We’ve held off for as long as possible, but we can’t contain ourselves any longer… Christmas really is coming! As you can see from the photos, the festive fun is in full swing at our Mansfield Woodhouse site as we start to deck the halls, trim the tree and turn Grove Street into our very own grotto. Seasonal shenanigans will continue for some time, especially as we are open for the Christmas period this year, so check back for more festive frolics whilst you warm your toes by the fire!
We do some great creative projects here at Space, and a recent one that caught our eye has been happening at our Pelham Road site. Using the style of artist Julian Opie as inspiration,
our folks have been creating their own portraits using Opie’s characteristic thick black outlines and solid colours. Space clients have been recognising the simplified facial features and characteristics and producing some fantastic work.
Autumn is always a super time to take a walk, the changing colour of the leaves, the cold crisp weather, woolly jumpers and a nice hot drink at the end… Our folks in Mansfield Woodhouse are in a perfect spot too, with some lovely countryside and forest walks right on their doorstep. A recent five mile (good work guys!) stroll around Sherwood Forest (stopping by to see the Major Oak of course) included a chance sighting of some very handsome fly agaric mushrooms. As they are toxic hands were kept firmly in pockets, and unfortunately there were no sightings of pixies on this occasion… Maybe next time..!
Last Friday we paid a visit (again!) to a Yorkshire Park – this time it was Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
For a day’s fun with art, it really is hard to beat the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP).
Set in a landscaped garden laid out in the eighteenth century, it’s a place to wander, discover and be amazed – and so it was for our clients.
One thing they especially enjoyed was imitating the sculptures around them to create innovative photographs. Some of the sculptures were very fun indeed, some had spiritual connotations, some were colourful and others were tactile. All were unique in one way or another, which meant that there was always something new and different to look at.
Sculpture, when it’s in a gallery can sometimes be a bit bewildering or hard to understand. When it’s set in a park like the YSP it certainly becomes more interesting and intriguing. Thank you to the YSP for giving our clients a day to remember.
Last week a group of intrepid clients went to South Yorkshire to discover Polar bears, lions, camels and rhinos. Not typical for South Yorkshire? Well, we were at Yorkshire Wildlife Park!
Built on a former riding school and farm, Yorkshire Wildlife Park was opened in 2009. A dynamic centre for conservation and welfare, the park has over 400 animals and over 70 different species of animals.
Our clients enjoyed seeing the different animals and learning about them on the way. From the Bactrian camel herd to the the Giant Otter reserve, they were intrigued and beguiled.
One client, Zach, said “My favourite thing was the Polar bear”; and we can see why – working in association with Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation (YWPF) and Polar Bears International (PBI), Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Project Polar is YWP and YWPF’s flagship project.
Overall, the day was a great success and we would like to thank the staff, keepers and animals at Yorkshire Wildlife Park for giving us a very warm welcome.
Yesterday a group of Clients from Pelham Road took a trip on the bus to the beautiful town of Southwell.
Our support Worker, Jen, had found an interesting exhibition of Lego sculptures at the Minster (Cathedral) and thought it would be a fun day out. And you know what? It was indeed!
The group’s first stop was a lovely park next to the Minster where they had lunch and went on a zip wire. Then it was off to have a look in the Minster itself. It’s a magnificent building – built around 1,000 years ago, it literally towers over the small town.
The group had a look at some of the gargoyles that had been carved. Some are really fun indeed – especially the ones depicting animals like sheep and cows!
Then it was on to have a quick look around the old palace of the Archbishop of York (because it was a Minster, Southwell didn’t have a Bishop in medieval times). It was very grand indeed!
Before the bus arrived the group chilled out on the lawn outside the Minster – the weather was magnificent and just the ticket for enjoying some time outside.
The day was a great success. One client, Joe, especially found the town was just right for him – “I love Southwell” he said whilst he was relaxing in the shade waiting for the bus.
Clients at our Mansfield Woodhouse site took part in the ‘One Walk’ event in Mansfield last week. The walk was to mark Learning Disability Week 2018, which ran from 19 to 25 June.
The walk started at Mansfield Town Square where there were stalls and interesting activities for clients and members of the public to enjoy. Then a short parade started through the centre of the town.
By doing the walk, clients, staff and members of the public showed their support for inclusivity and visibility for people with Learning Disabilities.
It was a great success, and as you can see by the pictures it was enjoyed by all.
Our Support Worker, Levi, took these photographs whilst working with a group, capturing a selection of interesting bugs and insects.
If you can name any of them, we’d love to know! – E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll happily share your expert knowledge with everyone, plus give you a mention on social media.
It’s been a great month so far getting out in the wild, and there are still a few days left to explore, learn and enjoy 30 Days Wild, so watch this space.
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!