27 Jul

With Spring Brook Academy now on holiday, Mrs Tootill has been able to spend some time with our young people at Horizons and catch up with some very familiar faces, as she explains..

This week I’ve been given the opportunity to work at Medtia….and what a week it’s been! I have found this week just a brilliant experience, especially as most of the young people at Horizons are former students that I’ve had the pleasure of teaching!!!

It’s also been brilliant to see first hand what John, Shelley and the team actually do with the Horizons young people. Each day is carefully planned and the young people spend a lot of time out and about in the local community and using the local facilities. So, my four days at Medtia have consisted of cycling..

..swimming, walking..

..more cycling (you might just notice everyone is slightly colourful after this session – we joined in the Ability Wheelz ‘Cycling Colour Blast’ event and had a brilliant time!!)..

..a quick ‘dash’ to the Learning Centre to meet up with some of my old students, Ellie and Emmanuel..

..trips out, more swimming – 2 hours with 2 of our local ‘celebrities’ Oliver and Jonathan, who everyone seems to know..

..and lots and lots of dancing!

It’s also been great to meet up with so many parents and carers I have not seen for some time, who have been telling me how brilliant the Horizons staff are and how they provide such a quality service to all our young people.

A big ‘thank you!’ to Eddie and Emma, John and Shelley who have patiently answered my many questions and to all the wonderful staff who have made me feel part of their team. Now, here comes my Summer!

We have also welcomed several young people to Horizons for the first time this week and it has been lovely helping them settle in to the centre..

Jeff’s group have had a wonderful week. They were delighted to be given some rabbit ears on their visit to Sainsbury’s to celebrate the release of Peter Rabbit..

They have been busy clearing up rubbish around Horizons on their DIY project..

They have been on some lovely walks down to Ability Wheelz and round the park, stopping off for refreshments at the Boat House cafe..

They have been on the tram to Manchester to take part in the Manchester bee trail, seeking out all the bees that have been dotted around the city..

They came across an exhibition whilst shopping in Oldham and Alex had his photo taken with a dalek – not something you do every day!

Oliver has definitely had a wonderful first week!

Emma’s group have been busy too, heading off to buy cooking supplies..

..before whipping up some tasty treats in the kitchen..

They’ve been working hard on the trolley run over at the Atrium Cafe..

..and enjoying trips out in the sunshine..

Another fantastic first at Ability Wheelz – Mia has now progressed to riding a bike on her own! Well done, Mia!!

We hope you have a wonderful week!

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