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.”

Flower Power

A group of Pelham Road clients have been getting crafty!

Led by an outside craft expert, Betty, clients have been creating origami flowers, with pipe cleaners used for stems.

As you can see, the final creations were bright and colourful! One client, Adrian, said it was great fun; he was really proud and pleased with his creation.

Out thanks to Betty for taking the session.

Lincoln!

Last week a group of clients went on a trip to the cathedral city of Lincoln.

Did you know?

– People have lived in Lincoln since the Iron Age.
– It was an important Roman town and was called Lindum colonia.
– Lincoln cathedral was the tallest building in the world for 238 years (1311–1549).
– Lincoln Castle is home to one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta dating back to the 13th century.

Satty, our Support Worker, said it was a really fun trip, and although there was scaffolding on some of the cathedral it was still an impressive sight to see!

A parent’s story

‘My Journey’ has been written by the parent of a client at Space Inclusive, and it’s well worth a read – especially for other parents and carers.

The book is easy to read, thought-provoking and very honest. It’s an account of the writer’s own ‘journey’, helping to raise her daughter who has multiple health and learning disabilities.

It shows how hard it can be to raise a child with such difficulties, especially when there aren’t many physical signs of a disability.

Perseverance in using, and at times fighting, the system to ensure the child receives the support they are entitled to, is a central theme in the book. It provides guidance to parents and carers in similar situations and especially stresses the valuable help and support that friends and family can often provide.

Being a parent or a carer can often be a thankless task, and is not always easy. However, this book isn’t just about sharing strategies and stories, it is also a celebration of the contribution that parents and carers make not just to their own sons or daughters, but to society as a whole.

Tea-riffic

Last Friday afternoon Space Inclusive held a special Tea Party for charity. Clients were invited to have a cuppa and give a bit of money to Dementia UK as part of a national ‘Time for a Cuppa’ event.

Arranged by our client, Shannen, and with the help of others at our Radford Boulevard site, there were lovely cakes, tea and coffee. Shannen said she wanted to arrange the event because she’s always wanted to do something for charity, and she knew some people who had Dementia so understood how it affected people.

The afternoon was a real success. Clients and staff came from across all sites and raised a terrific £83.99 for Dementia UK.

Dementia UK will be using the money raised to help fund more Admiral Nurses to support families in local communities and to run their helpline, which is open seven days a week and is there for anyone with questions or concerns about dementia.

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.

Down on the farm

A group from our Pelham Road site have visited Stonebridge City Farm as part of their Mindfulness course. Jen, Senior Support Worker, described the day….

“…This week our mindfulness session was an animal theme. One group decided to go to the Stonebridge City Farm in St Ann’s.

We also visited The Arboretum and fed the ducks! The lake had frozen over in some parts due to the cold weather.

In the afternoon we watched videos we had taken at the farm and looked at some of the pictures we had taken as part of a mindfulness session.”

A great day by all accounts!

Yoga to be joking

A group of clients have started attending a weekly Yoga class!

At its most basic, Yoga is simply the process of paying attention to the present moment and calming the mind. Yes, it’s physical, but it can have positive effects on the mind too. The aim is to help the person doing Yoga to experience stress-reduction, happiness and overall wellbeing.

People with Autism can experience high levels of anxiety, especially in noisy or crowded situations. For some, even being ‘stressed out’ becomes the norm, so Yoga can help to relax and calm them.

The knock-on benefits of Yoga for people with Autism are more than you might imagine; some positive effects of regular Yoga include:

• Quality and quantity of sleep
• Physical strength, muscle tone and balance
• Concentration
• Ability to go from one activity to another without stress.

So what a brilliant activity for our clients to do – it might be just once a week that clients get to do it but its benefits will last a lot longer than that.

Oh Yes They Did!

On Wednesday a group of clients went to the Nottingham Playhouse to see a performance of the Pantomime, Cinderella.

It may be coming towards the end of the run but for the clients it was a great experience! There were lots of jokes, dancing, music and drama. We were made to feel especially welcome by some of the adjustments made, as the performance was specially designed for people with additional needs including Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome to enjoy.

A visual story with widgit signs had kindly been created by the Playhouse with the help of Nottingham Mencap. It included a fantastic guide to the storyline which helped our clients understand the plot.

Support Worker Elle said “It was a really fun experience and well worth going to!” Our client Jake said “Cinderella was a wonderful show…it was entertaining and we had fun singing along with the crowd and shouting IT’S BEHIND YOU!”

Thanks to Nottingham Playhouse for a lovely time.