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!
Autumn is always a super time to take a walk, the changing colour of the leaves, the cold crisp weather, woolly jumpers and a nice hot drink at the end… Our folks in Mansfield Woodhouse are in a perfect spot too, with some lovely countryside and forest walks right on their doorstep. A recent five mile (good work guys!) stroll around Sherwood Forest (stopping by to see the Major Oak of course) included a chance sighting of some very handsome fly agaric mushrooms. As they are toxic hands were kept firmly in pockets, and unfortunately there were no sightings of pixies on this occasion… Maybe next time..!
Paige works mainly at our Mansfield Woodhouse site.
- On Friday 15 December our clients at Pelham Road took part in Christmas Jumper Day, which raises money for Save the Children
- At Mansfield Woodhouse, we are getting into the Christmas Spirit too – putting up the decorations, making fancy dress outfits for a Christmas party and creating upcycled Christmas crafts for Spacecraft.
- Meanwhile, at our head office staff have been busy with the change of company status for Space Inclusive – on 11 December 2017 we became a Limited Company rather than a Limited Liability Partnership; different company, but don’t worry – same philosophy, same staff, and, most importantly, same commitment to young people with Autism and Learning Disabilities achieving their full potential.
We all love Christmas here at Space Inclusive. We’re getting into the festive mood. For your information however, we close for the Christmas break on Friday 22 December 2017 and will return for a new year on Wednesday 3 January 2018.
Last year Jake helped out making some cushions for pets that were later sold on at the Mansfield site’s Christmas fayre and in the Spacecraft shop. From then on he became interested in textiles and sewing. He started developing his interest by making new clothes – he made a simple cravat and then his own waistcoat. Now he has branched out into creating a fully lined coat from scratch in the sewing group, adapting a pattern to include a cape, based on one worn by the Third Doctor Who. This, as Support Worker Daisy notes, “shows Jake’s creativity and self expression”.
Jake is one of those people who learn as they’re going along – he likes the trial and error method of learning. He’s always helpful and always good company, whether it’s in the sewing group, cooking, or in other activities he always gives a hundred per cent.
Lucy, the Manager at Mansfield Woodhouse site, is impressed by Jake’s progress. “It’s lovely to see a young man who knows what he wants exactly and stays focused and works hard towards the end result…” says Lucy, “…He’s got a fantastic understanding of tailoring. He’s very meticulous.”
Jake currently attends Space one day a week alongside his studies at West Notts College, and twice a week during the holiday breaks.
While hurricanes and severe weather conditions are in place around the world, we were lucky to be met by sunny skies on our day out at the coast.
Before summer disappears completely, and winter takes hold, clients at our Mansfield Woodhouse site travelled to Sutton-on-Sea, to enjoy that feeling of sand between your toes, a game of football, collecting shells paddling in the muddy waters of the North sea, and the brave few, even went for a swim!
We had fish and chips for lunch with a Great British cuppa on deckchairs in front of the beach hut.
And to top it off, we played karaoke on the scenic journey home. Another grand day out!
A few days ago our Mansfield Woodhouse clients experienced all the excitement of a major sporting event – the Tour of Britain.
Our Senior Support Worker at Mansfield Woodhouse, Lucy, takes up the story:
“We knew we were on the right track as we passed the decorated buildings, bright yellow bikes and even a hillside with a large chalk bike, enroute to our reserved seats out front of The Old Reindeer at Edingly, where a few clients were already well known to the landlord! We enjoyed a quiet drink, getting to know the locals, while the roads shut around us and we waited for the race to come to us.
“A noisy procession of police bikes and team cars warned us of the imminent arrival of the cyclists and we moved forward to the roadside to get a better view. We cheered them all, the small group that came through first, then bike after bike after bike, hot on the tail of each other, speeding past at around 45 miles an hour, until the last man passed through.”
“The rain had threatened and the windchill had a few of us running for cover inside. Mostly wrapped up warm, we braved lunch outside enjoying the party atmosphere and even indulging in the roadside food, while the roads reopened.”
Lucy and all the clients really enjoyed the atmosphere and the buzz of the Tour. As Lucy puts it “Definitely a day to remember.”.
Our clients have just had a fabulous few days of activity at the Mount Cook Adventure Centre in Derbyshire.
Mount Cook is located in the Derbyshire Dales, not too far away from Matlock and a stone’s throw away from the Peak District.
It’s very new – having only opened in July 2016 – but already has a great reputation for providing access to the outdoors and outdoor activities for all!
Clients from all three of our sites, Pelham Road, Mansfield Woodhouse and Sherwood enjoyed their visit.
Activities included archery, bushcraft, caving, guided walking, team challenges and watersports.
Our Senior Support Worker, Brie, said “Everybody had a really enjoyable time. It was good in building independence and building friendships as well.”
In the evening there were more fun activities, from a campfire to a film night and a disco.
The trips were a fantastic opportunity for clients from different sites to meet and make friends with each other. It was also a chance for staff from different sites to meet and work together.
Our thanks go to all the staff at Mount Cook. If you would like to know more about them, here is a link to their website.