Friday, 22 July 2016

Mims Davies MP - Vice Patron of QE2 Activity Centre appeal



Wednesday, 13 July, 2016
Eastleigh MP Mims Davies has become a Vice Patron at the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Activities Centre in Bursledon.
The centre, near to Manor Park Farm, opened in 1978 and has evolved over the years to provide day services, holidays and activity sessions for people of all ages with additional needs including learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities and sensory impairment.
Mims accepted the honour when she recently visited the centre to meet with staff and committee members to discuss how she can assist in raising the profile of the centre and identifying funding opportunities for their projects.   
QE2 is looking to complete its fund raising project for a wheelchair accessible boat as well as the replacement of the lodges, one of which is currently used as a day care facility. 
It also offers a wide range of activities including archery, which Mims took the opportunity to try, much to the amusement of those day care adults who were enjoying this sport. 
“Becoming vice-patron of such a wonderful local centre that does so much work to help people of all ages and abilities is a real privilege and I thank the committee for inviting me to do so,” said Mims.
“It offers so much variety and new experiences for all of those who attend either on a regular or occasional basis and I am very much looking forward to working with the dedicated staff and volunteers over the coming years.
“It was also a pleasure to meet everyone and enjoy tea and cake with the Green House day care group, and to try my hand at archery - although I won’t be giving up the day job.” 

Monday, 4 July 2016

Indies timetable July - September 2016



date
Activity 1
Activity 2
1
4th July
Motorboat

Canoe

2
11th July
Archery

Motorboat
3
18th July
Bushcraft
                    
4
25th July
Motorboat
Climbing

5
1st August
Canoe

Motorboat
6
8th August
Motorboat
Archery

7
15th August
Stream walk
Bring a change of clothes!

Motorboat
8
22nd August
Clay day

9
29th August
Bank Holiday
10
5th September
Motorboat
Zip wire

11
12th September
Climbing
Motorboat
12
19th September
Pirate day

13
26th September
Motorboat
Archery

Thursday, 12 May 2016

#Run4Lela

As you probably know QE2 Activity Centre is a charity and one of our sources of income is charitable donations, so usually when we think of fundraising we are thinking about raising additional income for QE2 Activity Centre.  But we're not totally blinkered.  We know there are many other charities around doing great work.

QE2 Activity Centre is also a community.  It is made up of individuals who use our services, their families, people who volunteer here, people who work here.  Not to mention many friends around the country who have been involved over the past four decades.


It is an ever changing, ever growing community. Last Summer Kerry, our Senior Instructor, became the proud father of Heidi, a sister to Noah;  in December Nick and Jess had their first child, Theo.  And Caroline and I became grandparents. Our daughter gave birth to Lela at the end of November.


Normally my daughter is late for things but on this occasion she was early, about 15 weeks early.  Little Lela was born at 25 weeks gestation weighing less than 2lbs.  This meant that she spent her first four months in hospital and, without being melodramatic, she only made it through because of the amazing work of the staff at Southampton's Princess Anne Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.


This weekend a group from QE2 Activity Centre took part in Gung Ho! a 5k with added giant inflatable obstacles. Have a look on facebook. They were raising money as they ran, not for the Centre, but to buy equipment for the Princess Anne neonatal ICU.  The target is £3,000 and we're not quite there so there is still time to sponsor.


The team consisted of eight of the guys who are part of the GreenHouse and Team Q day services - Amy, Lenita, Adam, Dan, Nick, Kevin, Thomas and Craig - Centre staff Kerry and me plus former staff member Andy (who organised it) and Beccy Oates. Everyone showed great team spirit, working together and keeping going on the hottest day of the year so far.    

Well done Team QE2.  I, for one, am really proud of you all!

Phil Oates, Centre Manager



Monday, 18 April 2016

Sponsor team QE2! #Run4Lela

                    


On Saturday May 7th 2016 a team from QE2 Activity Centre will be taking part in Gung Ho!, a seriously fun 5k race taking place on Southampton Common. 
Adam, Lenita, Dan, Nick, Kevin, Craig, Thomas and Amy from the GreenHouse day service together with Centre staff Kerry and Phil plus Andy and Beccy will be raising funds for the neonatal unit at Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton.  Our target is £3,000 for a digital monitor.  You can donate here: DONATE HERE!

