Spring is in full swing at James’ Place Basingstoke


Flower Power

We are officially in the season of spring and despite the endless rain we have received the last few weeks, we have been embracing the warmer weather here at James’ Place Basingstoke. The warm weather has meant we have started to plan and prep for a variety of flowers and herbs for the front of our location. This is going to be a big group project for both members and the JP team. We will keep you updated on the progress through our Facebook home page!

Another ‘green fingers’ activity we achieved this month was creating daffodil Mother’s Day presents. The members absolutely loved getting their hands dirty and planting the daffodils in their self-decorated pots. They then had the opportunity to take their creations home to share with their loved ones.

We have also been having a little friendly competition here at James’ Place Basingstoke with “Who can grow the tallest sunflower?”. We started this competition at the beginning of the month and plan to announce the winner at the end of July when they have hopefully fully blossomed! The members have taken on full responsibility for watering and tending to them as well as measuring and recording the heights. Our team member Rosie and her partner are currently in the lead, but this can all change in the weeks to come!

JP Basingstoke members flower potting
JP Basingstoke members flower potting
JP Basingstoke members flower potting

Out and About

“Alone, we can do so little: Together we can do so much” – Helen Keller

This month, we had the pleasure to be invited to Dashwood Manor Care Home’s dog café; this was a great opportunity for our members to interact and socialise with other people in our community as well as build their confidence with animals. We have noticed a huge boost of confidence in the member’s self-esteem and social skills since we started reaching out to the care home, and we hope to continue to build a strong relationship with them. One of our members has helped create an invitation for a ‘Spring Afternoon Tea’ for the care home to attend next month. As a team, we have started to plan how we can all work as a team to help contribute to this event; one member has suggested that we make some “Spring Centre Pieces” to decorate the tables with and “a homemade quiche” as this would be a new baking activity we haven’t tried yet at JP.

“I like the chocolate cake and the people are nice at Dashwood” – JP Member

Another event we will also be attending on the first weekend of July is the ‘Hat Fair Festival’, this is a family-friendly festival of Street Performances and Outdoor Arts in the historical city centre of Winchester. The ‘Hat fair’ is the UK’s longest continually running Outdoor Arts festival, and because of this, as a company, we believe it is important to support our surrounding communities. Our theme for this year’s ‘Hat Fair’ parade is musical instruments, so this month, the members have helped with designing prototype costumes for what will be worn on our arms and legs. We plan to make the final design in the following months leading up to the event. Ezri took our ideas to the official meeting, and together with the other James’ Place locations, an overall design was finalised. We can not wait to get started in making our designs come to life for everyone to see!

A Dino-mite Day!

Teamwork is a key value here at James’ Place Basingstoke, we strive as a united group to always encourage this when planning and executing activities for the members. A strong example of this can be seen on our ‘Why Did the Dinosaurs Become Extinct?’ day, where the members and the team worked extremely hard to create their own eruptive volcano. The volcano was created by using cardboard, newspapers, and paper mâché. The members really enjoyed exploring the unusual textures of this art building as well as being hands on and messy. Once the volcano was finished, it was time to set it off. We all gathered outside as a group to count down to the explosion 3, 2, 1…… it was a great success! We are so proud of the teamwork and dedication shown.

 A day to remember for all

James Place Basingstoke member creating a papier mache volcano
James Place Basingstome members created this model of volcano universal Orlando, Florida

Do Something Funny for Money

This month we also celebrated ‘Red Nose Day’, this is an annual campaign that raises life-changing funds to help end the cycle of poverty and ensures children are healthy, safe, educated and empowered around the world. One of our team members, Sue, thought that a creative, fun way we could raise money is by having an hour-long ‘Dance-a-thon’. We are so grateful for everyone who took part and donated to this fantastic charity. It was also brilliant to see all the members getting involved by showing off their best dance moves, very impressive!

We also had fun by being silly and creating our own ‘Red Nose’ we could all wear around our location, as well as baking some delicious ‘Red Nose’ cakes, which we all enjoyed together at tea break.  

All together we are proud to announce that we raised £320 for the ‘Red Nose Day’ appeal!

 We are really proud of all the members for what they have tried and accomplished this month, and we look forward to seeing what the next month brings…

JP Basingstoke member and a member of the team on an outing
JP Basingstoke member with a Muffin
JP Basingstoke members on a day out