When Space went to Space

A group of clients have had a great day at the National Space Centre in Leicester. With six interactive galleries, the National Space Centre is the largest planetarium in the UK.

This was a day trip chosen by clients as a reward for hard work at our Spacecraft shop. One client, Evie, said the day was ‘awesome’. Another, Ashley, said his favourite part was the rocket launch! We learnt that we’re all made of stars and another client, Clare, said it was a ‘Stellar’ day.

Dino-mite!

A group of our clients have been to Wollaton Hall’s special ‘Dinosaurs of China’ exhibition.

Featuring fossils and specimens never before seen outside of Asia, the exhibition brings to life the story of how dinosaurs evolved into the birds that live alongside us today. However there was more than just a huge dinosaur, there were loads of different ways to learn and find out things, including quizzes and mysteries to solve.

Our clients certainly enjoyed their trip – Clare’s favourite part was “working as a team, finding answers to clues.”

Lights, Camera, Action

Space Inclusive’s new shop, Spacecraft, has been featured on Notts TV!

In the report Stella, our Work Placement Co-ordinator, explained the aims and objectives of the shop. We’d especially like to thank three of our clients – Tashan, Natasha and Ashley, for talking about why they love attending Space Inclusive and what they’ve got out of our service! They were real stars.

You can take a look at the report here:

 

In the Limelight

A group of clients at Space Inclusive have performed a play for staff, parents, carers and fellow clients.

Based on the novel ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll it was performed at Dance4 on Dakeyne Street in Nottingham. The guys did an excellent job and should be extremely proud of themselves. The audience were very impressed, especially as they had a lot to remember; there was a lot of choreography as well as lines to learn, but they mastered it very well indeed.

The clients worked together well as a group and this showed in the performance, as did the humour and comedy in it too.

Elle, the Support Worker who, with colleagues Alan and Satty, organised the performance, was very pleased “It’s been a fantastic six months working with our performing arts group.” she said. “They’ve worked so hard and it really came through in the performance – they shone like stars.”

Everyone involved in the show should be very pleased with the result – it’s been a real success!

Wear it well

A group of our Pelham Road clients have just finished a four month work placement at a local charity.

Sharewear is a charity providing free clothing, shoes and bedding to people in crisis in Nottinghamshire. They also have an outreach scheme to help as many people in need as possible, who for whatever reason are not able to make it to their referral sessions. It’s run completely by volunteers.

The role of our eager group of clients was to sort through the donations into different categories. For each item we had to do a quality check making sure the clothes didn’t have stains or rips and making sure it was suitable to wear.
The group learned a lot of new skills such as sorting, folding, and working with new people.

By the end of it all the group had developed good relationships with all the other workers there and were able to go work without the help of our support workers.

Over the time we helped out at Sharewear we formed a really great relationship with the charity. It’s certainly boosted the confidence of our clients, who received a certificate of achievement for their time volunteering there.

Now we have a new group of clients that have just started on a work placement there. Best of luck to them!

Flower Power

National Gardening Week (10-16 April 2017) was launched six years ago by the Royal Horticultural Society and aims to become the country’s biggest celebration of gardening.

At our Pelham Road site we’ve spent many happy hours in our wonderful garden.

Over the years, we’ve seen it transformed from an overgrown jungle to a fun, colourful garden that everyone enjoys spending time in.

But don’t take our word for it, take the word of our clients:

“The garden is great. I like going out and spending in time in it when it’s hot”

“The garden is very nice. I like the shed at the back of the garden and I like the flowers in the summer”

“It’s big and large and I love the plants. I like having a barbeque there in the summer with other clients”

We’ve got loads of interesting features in the garden. One of our favourites is a pizza oven that we built for outdoor cooking!

The garden can also be a nice place for clients who enjoy peace and quiet to spend time in. It’s nice and secluded so provides a safe space for them.

At our Mansfield Street site some new plants have been put into the front borders and have really cheered it up! Passers-by have even commented on how lovely it looks.

The gardens are very good for wildlife and for all of our wellbeing. It’s great to celebrate it!

All sewn up

A group of our Pelham Road clients have been busy in the past few weeks at a textile workshop on a Thursday.
In the first week, clients started to make pillowcases and bags – something they chose to do themselves. This helped show Karen, the tutor, what level of skill clients had.

In week two, clients started to create some owl pillows. They pinned the pattern they created to fabric and cut out the shapes. Some also helped using the sewing machine.

In the third and fourth weeks, clients made candles. They also learnt how to make bunting.

Skills gained from the workshop include, working as a team, social interaction with others and learning new skills such as using the sewing machine in the correct way. What’s more, fun was had by all!

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!

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.