#Run4Lela

When our granddaughter was born 15 weeks early, at only 25 weeks gestation, we feared the worst. At only 1lb 13oz, her lungs were too small and undeveloped and she needed a ventilator to breathe. She went through every respiratory aid Southampton's Princess Anne hospital neonatal unit had. Since coming off the ventilator at Christmas she has had a heart op and eye surgery to counteract the effects of the oxygen on her tiny body.

Our granddaughter is home now, weighing over 10lb and doing brilliantly. Without the neonatal unit at Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton with their dedicated nurses & doctors and all the specialist equipment involved in her stay this would not have happened.

We'd like to help Princess Anne NNU by raising funds for new equipment through the Ickle Pickles charity. Team QE2 are going to run 5k, climb over ridiculous obstacles and try and raise £3,000. Can you help us reach our target?                       
  PHIL OATES, QE2 CENTRE MANAGER

Rachael & Andy Marsh are the Co-Founders of the Ickle Pickle charity which raises funds for essential Neonatal unit equipment for units around the country. The charity was established in April 2009 following the premature birth of their son Charlie at 28 weeks in 2008 to channel funds raised by parents and families directly to the NNU as intended.  

Ickle Pickles registered charity no 1129763   

www.icklepickles.org  

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

The Next Big Thing

QE2 Activity Centre has been providing activity opportunities for children and adults with disabilities since 1978. In that time thousands of people with additional needs have been able to participate in activities including canoeing, kayaking, climbing, archery, ropes course and motorboat trips.  

One of the many things that makes QE2 Activity Centre special is the variety of services on offer. Some people come year after year for holidays, others come week after week for day services, activity sessions or clubs.  The Centre aims to have activities that are challenging but achievable for everyone who visits.

Building for the future

Over its lifetime QE2 Activity Centre has changed a great deal. The core values have remained the same but the outside world has changed and QE2 has had to alter to keep up. New facilities have been developed, new activities added, new ways of using the Centre created.

Now it’s time for the Next Big Thing!  QE2 Activity Centre is embarking on an ambitious plan to raise loadsamoney to build a new day centre. 

As many people will know from the reading the local newspapers there are big changes in the way day services for adults with learning disabilities are delivered.  QE2 Activity Centre is a well established provider of day services and believes it is well placed to provide services in the future.  To do this most effectively the Centre needs a purpose built day service facility, including large and small group work spaces plus a sensory room, kitchen and toilets.

Can you help?

Manager Phil Oates adds “Our challenge now is to raise funds to improve our facilities to enable QE2 Activity Centre to continue to offer quality facilities and new opportunities to many more people with disabilities. Can you help? Please contact 023 8040 4844 or qe2centre@aol.com"



Monday, 21 March 2016

Indies timetable - April - June 2016

1
4th April
Archery
Canoeing
2
11th April
Canoeing
Zipwire
3
18th April
Archery
Orienteering
4
25th April
Bushcraft
5
2nd May
Bank Holiday
6
9th May
Boat
Canoe
7
16th May
Archery
Boat
8
23rd May
Boat
Climbing
9
30th May
Bank Holiday
10
6th June
Boat
Canoeing
11
13th June
Orienteering
Boat
12
20th June
Boat
Ropes course
13
27th June
Farm visit

Hot off the presses here's the Indies timetable 
April - June 2016.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Born to be differnt



QE2 Activity Centre featured in the Channel 4 documentary  Born to be Different last night.  You can catch up by following this link http://www.channel4.com/programmes/born-to-be-different/on-demand/59467-001 .   It is well worth watching to see how a group of families, who face some pretty serious challenges, cope.

QE2 Activity Centre doesn't actually get a mention but you'll recognise it. The programme was filmed last summer when the sun was shining and everything was green.  There's some shots out on the river, in the cabins, on the ropes course and zipwire.

Part two is on next week.  Look out for climbing and archery plus the total transformation of the GreenHouse building into a Prom venue fit for a Queen.