30 Days Wild – Part 2

Our Support Worker, Levi, took these photographs whilst working with a group, capturing a selection of interesting bugs and insects.

If you can name any of them, we’d love to know! – E-mail comms@spaceinclusive.co.uk and we’ll happily share your expert knowledge with everyone, plus give you a mention on social media.

It’s been a great month so far getting out in the wild, and there are still a few days left to explore, learn and enjoy 30 Days Wild, so watch this space.

A lot of fun!

You may remember that last year we were kindly given, lease-free, some land at the St Anns Allotments.

We were really excited at the time and were looking forward to what it might become in the future, having already planted a lot of vegetables and waiting for them to grow.

Now we’re well into spring, it’s time to give you all an update! Whether it’s potatoes or tomatoes, leeks or rhubarb, our vegetables are growing at quite a pace, and we’re always looking out for ways to improve the allotment and make it even better.

What’s more, the clients involved in the allotment are getting loads out of it as well! Whether it’s the joy of seeing plants growing or the healthy benefits of regularly mowing the grass on the allotment, our clients say helping to look after the allotment has given them loads of health benefits – both physically and mentally.

Lucy, who is the support worker overseeing the allotment, said “It’s been a huge success.” What’s more, we’re determined to make the allotment as kind to the environment as possible; in this vein we are not using any artificial pesticides that might harm wildlife and pollinators such as bees.

Stay tuned to the Space Inclusive website for further updates from our Allotment in St Anns!

We’re going to have a wild time!

We’re pleased to say that a group of clients at Space Inclusive will be taking part in 30 Days Wild!

The Wildlife Trusts want to help us do something wild every day for 30 days. We’ve signed up online to receive a free inspirational pack to help us ‘go wild’.

Whether you take time out to simply smell a wildflower, listen to birdsong, explore a local wild place or leave a part of your garden to grow wild for a month, there are plenty of great activities to do. This year, The Wildlife Trusts are aiming to inspire people to carry out one million Random Acts of Wildness, listing 101 fun and intriguing ideas online to get you started. It’s all about making nature part of your life for 30 days – and feeling happier, healthier and more connected to nature.

We’re certainly looking forward to telling you about all the fabulous activities we will be doing during June!

Space Inclusive Olympics!

Last week our clients enjoyed getting fit and healthy whilst taking part in friendly competition.

The Space Inclusive Sports Day is an annual date in our diary. It has become a bit of a tradition to go to the Forest Recreation Ground and take part in events and activities such as the long jump, running and throwing.

Aside from the physical benefits, it’s a success because it brings together clients from different sites – in many ways it’s like the Space Inclusive Olympics!

All clients enjoyed the day. One of the support workers who organised the event, Jen, said “It was really energetic. A highlight was the egg and spoon race which was really great. There was wonderful sportsmanship and a real team effort was shown by all. It was a supportive atmosphere, with clients cheering for each other and overall it was a real success.”

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.

Have a Crafty Christmas!

Our upcycling shop on Hucknall Road, Spacecraft, are pushing the boat out for Christmas with some wonderful products on sale.

  • There are some fabulous handmade Christmas cards on sale for just £1 each
  • Enjoy Christmas with all your sense our orange and cinnamon tree decorations
  • Feeling festive? Try our felt tree baubles
  • Spruce your wall up with some upcycled wreaths
  • Want a change from the usual when you have your shower on Christmas morning? Try our Gingerbread Sugar Scrub! (NOT to be eaten!)

There are loads of other great products in stock that would make fantastic Christmas gifts and stocking fillers. From scented candles to animal key rings, we’ve got it covered.

Plus of course if you need your bike needs some TLC our maintenance service is also available. So what’s not to like? Enjoy an upcycled Christmas from Space Inclusive this year!

More Mount Cook Adventures

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.

Bike Club

At Space Inclusive we have loads of great ways to engage our clients, and one at our Workspace site in Sherwood is the bike club.

The premise is really simple, it aims to help our clients learn more about bikes, whether it’s maintaining and repairing them, or riding them. The skills clients gain are numerous, from problem solving and team-work skills to some practical and vocational experience that can be used if clients are taking the next step to paid employment.

Our support worker, Dave Bevan, says “All the clients in the bike club get a huge amount out of it. They are learning new skills and are developing a real interest in bikes”.

Bowled Over!

At Space Inclusive you’ll probably have gathered by now that we put a real emphasis on physical health as much as mental health.

There are so many sports that we have participated in over the years – tennis, cycling, swimming – however one sport a group of us are doing at the moment is a bit different to these; that’s because it’s a sport that isn’t just about physicality but tactics – it’s Bowls!

Organised in conjunction with two coaches from Disability Bowls England, we attended Rushcliffe Leisure Centre for several weeks. Our clients learnt how to throw a ball properly – which requires some technical skill I can tell you!

The two coaches set up a fun course in which clients (and support workers who also played) would score points by going through hoops and landing on different areas of the green.

Over the course of time our clients gained confidence and thoroughly enjoyed their weekly trip. It was especially beneficial to clients who may not have usually thought of doing sport.

We’d like to thank both of the superb coaches from Disability Bowls England for their work in making sure that everyone had a fun time and could genuinely claim by the end of it that, not only had they improved, but they were becoming pretty nifty at bowls!