Our young adults enjoyed a brilliant sports session today, the first of many, delivered by Gareth our own coach. The session started with introductions and then we started practicing Boccia. There was a series of warm up games where they had to get their boccia ball into a hoop on the floor. Eventually they had to get their colour into their own coloured hoop and then moved on to trying knock the jack off the top of a cone. After all the warm ups they were ready to start a real game of Boccia. They were in 2 teams, blue and red. Gareth explained the rules of the game and the young adults were extremely competitive. They enjoyed it very much. Thank you Gareth, we are looking forward to working with you again. All photos can be seen here
Saturday, May 6th 2017
Sport session thanks to Smile Through Sport
Saturday, April 15th 2017
Art Workshops thanks to Creative Village
Our young adults enjoyed an art workshop today ran by Creative Village CIC (Community Interest Company) which was set up by two passionate young artists who support creative expression for all. Lucy Addison and Jess Langford provide art based workshops which give attendees the opportunity to explore feelings, build confidence and develop skills in self-expression. These workshops are aimed at people with additional needs and those who are socially excluded or isolated.
They are currently delivering a project called Get Creative, which is funded by The Big Lottery Awards for All Fund, to young people with caring responsibilities, young people on the Autistic Spectrum and young adults with special needs. By tailoring the workshops to their specific needs and adapting them where necessary the young people leave the workshops with increased confidence, social skills, skills in various art disciplines and a new way of expressing and dealing with emotions. There is a gallery of images in our portfolio from today.
Friday, April 14th 2017
Booked in some sessions with 'SMILE Through Sport'.
Over the coming weeks, our young adults are going to be taking part in the 'Smile Through Sport' programme. They are a team that loves to inspire, motivate and create opportunity.
SMILE Through Sport CIC is a not for profit organisation founded in 2013 by Paralympian Stephen Miller MBE. It combines the services of inspirational speaking, training courses and disability sport development. Working throughout the North East of England, they have a growing and dedicated team that is passionate about disability sport. They work with all types of organisations from schools to private businesses. They work closely with clients to provide a bespoke and tailored service that suits their needs.
So far they have inspired and helped over 12,000 people!
Wednesday, April 12th 2017
Thanks to Greggs Foundation's Local Community Project Fund
Thank you for your generous donation of £700 for our 'trip to the theatre experience' for our young adults. We will keep an eye on upcoming shows at the Sunderland Empire and let you know how it goes. Thank you so much for supporting us, you made our day!!
Thursday, April 6th 2017
Thanks to Lt Colonel Cohen Fund
Another thank you to the Lt Colonel Cohen Fund for their generosity. They have donated £250 towards our trip to Whitby and a free one day course for our young adults and staff for August to attend the Peat Rigg Outdoor Training Centre at Cropton, near Pickering. Their website can be found here. All expenses paid for by the Cohen fund. Our young adults are thrilled and can't wait to go!!
Saturday, April 1st 2017
Laptops have arrived!!!
At last our 2 in 1 laptops have arrived and will be ready for our member to use next Saturday. They are extremely excited and can't wait to have fun with them!
Monday, March 27th 2017
Grant received for 5 more Laptops!
We want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the generosity Taylor Wimpey has shown for awarding us a grant for another 5 laptops for our members. Tony, one of our parents, had suggested applying as he came to the centre to collect his daughter who is one of our members. Both he and ourselves (including our young adults) were delighted with the news. A press release will be published in due course.
We want to say Thank You from the bottom of our hearts for the generosity the Tees Valley Community Foundation has shown for awarding us a grant for 5 laptops for our members. Jonelle Bain explained that their Chief Exec is extremely keen to learn more about our business model and would love the opportunity for him, or one of the wider team to come out to visit us to get a better understanding of what we do and how we work. She added "I wish you every success with your project – and may even meet you soon!"