Doing it Ourselves

We pride ourselves on having really nice environments here at Space Inclusive, but as with anything, time can take it’s toll… As you can see from the before pics, our daily activities board and cloakroom area in our Mansfield Woodhouse building were looking more than a bit tired.  After the successful revamp of the sewing room and sensory area, our DIYers got their heads together, had  a search through Pinterest and came up with a plan to increase the space for hanging our stuff, improve on the hard to clean wipe board, and brighten the area… Well done everyone, we have had a focused effort on DIY with everyone contributing in some way and you should be really proud of your efforts…

Next Steps

It’s that time of the year when people who are in education start to think about next steps… We are lucky enough to know some pretty lovely people around the East Midlands at various schools and colleges who think that what we do could be a good fit for some of their (soon to be ex) students and families. We were invited to the Homefield Transitions Event to share what we do with the people of Leicestershire and the guys at our Mansfield Woodhouse site duly obliged.

The day was a great success and a huge set of thanks is due for the staff and clients who represented Space Inclusive so well. If you’ve the time, why not pop and see us on 23rd March between 10am and 3pm at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham? We’ll be there as part of the Preparing for Adulthood event run by Nottinghamshire County Council.

Head for Heights

We’ve loved the @DepotNottingham pretty much since they’ve opened, and although we don’t always have potential climbers use our service, when we do The Depot are definitely our climbing centre of choice. We currently have a group from our Radford Boulevard site taking part in a a few bouldering sessions and so far everyone seems to be really enjoying it! As well as being great exercise and helping to introduce people to new activities, climbing is great for developing confidence, co-ordination and problem solving… Not to mention a great sense of achievement. None of which would be possible without the facilities and support of everyone at The Depot. Thanks guys!

Wheelie Good

We like to get our hands dirty from time to time, and messing around with bikes is a great way to do it! Bike Club is based at our Radford Boulevard site and is run by Dave and Jerry, two experienced, qualified and very keen cyclists, bike mechanics and tinkerers of all things mechanical. Clients that have an interest in such things learn the basics of bicycle maintenance, they also learn useful skills such as problem solving, working safely, and team-work.

Donated bikes are refurbished and sold at bargain prices and we also offer a bicycle servicing and repair. All work is carried out to a high standard and really importantly, we enjoy doing it! If your bike needs some TLC, just get in touch!

Abstract Playground

Just before Christmas we had the wonderful opportunity to see the interactive exhibition Abstract playground by artist Will Hurt. The exhibition was at LEVEL near Matlock and gave us the chance to experience, engage with and best of all play with digital artworks. Well worth checking out if you get the chance!

A Spacecraft-y Christmas

Christmas crafting is in full swing at our (work)shop Spacecraft… With the help of some excellent tuition from printmaking staff at West Notts College we’ve designed and produced some rather excellent linocut Christmas cards. they proved to be really popular on our stall at a recent craft fayre and were going like hot cakes! If you’re local (or even if you’re not!) why not pop in to Spacecraft and pick some up? Your family and friends will love you for it, and you may even see some other handmade crafts that will make perfect presents..!

Deck the Halls

We’ve held off for as long as possible, but we can’t contain ourselves any longer… Christmas really is coming! As you can see from the photos, the festive fun is in full swing at our Mansfield Woodhouse site as we start to deck the halls, trim the tree and turn Grove Street into our very own grotto. Seasonal shenanigans will continue for some time, especially as we are open for the Christmas period this year, so check back for more festive frolics whilst you warm your toes by the fire!

Body as Canvas Workshops

We are lucky to have a good relationship with the team at the New Art Exchange and for and we’ve
taken part in a couple of their Body As Canvas Workshops previously. The workshops are seasonal creative sessions for adults with learning and physical disabilities. Sessions are led by collaborators, experienced artists and support workers from LEVEL, a Matlock based arts space.

This workshop was based on the NAE’s current main gallery exhibition, Africa State of Mind, a group show featuring the works of African Photographers. The exhibition explores themes of identity and place, with images focusing on the urban environment in African countries and how a new generation of Africans are expressing themselves.