Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Indies 2014

I know, I know, 2013 isn't over yet but we're well into planning for 2014.  Today we've been planning the timetable for our very popular Indies sessions.   These tak place on Monday mornings between 10:00 and 12:00 and Monday afternoons between 1:00 and 3:00.

At these you can take part in activities alongside other people. As well as taking part in new activities it is an opportunity to meet people and make friends. We make sure there is a variety of things going on because we know some people want to be more active than others.
We have some exciting new activity during the first quarter of 2014: more bushcraft and woodworking! You'll be able to learn new skills and create some amazing things - some of which you'll be able to take home. We'll be doing hedge laying (the old fashioned way), learning about hurdle making and creating bird boxes, bird tables and bird feeders (see a theme going here?). There'll still be opportunities to do archery, climbing, ropes course and orienteering plus, once the weather gets a bit warmer, motorboat, canoeing and kayaking. Make sure you're booked in now. 

January - March 2014:   cost for block of 12 sessions (for each individual plus 1 carer) £180

January - March 2014 
January 13
Woodland walk
January 20
Bushcraft – hedgerow laying
January 27
Bushcraft – hedgerow laying
February 3
Bushcraft – hedgerow laying
February 10
Bushcraft – hedgerow laying
February 17
Bushcraft – hedgerow laying
Ropes course
February 24
Sports day
March 3
Woodcraft –
bird box building
March 10
Woodcraft –
bird table making
March 17
Woodcraft –
bird feeders
March 24
Woodcraft – Mother’s day special
Spring walk
March 31
On the water

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

adventure for all

outdoor learning in action
Today QE2 Activity Centre hosted an accessible outdoor learning workshop.  Activity instructors from Hindleap Warren, Fairthorne Manor, Marwell Activity Centre, Itchen Scouts and Rosie and Jim Adventures took part in the day long workshop which looked at climbing, zipwires, canoeing and water activities.
strictly come paddling
and finally . . . 
Merry Christmas from QE2 Activity Centre,
the GreenHouse, Gold and Team Q.
card making at the GreenHouse with Caroline

cooking biscuits at the GreenHouse
See you in 2014!

GreenHouse and Gold back on Wednesday 8th January; Team Q back on Thursday 9th.
Activity groups back week commencing 13th January.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Thanks a million!

 Simon Dawkins presenting a cheque to the Green Team this morning

A couple of early Christmas present for the QE2 Activity Centre this week with two donations from some very active people.

A few weeks ago a bunch of friends who met through Yi Quin Lion Dance group, based in Southampton, approached the QE2 Activity Centre . They asked if they could use our ropes course to train for an event they were taking part in. They spent a morning putting themselves through their paces and the following weekend took part in the Men’s Health “Survival of the Fittest” at Battersea Power Station.

Calling themselves the Wolf pack they completed the course in an hour and fifteen minutes. One of the team, Wayne Smith, called in on Monday with a bucketful (literally!) of cash, raised through sponsorship at his workplace Griffon Hoverworks at Woolston. Thanks guys! And good luck for next year!

Today  Simon Dawkins, whose cousin Dan is a very keen member of our Green Team, came in to present a cheque for sponsorship he raised taking part in the Great South Run.  His donation will help provide the GreenHouse with some new tools for the New Year.  Simon completed the run in an hour and half so well done, and thanks for thinking of the QE2 Activity Centre.

Another donation received this morning was from Mary, in Hamble, who instead of giving Christmas cards makes a donation to QE2 Activity Centre each year.  

As a charity the QE2 Activity Centre relies on the support of our local community.  Thanks a million to everyone who has made a donation, given their time or helped the Centre in any way, shape or form during 2013.  We really value your support.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

December at QE2 Activity Centre

 Rudolph arrives at QE2 Activity Centre, courtesy of Team Q

Just because it is winter it doesn't mean that things stop at QE2 Activity Centre.  You can go indoors for climbing, archery, swinging around and games.  Or you can wrap up warm and go outside like these guys.

