- 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.
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.”
Recently Richard, a client from our Mansfield Woodhouse Site with an interest and talent in all things Information Technology related, was selected to take part in a five-day development programme. ‘Getting started in Digital Arts’ was a course hosted by the Prince’s Trust and the Worksop based organisation First Art.
Richard worked hard; he kept his energy and enthusiasm all week, enjoying a fun and rewarding time improving his teamwork and communication skills. He built his self-confidence in his abilities to share his thoughts and ideas with the other young adults enrolled on the course.
They worked with the professional new media artist Rebecca Smith, learning about her work and the art of other digital and street artists. The group learned new skills to produce their own individual and group artwork using different digital media applications.
Richard will also receive three months’ support from the Prince’s Trust after the programme to help him look for training or volunteering experiences – and he might be busy supporting our team at Mansfield Woodhouse deliver new media art projects for clients!
I started working at Space Inclusive as an Apprentice. Coming straight from school, my knowledge and skills about this sector were very limited but I knew this field was where I wanted to work. Mt inspiration for wanting to work with people who have learning disabilities came from a member of my family, as it had given me the feeling of wanting to help others.
Since working here each day gets better because of the guys we work with they are all unique and truly amazing they are the reason that I that love every part of my job and have no regrets about my career choice here at Space Inclusive.