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!

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.

Keeping fit!

For the past few months a group of our clients have been enjoying a Monday morning workout at the Xercise4Less gym in Nottingham.

Satty, who’s one of the support workers attending, says “It’s a really great way of giving our clients a healthy start to a Monday, keeping them physically fit and healthy for the week ahead!”

Haydn, the instructor who takes the class, says “The energy the clients bring to the class make them great to teach”.

And our clients enjoy it too! They get on really well with Haydn. Kirsty, one client, likes the fact that it’s a social exercise class “I enjoy taking part in the task with my friends” she says.

Thanks very much to Hadyn and the team at Xercise4Less – we at Space Inclusive really appreciate the classes and look forward to continuing to go.

Planning ahead

A draft five-year plan for the future of health and social care in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire has been developed. It’s called the ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plan’ (STP) for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

The plan considers how we can best improve the quality of care, the health and wellbeing of local people, and the finances of local services. This plan is a live document and will continue to evolve.

Both Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County councils want to hear back from stakeholders, such as parents and carers. For further information about the consultation, including information on how you can respond to it, please click on this link.

A bush with greatness

After volunteering for Nottingham City Council’s litter picking team over the summer, they invited us back to partake in a few Bush Craft sessions.

Working with Park Ranger Matt Akers, we have started fires using magnesium flints, made our own Christmas wreaths, helped put up their Green Flag Award and made bird feeders from pine cones.

We have also found ourselves eating organic vegetables from the community garden, chasing an Indian Ring Neck Parrot around the forest, and, one of our clients Ashley’s favourite, drinking hot chocolate whilst hanging out with the stick insects.

One of our clients, Shan, said that she “looks forward to Bush craft because it’s nice to do different things each week and be in the fresh air. I enjoyed putting up the flag as I was able to do it independently, Matt is very friendly he makes me feel positive, like I want to be there each week”

On Target

We’ve got loads of new and fun activities which our clients are doing this year; one of the most fun is an Archery course that some of our Pelham Road clients have started at the Southglade Leisure Centre.

Archery is in Nottinghamshire’s DNA – you only have to think about Robin Hood to know that! In fact, there is still a law from Medieval times that states “All men under the age of sixty years shall have bows and arrows for shooting.” So technically, our clients are doing their civic duty by obeying this law!

More seriously though, archery is a fantastic way of improving hand-eye co-ordination and is also a new sport for many of our clients. Everyone who went thoroughly enjoyed it and they’re looking forward to going every Thursday for the next few weeks.

Have a Crafty Christmas!

At Mansfield Woodhouse our clients have been really hard at work creating some hand-crafted items that have been auctioned off. We raised a brilliant £105 on some handmade dog beds alone.

These beds will make wonderful and snug places for a pooch to pop themselves down on for Christmas Day!

Our clients made some other wonderful items such as cards and rustic door hangings – but it must be said that the dog beds were the real highlight!

The funds raised will go into helping out at our Mansfield Woodhouse site – for transport and resources – and will certainly come in handy.

Daisy, one of our Support Workers at Mansfield Woodhouse, said “It was a really great thing to do and we’re chuffed it raised so much”.

Thank you to everyone who bid. Whether you were successful or not we’re grateful you took the time to bid on the items we made.