Creating a snowman army

The Gold group taking 5 on the ropes course

Motorboat trips this week have been bracing but always entertaining (yesterday we saw two kingfishers, several egrets,curlews and a buzzard sitting on a tree stump watching us go by).

And here's the reindeer that Team Q built.

Don't forget Christmas carol concert tonight (details in the last post).  
The Accessible Outdoor Learning workshop on December 17th is fully booked.

Monday, 18 November 2013

What's on December 2013

Christmas Carol Concert with Eastleigh Town Band

Friday 6th December 7:30 - 10;00

Once again Eastleigh Town band will be helping QE2 Activity Centre get into the Christmas spirit with a Christmas Carol Concert to be held at St Andrew's Methodist Church, Blenheim Road, Eastleigh, SO50 5SD.  Tickets are only £5 (including light refreshments) available in advance from the Centre or on the door.  Go along, have fun and support the Centre at the same time.

Sportsability - Bah! Humbug! Christmas Bushcraft!

Saturday 7th December, 10:00 - 12:00

Sportsability group will be meeting on Saturday 7th December 2013 between 10:00 and 12:00 for an end of year bushcraft session, featuring mince pies and fun.  Come along and join them, only £5 a family. 

Friday Club Christmas Party

Friday 13th December, 7:00 - 10:00

The annual Christmas Party for the Centre's very popular Friday Club.  There'll be food, there'll be a disco, there'll even be Santa.  What more could you want!

Accessible Outdoor Learning workshop

Tuesday 17th December, 10:00 - 4:00

It might be Christmas but we're still working!  Getting together with staff from Hindleap Warren to run a disability awareness workshop aimed at supporting disabled people taking part in outdoor activiities.

Accessible Outdoor Learning workshop

Staff from QE2 Activity Centre and Hindleap Warren will be leading a day long workshop on working with people with disabilities in outdoor learning settings.  The day will include sessions on climbing and rope work, canoeing and kayaking and other activities based at QE2.  The aim of the day will be enabling participation.  There will be opportunities to share information on specialist equipment and techniques - and having the right attitude.

If you are interested in attending this disability awareness workshop contact the Centre at  Cost: £40 (£30 for IOL members)
Blue Group
Red Group
Sign in, outline of day, introductions
Climbing and rope work
Looking at climbing
equipment and techniques,
artificial walls, zipwires, swings
Canoes, kayaks, motorboat,
aids, transfers
Canoes, kayaks, motorboat,
aids, transfers, techninques
Climbing and rope work
Looking at climbing
equipment and techniques,
artificial walls, zipwires, swings
Other activities
Archery, ropes course,
orienteering, bushcraft
Other activities
Orienteering, bushcraft
archery, ropes course,
Coffee and
Idea Sharing
Sharing ideas and good practice

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Congratulations! (2)

Congratulations to QE2 Activity Centre Senior Instructor Kerry Lees and his wife Clair on the birth of a bouncing baby boy yesterday.  Here's the first picture of Noah Henry Lees . . . 

Friday, 4 October 2013

Great South Run

Fundraiser profile page - BT MyDonate

sponsor Simon Dawkins who will be running in the 2013 Great South Run on October 27th raising money for the QE2 Activity Centre.

Simon's involvement with the QE2 Activity Centre is through his cousin Dan (pictured above with other members of Team Q and the GreenHouse just before they went off to the River Wye in September).  This is what Simon has to say on his BT MyDonate page:
Most of you seeing this page will know me but you may not know my cousin Dan, I have grown up with Dan being like another little brother and I  admire how Dan through disabilities has never been able to lead the same life as others but has never let it stop him or hold him back and I have never heard him complain.

This activity centre, as he is getting older, gives him and others with similar disabilities the opportunity to get out and do things and learn life skills that others in life take for granted, they also provide the primary care givers for these individual a much needed rest. 

I'm not asking for a lot  just anything you can spare will help this charity so please help by making a donation through this page or by contacting me. check out the good work this charity does by visiting their page 

Click on the link to go to Simon's BT MyDonate page 

Monday, 30 September 2013


Big day out for all the staff at QE2 Activity Centre on Saturday!  Off we all trooped in our finery for the wedding of instructor Graham Marks and his bride, Kerry Griggs.  Pictured above is Graham's arrival at St Peters Church, Curdridge with best man Phil Dickinson (another former QE2 staff member).  Below is the couple, looking adorable.

