3 Things we did in December

  1. On Friday 15 December our clients at Pelham Road took part in Christmas Jumper Day, which raises money for Save the Children
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Cheque it out!

On Tuesday 12 December, some Space Inclusive clients and staff were privileged to be invited to a special presentation of a cheque following the fundraising activities of the Plough and Harrow pub Darts team in Hucknall. Led by Jackie Wilson, the group of truly dedicated and devoted fundraisers managed to raise the unbelievable amount of £2000 for Space Inclusive!

These valuable funds are going to be put to good use; we are creating a new sensory room project for clients with more acute, complex autism and physical disabilities – a Multi-sensory Interactive Learning Environment (MILE) Room.

David Bingham, Director at Space Inclusive, said “The contribution of these fundraisers is nothing short of outstanding – when we collected the cheque we couldn’t have been made to feel more welcome!”

Thank you very much to the staff, customers and Darts team at the Plough and Harrow. Watch this space as we’ll keep you all informed as to the progress of the new sensory facility in the coming months.

Christmas holiday dates

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.

 

 

3 Things we did in November

In a new monthly online feature we look at three different activities we enjoyed doing this month.

  1. We visited Sneinton Market Square and observed the graffiti work there, taking some fun and expressive photos as we did so. We will be creating a dance piece inspired by street art around Nottingham, so watch this space!
  2. We made some fantastic hand-crafted Christmas cards, some of which will go on sale at our upcycling shop Spacecraft.
  3. A group led by our Support Worker, Levi, took some high quality Autumnal photos of our garden at Pelham Road. Great, aren’t they?

Learning Disability Work Week

It was Learning Disability Work Week from 6-12 November. People with learning disabilities have a lot to contribute to society, including being engaged in voluntary work and paid employment.

Approximately 8 out of 10 people with a learning disability who are of working age have a mild or moderate learning disability, but less than 2 in 10 are in paid employment.

With a few reasonable adjustments however, we know that this statistic can increase. With the help, support and understanding of employers and colleagues, people with learning disabilities can be real assets to a workplace.

Currently, several of our clients are doing some fantastic work placements across Nottinghamshire. We have clients in placements at Nottingham Community Transport, the Pelham Kitchen cafe, Green’s Windmill and Arnold Clothes Bank.

One client, Clare, is doing a work placement at Sherwood Playgroup. Her boss there, Louise, says “She is an asset to the Nursery”.

We also have our crafts and upcycling shop, Spacecraft, where clients serve customers and are learning about stock maintenance and handling money.

Our Support Worker, Stella, explains why work placements are so important:

“Working gives our clients responsibility and independence. It teaches soft work skills in a real life situation.  For many of our clients, self-confidence quickly grows through starting a work placement.”

Changing people’s perceptions of what people with learning disabilities can do isn’t a quick process, but it is rewarding. Not everybody with a learning disability will find work suits them, but the current national statistics don’t reflect what great employees our clients can be!

For more Information about Learning Disability Work Week, which has been organised by the charity Mencap, please click on this link.

Bike Club

At Space Inclusive we have loads of great ways to engage our clients, and one at our Workspace site in Sherwood is the bike club.

The premise is really simple, it aims to help our clients learn more about bikes, whether it’s maintaining and repairing them, or riding them. The skills clients gain are numerous, from problem solving and team-work skills to some practical and vocational experience that can be used if clients are taking the next step to paid employment.

Our support worker, Dave Bevan, says “All the clients in the bike club get a huge amount out of it. They are learning new skills and are developing a real interest in bikes”.

Sew far sew good

A group of our clients have been busy working on some fabulous handmade items at the Textile Workshop on Mansfield Road.

Over a six-week course they will learn skills such as sewing, knitting, pattern cutting, dress making, printing, art, felting and embroidery. Many of the items created during the course will, in time, go on sale at our shop, Spacecraft. An example of the work being done is a lovely bouquet of flowers made from pipe cleaners and buttons!

One of our support workers, Kelly, says “The course is a great way for clients to get creative and focus on creating some fabulous items. It’s also a perfect way to help the mindfulness of clients.”

We would especially like to thank Karen Taylor, the tutor taking the group every Thursday morning, for her time and obvious enthusiasm.

Shan

Shan came to Space Inclusive two years ago. She has CHARGE Syndrome, which affects her ears and eyes. As a result of this Shan has unfortunately lost her sight. However, Shan was driven to succeed despite everything and this has been helped by a great sense of humour. “Since school,” Shan says, “my dream was to work in an office”.

With the help of Staff Inclusive staff, Shan has found a Work Placement – Volunteering at Nottingham Community Transport’s Sherwood depot one morning a week. Shan’s placement includes answering the telephone, contacting clients to let them know when their transport will be arriving, booking transport, typing up documents and photocopying.

Shan needs some support for these tasks but, with the reasonable adjustments in place, she is very independent. Nottingham Community Transport have been very supportive and will soon be introducing Dolphin Guide Software to help Shan even more.

Aside from her Voluntary Work Placement, some of Shan’s other achievements include using public transport with minimal support from staff and helping to create fabric products to be sold at our shop, “Spacecraft”.Shan is keen to make her own hot drinks using a liquid level indicator which gives her more independence and confidence.

“Space has allowed me to be myself, my own person and given me the confidence to express myself” Shan says. “With the help of the staff, I have been able to achieve my dreams”.