This month one of our themes has been The Lion King so we have been incorporating that into our daily activities.

In the craft room, we have been using skills like accuracy, concentration, fine motor skills and creativity to create different African-themed crafts.

These were made by some of our very talented members by recycling magazines and rolling them up and sticking them together to create silhouettes of safari animals. The outcome was just phenomenal.

Our members also produced these beautiful African sunset scenes to put up on the walls around our unit.

Every morning, we do a dance session as dancing helps with mobility, reducing stress and increases the levels of our feel-good hormone serotonin ensuring we feel positive and ready for the day ahead of us! Since we were focusing on The Lion King, we thought we would take a look into the African dance culture and give it a go ourselves. We had so much fun and have been doing it every day since!

James Place Andover Member dancing
James Place Andover Member dancing with a red tinsel hat on
James Place Andover Member dancing
James Place Andover Member dancing
James Place Andover & Basingstoke ~members alongside a canal boat ready to enjoy a trip for the day

We joined up with some of our friends from our Basingstoke location to go on a canal boat trip for the day which was a wonderful experience. The trip was a success as our members experienced all sorts of emotions such as happiness, excitement, joy and most importantly relaxation.

The trip overall was a good sensory experience as the sounds of the water and the birds whilst the sun was shining created a peaceful and calm atmosphere for our members. It is so lovely to come together with our other locations and watch all the beautiful friendships blossom.

James place member smiling on her canal boat ride
head of a canal boat an d the calm water
James place team member and a member enjoying a ride on a canal boat

We got invited to go to a disco in Southampton in the nightclub the Orange Room, which of course is right up our street. We had the best time dancing, drinking mocktails and making new friends. This was really good for our members as it was good for strengthening their skills in communication, public awareness, confidence and adaptability to new surroundings. Our members were able to go up to the bar to order their drinks and go up on stage. This enabled our members to have fun alongside having a real life experience.

James Place members enjoying a niughtc lub experience at nightclub the orange room in Southampton
JAMES PLACE ANDOVER MEMBERS SHOPPING FOR SOME INGREDIENTS

In honour of the 80th anniversary of D-Day we thought we would incorporate the 1940’s into our day. Firstly, we did some research on what recipes came from the 1940’s and we found bread pudding and carrot biscuit. Our members then found recipes for both of these, wrote a shopping list and then went out shopping for the ingredients. This is good for strengthening skills like; English/Writing, concentration, education and social skills.

During this experience our members learnt some interesting things like the fact sugar was rationed in the 1940’s so they use to use carrots as a sweetener therefore we used carrot instead of sugar in our biscuits. They also learnt all the signs for each of the ingredients that were used to make these two recipes.

We then made our own ration books in the crafts room by making tea-stained card and copying a picture off the internet to make them look how they did in those days during World War 2. We used these for when we collected the bread pudding and carrot biscuits that some of our members made.

james place Andover members baking carrot biscuits
James Place andover members enjoying a cooking session
A James place member mixing a recipe

We also had a special visit from Barefoot Barns who brought Alpaca’s and Goat’s which comprised of the mother Rosie and her two babies Humphrey and Hubert. Barefoot Barns also gave our members a small educational talk about their animals where we learnt about their names, their ages, their living conditions, what they eat and what they enjoy doing.

Barefoot Barns also gave our members a small educational talk about their animals where we learnt about their names, their ages, their living conditions, what they eat and what they enjoy doing.

During the visit our members were invited to walk, feed and cuddle the animals whilst having their photographs taken. For our members this was a really positive experience as it was great for physical activity as the grooming and walk session encouraged our members to be more active, improving motor skills and encouraging independent movement. The animals also helped calm and relieve any anxiety that our members may have had that day

members at Andover enjoyed a visit from Alapacas,