Game on!

A group of clients have taken part in a Special Olympics event for the Midlands in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

The Special Olympics is a movement aimed at providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities. It aims to give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing skills. It’s also aimed at creating friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Our clients, Louis, Tom, Duane and Lawrence, participated in the event. They were part of a larger team called the ‘Nottingham Knights’, representing the County at the Games.

The medals we won were gold, silver and bronze, which were won in shot put, 100 metres running, long jump and javelin.

Louis, Tom, Duane and Lawrence said they had an ‘epic’ time and saw old friends and also made new ones too. They said they didn’t mind it raining as they were in the sports hall so it was still exciting.

They were very proud to show off their medals when they returned to Space Inclusive!

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:

 

An outstanding achievement

A Space Inclusive employee was shortlisted for an award from the Chesterfield College Group, where she has been doing an Apprenticeship. This award focussed on specific individuals who had made progress regardless of adversities.

Daisy explained what the award was about:

“The award was called Inspiration Award. My tutor, Gabriela, nominated me…sadly I didn’t get the final award but was shortlisted out of a lot of people so it’s still a great result.”

Since starting work at Space Inclusive Daisy has become an integral member of the Space Inclusive team over at our Mansfield Woodhouse site. “I adore working for Space, I have amazing colleagues…” she said, “…I couldn’t have got where I am today without them! I couldn’t have found a better place to work; I love every part of my job and I’m grateful for the opportunities Space has given me.”

David, one of the Partners who attended the ceremony said, on behalf of both himself and our other Partner, Richard:

“We are very proud of Daisy’s achievement, both throughout her Apprenticeship programme and in being nominated for this achievement award.”

Congratulations Daisy!

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!

Spacecraft – It’s Landed!

Spacecraft is a new creative shop project by Space Inclusive based on Hucknall Road. We took the premises on earlier this year; it’s a five minute walk away from our Pelham Road site.

Stella Dowbenko, our Work Placement Coordinator, has overseen a huge amount of creative activity since then and we are at a point when we will be able to open the shop to the public.

Stella said “It’s been a really exciting project to work on – I’m massively proud of the results!”

The shop’s ethos is based on creativity and upcycling. Upcycling is all about transforming by-products, waste materials or unwanted items into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value, which is just as well because Space Inclusive has always been an environmentally friendly social enterprise!

Our clients from Pelham Road, Mansfield Street and Mansfield Woodhouse have all helped in creating products for the site, from cushions to plant pots.

Meanwhile, on the site of the shop, Stella has worked with clients doing different activities such as spray painting, sanding down furniture and decorating to make both the shop and its contents top notch.

We’re really proud of the clients who have worked so hard in making the dream of a shop, where they can create and sell products, into a reality. All the hard work is about to pay off as the shop opens its doors to the public from 9am on Monday 22 May.  We’d love you to pop in!

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!