Meanwhile back at the Centre the Green Team have been harvesting some of their crop.  Billy and Alison can be seen with loads of rhubarb, Trevor has the green beans while Tim and Ali are showing off the sweetcorn.   Looking good!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Go for Gold

Over the past three years QE2 Activity Centre has been offering day services.  We have the GreenHouse, we have Team Q and we have Gold.

Gold is an active day service offering a mixed timetable with a varied, stimulating programme for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs.  

And we have a vacancy.  From January 2014 we will need a new co-worker for Gold.  This is a job which would suit someone with imagination and flexibility who likes a challenge.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience working with individuals with a variety of complex needs, good communication and leadership skills, be flexible, patient and a problem solver. We undertake a variety of activities, many of which take place outside - all year round - so you'll need to be keen on the outdoors. A positive attitude and good sense of humour would help!

We offer a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities including walking, games, baking and arts and crafts. We have a significant focus on developing and nurturing independent living skills through cooking, we prepare and cook our lunch everyday, making a wide selection of dishes.

We also focus on exercise and being as healthy as possible, taking advantage of the 400 acre Manor Farm Country Park and working in our very own patch of garden. In between all of that we also have regular opportunities to take part in some of the more challenging activities including, canoeing, climbing, archery, the ropes course and regular trips on the Hamble river in the Centre's wheelchair accessible boat.

We plan activities to match individual ability levels to make sure that everyone enjoys and positively experiences what they do with the Gold group.

If you are interested in applying or finding out more please contact the Centre


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Team Q on the move

This week members of QE2 Activity Centre's Team Q day service have gone away to the River Wye for a canoe expedition.  Here they are enjoying lunch on day 2 on the riverbank.

Team Q meets every Thursday between 9:30 and 3:30 at QE2 Activity Centre.  Twice a year they go on expedition, earlier this year they camped in the New Forest, now they're exploring the River Wye.  In between they take part in activities like canoeing and bushcraft, and learn the skills they'll need for their expeditions.  Some members have taken food hygiene and fire safety courses too.

If you're interested in joining Team Q on Thursdays get in touch. We are alos plotting to offer Team Q on Tuesdays too.  Let us know if you're interested!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

In the beans

A busy, busy month!  Explorers Day Club is over for another year - well done to Lauren, Lucy, Beccy and Aston.  There's been canoeing, climbing, archery, motorboat, ropes course, zip wire, crabbing, pirates, partying, playing, painting and much more besides. 

The GreenHouse have also been busy this month, with a stall at Manor Farm, selling their wares.  There were vegetables from the allotment, jams and chutney, trugs and a very popular line in garden signage. Joined by the Gold team who had prepared some bath bombs and scented candles.  It was a great success - despite some dodgy British summer weather!

What else?  The new kayaks have proved to be a big hit, especially with Team Q.  Here they on a sunny day on the river:

We had three Hampshire Autistic Society Short Breaks during the month offering a number of families the opportunity to take aprt in activities.  Here's what one family had to say about it:

Just wanted to drop you a line and say what a phenomenal weekend we had, the kids loved every single minute from sleeping in the 'triangle' house, to getting drenched on the boat while you patiently discouraged our son from deliberately ramming the most expensive boat he could find.

you please pass my thanks to the instructors who were without exception brilliantly patient and understanding. Every session was relaxed, great fun and really well run. The kids, who were a bit nervy about some of the things, were gently encouraged to do things they thought they could never do.

The best thing for us was to be able to do something as a group without having to keep explaining our son's behaviour to bemused bystanders.

Thanks for the brilliant experience.

QE2 Activity Centre had it's own Highland Games too, hosted by Zoe and Hamish.  There was a programme of Haggis Wanging, Caber Toss, golf, Tug O'War and barrel rolling.  Next up Winter Olympics.



To join the GreenHouse or Gold, Team Q or Indies contact the QE2 Activity Centre