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.

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.

Down on the farm

A group from our Pelham Road site have visited Stonebridge City Farm as part of their Mindfulness course. Jen, Senior Support Worker, described the day….

“…This week our mindfulness session was an animal theme. One group decided to go to the Stonebridge City Farm in St Ann’s.

We also visited The Arboretum and fed the ducks! The lake had frozen over in some parts due to the cold weather.

In the afternoon we watched videos we had taken at the farm and looked at some of the pictures we had taken as part of a mindfulness session.”

A great day by all accounts!