Service User Celebrates in Style

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 by News Team

On Monday 3rd February one of our service users turned 50.

We decided as a team that we could not let this go uncelebrated.

One of our Support workers spoke to his parents who own a small family restaurant in Littlehampton. They very kindly agreed to close to the public and allow us to celebrate Peter’s birthday!

They provided an appropriate menu for us to choose from that was suitable for our service users’ dietary needs.

The evening was an over whelming success, with fantastic food and service. The restaurant was beautifully decorated with balloons and banners in celebration.

Peter was joined by members of staff, his fellow house mates and members of his family. Although Peter cannot speak for himself, it was felt by all that judging by his laughter and smiles, he had a brilliant time.

Jackie Cook, Home Manager

Hillingdon Irons Football Success

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 by News Team

Last Sunday as with the first Sunday of every month we took the college football team to participate in the Middlesex Football Association PAN disability league.

The team excelled themselves and we have a fantastic result.

We won all our games and as a result have secured the league title!

We have been participating in the league since October 2013 and have only lost one game.

Sunday 1 June will be a proud day for the team, as we will be collecting the trophy. During this county cup day we hope to complete the double.

Congratulations to the team!

Craig Appleton, Deputy Manager

The Winning Team

The Winning Team!

Oaklands Action Packed Week at Condover

Posted on: January 24th, 2014 by News Team

Students at Oaklands attended an action packed week at Condover Outward Bounds Centre in Shropshire.

Activities included Archery, (which got very competitive between students and our Teaching Assistant!) Laser Maze, Abseiling, High Ropes Course, Low Ropes Course, Body Zorbing and many others.

A brave young person along with Oaklands SENCo and care workers  all successfully did the leap of faith on the High Ropes Course, while one of our Senior Teachers was eventually persuaded to come down the abseiling wall!

One young person excelled in fencing, others became experts at Laser Questing.  The Condover staff said our students were the best competition they’d had all year.

The week came to an all too soon close, Condover wished us goodbye and hoped to see us again.

All staff and students said they would love to repeat the adventure.

Talks of a summer trip are underway, so fingers crossed!

David Biddle, Principal


Condover High Ropes

Give us a Break!- Anti-Bullying Campaign

Posted on: November 25th, 2013 by News Team

Today marks the end of Anti-Bullying week.

Anna Kennedy’s son Angelo Kennedy’s poster ‘Give us a Break!’ (in partnership with Autism Service’s charity and the Anti Bullying Alliance), was flying all over twitter.

Melanie C from Spice Girls, Melanie Masson from X Factor, Esther Rantzan,Kathy Lette, Bruno Tonioli and Kristina Rihanoff from Strictly all shared Angelo’s poster in support to give him a voice for Anti-Bullying week. Dave Sullivan Chairman of West Ham was also in support.

Angelo has severe autism, epilepsy and sensory process difficulties.

Angelo Kennedy Poster

Hampshire Graffiti Art Project

Posted on: November 11th, 2013 by News Team

Students at Hillcrest Hampshire have thoroughly enjoyed studying Graffiti this term.

Students contacted Havant Borough Council to see if they could display their artwork within their own community. Georgina Rogers (Havant Community Officer) in partnership with the Parks association looked at their art designs and granted permission for the graffiti to be placed in Hayling Island Skate Park.

Students chose the message ‘One thought can change the world’ and staff member David Morgan, helped them make it a design they could use.

Students really felt proud that they could positively contribute to the area in which they spend lots of their free time. It was also very cool to use sprays and see the finished work publicized.

Hillcrest Hayling would like to thank all involved in the project. Alice Anstee (Head of School) is hoping the students can do more to take part in their community and is looking forward to more student led projects this term.

Hayling School Graffiti Wall

Hampshire School Graffiti Wall

Andrew’s Great Day Out

Posted on: October 31st, 2013 by News Team

Andrew, a client at Supported Living West Sussex had an amazing day out at Hampton Court.

We got to the hotel Friday evening and Andrew was happy with the rooms looking nice and spacious. We went to the pub next door and had a meal with ice cream for pudding. We went for a walk through the town and found a Tesco express where Andrew bought himself some biscuits for his supper and returned to the hotel.

After breakfast we left the hotel at 9 to get to Hampton Court. When we arrived it was very busy but Andrew coped with this very well.

I was surprised at how well he did cope as it was like coming out of a concert with about 20,000 people about. He was very chatty about what we were going to see.

