Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Happy Christmas

As 2015 winds down it's time to say thanks to everyone who helped make the year such a memorable one.  To all of our staff: Kerry, Nick, Toby, Marie, Jackie, Jess, Andy, Stuart, Tracy and Caroline - well done for all of your hard work.   A handful of very special staff moved on this year - Lynda, Robin and Jade - best of luck to each of you for the future.  Thanks also to others who worked with us for a while during 2015 - Tim, Kate, Beccy and Conor - thanks for your contribution.

Also thanks to volunteers Dave and Pat who come in, rain or shine, and do their bit.  Thanks to all the volunteers who help make the Friday Club so successful and to the Centre's committee members for all their support.

More thanks: to Southampton Airport, British Gas, Zurich Insurance and Aviva for their community days.

A special mention to Graham and Lorraine Male for supporting the Centre in memory of their son, James, and to all those who contributed to the James Male Fund.

Best wishes to Kerry and Klayr on the birth of Heidi, a sister for Noah; to Nick and Jess on the birth of their son last week; and to Abi and Dan on the birth of Lela, last week, a grandaughter for Phil and Caroline.

And finally, thanks to everyone who has used the Centre this year - for holidays, activity sessions, day services, clubs, weddings, courses. Here's to next year!

Christmas and New Year opening:
activity groups are finished now until Monday 3rd January.
day services carry on until Thursday 24th December and are then closed until Monday 3rd January

Friday, 4 December 2015

team Q hit London Town (part 2)

After lunch team Q hit the tourist trail, stopping at St Paul's

did some travel training on the London Underground

and learned about road safety at Abbey Road

before visiting Picadilly Circus 

and Trafalgar Square

next year? Paris!!

Thursday, 26 November 2015

down on the allotment

it's wintertime but that doesn't mean there isn't any work to be done in the allotment.  The GreenHouse team have been busy sorting things out over the last few weeks with Tracy, Toby, Andy and Stuart and today Gold have been busy planting onions

team Q hit London Town (part 1)

Team Q hit London town in November. 

  They started the day on top of the world looking down on the City

then they went underground

with the help of street artist Art Chi they left their mark on Leake Street


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Team Q hit Cobnor!

Our intrepid heroes from Team Q are away on residential this week in Cobnor.  Sailing, canoeing, walking, bonfires (and I think they're off to the pub tonight) - generally having a great time!

Hope the sun keep on shining - Adam, Anna, Joe, Adrian, Dan, Amy, Elena, Craig, Kerry and Marie

If you're interested in joining Team Q or taking part in activities here at QE2 Activity Centre give us a call - details on our website www.qe2activitycentre.co.uk.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

QE2 Activity Centre to get a Wheelyboat!

Last Sunday (September 13th) Graham and Lorraine Male, parents of Cheeki Rafiki crewman James Male, visited The Wheelyboat Trust stand at Southampton Boat Show to see for themselves a Coulam V20 wheelyboat, similar to the one they are fundraising for on behalf of QE2 Activity Centre.  

They presented a cheque to Phil Oates, manager of QE2 Activity Centre, towards the cost of the boat and were taken afloat by Andy Beadsley, Director of The Wheelyboat Trust.
 Graham and Lorraine Male with QE2 Activity Centre manager Phil Oates and Andy Beadsley, Director of The Wheelyboat Trust

In May 2014 Graham and Lorraine Male lost their son, James, when the yacht Cheeki Rafiki foundered mid Atlantic.   They learned about the QE2 Activity Centre from friends. Recognising that the Centre shared their son’s enthusiasm for introducing young people to activities they decided they would like to help. 

For almost forty years QE2 Activity Centre, by the Hamble River in Hampshire, has been providing activity opportunities for people with disabilities.   Over the years the Centre has enabled thousands of people to get afloat, using canoes, kayaks and a pontoon boat. 

“We want to make sure that everyone has access to the river” says manager Phil Oates “so we have built up a range of boats to cater for people of all abilities.  

 “Late last year we were approached by Graham and Lorraine who wanted to celebrate James’ love of watersports by supporting the Centre.  They raised enough money to purchase five sit-on-top kayaks – but didn’t stop there. They knew we wanted to buy a new wheelchair accessible motorboat so they kept on fundraising.”

Now, with the support of The Wheelyboat Trust, the Centre will soon be purchasing a Coulam V20 motorboat.   

taking the boat for a spin at Southampton Boat Show

Phil says “The Coulam V20 will be a great addition to our fleet, giving disabled people even more opportunities to see and appreciate the ever changing river”.  Those who know the area will know that the Upper Hamble is one of the loveliest spots in Hampshire, while the lower Hamble, with its 3,500 boats, is like a permanent boat show – everything from dinghies and fishing boats to gin palaces and Round the World yachts.

It is not just boating that happens at QE2 Activity Centre. Being based in a 400 acre country park by the Hamble means a wide range of activities is possible.  These include archery, climbing and team games in a purpose built sports hall; ropes course, team challenge and zipwire in the grounds; bushcraft, geocaching and orienteering in the country park and, best of all, getting out on the water.  

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

new Indies timetable - September - December 2015

Option 1
Option 2
Sept 21st
Sept 28th
October 5th
Ropes course
October 12th
October 19th
October 26th
November 2nd
Bonfire special
November 9th
November 16th
November 23rd
November 30th
December 7th
Christmas special

Every Monday we run our Indies sessions for adults with learning disabilities.  There's a morning session between 10:00 and 12:00 plus an afternoon session between 1;00 and 3:00.  There's a choice of activities most weeks - except on special weeks where we all get together and do something seasonal.  First week of November has to be Bonfire special and last week of the season you know it's going to be Christmas bushcraft with mince pies, hot chocolate and making rustic Christmas decorations.  

If you would like to join Indies contact the Centre in the usual way for a chat!