Hillcrest Hampshire Fun Games

Posted on: August 3rd, 2012 by News Team

On Friday 20th July 2012, Hillcrest Hampshire held a sports and activity charity day at the Hayling Community Centre.

The charity chosen to be supported was The Honeypot Children’s Charity which works to enhance the lives of vulnerable children and young carers, by providing respite breaks and on-going outreach support.

This brilliant event celebrated the achievements of the Hillcrest School and all three  homes on Hayling Island. The morning was structured as a sport and activities competition  between the three homes; Poppy Lodge, Hayling and Beachlands. The afternoon was then saved to make all the presentations and to celebrate the achievements of the young people.

Activities on the day included, a tug and war, coconut hitting, Welly throwing, bungee runs, beat the keeper, savoury cooking competition, bucking bronco, inflatable sumo wrestling, a charity raffle and a brilliant art work auction.

There were refreshments, cakes, pastries, a hog roast and plenty of other goodies to enjoy throughout the day in exchange for donations. A talented young chef from Poppy Lodge spent a day preparing savoury pastries for the baking competition.

There was also an opportunity to win a range of prizes including a week’s accommodation in France (kindly donated by a staff member) by taking part in the raffle and a silent auction saw some keen local bidders competing to take home a selection of handmade soaps and canvases.

The day was organised by a fantastic planning team which worked hard for a number of weeks to make this event so successful. The total amount raised throughout the day for The Honeypot Children’s Charity was £349.87, an excellent achievement from every one that attended.

The day concluded in a prize giving ceremony hosted by school staff in which all the young people received recognition of their achievements throughout the year.

Certificates, trophies and medals were awarded by the Deputy Mayor of Havant, and a young man from Poppy Lodge marked his last day of school with a heart warming speech, thanking everyone for their support and reminding us all how the positive actions of all at Hillcrest lead to positive outcomes.

Thank you so much to everyone involved, it was a great day!

Mia Payne and Ricki Walker, RCW’s -Poppy Lodge

Tug of War

Tug of War

Winning Pastries

Winning Pastries

Yahoo Pardners!

Posted on: August 3rd, 2012 by News Team

Hillcrest Park School celebrated its annual Open Day on Friday 20th July 2012 with a ‘rip roaring’ Wild West/ Cowboy and Indians themed day with pupils and staff joining in the fun by ‘dressing’ up for the occasion. There appeared to be some ‘brave’ Indian boys as well as an abundance of cowboys – there also seemed to be an awful lot of Pocahontas’ amongst the female education staff!

There were various fun events and traditional games that were enjoyed by all during the day – the star event being the ‘awesome’ bucking bronco that was enthusiastically, and bravely, ridden by most pupils and a good selection of staff!

A terrific ‘Wild West’ BBQ was enjoyed by all and the weather, other than one shower, was very good and helped in part by a number of staff who performed a Sun Dance to ensure that the rain stayed away!

A range of pupils stood in front of a large audience and read a selection of poems, jokes and sang songs to a very appreciative selection of pupils’ parents, family members, social workers, guests from SEN departments and visitors from Hillcrest Head Office. This was followed by the annual prize giving where all pupils were giving certificates listing their main achievements over the last year.

The conclusion of the festivities was the now customary ‘tug of war’ competition where the reigning champions Steps were determined to retain their title. In a close run match Steps (and friends!!!!) conquered all comers and won the first prize of the game ‘Buckeroo!’.

A great day for all.

David Davidson, Head Teacher- Hillcrest Park School

Bucking Bronco fun!

Bucking Bronco fun!

Cowboys and Indians!

Hayling Island Boys Holiday in Newquay

Posted on: August 3rd, 2012 by News Team

The Young People from Hayling Island had a great time in Newquay, Cornwall.

We all stayed in a Bunk House in the Middle of nowhere, which was a great experience. We made it down to the beach for two days of surfing and playing in the sea. In the evening we  explored the town and took a trip to Padstow.

On the way home we  stopped for one final adventure- Quad-biking!

Fun was had by all!

Sue Burry, RCW- Hillcrest Hayling Island

Surf's Up!

Hillcrest Steps 8 – Rain 1

Posted on: August 3rd, 2012 by News Team

The annual BBQ at Steps is normally blessed with the very best weather British summer time can provide. This year was our 9th BBQ, and it was very different, we filled the garden with gazebos and tents so people could shelter from the stormy conditions, and unfortunately these were well used!!!

We had themed the BBQ this year around the Olympics and had some games planned for the children and guests to take part in, luckily the rain clouds parted around 1.30 and we were able to enjoy some welly wanging, egg and spoon racing and some very brave attempts at our assault course!!!!

The rain did return, but the day was a great success, with a brilliant turn out from all our families and social workers, along with care and education staff.

Everyone who took part in the Steps Olympics received a winners medal, with the high flyers being presented with trophies to mark the occasion, on our very own winners rostrum, the rain couldn’t beat us!!!

Sadie Dangerfield, Home Manager- Hillcrest Steps

Steps' sack race!

Outstanding Services

Posted on: June 21st, 2012 by News Team

Hillcrest is pleased to announce that two of our Oxfordshire homes; Hillcrest Steps and The Bartons, have received an Outstanding rating in their latest Ofsted Inspections.

“This is an exceptionally well managed home governed by an organisation that is totally child focused and geared to improve the outcomes for all the children it cares for.” Hillcrest Steps Ofsted Report

“Key to all of the work carried out with children and young people is the excellent ability the manager and her staff have to help them develop warm and positive relationships with staff and with each other. “  Hillcrest Steps Ofsted Report

“Young people make substantial progress in all aspects of their lives. They have improved confidence self esteem and a positive understanding of their own abilities as a result of the highly individualised support they receive.” Hillcrest The Bartons Ofsted Report

“Staff effectively support young people in the home and in their educational placements by maintaining excellent links with local colleges and challenging any barriers to learning.”  Hillcrest The Bartons Ofsted Report

To find out more about our Outstanding homes go to the Homes & Schools page – Oxfordshire.

