Monday, 22 December 2014

Happy holidays visited QE2 Activity Centre in October.  Here's a video.  To book your holiday at QE2 Activity Centre contact the Centre as soon as possible!

Friday, 19 December 2014

Paddles up!!

Team Q canoeing at Swanage, September 2014

With 2014 drawing to an end we've been having a look back at all that has been achieved by our day services during the year.  We first started offering day services in October 2010 and since then have built up three distinct strands: the GreenHouse, Gold and Team Q. Each of these has its own programme, its own focus and its own identity.  The staff that run each strand - Lynda, Robyn and Kerry - bring their own ideas but all share the same values - that a day service is a place where people are valued, where opportunities occur, where lives are enriched.  The idea of a day service where people sit all day and watch tv is anathema.

You can see the results of this way of thinking.  You can see how far some people have changed their behaviours in the Gold Day Service; you can see how the people who use the GreenHouse have gelled and become the Green Team; you can see the achievements of Team Q.

We have been part of the community: working with Zurich Insurance and Southampton Airport for community volunteering days; held a MacMillan Coffee Morning; had a market stall at Manor Farm; we've visited Romsey Rapids, New Forest Wildlife Park, Winchester Science Centre, Sprinkles, the pub,the Isle of Wight and walked all over our local area.

We've grown stuff - a 25kg pumpkin for example!  made stuff - more reindeer than you could shake a stick at - cooked stuff - Andy's lunches rival Masterchef.

So, Lynda, Robyn, Jade, Andy, Kerry and Toby take a bow - you're doing a great job.  There's going to be changes in the future, we'll be taking on new staff as our day services grow and develop but I know that the same values will continue and QE2 Activity Centre day services will go from strength to strength.  And well done Dan, Georgie, Billy, Mark, Lenita, Robert, Paul, Chelsea, Trevor, Mitch, Naomi, Cheryl, Cran, Joe, Susanne, Gemma, Mathew, Tim, Ayrton, Paul, James, Adam, Adrian, Will, Daniel, Mateusz, Elena, another Joe, John, Jamie, Amy, Craig, another Craig, Kevin, Paula and Nick.  It wouldn't be the same without you!

Changes in local authority provision of day services are causing concern for lots of people.  As closures are announced there is a feeling of helplessness and uncertainty about what the future might bring.  QE2 Activity Centre is committed to providing excellent day services; there are a few spaces available so get in touch by email or phone as soon as possible.

Day services will be closed over Christmas to allows staff a well deserved break and some planning and training time and will re=open on January 7th.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

If more people could be like James the world would be a better place

QE2 Activity Centre will be increasing its fleet of boats in the coming months thanks to the generosity of friends and family of James Male.

James, the much loved son of Graham and Lorraine, brother of Zoe and partner of Adele, was part of the crew of the Cheeki Rafiki, a 40ft Beneteau yacht, that was lost in the Atlantic in May this year.  James was not just a keen sailor but also enjoyed canoeing, kayaking, climbing and snowboarding and was a dinghy, jet ski and powerboat instructor. His parents describe him as "a great ambassador for young people, taking the rough with the smooth but always smiling and having a positive outlook to life."

Here's a little more: "He was strong willed, independent, positive, determined, supportive and a strong morality.  He was enthusiastic, a natural leader, level headed, creative, conscientious and an adventure seeker - once met, never forgotten.

"If more people in the world could be like James, the world would be a better place."

QE2 Activity Centre is proud to have been chosen by James' family.  Their donations will help to provide equipment, primarily a set of sit on top kayaks, which will enable children and adults with disabilities to take part in  boating activities at the Centre.  To make a donation in memory of James Male visit the Centre's MyDonate page here or send to the Centre, marking your donation James Male.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

December Diary Dates

It's that time of year again!

Friday 5th December:    Christmas Carol Concert

Monday 8th - Friday 12th December  Christmas Bushcraft Week.  Final week of the year for QE2 Activity Centre activity groups.  There'll be a lot of mince pies eaten around the campfire this week!

Monday 8th - Friday 19th December:   Christmas Shop at the GreenHouse.  The place to buy jams and chutneys, reindeer and birdboxes.  Put your orders in now!  Last few t-shirts available to buy.

Tuesday 9th December:      Gold Day Service to Romsey Rapids

Friday 12th December:       Friday Club Christmas Party and Disco

Saturday 13th December:   FASS Adventurers 1:00 - 4:00 more Christmas Bushcraft

Monday 15th December:    Green Team trip to InTech

Tuesday 16th December:    Green Team trip to Owl and Otter Sanctuary

Thursday 18th December:  Team Q trip to the pub

Friday 19th December;        QE2 staff, volunteers and day services Christmas Lunch

Saturday 20th December     closed for the holidays

January opening:

Mon 5th - Tue 6th January:closed for staff training

Wednesday 7th January:     back to work for the GreenHouse and Gold.

Saturday 10th January:       FASS Adventurers Drop-in Club

Monday 12th January:         Indies return, activity groups return.  All back to normal!