Themes this month were: Eurovision – Wedding Fever – The Caribbean – Forest Adventures



This month began with Eurovision (should we not talk about it?). Luckily, the sun was shining this week, and we spent a lot of our time outside at a local park or visiting interesting places such as Furzey Gardens. Members saw Alpacas and took photographs. One member who has developed a keen interest in photography said,” I took lots of great, colourful pictures for my album.”

Members and staff used all their skills in the local parks climbing, swinging and on a zip wire.

Wedding Fever

Here at James Place, we have not 1 but 2 ladies getting married, so we were excited to be involved in their preparations. Members visited a local church to help Amy and Abigail practice walking down the aisle. They also practised making a speech from the pulpit. Back at our location, we made beautiful flower centrepieces for the wedding breakfast we hosted later in the week. A whole day was spent baking and icing mini-wedding cakes. No wedding would be complete without a first dance, members and staff chose their first dance song, and we all had a boogie, although I have never before been to a wedding with Daisy Daisy as a first song, that’s ok as we are at James Place where members choices are paramount.

The week concluded with Basingstoke James Place visiting and having their lunch with us before parachute games in the garden and making a wedding video with a lot of CONFETTI.

The Caribbean

This week’s theme is in the hope of drumming up some sunshine for the ladies’ big days!

We have made crafts of big fish and turtles (turtle day), made mini treasure islands and Mardis Gras masks. We moved slightly away from the theme by making a totem pole with our spirit animals mainly because Vicki is a little bored of the tree we made in the winter.

Forest Adventure

We are looking forward to a bug hunt and trips out of local woods and gardens, a little leaf printing. We are going to work as a team putting up the tent in the garden and enjoy marshmallows and hot chocolate or an ice cream if it’s warm.

Remember your member Jar

Here at Eastleigh we begin or end our day with a dig in our remember your member jar, all the member names are written on slips of paper and each member of staff will take a name and tell the other staff everything they know about that person, this builds relationships with our members quickly and we share information such as what makes that member happy, what they like, things they find a challenge and what targets they would like to achieve.