A lot of fun!

You may remember that last year we were kindly given, lease-free, some land at the St Anns Allotments.

We were really excited at the time and were looking forward to what it might become in the future, having already planted a lot of vegetables and waiting for them to grow.

Now we’re well into spring, it’s time to give you all an update! Whether it’s potatoes or tomatoes, leeks or rhubarb, our vegetables are growing at quite a pace, and we’re always looking out for ways to improve the allotment and make it even better.

What’s more, the clients involved in the allotment are getting loads out of it as well! Whether it’s the joy of seeing plants growing or the healthy benefits of regularly mowing the grass on the allotment, our clients say helping to look after the allotment has given them loads of health benefits – both physically and mentally.

Lucy, who is the support worker overseeing the allotment, said “It’s been a huge success.” What’s more, we’re determined to make the allotment as kind to the environment as possible; in this vein we are not using any artificial pesticides that might harm wildlife and pollinators such as bees.

Stay tuned to the Space Inclusive website for further updates from our Allotment in St Anns!

30 Days Wild – Part 1

To kick-start 30 Days Wild we decided it was best to begin close to home so we paid a visit to the nearby Forest Recreation Ground.

The Forest may not seem a haven of wildlife to begin with, but as we found out it very much was!

First off, we found a creepy crawly insect. They may be small, but they’re still important for wildlife – they’re sources of food for birds and all sorts of other animals. Even the tiniest insects can be extraordinarily beautiful when examined close-up and often have fascinating lifecycles.

Then we found some wild mushrooms – we didn’t eat them (just in case they were poisonous) but again it proves that wildlife can exist and thrive, not just in the countryside but in the city too.

Finally, after all that foraging, our intrepid group of clients decided to do some meditation. Sometimes in our everyday life it’s easy to miss how amazing wildlife can be, especially when you’re in an urban environment, but it’s clear there’s a lot more than meets the eye!

We’re going to have a wild time!

We’re pleased to say that a group of clients at Space Inclusive will be taking part in 30 Days Wild!

The Wildlife Trusts want to help us do something wild every day for 30 days. We’ve signed up online to receive a free inspirational pack to help us ‘go wild’.

Whether you take time out to simply smell a wildflower, listen to birdsong, explore a local wild place or leave a part of your garden to grow wild for a month, there are plenty of great activities to do. This year, The Wildlife Trusts are aiming to inspire people to carry out one million Random Acts of Wildness, listing 101 fun and intriguing ideas online to get you started. It’s all about making nature part of your life for 30 days – and feeling happier, healthier and more connected to nature.

We’re certainly looking forward to telling you about all the fabulous activities we will be doing during June!

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.