Parklife

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.

A wild time

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.

Southwell so good

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.

Walking the Walk

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.

30 Days Wild – Part 2

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 comms@spaceinclusive.co.uk 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 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!

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.