Ofsted Outstanding

Oathill Lodge Football Success

Posted on: June 21st, 2012 by News Team

Oathill Lodge girls and staff participated in a charity football match on 16th June 2012.  The match was held to help support The Homeless World Cup Foundation.

The Foundation is a charity set up to support football projects based around the highly successful annual, international football tournament. It has triggered grass-roots football projects in over 70 nations working with over 40,000 players all year round.

The Foundation exists to nurture and grow these projects with the ambition to reach one million players in 75 nations with the benefits of football.

Both girls and staff played extremely well. The Lodge won the game 9 – 8. The day was such a success it inspired some of the girls to join a local girl’s football team!

Looking forward to the next game!

Tracie Lee Bennie
RCW Oathill Lodge

Oathill football

The Lodge Football Team!

Poppy Go Wild at PGL

Posted on: May 21st, 2012 by News Team

This Easter Holiday four young men and three staff from Poppy Lodge travelled over land and water to take on an activity adventure weekend with PGL on the Isle of Wight.

The centre, set in 48 acres of woodland, offered an amazing selection of 40 different activities. Before our departure date we received an itinerary that showed we would be spending a busy three days doing swimming, trapeze, matrix, ladder logic, aeroball, archery, abseiling, zip wire, giant swing and outside climbing.

Luckily the weekend package included three cooked meals per day with as much variety as the activities to choose from, everyone found something they loved.

Our most energetic boy’s favourite activity was Aeroball. This is a cross between trampolining and volleyball where you have to use your bounce to stop opponents from scoring goals, whilst trying to score some yourself.

Another young person overcame his fear of heights to scale the 40ft climbing wall using ropes and a harness which he had set up himself from scratch under the close supervision of a trained instructor.

At the end of a fantastic weekend we all agreed we had had a brilliant time. So much so, that we are planning to return soon!

Mia Payne; RCW, Poppy Lodge


Abseiling Antics


Energetic Aeroball

Easter Time at Sandilands

Posted on: April 24th, 2012 by News Team

All the children have enjoyed a great Easter break and we have been scaring ourselves on the high ropes course at ‘Go Ape’, challenging ourselves mountain biking at Bedgebury forest and enjoying the thrills at Thorpe Park.

In the last two months we have completed our ‘international food night’ and have sampled Jamaican and Lebanese cuisines so far. The children have been excellent in helping prepare these and have completed quizzes on each cuisine, with prizes being won by all.

After two years at Sandilands one of our young people has successfully returned to her family in China. In this time the stable, safe and nurturing and therapeutic environment at Sandilands has allowed this young person to excel with her academic achievements and emotional development.

The homes staff and children will miss her greatly but wish her the best for the future.

We have been glad to receive visits from our previous children and to hear how well they have been doing and the positive mentoring they provide to the children on their visits.

Christian Palfrey, Team Manager – Hillcrest Sandilands

Go Ape Challenge!

The Go Ape Challenge!

Southcombe Pirates Ride Again

Posted on: April 23rd, 2012 by News Team

Easter 2012 and the Norfolk locals had to lock up their most treasured possessions as the Southcombe Pirates left Steps for a week on the Broads Cruisers!

After a quick lesson for those new to the boats and a refresher for the old sea dogs (Broads veterans from 2009), the convoy snaked its way to Barton Broad for its first mooring and sleep on a boat.

Tuesday afternoon took the pirates to Wroxham (where Roy seems to own the whole town) and off to the barns to show their softer side by bottle feeding some lambs.

Wednesday was a wet and bitterly cold day, providing the perfect opportunity to find those sea legs and for the children to practise their driving skills.

With a maximum speed of 5 knots it was more like the ‘slow and the curious’ than the ‘Fast and the Furious’, although the Robinson brothers clearly thought it was a Red Bull event.

Thursday welcomed a return of the sun and a chance to shake off the cabin fever with a trip into Great Yarmouth. After a quick ride on the donkeys and a tour of seaside shops (clearing out the supplies of sticks of rock), it was down to the serious business of crazy golf.

The 18 hole pirate course was both challenging and fun, but Steve managed to retain his title. There was still time for the thrill seekers to feel the adrenalin at the fun fair finishing with a Steps battle on the dodgems.

Friday morning and the locals could relax again as we moored for the final time with no damaged boats or bones and a treasure chest overflowing with happy memories.

Steve Dumbrill; Team Manager, Hillcrest Steps

Norfolk Boats

Mooring at Wroxham

The Three Amigos

The Three Amigos

Water Rafting Fun

Posted on: April 18th, 2012 by admin

On Friday 13th April we took our young people to the Wye Valley canoe centre near Hay on Wye.  After getting kitted up and having our safety briefing we took to the water where we practised out turns. Then off we paddled!

We joined all the boats together (rafting up) and in turn the girls tried standing up and moving from one boat to the next, standing only on the edges (gunnel walking). Some of the girls were nervous at first, however, they soon built up the confidence to do it.

Time to stop for lunch and a chance to teach the girls how to skim stones on the river. They seemed to enjoy this a lot!

For the next excercise we held onto each other’s boats and worked as a team going down the river together.  Most of us were lucky and managed to stay in our boats but  a few ended up overboard! (it was Friday the 13th after all).

Once back at the centre we all warmed up and headed out for a well deserved dinner.  A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all!

Jem Berry, Oathill Lodge

Water rafting

Safe on dry land!

oathill girls skimming stones

Skimming stones