Space Inclusive Olympics!

Last week our clients enjoyed getting fit and healthy whilst taking part in friendly competition.

The Space Inclusive Sports Day is an annual date in our diary. It has become a bit of a tradition to go to the Forest Recreation Ground and take part in events and activities such as the long jump, running and throwing.

Aside from the physical benefits, it’s a success because it brings together clients from different sites – in many ways it’s like the Space Inclusive Olympics!

All clients enjoyed the day. One of the support workers who organised the event, Jen, said “It was really energetic. A highlight was the egg and spoon race which was really great. There was wonderful sportsmanship and a real team effort was shown by all. It was a supportive atmosphere, with clients cheering for each other and overall it was a real success.”

Yoga to be joking

A group of clients have started attending a weekly Yoga class!

At its most basic, Yoga is simply the process of paying attention to the present moment and calming the mind. Yes, it’s physical, but it can have positive effects on the mind too. The aim is to help the person doing Yoga to experience stress-reduction, happiness and overall wellbeing.

People with Autism can experience high levels of anxiety, especially in noisy or crowded situations. For some, even being ‘stressed out’ becomes the norm, so Yoga can help to relax and calm them.

The knock-on benefits of Yoga for people with Autism are more than you might imagine; some positive effects of regular Yoga include:

• Quality and quantity of sleep
• Physical strength, muscle tone and balance
• Concentration
• Ability to go from one activity to another without stress.

So what a brilliant activity for our clients to do – it might be just once a week that clients get to do it but its benefits will last a lot longer than that.

James

James has been attending Space Inclusive since November 2014. To see the immense progress he’s made you simply have to look at what aims he and his parents had when he started.

His parents wanted him to be able to travel independently, especially to places he hadn’t been before. Whilst living with his Mum and Dad, they wanted him to lead as independent a life as possible, to be able to plan and cook simple meals and manage his money.

When you look at his achievements, he’s gone above and beyond what his parents wanted in many ways.

James has volunteered for a charity shop – the Marie Curie store in Bulwell. He’s made and prepared loads of fab food in the kitchen at Pelham Road. He’s started handling money independently, purchasing lunch from a shop every Friday. Whether it’s playing sport, gardening or art projects, James always gives 100%.

Perhaps the most marked difference is in travel. When James started at Space Inclusive he would travel by taxi. Today, he is confident in travelling on the bus by himself!

Senior Support Worker Brie is understandably delighted at the progress James has made. “I am very proud of James…” she says, “He has developed in leaps and bounds and the fact we’ve been part of that process has been a pleasure!”