We looked in all the marquees and at all the stalls. We even did some cheese tasting in the food hall. We had a picnic before we went around the other half of the show.

Andrew bought himself a gardening book and a programme as a reminder of the day. On the way out he bought an ice-cream.

Andrew talked about how great the day was and enjoyed looking at all the plants and flowers. It didn’t take long for him to fall asleep – a good sign of a great day out!

Jason Remnant, Support Worker

Andrew at Hampton Court

Andrew at Hampton Court

Donkey Days!

Posted on: October 31st, 2013 by News Team

Four Oaklands students and three staff recently spent a day at the Donkey Sanctuary in Buxton.

The centre has around 50 donkeys, some of whom will be available for rehoming.   We learnt all about looking after donkeys and enjoyed grooming and spending time with a range of donkeys and mules.  Arnie, the huge shaggy Poitu donkey was very popular!  The Poitu is a French breed of donkey and is as tall as a small horse!

We also met Eddie one of the donkeys who is a bit of a local star having appeared in Carmen at Buxton Opera House and regularly appears in nativity plays in the area!

Students are looking forward to fostering two donkeys from the Donkey Sanctuary but before we are allowed to foster we have to prove that we are able to look after them properly.

At the end of our day we took an exam and we all passed!   Well done to all that passed the Donkey Sanctuary Training Introduction to Donkey Care – Stage 1.

David Biddle, Principal


The Poitu Donkey

Oathill Lodge Girls Meet the Animal Stars

Posted on: September 17th, 2013 by News Team

Heythrop Park Zoo is where some of the most famous animals in England live with their trainers. Girls from Oathill Lodge had teh chance to get up close and personal.

Heythrop Park Zoo held its annual open day over the weekend, giving the animals the rare opportunity to show off their talents.

The girls spent the day handling bearded dragons, snakes and foxes.  They were then invited to watch a breath-taking show put on by the large predators and their trainers.

The show included Leopards showing off their jumping skills, a Polar Bear demonstrating how they catch its prey and Lions showing how they look fierce in front of the cameras.

This was a great day had by all!

Katie Allen, Residential Care Worker

Daredevils in Devon

Posted on: September 17th, 2013 by News Team

A group of extremely excitable and endlessly energetic children from Hillcrest Hayling Island took a trip to Skern Lodge activity centre in North Devon.

Powered by food in abundance each morning, afternoon and evening, our boys ensured that not a single member of staff was able to rest for much longer than 5 minutes at any stage.

Two hours of running around is clearly not enough activity between breakfast and lunch time, or indeed between lunch time and dinner time…  We played a lot of football.

A highlight of the holiday was the high level of professionalism and efficiency with which all of our organised activities were delivered by the team of instructors. We were able to tell the boys what was happening at any given time, and for a group of 8-11 year olds such a reliable structure was no doubt a significant factor in the success of the trip.

From archery to beach walks, tunnelling to high ropes, there was no shortage of entertainment at any point. There were times when our instructors’ faces hinted at slight – if not total – bemusement at the comments, questions and sheer volume generated by our often chaotic group, but by the end of the trip our main instructor seemed as if he would genuinely miss us and the positive involvement of the children.

Tim Hobbs, Residential Care Worker

Archery at Skern Lodge

The Bartons Community Project Work

Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by News Team

For the past several years The Bartons have been involved in several volunteering projects within the local community as well as numerous fund raising events for charity.

Some of our current projects involve gardening and maintenance at People’s Park in Banbury. This has involved lots of hard work planting and tending to the flower displays in the park.

Our young people have also been involved in building and maintaining a chicken enclosure for Glebe House, which is a local nursing home. In addition to this they have put on carol singing at Christmas and baked cakes for the residents.

Our most recent project was set up by one of the staff as a result of him overhearing some of the boys talking in derogatory terms about homeless people.  To help the young people better understand this issue he set up a project at The Soup Kitchen for the homeless in the centre of Oxford. The boys that attend spend time cooking and serving, as well as washing up! They are a very popular addition to the volunteers who staff the project full-time.

Each one of our 8 young people at some time or another have voulenteered and are happy to do so. We have seen the boys derive a huge sense of pride in helping people less fortunate than themselves.

We are very proud of our young people who give their time to these projects, and are able to see first hand that  there are others less fortunate than themselves.

Alex Dodd, Team Manager

Peoples Park, Banbury

Peoples Park, Banbury