The group learned a lot of new skills such as sorting, folding, and working with new people.

By the end of it all the group had developed good relationships with all the other workers there and were able to go work without the help of our support workers.

Over the time we helped out at Sharewear we formed a really great relationship with the charity. It’s certainly boosted the confidence of our clients, who received a certificate of achievement for their time volunteering there.

Now we have a new group of clients that have just started on a work placement there. Best of luck to them!